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RATINGS: 3156   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrotherBeer (13) - Colfax, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2002
In my preference, this is a perfect appearance. The aroma is absolutly perfect to fit the appearance of this beer. Then you take a drink and WHOA! BITTER! Traditional barley wines are not supposed to be this bitter, but I’ve been told that this is a trademark of the brew co. It’s like the most beautiful flower with the most deadly poison. Beautiful and sweat smelling, but will spank your butt if you cross the line. Not as smooth as Old Knuckle Head. This beer demands your attention. I used to hate drinking this beer but I always bought it when it came out. Thats the respect it demands. I really enjoy drinking this starting at ice cold, and sipping it, and by the last sip it is room temperature and still is good. A completly mystifying beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rondphoto (2083) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - OCT 20, 2014
Clear dark amber, thick tan head, streaks of lace. Taste is syrupy caramel malt with a lightly bittered edge in a finish that includes alcohol warmth. Strong, but very little change, start to finish. Good, not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (623) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2014
12 oz bottle of 2013 vintage. The pour is a nice ruby color with a cream colored head that leaves a beautiful lace on the glass. The head does seem to fade right away. The aroma is initially very hoppy. There is a decent toffee presence and a nice malty profile on the back end, but the hopiness drowns out a bit here to start. The flavor is much of the same. The beginning is a bit bitter and then moves through the maltiness and caramel and toffee. The back end is a bit sweet. The mouth feel is a little thin and there is a light carbonation to try to help it out. The aftertaste is a little caramel-ish, but resoundingly bitter. Not too bad ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Artistdave (58) - Austin, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Big rich malty and hoppy brew...all the flavors are there...caramel citrus pine hops. this one will get you blotto...great example of BW

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (865) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
355ml bottle served in a mug. 2012 cap. A: Pours a deep clear amber color firming a medium yellow creamy head. Good retention and tons of lacings formed and left in the glass S: Delicious combination of toffee, caramel malts and American flowery hops. Biscuity T: Sweet upfront. Toffee, caramel, caramel malts. Dark fruit esters. Biscuity. Flowery citrus hops. Excellent bittersweet balance. Molasses. Practically no alcohol sensation despite of the considerable ABV M: Heavy creamy body. Good carbonation for the style. Sweet upfront and strong bitter aftertaste O: Excellent drinkability. Just one more quality Sierra Nevada beet [ BA Review @ 8/16/2012 ]

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
outlawskies (961) - - OCT 12, 2014
Deceptively bitter for a Bartley wine. Julie Gives. 2.5 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hipsterchick (21) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Hipster, does it exist in the sierras? Yes it does. On tap at brewery would be a 5+++++ this Bronson is the quintessential BW... How they mix the hops the grain malt character and do the dirty dancing with the Swaze...I dunno. Hops malt rich rich thick malts without the bitterness from the grains is stupendilicious...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sunlander (14) - SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2014
Fin gyllengul krona. Mörkt rödbrun i färgen. Söt och fruktig och rejält med humle. Lagom bitter eftersmak med toner av grape. En rejäl öl på 9,6% . Bra grejer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JimmyBoy74 (240) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2014
33 cl systembolaget. Drack denna hemma hos Anna och Joakim på midsommarafton. Jag måste bara säga att denna öltyp är grym.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2015) - Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2014
Dark amber/cider color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of sweet malt, hops, & fruit; Flavor of sweet malt, pine hops, dark fruit, some caramel, and spice; More hops than I expected - good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maarten1993 (331) - - SEP 28, 2014
Drank with Thijs 28-9-2014. Tastes more like a quad than a stout.. herby.. like Pannepot. Nice beer, rich taste. Not very compelling but also no weak points. Good dark beer.

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