Beer 374/365 – Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine (2008)

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine

Style: American Barleywine

ABV: 9.6%

Purchased at: Sent as winnings in a superbowl block poll.

What makes this beer different: The first aged barleywine I have ever tried, and it definitely mellows out the harshness.

Will I be drinking this again: Not sure i would be able to find any more vintage bigfoot’s but I would love to try another.

Grade: A-

1/4/2011: Almost a year ago I registered in a superbowl block poll on BeerAdvocate with 9 other people. It was the first time I tried anything like this, but I ended up winning. The losers all had to send at least 48oz of beer to the winner, but most sent more. That was a total of at least 432 oz of beer, or 36 12oz bottles. I got a ton of good rare stuff like the beer above, a 2006 Bourbon County stout, and others. I’m definitely going to register for this again this coming year.

The nose is semi-boozy, caramel, some spice, and some citrus as well. There are a ton of flavors going on here, and surprisingly hops are one of the dominant ones even after 2 years of age. To be honest if this was fresh the hops might have been a bit overwhelming. Sweet caramel malt, bitter citrus hops, and a nice bite from the alcohol. A bit of a orchard fruit type kick that I really can’t put my finger on. About average on the mouth-feel, but has a very long finish. One of the better American Barleywine’s I have had.

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Beer 301/365 – Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale

Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale

Style: American Brown Ale

ABV: 5.5%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: A bit hoppy for a brown ale, but this is a good thing.

Will I be drinking this again: Probably, pretty unique beer in a style that is usually pretty tame.

Grade: B+

9/5/2010: I heard rumors that they were going to stop making Tumbler, anyone know if this is true? It seems like a lot of the bigger craft breweries are moving away from the brown ale style all together. Goose Island just recently announced that they are no longer going to bottle their nut brown ale. I guess their time is better spent brewing the “big beers” that have been the fad lately.

Very strong toffee aromas in the nose. The flavor follows the nose, lots of toffee, semi-woody, some earthiness there, and a quick punch of hop bitterness at the end. Lots of flavors for a beer that is only 5.5%. Mouthfeel is right about average, and a bit under carbonated. Overall I like this beer a lot, but nothing super special about Tumbler to bump it into the A- range.

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Beer 290/365 – Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA

Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA

Style: American IPA

ABV: 7.2%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: I usually am not much for how a beer looks, but this is a tasty looking beer.

Will I be drinking this again: Maybe, a little bit on the bitter end for me but it was good.

Grade: B+

8/25/2010: Been wanting to try Torpedo for a while now, but just recently got around to buying a fresh one. I surprisingly have not had the Pale Ale in my prior 289 beers yet, maybe I should pick that up on my next beer run?

Torpedo has a very unique smell to it, citrus, grapefuit, and .. dirt? Not sure how to explain the smell I am getting. The flavor has all kinds of stuff going on, toasted malt, slightly herbal, citrus hops, and a little bit of pine. One sip I love the mix, the next I’m not so sure. That exchange continues until about halfway through the beer, then it really starts to meld together well. The mouthfeel is semi-creamy for the style, and not “sharp” like some IPAs. Overall very good, and pretty unique for an American IPA.

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Beer 16 – Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale

Style: American IPA

Purchased at: Vintage Estate

What makes this beer different: Balances hops nicely with malt

Will I be drinking this again: Probably but will not go out of my way to get it.

Grade: B+

11/25/09: A lot of purists love this beer, but this one was just over average for me. Mostly because I don’t like overly hoppy beers. Although this one balances it out with just enough malt, so this one just borders the too hoppy line for me. Slight caramel aftertaste to this one.

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