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RATINGS: 3219   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jflopsu (742) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2015
Pours a hazy amber and orange. Has a fruit, floral and citrus hop, and caramel. Has an interesting taste for a barleywine (more like an IPA) - bitter with strong hops and pine. Lingering bitter hop taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Danyel (1278) - Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2015
Tap at backcountry. Pours copper with rich beef hues and off-white head. Aroma is barley, caramel, pine. Taste is bitter throughout, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, bitter finish. Overall, a nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
trichoeg85 (34) - Sumrall, Mississippi, USA - FEB 24, 2015
12oz pour to pint glass. Three fingers of head that slowly fades with nice lacing. Nice clarity with a amber red color. Smells of sweet wood and piney notes. Malty caramel sweetness balances perfectly with the bittersweet grapefruit taste of the hops. Carbonation gives a nice slick mouthfeel with a little alcohol warmth on the backend. One of my favorites I pick up a few every few weeks with the intention of letting a couple age. Iíve yet to be successful on that endeavor. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
magpieken (101) - - FEB 24, 2015
12 FL OZ bottle. 022714. Pours a medium amber colour with a tall dense light tan head which lasted well and left some nice lacing. Sweet malty aroma with pine, caramel and some bread. Medium sweetness and slightly more bitterness. Chewy, medium to full body, alcohol warmth and lingering bitterness. Goes down a treat but the 9.6% abv could do some damage. 8.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ARH (728) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2015
12oz bottle poured into a goblet. Burnt notes and wood start it off but fade quickly to reveal a bright toffee that mellows. This is followed by wood and a light pine and citrus blend which, later, includes a mild roasted nuts and light wax. The beer is a murky copper hue with a big, soft, fluffy tan head. A thick and dense soap ring is retained and a puffy, full surface and leaves a snow drift thick lace on the glass. The taste is a medium high sweet upfront and high bitter finish. The beer is thick and slick with a fuzzy carbonation and a full body. Burnt flavors come through at first with notes of toffee, nuts, and grapefruit citrus which turns to a slight fruit stripe late. The finish is spicy and pepper like with woody notes. Itís clean amd slightly astringent, with a strong waxy aftertaste of citrus rind, nuts, and wood mellows quickly but lingers

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Warped_Silver (116) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 17, 2015
2013 bottle. Pours Amber yellow with a lasting beige head. Aroma of citrus and floral hops. Slight spiciness ending in a sweet malt finish. Hints of apricot and figs. Taste is malty sweetness perfectly balanced with piny hops. Thick luscious mouth feel.overall amazing barley wine. The two years of age really makes it nice ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gbgbrouge (292) - SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2015
Sampled at tasting. Pours hazy dark amber with medium off white head. Aroma with notes of caramel, dried fruit, citrus and pine. Taste is bitter sweet, more hoppy than you might expect. Some bitterness in the finish also.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
foyle (293) - Wyoming, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Poured from 12oz bottle into schooner glass. Appearance: pours a pillowy 2" off white head that drops very slowly with abundant lacing. Color is a hazy amber with no visible streaming carbonation. Aroma: aroma is predominately pine and citrus hops with some malt backbone. Mouthfeel: medium to heavy, oily & resinous with a somewhat damp finish. Flavor: sweet malts and caramel are present, but strong hops are the more dominant flavor from beginning to end. There is some definite alcohol warming which lingers after the swallow. Overall: I expected a stronger malt presence for the style. Otherwise, a well done beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
katrinaez (345) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2015
Not a barleywine like you expect. Hoppy. Very good. Not sweet at all. Interesting. I enjoyed. Had on tap so didnít know what to expect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
geologyguy (889) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - FEB 13, 2015
Smells like vanilla root beer off the bat but in a light way gives way to citrus hops, reddish appearance, hoppier than expected, finishes slightly bitter and drawn out, crisp on palate though,

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