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RATINGS: 3248   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OmegaX (1340) - Florida, USA - APR 12, 2015
4-pack, sipped on throughout the week. Aroma is piney, citrusy hops, caramel malts. Flavor is hop forward with a lot of pine tree flavor and thick caramel, sweet malts. Intensely flavored. Quite bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jabah (197) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2015
First time I tried this about 15 years ago, I thought the alcohol content was higher. Tried again a few months ago. Pours a darker-medium brown, slightly amber color and has a strong barley and yeasty smell. Leaves a nice lace from the thickness and alcohol. Taste is semi-sweet at first but goes down bitter and very hoppy. Barleywine is not my favorite type of beer, but this is on the lighter compared to some of the heavier 11-14% ones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rdixon77 (1540) - Georgia, USA - APR 6, 2015
Old rating. Very solid barley wine. Big resinous and piney hops, sweet and chewy malts, some dark fruit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GlassBrass440 (274) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 5, 2015
2013 vintage opened 5/4/15. Pours a dark brown with whipped cream thick eggshell head that lingers and dissipates so slowly that you donít notice until itís gone. Aromas of molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins, and bunt cookies. Caramel, red grape juice, raisin, plum, alcohol, and bitter orange peel which lingers - assertively - long into the finish. Thick and sticky mouthfeel. Another year or two and this will be better, I would think.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinsenn (1434) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2015
Bottle from SlovakSniper; thanks! Caramel, apple, and light citrus aroma. Bitter taste with some underlying sweet caramel. Long bitter finish. Some lemon notes. nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bartzluke (270) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 2, 2015
2014 vintage consumed Apr 2nd, 2015. 12 oz pour from room temperature bottle into a stemmed tulip glass. Moderate pour produced a large white head. Clearly lots of carbonation. Color is a beautiful red. Opaque. Nose is sweet and fruity, like candy. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but not bad. Taste is bitter and dry. Floral, fruit (both citrus and tropical). A bit of a yeasty aftertaste. Layers of flavor here-- evolves as it sits in my mouth. An interesting beer. I can see why itís a classic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bgold86 (35) - - APR 1, 2015
Overrated, but still solid. Needs to be cellared when you purchase, very annoying. Lagunitas Gnarly wine is so much cheaper and you get so much more, both taste young though..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nihtila (1615) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 26, 2015
12.9.2014. Dark copper colour. Smells caramel, malts, hops, pine, resin. Full, creamy mouthfeel. Sweet malts, towards finish dryer hops and ends with strong wood, also resin. Also some alcohol. Fruity hoppy, earthy BW. Actually quite good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ordybill (598) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2015
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Has that "SN" hop aroma. Appearance- A reddish colored brew that looks wonderful. Taste- The hops are mixed with some pine and there is a bitter aftertaste, not bad. Palate- This is a medium to heavy bodied brew with moderate carbonation. It is a dry finish beer with a nice hop bite. Overall- A good beer but it doesnít taste like a traditional barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
willisread (722) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 23, 2015
Old rating. 12oz bottle from Old Town. Clear reddish copper pour with thin off-white head. Grapefruit zest, apricot, prune, caramel and toffee. Thick rich with a medium body. Sweet and bitter on the palate. Well-balanced. Bit of vanilla comes out as it warms up. Warming finish with nice lingering bitterness. Great stuff!

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