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RATINGS: 3223   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nephilium (1463) - Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2007
2007 bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy, dark red color. The smell is a slight hint of hops and sweetness. Nicely balanced flavor, starts sweet, living a bit of bittering in the back of the mouth. A solid barleywine. Several bottles of this are cellered, and I will rerate when they get opened.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smroush (103) - Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2015
Complex aromas - alcohol sweetness, a touch of fruitiness (hard to describe the fruit - apricot, mango?), a distinct rustic, wild bitterness that reminds me of rye, lots of bready malt but also lots of classic northwest USA hops - spruce. Color is an attractive dark amber, slight off-white head. Taste is heavy bitterness and fairly pronounced sweetness, presumably from the alcohol. Full bodied; creamy and oily texture; average carbonation; long finish with carbonation, sweetness, spruce and long lasting bitterness. Overall very good; I like the complexity and the balance of both very strong malt and hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
coachd (261) - Missouri, USA - APR 25, 2015
Aroma is vintage Sierra Nevada hoppiness, mixed with some brown sugar and dark fruit. Spicy, earthy aroma, different for a barleywine. Beautiful dark amber color with a tiny ring of white foam that leaves good lacing on the glass. Taste is bitter up front but then reveals some barleywine characteristics. A little malty and has some sweetness in the middle and end of each sip. No booze burn at all. Palate is outstanding with just the right amount if carbonation. Overall, this is just ok. It's not really a barleywine. I love hops, but this comes off too bitter for me. I will age a few bottles, hopefully this beer changes into something I like better. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ceason (25) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 21, 2015
Pours dark red with a lasting large fizzy off-white head. Aroma is lightly hoppy and flowery. This was a great barley wine!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cory (367) - , California, USA - APR 21, 2015
2010 Bottle. Molasses, brown sugar, nutmeg aromas. Very creamy but a really dry nutmeg powder finish. I could drink a lot of this and forget itís almost 10%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adasko (807) - Poznan, POLAND - APR 18, 2015
Aromat słodki, słodowy i owocowy, delikatnie chmielowy. Barwa miedziana, piękna piana świetny lacing. W smaku dość wytrawny. Wyraźna goryczka. Brakuje ciała i słodyczy, perfekcyjnie schowany alkohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OmegaX (1326) - Florida, USA - APR 12, 2015
4-pack, sipped on throughout the week. Aroma is piney, citrusy hops, caramel malts. Flavor is hop forward with a lot of pine tree flavor and thick caramel, sweet malts. Intensely flavored. Quite bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jabah (166) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2015
First time I tried this about 15 years ago, I thought the alcohol content was higher. Tried again a few months ago. Pours a darker-medium brown, slightly amber color and has a strong barley and yeasty smell. Leaves a nice lace from the thickness and alcohol. Taste is semi-sweet at first but goes down bitter and very hoppy. Barleywine is not my favorite type of beer, but this is on the lighter compared to some of the heavier 11-14% ones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rdixon77 (1410) - Georgia, USA - APR 6, 2015
Old rating. Very solid barley wine. Big resinous and piney hops, sweet and chewy malts, some dark fruit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GlassBrass440 (233) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 5, 2015
2013 vintage opened 5/4/15. Pours a dark brown with whipped cream thick eggshell head that lingers and dissipates so slowly that you donít notice until itís gone. Aromas of molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins, and bunt cookies. Caramel, red grape juice, raisin, plum, alcohol, and bitter orange peel which lingers - assertively - long into the finish. Thick and sticky mouthfeel. Another year or two and this will be better, I would think.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinsenn (1357) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2015
Bottle from SlovakSniper; thanks! Caramel, apple, and light citrus aroma. Bitter taste with some underlying sweet caramel. Long bitter finish. Some lemon notes. nice.

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