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RATINGS: 3172   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamf (80) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - NOV 13, 2014
Bottle. Pours clearly amber with beautfiul white head. Aroma of sweet fruits and caramel. Maybe with a little presence of alcohol. Powerful taste! Bittersweet, caramel, some dried fruits. Good. Actually, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sebilinz (610) - Linz, AUSTRIA - NOV 7, 2014
Bottle. Clear amber body with white head. Aroma is ripe fruits some malt and some alcohol. Taste is sweet malt with caramel and some honey. Aftertaste is sweet and bitter. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hopmaestro (194) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 3, 2014
Aroma is very hoppy and thick. Notes from grapes, red fruits and alcohol. The taste is strong caramels, slightly vineous before the hops jump in and strangles anyone who tries to oppose. Long bittersweet finish. I guess it would gain from some storage time, but my problem is that I can’t have a beer this good laying around for too long.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tstamba (361) - Maryland, USA - OCT 31, 2014
Bottle to a tulip. Beautiful clear copper amber with tan head and lacing. Powerful sweet malt aroma. Fresh baked bread with a touch of honey. Balanced dry bitter finish. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sudomorph (712) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2014
2014 bottle. Pours a deep caramel/ruby with a half finger, khaki head. Aroma is a big, sweet caramel with bread, pine, resin, and hints of dark fruits. Really nice. Taste is large and aggressive but balanced. Sweet caramel, bread, and darker fruits blended with bitter pine, resin, and a touch of citrus. Ends with a big, bitter, resin aftertaste. Medium-full body with a medium carbonation. Medium syrupy/resin texture in the mouth with a sweeter finish. Overall a huge, American barley wine. Caramel and bread mixed with huge resiny/piney hops. 2014 bottle. Can’t wait to cellar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6090) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
"one of the hoppier barleywines on the market, for better or for worse. i like this one to mix things up a little. not as thick or malty as others, but full bodied and delicious. Better fresh. "

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rondphoto (2291) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - OCT 20, 2014
Clear dark amber, thick tan head, streaks of lace. Taste is syrupy caramel malt with a lightly bittered edge in a finish that includes alcohol warmth. Strong, but very little change, start to finish. Good, not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (744) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2014
12 oz bottle of 2013 vintage. The pour is a nice ruby color with a cream colored head that leaves a beautiful lace on the glass. The head does seem to fade right away. The aroma is initially very hoppy. There is a decent toffee presence and a nice malty profile on the back end, but the hopiness drowns out a bit here to start. The flavor is much of the same. The beginning is a bit bitter and then moves through the maltiness and caramel and toffee. The back end is a bit sweet. The mouth feel is a little thin and there is a light carbonation to try to help it out. The aftertaste is a little caramel-ish, but resoundingly bitter. Not too bad ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Artistdave (58) - Austin, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Big rich malty and hoppy brew...all the flavors are there...caramel citrus pine hops. this one will get you blotto...great example of BW

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (964) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
355ml bottle served in a mug. 2012 cap. A: Pours a deep clear amber color firming a medium yellow creamy head. Good retention and tons of lacings formed and left in the glass S: Delicious combination of toffee, caramel malts and American flowery hops. Biscuity T: Sweet upfront. Toffee, caramel, caramel malts. Dark fruit esters. Biscuity. Flowery citrus hops. Excellent bittersweet balance. Molasses. Practically no alcohol sensation despite of the considerable ABV M: Heavy creamy body. Good carbonation for the style. Sweet upfront and strong bitter aftertaste O: Excellent drinkability. Just one more quality Sierra Nevada beet [ BA Review @ 8/16/2012 ]

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