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RATINGS: 3143   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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4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hopsclation (89) - Chicago, - SEP 10, 2013
This is one of my favorite widely available beers and considering how good it is, its really not that expensive. Creamy passionfruit cognac with expresive sharp hop bite that ends with a subtle but zesty raspberry finish. A world class american beer experience. Im sure it would be even better aged a couple years but I dont think i will ever have that kind of self control...


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maddog (392) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Old School Badass! 2012 vintage. Bigfoot is a classic barleywine that has stood the test of time. Aromas of huge malt, classic NW hops and dark fruits and an impressive, cloudy dark amber color and a chunky tan head make this an impressive beer even before enjoying it. The flavors are very sweet malt with a nice showing of hops. Raisins and other dark fruits and even some slight spice shine through. A massive beer.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tia (886) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Tap @ Commercial Taphouse. Brown with ample foamy head and generous lacing. Smells kind of like rum raisin cake. Initially sweet with a slight booziness and chocolatiness them nice and bitter. A little velvety but with a nice bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (979) - - AUG 28, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 2-22-13- Poured from bottle into snifter glass Appearance- The beer pours a mahogany color with ruby red highlights and a small white head. The head fades quite quickly leaving a great level of lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is big and malty with a strong presence of a pine and earthy hop aroma. Mixed with these aromas are some port alcohol and spice aromas as well, giving the brew a very warming smell. Taste- The taste of the brew is as the nose would predict. It begins with a strong malty and bready base with caramel, toffee, and cherry flavors that bring a nice balancing sweetness to the taste. As the taste advances further some of the hops detected in the nose begins hitting the taste buds with the sweetness losing much of its potency. The hops are mainly of a pine and herbal taste and grow stronger as the taste moves to the end. Along with the hop flavor so too arrives flavors of the alcohol and spice that were sensed in the nose. These flavors grow stronger more toward the end as well and when all combined the flavors leave a heavy and warming taste to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the thick and chewy side with the carbonation level on the lower side. The thick and chewy nature of the brew wonderfully suits the robust flavors, and when coupled with the lower carbonation, it makes this a slow sipper, just as the brew should be. Overall- A hoppy style barleywine a little on the drier side. While not my favorite barley it is a good drinking and enjoyable brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubblehouse (360) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 20, 2014
One of the better barley wines. Descent aroma but really smooth and tasty. A really good offering.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopmelt (173) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Pours hazy, light mahogany, big thick creamy off white head, lots of thick lacing. Aroma caramel, toffee, pineapple, eaethy, bready. Taste bitter upfront, almost an artificial sweetener flavor, caramel, toffee, very earthy slight pineapple. Mouthfeel full body, medium carbonation, slight alcohol bite, semi-dry finish. Overall interesting, good big beer now, very complex, I think the slight artificial sweetener flavor and bitterness would subside with age, I need to age one of these.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vestergaard (314) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2014
Bottle. Pours unclear, Dark amber with an off White head. Aroma is packed with sweet malts and sugar, hops and hoppy fruityness. Taste is very bitter-hoppy, but still with a good deal of sweet caramel malts. But over all, this is more IIPA than barley Wine in my opinion. Fairly high carb, medium body ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DonPiano (27) - GERMANY - AUG 10, 2014
Very strong and malty barley wine. It tastes like a dark breadcrust combined with a malty sweetness and oak.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonnyConga (81) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2014
Bottle from bottle shop in truro uk. Pours clear dark orangey red with orangey head. Aroma malt and hops and orange. Taste is sweet, malty, hoppy and slight bitterness. Great hoppy barleywine. My favourite yet. Tasty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rob_D_UK (752) - Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2014
Smells of sweet slightly tart dried fruit, raisin and an almost rubbery mustiness. Tastes of raisiny malt, alcohol, spice, very hoppy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnymusky (220) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 4, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2014 First barley wine i have ever tried...i liked the taste....tons of malt and berries ..never had anything that tasted like this.


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