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RATINGS: 3297   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   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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3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8875) - 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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Klimaet (1085) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2016
Bottle from Prima Beer. Pours clear dark red with a small offwhite head. ARomas of malts, dark fruits, caramel, plum. Taste is malty, hoppy, caramel, plums, raisins, citrussy rye bread.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoshRaburn (104) - - JAN 26, 2016
2013 bottle. Huge hoppy barleywine. Bit like lagunitas brown sugga. When I first tried this about 7 years ago I really hated it - thought the US citrus hops really clashed with the sweet malt. So I don’t know if my palate has just completely changed (likely as a result of drinking US barleywines and imperial stouts non-stop this winter) , or if a few years in the bottle has mellowed it out a bit. Pine in the nose and resin all the way through the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tekstr1der (287) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Pours a cloudy, ruddy brown with thin tan head. Aroma is fantastic - malty with booze and a touch of piney hop. Flavor has a more pronounced bitter that takes the forefront, with slight malt sweetness almost balancing. I find this just a little rough on the palette between the bitter and the booze, but the liquid is very smooth, low carbonation, and slightly cloying - all of which I enjoy.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
josanguapo (661) - SPAIN - JAN 20, 2016
From Uvinum. In Teku glass. Watching Sons of Anarchy 5x01. Amazing aroma. Great taste. A bit alcoholic but with a nice touch of bitterness that compensates it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ciocanelu (591) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - JAN 15, 2016
Clear mahogany color with brownish head. Aroma has nice caramel malts but also some earthy and resiny hops. Taste starts slightly sweet with caramel and dark bread notes and gets hoppy and bitter towards the finish. Aftertaste is quite bitter and dry. Really classic, american style barleywine taste profile.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
euniceradio (338) - Worthington, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2016
This is one complex beverage. Pours clear amber-red, beige froth head. Aroma is huge array of flowers, juicy fruits, berries. Taste is boozy, fruit, tons of complexity. Finishes with juicy fruit, floral and chocolate. That’s good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Whatup14 (1267) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 8, 2016
Bouteille 355ml, 2014. Couleur acajou pâle voilée, mousse beige foncée aérienne et tenace laissant une épaisse dentelle. Arôme de malt caramélisé, houblon résineux, alcool, noix, pointe de café. Goût de malt caramélisé, alcool, amertume intense, zeste de pamplemousse, côté grillé, résine, agrumes en arrière-goût. Carbonatation faible, corps moyen.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
commonshawn (792) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 6, 2016
12oz bottle with commonmac. Mahogany with small head. Sweet alcohol nose. Aggressive from the start. High sugar and high alcohol, . Sharp tingling finish. Drying alcohol sticks with you for a while. Not a ton of complexity. Better barley wines out there but this isn’t bad, considering it’s not a big style for this brewery.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnstledger8 (462) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 2, 2016
2014 bottle. Pours a murky copper orange with a mostly fading off white head. Aroma of caramel, pine, wood, red fruits. Taste is of caramel, vanilla, pine, wood, little boozy on the finish. Light oily mouthfeel, soft to medium carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Canmoore (358) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2016
Courtesy of Slovak Sniper! Pours a rich amber, with a dark fruity head. Aroma notes include deep fruity esters of plum, raisin, and licorice. It has a rich mouthful of malty grains, with notes of plum, raisins, bread, licorice, and a slight bitter finish. The alcohol is nicely hidden, this is a superb Barley wine!


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