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RATINGS: 3279   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackHaddock (5186) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2015
12oz bottle brought back from California and saved for a rainy day: it’s raining this evening. 11th Sep 2015, poured into a Chimay chalice at home. Well chilled, over chilled? Cloudy/misty reddy brown body, the head an off-white wisp and collar, expected more on the topping front. Intense flavour boost, even in the cold aroma, this is not a beer to mess with, the nose tells you this straight away. Rich and deep flavoured, woody maltiness and heavy hop bitterness combine to test your nasal senses, taste buds and challenge your palate. A really interesting and complex beer, I love Barley Wines and this is up there with some of the best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
oliodnb (597) - ITALY - SEP 4, 2015
355ml bottle. Or better, 354.882355 ml. Come on yankees, get a grip and switch to metric. Beautiful hazy reddish amber color with a small light beige head. Aroma is strong sweet malts and a lots of fruit with a hint of alcohol. Taste is similar with the strong malty component very well balanced by a generous hopping. Very good vegetal final bitterness, full body, light carbonation. Excellent barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lele (278) - Padova, ITALY - AUG 21, 2015
ASPETTO: ambrato scuro, limpido. Schiuma ambrata chiarissima, abbondante, fine e persistente. AROMA: caramello, maltato, floreale ed erbaceo. Non fortissimo, ma molto invitante. GUSTO: l’attacco, come ogni barley wine che si rispetti, è caramelloso, maltato e un po’ liquoroso (avrei preferito di più). Ma presto viene l’amaro, un amaro erbaceo e abbastanza invadente invadente. Corpo pieno, carbonizzazione medio-bassa. CONCLUSIONE: birra molto saporita. L’avrei preferita con un amaro più stemperato, in quanto (soprattutto a birra non "calda") tende ad invadere la bocca e a coprire gli altri sapori.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alethol (123) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 7, 2015
Pours reddish brown. Aromas of hops, citrus, caramel. Slightly bitter, spicy, orangey taste with alcohol coming through. Big beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (3670) - BELGIUM - JUL 31, 2015
Classic American barley wine, young bottle, glad I finally got my hands on one as I have been wanting to taste this for a long time. Apparently in existence since 1983 and in that sense one of the forerunners of the American craft beer revolution. Pale beige, moussy, dense, audibly crackling head with good retention (certainly in view of the ABV), over a beautifully vermillion to copper coloured, clear beer with lively sparkling, misty with deposit. Strongly perfumed, candied aroma of candied cherries, orange peel, port wine, biscuit, bitterwort, Kirsch, chocolate cookies, candied banana, hazelnut oil, cognac, pink grapefruit, cured meat, treacle-waffles... Candied sweet onset, cherries, dates, raisins, but this refined sweetness is almost immediately accompanied by a powerful hop bitterness, much earlier than expected; mouthfeel is oily, fatty and resiny, with a thick caramel maltiness with a deeply nutty, toasted character as well, enhancing the bitterness, which becomes very big in the end, almost like a double IPA, but less aromatic, more in a deep, peppery, spicy way and lasting for a very long time after swallowing, blocking any residual malt sweetness and drying mouth and throat. This is indeed one "beast of a beer" as the back label claims, very bold and powerful, though it ends up less complex and vinous than I expected; I know that American-style barley wines can be very hoppy especially in comparison with their English-style counterparts, and this is a very good example of that. I guess this beer deserves its status as the archetypical American-style barley wine and since I’m a hophead as well as an amateur of the barley wine style, I greatly enjoyed this. One of those ’must taste’ beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kristall-König (2555) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - JUL 24, 2015
Zitrusnoten, Malz, Rosine und Rum steigen in die Nase. Startet süß, ölig, zitrusartig. Mitte zunächst noch Zitrusaromen, die dann von Rosine und Rum überlagert werden. Alkoholischer Schluß, süß, brennend. Ein opulentes Bier - gut.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nogva (62) - NORWAY - JUL 21, 2015
Pours warm copper with a creamy light tan head. Zesty aroma of caramel, hop resin and some vanilla. Full body, thick feel, average carbonation. Taste of licorice, pine and some alcohol with a long and hoppy finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
elosop (229) - SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2015
Dracks halvkall på träningsläger i Båstad. Därför ngt svårt att bedöma. Tycker dock den var ganska sur till att börja med, men den tog sig på slutet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
peponi (940) - Mainz, GERMANY - JUL 15, 2015
Aroma: malty, weak herbal notes, roasted caramel. Appearance: clear copper color, almost no head. Taste: medium bitterness (herbs), malty, dried fruits, semi-dry ad roasted. Palate: full body and low carbonation, bitter finish. Overall: Classical BW, rather average.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
wolffish (393) - Saint-Donat, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 12, 2015
C’est plutôt étrange mais à la fois génial de constater que cette bière aura bientôt 30 ans! Oui, le style est bien ancré mais l’interprétation goûte franchement moderne. Chhapeau pour ce produit phare, j’ai adoré!! Ça a décidément l’air d’un vin d’orge mais le goût est très près des Black IPA actuelles. Les fruits, le malt, l’alcool, tout est agencé à merveille. Miam miam!!

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