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RATINGS: 3297   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoprider (262) - DENMARK - NOV 19, 2015
Pours copperbrown with a beige, half rocky half frothy head. The nose has caramel, toasted malts, banana, cardboard, cold press coffee, fudge, slight booze and hops, but the hops fade after 20 minutes time. Get more vinous over time. Gentler, more approachable. The taste has rich malt, blackbread, yeasty notes., banana again and bitter taste from the hops. These stay in the aftertaste which is mostly bitter. Not much sweetness (yet) this is a 2015 bottle. I suspect the taste and aftertaste will become sweeter, gentler and rounder over time once the booze and hops fade. Mouthfeel is lively at first but gets smoother eventually. Solid old school brew that I’ve always liked.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stew41 (1853) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - NOV 4, 2015
2012 Vintage Aging well. Firm, almost dry for the style, and old school bitterness to finish. Some malt sweetness lurks and I wonder if this is more pronounced when young? Good for a couple more years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Percy0103 (358) - MEXICO - OCT 31, 2015
Bottle, 355ml. A clear mahogany beer wtih a medium size white head that fades away quickly. Fruity aroma with malt, barley and alcohol. Taste is bitter and very earthy. Some carbonation and astringency. Strong alcohol finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sdaniel90 (636) - Mexico City, MEXICO - OCT 31, 2015
Bottle, 355ml. Opaque maple/orange with a frothy tan head. Fruity aromas of roasted caramel, dried fruits, alcohol. Medium to robust bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth, oily and slightly dry. Earthy malt character with a sweet and bitter alcohol finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zakoon (415) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2015
355ml bottle enjoyed @ home, 2011 vintage. Pours hazy amber with a big and foamy off-white head. Aroma is floral, caramel, toffee, herbal and a hint of dark fruits. Flavour is medium sweet and light bitter. Medium bodied, slick texture, soft carbonation. Finish is long and floral.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gregwilsonstl (1702) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 25, 2015
Dirty copper. Quite hoppy for a barleywine. Dry. Woody. Tasted at Elijah Ps Monsters of Beer festival.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
leghorn99 (193) - Livorno, ITALY - OCT 24, 2015
Il colore è un bel rosso scuro quasi marrone; una bella schiuma cremosa, beige, con una buona allacciatura e discreta persistenza. L’olfatto è molto complesso ed invitante; aroma alcolico, floreale, si sente l’odore del luppolo e anche qualche nota dolce di caramello. Il palato è subito attaccato dall’amaro del luppolo e dal calore alcolico, ma fin da subito; il tutto viene ben bilanciato dalla compenente dolce del malto. Il corpo è medio, così come la carbonazione; il gusto che si percepisce è quello agrodolce del Crodino.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DerGantzel (207) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2015
Hoppy, malt, floral, herbal aroma. Red clear liquid. Medium sweetness in beginning followed by light-medium bitterness. Full body, creamy texture, average carbonation. Good american style barley wine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MGantzel (118) - Aalborg, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2015
Denne barley wine er flot brunrødlig i farven og med et tyndt hvidt skum. Øllen smager traditionelt sødt og er kraftfuld i smagen. Smagen afrundes af en fin bitterhed. Lav karbonering.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Tessic (1009) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2015
This barley wine poured a slightly cloudy, deep Amber colour with a huge, light tan, creamy head. Scents include ripe fruit, hay and caramel. First swig was quite hoppy with flavours of light citrus and grass. Finish was really bitter with grassy notes lingering. Too hoppy for a barley wine. The hops robbed it of flavour.

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