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RATINGS: 3133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
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Gold Medal Winner, Great American Beer Festival (Ales: Brown, Bitter and Pale 1987, Barleywine 1988,1992,1995). Sierra Nevada Bigfoot is an award winning example of the English Barley Wine style. It boasts a dense, fruity bouquet; an extremely rich, intense, bittersweet palate; and a deep, reddish-brown color. This ale is superbly balanced between an almost overpowering maltiness and a wonderfully bittersweet hoppiness.

Beginning Gravity:23 Plato
Finishing Hops:Cascade & Centennial
Dry Hops:Centennial, Cascade & Chinook
Bittering Hops: Chinook
Ending Gravity:6.0 Plato
Yeast:Top Fermenting Ale Yeast
Malts:Two-row Barley Malt, English Caramel Malt, Dextrin Malt


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Muggus69 (1147) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JUL 31, 2014
2014 Vintage 355mL bottle Pours a clear deep amber body with a small firm ring of dense foam. Aroma explodes from the (Sierra Nevada IPA) glass! Grass, ripe peach, pine needle, grapefruit, bay leaf, resiny, sappy, really fresh hops, but not to be outdone, there’s an excellent measure of sticky toffee, toasted nut & biscuity malt in support Big in the mouth without being cloying or overly boozy, has a resiny, sticky texture, long on the finish, decent carbonation. A delight on the palate; leafy, grassy, sappy, pine & citrus, spicy, woody, with plenty of sweet caramels & biscuity malts there. Big bitterness provides balance and length, warming alcohol without being all too obvious. Top notch barley wine, great balance, plenty of flavour.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
MichaelAwesome (3641) - Wanne-Eickel, GERMANY - JUL 29, 2014
Uninspiring one with some not so easy to drink moments. Bit metallic with some acid in the back. Below average.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Joelly3d (39) - Kentucky, USA - JUL 28, 2014
This is one of those beers that it's complexity appears more in each sip. It has stronger bitterness tones than sweeter wine flavors. For a Sierra Nevada beer, this is much fuller than I expected. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
McTapps (3649) - Ruhrcity, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - JUL 27, 2014
Bottle from Rudat in Dortmund, labelled as 2014 Bigfoot Ale. Pours out in a deep dark brown colour with low smooth head and smooth body. Aroma of raisins and prunes. Taste of light malt, barley, raisins, prunes, plums and chocolate. Hints of berries, which makes the beer little bit too acid and sour for a nice barley wine. Acid finish. Thin and lacks some character. Expected more.

4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
stantheman (628) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 27, 2014
Small bottle at Hops Northwest in New Westminster. A ruby amber beer, with moderate beige head. A fruity and malted nose. Wow! Big hop and grain notes here. A tartly bitter, winey and grainy ale indeed! The flavour balance here is exquisite. 4.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RafeAU (17) - Kingston, AUSTRALIA - JUL 26, 2014
My first barleywine - not sure what they’re typically like. This tasted like other Sierra Nevada hop-dominated beers, only a little more so. Hoppy, bitter, big alcohol warmth. Nice. Very intense - I split half a bottle with another drinker and probably couldn’t have managed a bottle myself.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SamTheBarrel (385) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - JUL 25, 2014
355ml 2014 years vintage brown bottle, poured into a snifter glass. Appearance is cloudy dark amber with a medium sized foamy khaki colored head with good retention, that when reduced left a little lacing on the glass. Aroma of grapefruit, pine and resin. Flavours of grapefruit, resin, caramel, spices and dark bread. Taste is light-medium sweet and heavy bitter. Palate is full bodied, slightly sticky texture and soft carbonation. A strong bitter Barley Wine that is relatively light on sweetness for the style, overall a great Barley Wine.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gripweed57 (611) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2014
12 ounce bottle. 2014 vintage. Beautiful garnet color topped by a rocky beige head. Aroma is spicy, sweet toasted malt and resiny hops. Upfront, the bittersweet burnt caramel malt dominates. A virtual assault on the palate. Mid taste brings intense resiny hops that touch on smoky, woody notes. Whiskey-like finish. More bitter hops a well. Big and complex, as I always remember it. I have been drinking this classic for 30 years; still amazing!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RickTheRick (336) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 23, 2014
*Dégustation verticale 2010-2011-2012-2013* (Cette critique est pour la version 2013) Robe ambrée teintée d’acajou, mousse moyenne dessinant une dentelle collante sur les parois du verre. Le bouquet est principalement constitué de sucre d’orge, de noisettes grillées et d’une fine pointe d’agrumes. L’attaque en bouche est trčs citronnée, grâce au houblonnage généreux. Ensuite, le sucre d’orge un peu cramé prend sa place qui lui est due. Assez ronde, le taux d’alcool élevé n’y paraît toutefois pas. L’amertume est intense et soutenue, et la finale est résineuse et biscuitée.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adster (164) - HUNGARY - JUL 22, 2014
Lehengerlő, rubinvörös és borostyán árnyalatú színe az első, mely ámulatba ejt minket, ezt követi egzotikus, egy tekintélyesebb IPA és édeskés árpabor házasságának eredményeképpen előálló, gazdagon komlózott, gyantás és tömény, befőttszerű aromák keverékéből kialakuló illata. A barleywine-ok terén szerzett eddigi tapasztalati anyagom csaknem elhanyagolható méretű, mégis azt kell, hogy mondjam, nem egy megszokott ízvilággal rendelkező főzetről van szó. Letisztult, vékonyan szirupos ízét legalábbis remekül ellensúlyozza a komló marcona bukéja, mely egyszersmind kissé összetettebb mondanivalóval is felruházza ezt a telt karakterű, száraz utóízű italt. A hatást természetesen csak fokozza a szinte már alapvető jellemzőként számon tartott magasabb alkoholfok, mely azonban a legkevésbé sem tolakodik előre, ízét kevésbé, hatását annál tisztábban tapasztalhatjuk meg. Aki egy igazán különleges, orrkápráztató aromával szeretne találkozni, melyet nem mellékesen egy eszményi ízvilág követ, feltétlenül ki kell próbálnia ezt a csodát.


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