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RATINGS: 3264   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
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

hoorayforbeer's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2003
Dark red with a nice head to it. Strong citrusy hop presence followed by rich sweet malt. The hops fade into a bitter grapefruit aftertaste that lasts through the maltiness. Gets better as it warms, but the grapefruit is still there.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beerblogger100 (50) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Big malty aroma with some earthy leathery hops. Flavor is huge rich toasty malts and some fresh biscuits. Did have pretty big evident hop flavors as well. Very complex brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Carlowxxx (116) - Carlow, IRELAND - SEP 26, 2015
bottle 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, hops note as well. this is nice IIPA.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TorbenJensen (1321) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2015
Bigfoot has cherry, plum and other fruit. It also has a taste of slight aniseed which is in perfect relief for the fruit, making it unsurpassed delicate. Viniousity is on par with the best possible Amarone wine (full-bodied, fruity, bold and slightly acidic).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbuskirk (818) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - SEP 25, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2015 Why do beers named after mythical creatures (Iím looking at you too, Yeti) end up tasting so damn good? Weirdly, Iíve done things ass-backward and tried the barrel aged variety of Bigfoot before this version. Typically, itís rare that I find a brew that isnít improved in a barrel. Bigfoot is one of those rarities. Even though I loved the richness and complexity of the barrel aged variant, I think I like plain fresh Bigfoot even more. Iím a simple man. I love my hops. And Bigfootís got íem. Aggressive, bitter, woodsy, aromatic hops. Color is red-brown with a gorgeous tan head. Mouthfeel is crips and finish is has lingering orange peel zest bitterness. As much as I enjoy it in its current form, Iím going to keep aging my remaining bottles and update the review as necessary.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Salwal (136) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - SEP 24, 2015
From the bottle, pours hazelnut Brown with thick beige head. Nose of intense hops and yeast. Taste is warming caramell. Some alcohol in the back.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackHaddock (5091) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2015
12oz bottle brought back from California and saved for a rainy day: itís raining this evening. 11th Sep 2015, poured into a Chimay chalice at home. Well chilled, over chilled? Cloudy/misty reddy brown body, the head an off-white wisp and collar, expected more on the topping front. Intense flavour boost, even in the cold aroma, this is not a beer to mess with, the nose tells you this straight away. Rich and deep flavoured, woody maltiness and heavy hop bitterness combine to test your nasal senses, taste buds and challenge your palate. A really interesting and complex beer, I love Barley Wines and this is up there with some of the best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
oliodnb (547) - ITALY - SEP 4, 2015
355ml bottle. Or better, 354.882355 ml. Come on yankees, get a grip and switch to metric. Beautiful hazy reddish amber color with a small light beige head. Aroma is strong sweet malts and a lots of fruit with a hint of alcohol. Taste is similar with the strong malty component very well balanced by a generous hopping. Very good vegetal final bitterness, full body, light carbonation. Excellent barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lele (264) - Padova, ITALY - AUG 21, 2015
ASPETTO: ambrato scuro, limpido. Schiuma ambrata chiarissima, abbondante, fine e persistente. AROMA: caramello, maltato, floreale ed erbaceo. Non fortissimo, ma molto invitante. GUSTO: líattacco, come ogni barley wine che si rispetti, Ť caramelloso, maltato e un poí liquoroso (avrei preferito di piý). Ma presto viene líamaro, un amaro erbaceo e abbastanza invadente invadente. Corpo pieno, carbonizzazione medio-bassa. CONCLUSIONE: birra molto saporita. Líavrei preferita con un amaro piý stemperato, in quanto (soprattutto a birra non "calda") tende ad invadere la bocca e a coprire gli altri sapori.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alethol (123) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 7, 2015
Pours reddish brown. Aromas of hops, citrus, caramel. Slightly bitter, spicy, orangey taste with alcohol coming through. Big beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (3547) - BELGIUM - JUL 31, 2015
Classic American barley wine, young bottle, glad I finally got my hands on one as I have been wanting to taste this for a long time. Apparently in existence since 1983 and in that sense one of the forerunners of the American craft beer revolution. Pale beige, moussy, dense, audibly crackling head with good retention (certainly in view of the ABV), over a beautifully vermillion to copper coloured, clear beer with lively sparkling, misty with deposit. Strongly perfumed, candied aroma of candied cherries, orange peel, port wine, biscuit, bitterwort, Kirsch, chocolate cookies, candied banana, hazelnut oil, cognac, pink grapefruit, cured meat, treacle-waffles... Candied sweet onset, cherries, dates, raisins, but this refined sweetness is almost immediately accompanied by a powerful hop bitterness, much earlier than expected; mouthfeel is oily, fatty and resiny, with a thick caramel maltiness with a deeply nutty, toasted character as well, enhancing the bitterness, which becomes very big in the end, almost like a double IPA, but less aromatic, more in a deep, peppery, spicy way and lasting for a very long time after swallowing, blocking any residual malt sweetness and drying mouth and throat. This is indeed one "beast of a beer" as the back label claims, very bold and powerful, though it ends up less complex and vinous than I expected; I know that American-style barley wines can be very hoppy especially in comparison with their English-style counterparts, and this is a very good example of that. I guess this beer deserves its status as the archetypical American-style barley wine and since Iím a hophead as well as an amateur of the barley wine style, I greatly enjoyed this. One of those ímust tasteí beers.

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