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RATINGS: 3361   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
schmidtguy (37) - Englevale, North Dakota, USA - JAN 17, 2013
trade from queenholly....pours a copper brown with a soapy head....smells of yeast, floral, carmel, and malts...taste of is sweet then a bitter booze finish and hops...good beer this is my first barley wine so not much to compare to


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABS (912) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 25, 2016
Bottle from Vinmonopolet’s BU. Pours dark amber to copper, with a tiny, slightly yellow head. Alcohol and fruit nose. Very thick, oily body. Medium amount of carbonation. Malt, alcohol, honey, fruit, resin and pine flavour. Quite bitter, some sweetness. Warming.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Blueshawk (349) - Bad Bellingen, GERMANY - SEP 14, 2016
- braun-rote Farbe mit guter feinporiger Schaumbildung - schöne Aromen nach Citrusfrüchten, Pinie und zarte Röstmalze - für ein Barley Wine zu hoch carbonisiert - geschmacklich kommt zu der stark dominierenden Hopfenbitternis noch eine leichte Honignote hinzu - erst im Abgang kommt bei gestiegener Temperatur ein wenig BW- Feeling auf Fazit: Eigentlich mehr ein DIPA denn ein Barley Wine

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LearninBeer (480) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2016
2006 - wow can’t believe I’ve never rated this. The aroma is caramel and a little roasty. Pours a golden dark brown, virtually no head and no lacing. The taste is bitter. The body is full, the texture creamy, the carbonation lively and the finish bitter. I bet the review would be better with a fresher version.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Echon (366) - Århus, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2016
Deep red. A big complex malt profile with caramel, fruity esters, some hop flavour and a bit of alcohol are the order of the day here. The taste is very rich, sweet, a little spicy and pungent, and is followed by a heavily bitter hoppy finish. Full body, with a soft and rounded mouthfeel. Overall, an incredible barley wine. Sierra Nevada really nailed the balance here. While it is both sweet and highly hopped, I savoured every sip from start to finish. It is just incredibly tasty, and does not go over the top. Looking forward to the next bottle.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mateuszk (2014) - Poznań, POLAND - SEP 8, 2016
Bottle 2015. Pours dark amber, clear with small white head. Aroma of toffee, burned caramel, red berries. In taste sweet with caramel and some fruits, nothing very complex. Medium to full body, soft carbonation, bitter finish. Bit disappointing.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quick3Beers (944) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 28, 2016
Pours a very nice dark reddish-brown from a bottle. Aroma of toffee, almost burnt, flavor is similar, coffee notes, a little cola too. Very good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drjoeng (857) - SINGAPORE - AUG 16, 2016
9.6%ABV.  Barley wine. Poured out amber.  21ºSRM. Nose is nutty,  There are some other aromas that I typically associated with brown ales.  There may be a hint of cinnamon and Christmas spice. Mouthfeel is syrupy. Palate has some nice heft to it, alcoholic palate.  The middle of the palate is rounded, sweet, malty and almost fruity. Finish is alcoholic.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
djoeye (3640) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 5, 2016
Aroma has confectioneries and chocolatish malts. Beer is hazy rosewoodish with beige-orangeish head. Barley malts and winey taste. Solid body, soft carbonation. Somewhat monotone. [35.5cl btl 9.6%abv BB31.12.16 B@CittiMarkt Flensburg]

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SeniorZozo (1265) - Budapest, HUNGARY - AUG 4, 2016
2015 version. Taste is clove, tart, citrus, passion fruit and light earthiness. A slight yeastiness matches the floral notes. Appearance is a hazy amber with a medium pearl head that retains quite well.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Samuel214 (554) - SWEDEN - JUL 14, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2016 Flaska från SB. Vintage 2016: 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. Vintage 2011: Delad med Lilja och Vignale. 5 år gammal. Bra mycket mattare av lagringen, på det stora hela i en god riktning. Beskan ändå påtagligt märkbar, liksom sötman fortfarande är ganska stor. Verkar kunna stå ett bra tag till?


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