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RATINGS: 3212   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


3fourths' rating

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8382) - 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 Iíve 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 canít 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, itís 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 canít wait to see how it ages.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nihtila (1006) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 26, 2015
12.9.2014. Dark copper colour. Smells caramel, malts, hops, pine, resin. Full, creamy mouthfeel. Sweet malts, towards finish dryer hops and ends with strong wood, also resin. Also some alcohol. Fruity hoppy, earthy BW. Actually quite good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ordybill (382) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2015
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Has that "SN" hop aroma. Appearance- A reddish colored brew that looks wonderful. Taste- The hops are mixed with some pine and there is a bitter aftertaste, not bad. Palate- This is a medium to heavy bodied brew with moderate carbonation. It is a dry finish beer with a nice hop bite. Overall- A good beer but it doesnít taste like a traditional barleywine.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
willisread (388) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 23, 2015
Old rating. 12oz bottle from Old Town. Clear reddish copper pour with thin off-white head. Grapefruit zest, apricot, prune, caramel and toffee. Thick rich with a medium body. Sweet and bitter on the palate. Well-balanced. Bit of vanilla comes out as it warms up. Warming finish with nice lingering bitterness. Great stuff!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RoNo (75) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2015
Bottle 33cl, 2014. Red-Brown drink with a high cream-colored foam that quickly disappears, but leaves its mark on the glass. Scent of syrup, toffee, nuts and bread. Pleasant taste of nuts and raisins with hints of vanilla. Clear bitterness emerges at the end.

1.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
bistobhoy (10) - dublin, IRELAND - MAR 20, 2015
Right so i am doing the world top 25 beers and delighted to get another one off the list. Aroma is fruity and malty. The head is good and the colour rich. I raise the glass to my mouth and take a big gulb to savour the taste and its like drinking a bottle of channel 5 perfume. It is rank. They say you cant judge a book by its cover but unless this bottle was a perfume shop catalogue you couldnít guess this taste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JBPortland (1024) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 17, 2015
12oz bottle, fresh, pours clear reddish amber brown with small head. Nose is malty slightly medicinal cherry fruit and plum with bits of piney sweetness. Taste is similar, malt forward, medium body, bitter, dark cherry malt sweetness, a touch of cherry cough drop, some bread. Finish is sinilar with sweet piney cherry, bitter, and some bits of bread crust.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tightslice (260) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAR 11, 2015
Bottle from Whole Foods Market in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is citrus rinds, hops, caramel. Taste is bitter, then sweet, then bitter again with some bourbon-y burn but without the big barleywine kick (only ~9%). One of the better brews Iíve had from SN.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mp_lane (83) - Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2015
Pours very clear dark amber with big beige head that lingers. Aroma has hint of alcohol and a balanced hop/malt presence. Taste is rich, sweet malty flavor, slight bitterness. Kind of mild for a 9+%, but very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
reggiedunlop (3378) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2015
Pours a nice clear ruby with a medium tan head. Aroma has robust dark fruits, earthy hops, some doughy malts...almost a woody note. Flavor follows suit...some caramel and burnt toffee that are super subtle...awesome balance of fruits and earthy hops...warming but not boozy. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is warming and hoppy...earthy/oaky...dry.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
julesjis (229) - Oregon, USA - MAR 9, 2015
Poured from a 12. Aroma is boozy. Flavor is bitter, like unripe fruit. The bitterness really lingers and burns in the back if the throat. Definitely a Barleywine, not my thing.


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