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Barleywine Blind-Tasting Showdown: Foghorn vs. Bigfoot

TombstoneShadow | May 16, 201309:15 PM     29

Recent discussions in other threads on various Sierra Nevada offerings prompted me to do a barleywine showdown, haven't done one for years and what would be more interesting than Anchor Foghorn vs. Sierra Nevada Bigfoot... two mainstays of California barleywine...

In prior tastings going back ten years or more, Foghorn has always been one of my top or near-top favorites in this beer variety, whereas Bigfoot while interesting has never scored up with the top brews on my palate...

Results this time... it took literally two good sips:

Both beers tasted blind... poured into identical glasses, about 2 inches of beer with 45 degree semi-hard pour... wait for head to subside...

Verbatim tasting notes below:

RED label glass: Pleasant, slightly sweetish notes that evolve. Lingering dryness at the end. Sort of "okay".

BLUE label glass: More lip-smacking, more interesting, creamier / yummier texture... Did I say lip smacking? Best BW I've ever hand... no. Better than Red... yes.

One re-sip of Red confirms findings.

Unveil the color code: Red is SN Bigfoot, Blue is Anchor Foghorn.

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