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RATINGS: 3255   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
weordie (334) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2015
Pours ruby with a sticky looking head. Aroma of mixed berries. Sweet stewed prunes and plum taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1419) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2015
I donít know why it took me so long to finally drink and review Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ė itís one of the most famous and revered craft beers in the country. Now that Iíve had it I can say it was worth the wait. Donít get me wrong, this is a very good beer for sure; but not quite the world class amazing brew I had expectations of. As an American-style barleywine it does exactly what it should do. Iím inclined to believe this beer gets better with age.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a snifter. It was bottled on 2/11/15 and cost $3.99 ($0.33 per ounce).

Appearance: Beautiful burgundy hue; particulates can be seen floating in suspension. Pours to a relatively large, beige, foamy head which laces and retains very well.

Smell: Fruity scent Ė dark dried fruits along with an assortment of berries or citrus. Significant alcohol aroma as well.

Taste: Plenty of malty sweetness right away. Itís not thick, syrupy or cloying, though. Slight confectionery flavors of toffee or caramel along with a general dark/dried/berry fruit taste. Not quite as intense or complex as a Belgian quad, but definitely not a simple, direct palette by any means. The hops are quite prominent Ė not surprisingly Ė imparting a substantial bitterness with minor citrusy and floral overtones. It also has that distinct Chinook hop character of dry bitter astringency. The alcohol is a major player as well, but doesnít make for the woody or vanilla character often found in similar brews. I think this beer would improve with aged and a barrel-aged edition would be nice, too.

Drinkability: Weighing in at 9.6% ABV, Sierra Nevada Bigfoot is probably the strongest mainstream beer available in all 50 states. Yet, it isnít the carbonated extract you might think it is. The mouthfeel is soft, smooth and thick, but in no way sticky. Much of that has to do with the alcohol warmth which seems to thin out the body a bit (I could feel it in my sinuses after each swig). Slightly drying on the tongue after each taste, but easily tolerable.

Score: 8/10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smroush (126) - Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2015
Complex aromas - alcohol sweetness, a touch of fruitiness (hard to describe the fruit - apricot, mango?), a distinct rustic, wild bitterness that reminds me of rye, lots of bready malt but also lots of classic northwest USA hops - spruce. Color is an attractive dark amber, slight off-white head. Taste is heavy bitterness and fairly pronounced sweetness, presumably from the alcohol. Full bodied; creamy and oily texture; average carbonation; long finish with carbonation, sweetness, spruce and long lasting bitterness. Overall very good; I like the complexity and the balance of both very strong malt and hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
coachd (322) - Missouri, USA - APR 25, 2015
Aroma is vintage Sierra Nevada hoppiness, mixed with some brown sugar and dark fruit. Spicy, earthy aroma, different for a barleywine. Beautiful dark amber color with a tiny ring of white foam that leaves good lacing on the glass. Taste is bitter up front but then reveals some barleywine characteristics. A little malty and has some sweetness in the middle and end of each sip. No booze burn at all. Palate is outstanding with just the right amount if carbonation. Overall, this is just ok. It's not really a barleywine. I love hops, but this comes off too bitter for me. I will age a few bottles, hopefully this beer changes into something I like better. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ceason (30) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 21, 2015
Pours dark red with a lasting large fizzy off-white head. Aroma is lightly hoppy and flowery. This was a great barley wine!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cory (372) - , California, USA - APR 21, 2015
2010 Bottle. Molasses, brown sugar, nutmeg aromas. Very creamy but a really dry nutmeg powder finish. I could drink a lot of this and forget itís almost 10%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adasko (981) - Poznan, POLAND - APR 18, 2015
Aromat słodki, słodowy i owocowy, delikatnie chmielowy. Barwa miedziana, piękna piana świetny lacing. W smaku dość wytrawny. Wyraźna goryczka. Brakuje ciała i słodyczy, perfekcyjnie schowany alkohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OmegaX (1344) - 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 (205) - 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 (1583) - Georgia, USA - APR 6, 2015
Old rating. Very solid barley wine. Big resinous and piney hops, sweet and chewy malts, some dark fruit.

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