Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale

Bigfoot is a beast of a beer, brimming with bold flavors of bittersweet malt and heaps of aggressive whole-cone Pacific Northwest hops.
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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale

Our cult-classic beast of a barleywine.

Bigfoot is a beast of a beer, brimming with bold flavors of bittersweet malt and heaps of aggressive whole-cone Pacific Northwest hops. First introduced in the winter of 1983, Bigfoot is a cult-classic beer brewed in the barleywine style, meaning a strong, robust, bruiser of a beer with the refined intensity of a wine. Bigfoot is prized by beer collectors for its supreme cellarability. Under the proper conditions, it can age like a fine wine, developing new flavors and character as it matures in the bottle. Each new release or “expedition” is vintage dated. Collect your own and see the flavors develop and progress.

OVERVIEW
ALCOHOL CONTENT 9.6% by volume
BEGINNING GRAVITY 23.0° plato
ENDING GRAVITY 6.0° plato
BITTERNESS UNITS 90

INGREDIENTS
YEAST Ale yeast
BITTERING HOPS Chinook
FINISHING HOPS Cascade, Centennial, Chinook
MALTS Two-row Pale, Caramel

FOOD PAIRING
CUISINE Bread Pudding, Mission Figs, Medjool Dates
CHEESE Pungent Blue Cheese

Brewing is as much art as science, and all beer specifications and raw materials are subject to change at our brewers’ creative discretion.

Aging Beer
Most beer should be consumed as fresh as possible to experience the bright flavors and complexity the brewer intends. Occasionally, though, some styles of beer will progress and improve with a bit of age—not unlike a fine wine. Beers that are high in alcohol, have a moderate amount of roasted grains, use a wild yeast, are barrel-aged, and are bottle conditioned are prime candidates for aging. Over time, gradual oxidation changes the flavors of the beer, adding notes of sherry or port wine and smoothing out harsh alcohol flavors. Vintage beers should be stored in a dark place with a cool and constant temperature for best results. Barleywines and Imperial Stouts are great candidates for aging, and both Bigfoot and Narwhal will progress in the bottle for years.

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale

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