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RATINGS: 3166   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
teemoney (86) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Murkey amber-brown color with soapy off-white head. Smells of floral and citrus hops, and something like toffee or caramel. Taste is more bready malt, with a complex hop profile with some pine and citrus and flowers, a little caramel as well. Feel is smooth, medium body. This is my first barleywine, seems like an interesting style. Kind of unique flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badhack (334) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Wonderfully full flavored barley wine without being too sweet or boozy. But it’s definitely booze. Pours an amber, murky. Tastes of malt, bread, crust and full of hop flavor. Pine, floral, spice, citrus. Aroma of dark fruit, bitter hops and cooked and burnt sugar and caramel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ejr (188) - Sarpsborg, NORWAY - SEP 19, 2014
Uklar mørk oransje med et hvit skum, skummet holdt bra og hang fint i glassveggen. Aroma av malt, karamell, furunål, sitrus og likør. Smaken følger aroma, men får litt mørkt sukker her. Flott bitterhet i avsluttningen

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bebum (319) - - SEP 14, 2014
This bottle made in 2011, drunk in Sept 2014. Light copper, clear, very tall head, which is very persistent. Complex, outgoing aroma, hoppy. Full body, densely flavored, high alcohol heat, smooth, almost silky, Intensely bittersweet, vibrant acidity but not sharp, all these tastes in good balance. Hoppy, above all but also very malty, as one would expect. Bigfoot and big, big pleasure, but I prefer an imperial IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
martin00sr (817) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2014
Clear, reddish copper. Small, sudsy/airy offwhite head. Heavy, resinous hoppy aroma. Creamy mouthfeel, quite bitter flavour, very hoppy with a solid malt backrground, sherry notes. Dark, bittersweet citrus and light, nicely controlled alcohol heat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maddog (399) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Old School Badass! 2012 vintage. Bigfoot is a classic barleywine that has stood the test of time. Aromas of huge malt, classic NW hops and dark fruits and an impressive, cloudy dark amber color and a chunky tan head make this an impressive beer even before enjoying it. The flavors are very sweet malt with a nice showing of hops. Raisins and other dark fruits and even some slight spice shine through. A massive beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tia (1002) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Tap @ Commercial Taphouse. Brown with ample foamy head and generous lacing. Smells kind of like rum raisin cake. Initially sweet with a slight booziness and chocolatiness them nice and bitter. A little velvety but with a nice bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (1783) - - AUG 28, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 2-22-13- Poured from bottle into snifter glass Appearance- The beer pours a mahogany color with ruby red highlights and a small white head. The head fades quite quickly leaving a great level of lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is big and malty with a strong presence of a pine and earthy hop aroma. Mixed with these aromas are some port alcohol and spice aromas as well, giving the brew a very warming smell. Taste- The taste of the brew is as the nose would predict. It begins with a strong malty and bready base with caramel, toffee, and cherry flavors that bring a nice balancing sweetness to the taste. As the taste advances further some of the hops detected in the nose begins hitting the taste buds with the sweetness losing much of its potency. The hops are mainly of a pine and herbal taste and grow stronger as the taste moves to the end. Along with the hop flavor so too arrives flavors of the alcohol and spice that were sensed in the nose. These flavors grow stronger more toward the end as well and when all combined the flavors leave a heavy and warming taste to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the thick and chewy side with the carbonation level on the lower side. The thick and chewy nature of the brew wonderfully suits the robust flavors, and when coupled with the lower carbonation, it makes this a slow sipper, just as the brew should be. Overall- A hoppy style barleywine a little on the drier side. While not my favorite barley it is a good drinking and enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubblehouse (471) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 20, 2014
One of the better barley wines. Descent aroma but really smooth and tasty. A really good offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopmelt (196) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Pours hazy, light mahogany, big thick creamy off white head, lots of thick lacing. Aroma caramel, toffee, pineapple, eaethy, bready. Taste bitter upfront, almost an artificial sweetener flavor, caramel, toffee, very earthy slight pineapple. Mouthfeel full body, medium carbonation, slight alcohol bite, semi-dry finish. Overall interesting, good big beer now, very complex, I think the slight artificial sweetener flavor and bitterness would subside with age, I need to age one of these.

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