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RATINGS: 3172   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


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (36036) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2007
Bottle. Cloudy dark amber color with a average frothy good lacing mostly lasting off-white head. Aroma is heavy hoppy, alcohol, sweet, caramel. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and heavy bitter with a average duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. Very nice ;o))

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (32344) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 18, 2008
12 fl oz bottle, 2008. Pours almost clear golden amber with a huge light tan to orange head. Delicate fresh fruity hops aroma, light pineneedle note. Flavour is very hoppy and fruity. Light initial sweetness. Goes into a more dry and intense pinewood and bitter flavour before the finish. Goes rather dry and bitter, yet maintaining a rather fresh fruity hops note as well. Disregarding the style, this is nice IIPA.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ungstrup (29851) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2004
The aroma is very hoppy and grassy. The color is an unclear red and it has no head. The flavor is lovely hoppy and very dry, but also with notes of grass and oil. A simple beer, but very nice.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2005
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Very pretty, clear deep reddish brown. Fine, dense and very creamy head leaving an intense lacing in the glass. Sweetish in the first sip, some fat notes of sweet wine. But in an instant you’re swept away by an extreme hoppiness that strangles any more subtle notes. Long, long bitter finish. Overly hopped for my taste. 280505

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joergen (21533) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 21, 2005
Redbrown colour with a small beige head. Nice aroma with lots of hops and sweetness with notes of fruit and alcohol. Sweet flavour of fruits and lots of hops. Long bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (20947) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 29, 2005
Bottled. Darkish red, nice reddish head. Lovely aroma of wine (grapes) and a bit of alcohol. Pleasant aroma. Flavour is cranberries, bitterish and dry. Dry palate and very bitterish aftertaste. Nice one!

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
omhper (19985) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 25, 2002
Sampled young. Reddish brown. Thick. Super fuity, super bitter, super cascade aroma. Probably need to mature for some time to become perfect, which is what I intend to do with my 2nd bottle.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (17658) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2005
Reddish brown in colour. White head that disappears quickly. Lots of hops in the aroma and some maltiness in the background. Taste is malty with hints of caramel, then you get the bittersweet hoppiness. That i like alot.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (16123) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2009
3rd July 2008. Rich, almost salty malt, followed by a hop profile that would do an IPA proud. Mouthwatering.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (15371) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 7, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2013
2013-03-19, vintage 2012, bb 02/02/13, 8-5-8-3-16=40
Hazy dark amber color with red shades; generous rocky head, stable, with nice lace. Very nice aroma. Malt, caramel, hops; but also a bit soapy. Full bodied, with strong caramel flavor, sweet, but mostly bitter, with aggressive resins; the final is maybe too bitter, with some roasted nuts.
Better to wait a few years...

2006-01-12, draught at Bishop’s Arms, Malmö, 9-5-9-5-18=46
Wonderful aroma, with lovely hops and malt. Thick, malty, hopped, extreme. Maybe less mature than in the bottle, but so impressive!

2003-11-06, bottle, vintage 2003, 9-5-9-5-17=45
Hazy dark amber color; thin creamy head. Strong malt and phenol nose; caramel and nuts; fudge, gingerbread. Strong body, malty, more character than many others Barley Wines, loads of caramel; very well balanced by a bold bitterness, leading to an extremely strong and long final. Aaaah the hops…


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