Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale Vertical TastingJanuary 1, 2015
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Working from the most recent, the barley wine starts off with present boozy notes, some caramel sugar, cherry pits and a hop bitterness at the finish. It’s complex but not defined. As it ages vanilla notes come into play and the mouthfeel develops into a more syrup consistency, while maintaining medium carbonation. Later the hop after bite yields to a toasted caramel and deeper sense of alcohol warmth before the last year bring in robust alcohol warmth, cherry, plum and prune along with a bready element and lower carbonation.
John Holl is the editor of All About Beer Magazine.