Bigfoot (2008)

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot 2008Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot is of the Old Guard and an American classic. This 2008 edition of this barleywine (billed the "25th Expedition"—their 25th year!) is 9.6% alcohol by volume and absolutely maintains its status as one of the best American barleywines around.

Appearance: Beautiful clear orange-amber color; nice, thick, dense, creamy head—three fingers worth—slight amber tint to it, too.

Smell: Syrupy sweet barley, Crystal and Cascade hops. They’re powdery and green. Malt—caramel, rock candy, some caramelized sugars.

Taste: Thick and full of American hops and alcohol heat… it’s delicious. Juicy and rich, with toffee and light molasses and roasted grains and a hint of vegetable… sweet alcohol notes and bright crisp hops.

Mouthfeel: Full and smooth and just a touch dry in the finish. Very well balanced all around.

Overall: I think the praise throughout my notes is pretty telling, but I’ll just reiterate: this is a fantastic beer.

On BeerAdvocate, it scores an overall grade of A-. On RateBeer, it scores 3.89 out of 5 and is in their 98th percentile. High marks all around.


  1. This is easily one of my top 3 favorite beers. And while I’m drinking it, it’s probably No. 1.

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