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RATINGS: 3279   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   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

3fourths' rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8788) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2012 2001 - aged 3 years: Clear amber and with a light tan head. Wine-like aroma of grapes, sweet oak, cinnamon, nutmeg and mint. Resin oak flavor, thinner than 02.
2002 - aged 2 years: Head is a creamy medium tan, darker than a fresh 2004. Smell is alcohol, creamy plum and apple, very sweet and musty, but has a very nice aged quality. The hops have aged and opened up, giving this the perfect barley wine aroma. Big and frothy caramel evident, some roasted nuts and plums and some smoke. Awesome really. Biting hops and alcohol in the finish, which tingles the tongue with a mellow smoke and orange residue.
2003 - aged 6 months: Nice dark amber color, with a nice light brown head. Smells like plums, with a very strong, full aroma that almost chokes the nose. Very woody, earthy flavor, which nips the tongue at first. Alcohol taste comes through easily, like a few whiskeys I’ve had. After being aged for 6 months, the hop profile is much smoother and the alcoholic bite is not as bad.
2004 - fresh: Sweet citrus hop aroma with the Centennial apparant as a really sweet orange aroma. Syrupy thick, though not as thick as 02 and not as creamy. big biting hops overpower everything else in this one (fresh 04, been on the store shelves for 1 week). Other than the sweet tangerine and grapefruit hop flavors and a small wood flavor, I can’t get much else... this one needs some time.
2005 - fresh - bottle and draft ratings
Appears darker than I remember previous version, but since this was had on draft at a beer bar, that probably plays a role. Regardless, it looks beautiful: dark plum colored body with a foamy tan head. Beautifully pungent hop nose, full of sweet cherries, plums, bubble gum sugars and candi sugar. Has the usual intense hop bite of a fresh Bigfoot, although, like other years, it’s still not fully developed. Woody and nutty flavors are noticed in this, which go particularly well with the overtones of plum and caramel. I have to say that the 2005 is my favorite vintage (fresh) so far, I can’t wait to see how it ages.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AnG_BrgNor (25) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 24, 2015
0,355 l bottle from Vinmonopolet. Aroma is caramel, dries fruit, pine and citrus. Taste is sweet and malty and even some hops. Slightly bitter in the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Moebbels (556) - FINLAND - NOV 20, 2015
A clear dark amber body with a fluffy, well lasting light brown head. The nose has deep caramel, cookie, sherry and liquorice. Taste is sweet with a hefty bitter finish that really lingers on the palate. Carbonation is quite lively and makes the rich palate seem a little lighter. Quite nice and easy to drink but the bitterness is a bit too heavy for an english style barleywine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoprider (236) - DENMARK - NOV 19, 2015
Pours copperbrown with a beige, half rocky half frothy head. The nose has caramel, toasted malts, banana, cardboard, cold press coffee, fudge, slight booze and hops, but the hops fade after 20 minutes time. Get more vinous over time. Gentler, more approachable. The taste has rich malt, blackbread, yeasty notes., banana again and bitter taste from the hops. These stay in the aftertaste which is mostly bitter. Not much sweetness (yet) this is a 2015 bottle. I suspect the taste and aftertaste will become sweeter, gentler and rounder over time once the booze and hops fade. Mouthfeel is lively at first but gets smoother eventually. Solid old school brew that I’ve always liked.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stew41 (1821) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - NOV 4, 2015
2012 Vintage Aging well. Firm, almost dry for the style, and old school bitterness to finish. Some malt sweetness lurks and I wonder if this is more pronounced when young? Good for a couple more years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Percy0103 (317) - MEXICO - OCT 31, 2015
Bottle, 355ml. A clear mahogany beer wtih a medium size white head that fades away quickly. Fruity aroma with malt, barley and alcohol. Taste is bitter and very earthy. Some carbonation and astringency. Strong alcohol finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sdaniel90 (589) - Mexico City, MEXICO - OCT 31, 2015
Bottle, 355ml. Opaque maple/orange with a frothy tan head. Fruity aromas of roasted caramel, dried fruits, alcohol. Medium to robust bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth, oily and slightly dry. Earthy malt character with a sweet and bitter alcohol finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zakoon (370) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2015
355ml bottle enjoyed @ home, 2011 vintage. Pours hazy amber with a big and foamy off-white head. Aroma is floral, caramel, toffee, herbal and a hint of dark fruits. Flavour is medium sweet and light bitter. Medium bodied, slick texture, soft carbonation. Finish is long and floral.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gregwilsonstl (1556) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 25, 2015
Dirty copper. Quite hoppy for a barleywine. Dry. Woody. Tasted at Elijah Ps Monsters of Beer festival.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
leghorn99 (163) - Livorno, ITALY - OCT 24, 2015
Il colore è un bel rosso scuro quasi marrone; una bella schiuma cremosa, beige, con una buona allacciatura e discreta persistenza. L’olfatto è molto complesso ed invitante; aroma alcolico, floreale, si sente l’odore del luppolo e anche qualche nota dolce di caramello. Il palato è subito attaccato dall’amaro del luppolo e dal calore alcolico, ma fin da subito; il tutto viene ben bilanciato dalla compenente dolce del malto. Il corpo è medio, così come la carbonazione; il gusto che si percepisce è quello agrodolce del Crodino.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DerGantzel (135) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2015
Hoppy, malt, floral, herbal aroma. Red clear liquid. Medium sweetness in beginning followed by light-medium bitterness. Full body, creamy texture, average carbonation. Good american style barley wine.

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