Review – Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barley Wine Style Ale 2000
I stopped by one of Los Angeles counties landmark beer spots, The Stuffed Sandwich for a variety of ales and food, and sure enough, I persuaded myself to buy some vintage Sierra Nevada Bigfoot. Marlene of The Stuffed Sandwich made up a mixed six pack with SNBF’s from 1992 to 2004. This review is the second one I tried, the 2000 at the beginning of 2008, and shared with my homie Mike.
Appearance: Dark red like Stone Double Bastard. Froathy, random bubbles. Tons of sediment in the bottom of bottle and in the glass I poured it in.
Aroma: Green olives, and vinegary green olive brine. Onces you get past that, you can smell some sugars and alcohol.
Taste: Brown sugar, pineapple, finishes with coffee. The green olive aroma is still lingering.
Mouthfeel: Feels like coffee and leaves you with the feeling of coffee breath taste in your mouth. Light but fizzy carbonation.
Drinkability: It was very cool to sample an 8 year old beer. I have a hunch this bottle was oxidized by accident, and ruined what should have been a pleasant experience. Mike got past the vinegar aroma, but I wasn’t able to enjoy it, even though there were plenty of great characteristics to be observed.