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RATINGS: 3355   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   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 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
WillRunForBeer (2246) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 12, 2016
12oz 2012 bottle shared by Chalumeaux. Pours medium brown with an off white head. Aroma is clove, caramel, date, amber malt. Flavor follows. Heavy clove, caramel, date, a hint of banana. Strong clove and grassy bitter in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chalumeaux (1039) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 12, 2016
Poured from bottle dated 2012 red brown with thin beige head and slight lacing. Aromas of caramel malt dark fruit bread alcohol and spice. Taste is dark fruit alcohol caramel and lingering bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdolfoCC (153) - Veracruz, Veracruz, MEXICO - MAY 9, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2016 Vintage 2016. APARIENCIA: de color rubí intenso, se observa turbia y una ligera actividad de carbonatación; corona de espuma color marfil, de burbujas compactas y algunas abiertas al centro. AROMA: notas de los lúpulos utilizados, de carácter frutal, algo cítrico y ligeramente herbal, se aprecian notas a cáscara de toronja, piña, mango, duraznos, una nota ligeramente resionosa por ahí, además de notas de caramelo, toffee y algunos frutos oscuros maduros. Sabor: de entrada un amargor intenso, que da paso a una explosión de sabores, notas de los lúpulos y las maltas bien intensas que no compiten y se complementan muy bien; notas a cáscara de toronja, piña, mango, duraznos, en menor medida notas herbales y resinosas, notas a caramelo, toffee, frutos oscuros maduros, algunos dátiles, ciruelas y pasas; en el retrogusto queda un amargor intenso, queda el gusto de cierto dulzor. SENSACIÓN: cuerpo medio ligero con sensación oleosa, media baja carbonatación. RESUMEN: Excelente cerveza de acuerdo al estilo.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pedro_Pinho (154) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2016
3Brown/Red with a very thin off-white head. Aroma is malt and hops. Taste reflects the aroma; very well balanced, but I like less hops in my barley wine.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
colui72 (643) - HONG KONG - MAY 3, 2016
Pours dense hazy brown, with a thin tan white head. Aroma is floral, dark fruits, yeast. Complex in the palate: it starts sweet, with caramel, dark fruit, bread then the dry hops kick in giving a good balance and a bitter after taste. Thick and sticky, full bodied, well hidden booze. A great sipper!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alpha10 (597) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2016 2016/04/30 - Pours a hazy, ruby brown colour with a soapy, cream colour head that quickly reduces to a patchy film and leaves ample lacing. Aroma is caramel, dark fruits (raisin, prune, grape), mild yeast, floral notes and spicy/earthy hops. Taste is dark fruit, caramel, sweet bread, light alcohol and spicy (slightly herbal) hops. Mouthfeel is medium with sharp carbonation and a drying, bitter, slightly warming finish. Malt forward with some nice hop character. Very nice, but I expected better given the hype. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (4752) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - APR 25, 2016
(Sierra Nevada Bigfoot) Bottle 355 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 9.6%. Vintage 2014 Deep red to light brown colour on the body, quite hazy, with a good sized and thick light beige head on top, very good retrention. Aroma has malts, ripe red and dark fruits,light alcohol, raisins, orange peel. Taste is sweet with lots of red and dark fruits, alcohol, malts, nice hoppy touches, orange peel, nocely bitter on the finish. Medium body with good carbonation, quite dry on the palate. Very nice, heavily hopped barleywine.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oldschool_Mike (317) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 23, 2016
Bottle into snifter. Pours a hazy reddish brown with a thin off white cap. Aroma is fruity with a little booze. Taste is about the same. Great beer would like to see how it ages.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TH28 (364) - - APR 22, 2016
12oz bottle. 12/4/15 bottle date. Appearance: Reddish brown in color, slight haze, and a beige khaki foam head. Aroma: Rich maltiness of bread crusts and toffee. Light citrusy hop aromas as well. Taste: Deep, rich maltiness. Bready and caramel up front, giving way to more of a toasty and toffee flavor. Sharp, strong bitterness hits on the back end with citrus and pine. Overall flavors are very fresh and sharp. Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body with some chewiness, with a light carbonation. Strong alcohol heat. Finish: Sharp flavor of the beer lasts long past the swallow. Malt forward for sure, with some caramel and toast, as well as a strong resinous bitterness. Overall: The label is absolutely right, this is a beast of a beer. Strong, rich, boozy maltiness from the start with multiple layers of caramel, bread, toast, and toffee. Citric hop bitterness is very strong and does a good job of standing up to the malt. This beer is 4 months old, and the intensity is very high, almost overpowering. Looking forward to trying another Bigfoot at 1 year and seeing how it softens and develops different flavors

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biirusaikou (2477) - - APR 14, 2016
Bottle shared at the end of a long session. 2016 version. Feels quite young and boozy, syrupy body, dried fruit and caramel malt, quite sweet on the finish. Not very exciting, will probably revisit older versions when more sober :)


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