Sierra 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.