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RATINGS: 3300   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


Fatehunter's rating

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fatehunter (1951) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - APR 15, 2012
2011 Bottling. New review eight months later with a bottle from the same sixer that was sitting in my cellar temp’d wine/beer closet. Poured into a tulip glass. Cloudy amber color with a finger of dirty-white head. It has a deep malt smell that you could get lost in. Big improvement from the first review. There is also a black licorice smell. Heady malt taste, almost knocked me over. Still has the gripping bitterness, which balances the malt well. Big and powerful all the way through. It also has a great alcohol warming finish. Heavy body, low carbonation. Nothing changed here. It got a lot better only eight months later. I still have a few more that I’ll open one a year. --- 2011 Bottling Poured into a snifter. Amber colored with a thick, tight dirty-white head. Looks regal. The smell is, well, almost non-existent. A bit of wet malt and brown sugar. Sweet, but not too much. A bit of maltiness. A gripping bitterness, a lasting aftertaste. Heavy in the mouth, but not really thick. Light carbonation. True to the style. Maybe it needs to cellar for awhile... ’cause it was fairly average. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-12-2011 22:49:02


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SinH4 (1601) - Garching, GERMANY - FEB 8, 2016
Vintage 2015, Rating #1600. Dark brown-amber color with big tan head. Aroma is bitter toffee, sticky pine, dried fruits. Taste is sticky pine, bitter toffee, caramel, a bittersweet mixture. Cough syrup and some wood as well. Bitter finish with a little booze burn. Very oily mouthfeel, medium to low carbonation. A big barley wine, very hoppy though, it reminds me of some other "mixture" brews between DIPA & Barley Wine!

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Holtguy (144) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2016
Pours garnet, clear with a puffy off white head of about 3/4". Good lacing. Aroma is mild, some malt and pine. Flavor is dominated by bitterness, with a slight malt background. It’s got that chinook spice and acrid bitterness. Any sweetness is mostly overpowered. Tastes like an IPA, a touch heavier, with some of that aforementioned sweetness. I guess this gets points for being original back in the day. Not my cup of tea, though.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
joejames (412) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2016
2016 vintage bottle to shaker glass, pours reddish brown. Two finger rocky light tan head. Decent lacing and nice retention. Aroma of caramel and herbs. Taste is very complex, very sweet and very bitter. Full bodied, lively small bubble carbonation, sticky mouth feel. Finishes long and bittersweet. Tasting notes of caramel, plum, raisins, candied sugar, herbs, walnut, resin, sour cherry and alcohol. Fantastic!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Klimaet (1111) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2016
Bottle from Prima Beer. Pours clear dark red with a small offwhite head. ARomas of malts, dark fruits, caramel, plum. Taste is malty, hoppy, caramel, plums, raisins, citrussy rye bread.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoshRaburn (104) - - JAN 26, 2016
2013 bottle. Huge hoppy barleywine. Bit like lagunitas brown sugga. When I first tried this about 7 years ago I really hated it - thought the US citrus hops really clashed with the sweet malt. So I don’t know if my palate has just completely changed (likely as a result of drinking US barleywines and imperial stouts non-stop this winter) , or if a few years in the bottle has mellowed it out a bit. Pine in the nose and resin all the way through the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tekstr1der (289) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Pours a cloudy, ruddy brown with thin tan head. Aroma is fantastic - malty with booze and a touch of piney hop. Flavor has a more pronounced bitter that takes the forefront, with slight malt sweetness almost balancing. I find this just a little rough on the palette between the bitter and the booze, but the liquid is very smooth, low carbonation, and slightly cloying - all of which I enjoy.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
josanguapo (667) - SPAIN - JAN 20, 2016
From Uvinum. In Teku glass. Watching Sons of Anarchy 5x01. Amazing aroma. Great taste. A bit alcoholic but with a nice touch of bitterness that compensates it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ciocanelu (595) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - JAN 15, 2016
Clear mahogany color with brownish head. Aroma has nice caramel malts but also some earthy and resiny hops. Taste starts slightly sweet with caramel and dark bread notes and gets hoppy and bitter towards the finish. Aftertaste is quite bitter and dry. Really classic, american style barleywine taste profile.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
euniceradio (340) - Worthington, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2016
This is one complex beverage. Pours clear amber-red, beige froth head. Aroma is huge array of flowers, juicy fruits, berries. Taste is boozy, fruit, tons of complexity. Finishes with juicy fruit, floral and chocolate. That’s good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Whatup14 (1268) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 8, 2016
Bouteille 355ml, 2014. Couleur acajou pâle voilée, mousse beige foncée aérienne et tenace laissant une épaisse dentelle. Arôme de malt caramélisé, houblon résineux, alcool, noix, pointe de café. Goût de malt caramélisé, alcool, amertume intense, zeste de pamplemousse, côté grillé, résine, agrumes en arrière-goût. Carbonatation faible, corps moyen.


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