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RATINGS: 3114   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG111 (40) - - MAY 31, 2014
Pours a giant pillowy head. Minimal lacing. Color is a dark dark red, almost brown. Aroma is such nice caramel sweetness, raisins, dark fruits. Flavor is malty and sweet, then hops come in, and the aftertaste is hops, but balanced. Nothing really overwhelms you. Great barleywine, done right.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheJestersBeer (2032) - SWEDEN - MAY 31, 2014
350ml bottle, 2014 vintage. Pours a slightly hazy deep copper, with a beige head. Rich, hoppy aroma, caramel, spruce, resin, apricot, grapefruit peel, pine needles, yeast, earth, bergamot. Semi-sweet, full bodied, high bitterness, creamy CO2. Complex, hoppy taste, malt, caramel, resin, grapefruit, orange peel, spruce, marzipan, earth. Layers upon layers of flavours, really long, balanced finish. (2014-05-31)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlmostHome (17) - Gulfport, Mississippi, USA - MAY 28, 2014
Not exactly what I expected for a Barleywine. Thin head and much hoppier. There is a variety of tastes but the hops comes to the fore more so than the malt. Great dark color. Taste hides the high gravity well. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Swamp_Thing (34) - Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2014
2014 vintage. Well, at least now I know the ratebeer score that equals a pour down the drain. It is a 1.8. Maybe it is all about expectations. If the bottle had been labeled "Budweiser" instead of "Barley Wine" it may have worked. In fairness it has more flavor than Bud but it has the same horrid finish. Thin and bitter hops. I have 7 bottles remaining and will cellar them at least 2 years and try again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Headbanger (3226) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2014
12oz bottle (Old Notes)-Pours a dark amber with red hues. Aroma of dried fruit, caramel, toffee, and malt. Taste is the same with hops coming out as well. This full bodied brew is well balanced and a pretty darn tasty BW.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
marv3mania (176) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2014
12 oz. bottle in a snifter. Appearance is a lovely ruby-copper color with a moderate eggshell-white head. Aroma is very smooth balance of rich, sweet caramel malts and pine/floral hops. Neither scent overwhelms the other. The taste is similar to the nose, with some bit of dark fruit taste as well. This is just an outstanding beer in every way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ljthiessen (310) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 18, 2014
Bottle, 2012 vintage. Looks and smells like a Classic barleywine. Some nice oak, pine, citrus and candied fruit. Pretty hoppy flavour. One of the best and most well-balanced barleywines I've tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rperez (130) - Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Very complex flavors, floral notes and malt galore, however they did not mask the strong alcohol taste, a good barley wine beer just not for me ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jsnicholas (63) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Bottle (12oz): To me this is an average ale. It is fairly bitter as is to be expected, but I did not taste the other fruity notes. Very drinkable, but so many other ales to try, I do not think I will buy again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
coltonhudy (15) - - MAY 9, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2014 Pours nice with a dark amber color with a golden head very intense ale thats big and heavy with notes of pine,oak barrels,hops,caramel, leather, very roasty and deep with flavor and balanced strong bitterness.

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