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RATINGS: 3352   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   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


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3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
snownirvana (70) - - MAR 27, 2012
’09 in a snifter from a bottle aged 3 years. A: malt, alcohol, brown sugar, sweet. App: nice amber brown color, one finger khaki quickly dispersing head. T: sweet worth dark fruits on the front, malty and lots of alcohol taste on the back. Lengthy ear wax aftertaste. P: slightly bubbly and smooth. Very average! Go for Bell’s third coast old ale for almost the same price.


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Samuel214 (446) - SWEDEN - JUL 14, 2016
Flaska från SB. Mahogny/rubinröd med krämbeiget skum som ligger kvar länge och lämnar rester längs kanterna. Stor nötig och "dessert":ig doft av knäck, bränt socker, karamell och kandisocker. En något mindre kropp än väntat, och förvånansvärt lättdrucken. I smaken är det brända, härliga toner med en gnutta rökighet. Karamellig, nötig, knäckig. Fin beska som upptar precis rätt mängd utrymme. Gott.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OminouSC2 (402) - SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2016
Amber color. Classic Barley Wine aromas with some added hops, caramel, dark fruits. Sweet caramel malt, with a lot of hops, citrus and pine. Bitter hop finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LLaurin (277) - Motala, SWEDEN - JUN 18, 2016
From bottle. Pours in lovely dark amber with a firm and tasty golden head. Nose is caramel, honey sweetness and lots of malty wine notes. Taste deep malty with characteristic, light bitter notes of the hops. Palate longlasting and with distinctive bitterness and some oiliness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neongolden (1150) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2016
(355ml 2016 bottle from Systembolaget) Pours clear amber/ruby with a loose pile of cream foam that lingers well with lace. Aroma has a typical malty barley wine core, rather sweet with notes of torrified sugar, fruitcake, some paler dried fruits, lightly toasty grain, citrus peel, earthy piney hops with an almost woody character. Flavour is quite sweet with lots of malt up front, raw and lightly burnt sugars, bready, a bit fruity, citrus oils, but with hop character ramping up quickly. That brings pine, dry grass, earth, citrus, and spicy, herbal and peppery notes along with an increasingly drying, quite high level of bitterness. Finishes bone dry and bitter with a long astringent cling in the mouth. Alcohol hidden. Medium bodied with fairly low carbonation. A solid hop-driven barley wine, maybe it’s not as rich in malts as it could be but not totally unbalanced either.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dslam (103) - surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2016
Poured from a 12fl Oz bottle. Light amount of ahead. Very murky amber color and no lacing. Very good aroma of toffee and citrus. Medium amount of carbonation with really good flavor. There is some bitter taste left after swallowing, that leaves me wanting for more

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pictoman (911) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2016
Poured from 12 fl oz bottle [2012]. Orangey brown with beige head, mild sediment. Caramel and sweet malt, piney hops, dry bitter finish. Medium body.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UXO (1406) - CANADA - JUN 6, 2016
Appearance: opaque medium to deep amber with a short, short-lived ivory head, no lacing. (3/5) Aroma: boozy dark fruit, toffee, citrus zest, pine resin. (8/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate-high bitter. (8/10) Medium-full slightly oily body, moderate carbonation, sticky lingering bitter and warming finish. (4/5) An extremely interesting ale. Initially, the malt and alcohol aromas overwhelm, and seem to be all there is to it, but very rapidly the huge American-style hops kick in, turning your mouth into the scene of a total battle royale. No sooner does the sweet malt invade, than it’s jumped on by the massive hops. Although it’s hugely sweet (and actually finishes a little sticky), it never gets cloying, simply because the resiny and citrus zest bitter never lets it. You know how people make pomanders by sticking cloves in an orange? Think that, except pine needles instead of cloves, then crusting the whole thing in brown sugar. (16/20)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Enteogenisk (128) - Bålsta, SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2016
(33 cl bottle in wine glass.) Pours to beautifully that I lost my breath. Amazing clear amber color with a perfect carbonation leaving a half-finger head that lies and dissipates perfectly. The nose is rather thin but clear as a whistle. Was surprised by the amounts of hops coming through on the palate but I think it has a bit to do with the beverage not being as sweet as these BW’s can be. A real hop-fiesta. Excellent brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ndburns (125) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2016
355ml bottle from The Perfect Pour. Pours a bright hazy red with a foamy tan head. Fruity and malty aroma, the taste is strongly bitter with a developing sweetness, high abv noticeable, but not overpowering.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ngejo (883) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - MAY 29, 2016
Bottle. Cloudy, amber, frothy, tan foam, medium sweetness, very bitter, full body, oily feel, soft carbonation, & abrupt finish.


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