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RATINGS: 3364   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 (9147) - 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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jc1762 (846) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 6, 2016
2016 bottle poured into a pilsner showing well filtered caramel brown with half a finger of clean white foam. The nose shows sweet caramel malts. The palate is medium bodied and moderately carbonated. No sweetness and completely dry with flavors of light caramel malts but a strange hoppy bitterness that is ever present throughout. Bitterness lasts even on the linger. Moderate alcohol spiciness throughout. Perhaps, I drank this a bit too fresh. It’d be very interesting to see it age and the bitterness fade away.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
KeefOz (1561) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - OCT 3, 2016
Packed 01/06/16. Poured a translucent copper colour with a one-to two-finger tan frothy head that retained extremely well but laced poorly in rings. Carbonation high, lively and fine. Aroma distinctly sweet of sweet dark fruits and sweet rich caramel with alcohol present but not overly obvious. Taste of slight pine, slight grapefruit, sweet malt, brown sugar and spices; low bitterness; a slight alcohol burn with the alcohol becoming more obvious as it warms. Heavy body. Smooth and syrupy with a soft mouthfeel and a sweet finish with subtle spiciness. One to be sipped slowly over time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tide (3016) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 1, 2016
Bottle from a friend. Amber color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, hops, caramel, resin, nuts, mango, oak and toffee. Bitter finish with citrus, hops, caramel, toffee, mango, resin, oak and pine. Excellent barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABS (918) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 25, 2016
Bottle from Vinmonopolet’s BU. Pours dark amber to copper, with a tiny, slightly yellow head. Alcohol and fruit nose. Very thick, oily body. Medium amount of carbonation. Malt, alcohol, honey, fruit, resin and pine flavour. Quite bitter, some sweetness. Warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Blueshawk (392) - Bad Bellingen, GERMANY - SEP 14, 2016
- braun-rote Farbe mit guter feinporiger Schaumbildung - schöne Aromen nach Citrusfrüchten, Pinie und zarte Röstmalze - für ein Barley Wine zu hoch carbonisiert - geschmacklich kommt zu der stark dominierenden Hopfenbitternis noch eine leichte Honignote hinzu - erst im Abgang kommt bei gestiegener Temperatur ein wenig BW- Feeling auf Fazit: Eigentlich mehr ein DIPA denn ein Barley Wine

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LearninBeer (486) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2016
2006 - wow can’t believe I’ve never rated this. The aroma is caramel and a little roasty. Pours a golden dark brown, virtually no head and no lacing. The taste is bitter. The body is full, the texture creamy, the carbonation lively and the finish bitter. I bet the review would be better with a fresher version.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Echon (386) - Århus, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2016
Deep red. A big complex malt profile with caramel, fruity esters, some hop flavour and a bit of alcohol are the order of the day here. The taste is very rich, sweet, a little spicy and pungent, and is followed by a heavily bitter hoppy finish. Full body, with a soft and rounded mouthfeel. Overall, an incredible barley wine. Sierra Nevada really nailed the balance here. While it is both sweet and highly hopped, I savoured every sip from start to finish. It is just incredibly tasty, and does not go over the top. Looking forward to the next bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mateuszk (2157) - Poznań, POLAND - SEP 8, 2016
Bottle 2015. Pours dark amber, clear with small white head. Aroma of toffee, burned caramel, red berries. In taste sweet with caramel and some fruits, nothing very complex. Medium to full body, soft carbonation, bitter finish. Bit disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quick3Beers (984) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 28, 2016
Pours a very nice dark reddish-brown from a bottle. Aroma of toffee, almost burnt, flavor is similar, coffee notes, a little cola too. Very good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drjoeng (935) - SINGAPORE - AUG 16, 2016
9.6%ABV.  Barley wine. Poured out amber.  21ºSRM. Nose is nutty,  There are some other aromas that I typically associated with brown ales.  There may be a hint of cinnamon and Christmas spice. Mouthfeel is syrupy. Palate has some nice heft to it, alcoholic palate.  The middle of the palate is rounded, sweet, malty and almost fruity. Finish is alcoholic.

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