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RATINGS: 3254   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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gurthnar (3005) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 30, 2015
2005 bottle shared by Cuso, crazy. Aroma caramel, fruity, slight alcohol. Hazy brown colour. Taste revealed the alcohol fully after such a long ageing. Warming, sherry, strong, some light caramel. Too alcoholic.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Werckmeister (895) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - MAY 30, 2015
bottle kindly shared by Cuso at Slovak Austrian RB Tasting. Vintage 2005. black redish color. small off-white head. smells liquerish, malty sweet, dried fruits, coconut, wooden notes, plums. full body, light carbonation, slick mouthfeel. taste of dried fruits, coconut, not too much sweetness left, a bit harsh, alcohol. roasty / liquerish finish. quite nice, a bit alcohlic and I would expect a bit more sweetness which probably disappeared over time.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IngetSlick (56) - - MAY 29, 2015
Bottle from Systembolaget (2015). Big beige creamy head. Amber-red body. Smells caramel, almond, yeast, citrus.Tastes barley, caramel, citrus. Very bitter.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Florya (856) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 28, 2015
How: Bottle Appearance: hazy deep red color with a small white head. Aroma: caramel, hay, stone fruits, wood, lemon, grass, dried fruits, spice, vanilla, rasins. Palate: Full body, smooth carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stampion (183) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 24, 2015
Pours a deep dark Amber. Tastes sweat, toffee, toasted caramel. Finishes hoppy and bitter. Complex and well balanced. High in alcohol. Make you feel warm inside after each gulp. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrohia (205) - - MAY 23, 2015
Moerlein Lager House, Cincinnati, bottle. Dry. Rye. I gave it a try. I cannot lie. It's very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (3114) - Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2015
Bottle: Hazy copper-amber color with a light-tan head that recedes quickly. Aroma full of dark fruit; dates, figs, plums, covered in a layer of sweet caramel, toffee, booze, & faint molasses. Flavor follows through with loads of booze-soaked dates & raisins, though the palate adds more malty sweetness to the mix. Lots of brown sugar, burnt caramel, toffee. Quite hoppy when fresh, big notes of pine & earth with a bit of bitter ashiness near the back-end. A slight touch of vanilla lingering in the finish with a heavy, warming boozy finale. Sticky mouth feel. A solid barleywine, especially for the availability & price.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukasmh (544) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear reddish Amber with big cream head. Aroma has dark candied sugar, malts, hops, caramel, peach, bread, sweet citrus. Quite fresh! Taste is sweet caramel malt, dark fruits, some honey and unripe strawberry. Then turns bitter and hoppy! Citrus, pine. Full body end relatively high carbonation. Finish is bitter and super dry. Slight warming alcohol. Hoppy citrus and pine settles in mouth for a while.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kkleu357 (561) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2015
Did a side by side with 2015 and 2014. Rating reflects 2015 since I liked it more. This is a big hoppy barley wine. The 2015 reminded me of 120 Minute IPA. The 2014 version was much less hoppy and sweeter. The 2015 is a fairly fruity barley wine. Not used to that since I like the sweeter maltier barleywines.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
weordie (322) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2015
Pours ruby with a sticky looking head. Aroma of mixed berries. Sweet stewed prunes and plum taste.


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