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RATINGS: 3245   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 (8549) - 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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aggiebob (232) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JUN 26, 2015
Draft. The color is a hazy reddish hue with off-white head. The flavor is of dark fruit. The initial bitterness mellow with time.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mxyzlpltk (7) - WeSt palm beach, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2015 does not count
Hazy dark amber pour with off white head. Aroma of resin, pine and toffee with hints of tropical fruits. Heavy mouth feel, sticky. Nice sweet malt and bitter front followed by carmel and pine notes with lingering finish. I like the balance from front to back with its layering. The citrus and floral notes are present but for me a bit too much in the background. Overall a very enjoyable and respectable barley wine.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Russo (1830) - Hemhofen, Baden-WŁrttemberg, GERMANY - JUN 23, 2015
Hazy brown color with a nice off-white head. Aroma is fruity and sweet, notes of caramel. Taste is like aroma with a strong notes of alcohol, like a liquor. Low carbonation and a medium to full body with a warm alcohol finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ctipping (113) - Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2015
12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Deep amber body thatís pretty clear topped with an off-white head. Good legs and great lacing. Pungent hops. Piney and citrusy aromas that are quickly overwhelmed by caramel. Kinda boozy, too. The flavor follows the aroma exactly. Piney hop flavor up front, sweet caramel midrange, and a great hop bitterness in the finish. Not a complicated flavor. Heavy side of medium-bodied. Viscous enough to coat the tongue and let the flavors linger. Not such intense carbonation, which makes it feel creamy. The only thing it lacks is complexity.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drmet (220) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - JUN 20, 2015
L: -pours a clear dark red with a big,creamy,off-white head -medium-high carbonation visible S: -mangos,strawberries,pineapple,carame resin,grapefruit F: -medium carbonation,medium body -alcohol well hidden O: Overall a great Beer,but i missed that mouth-coating sweetness usually present in Barleywines. To me this was more akin to an imperial red ale. It also lacked a bit of body.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Savage_Night (85) - California, USA - JUN 18, 2015
Pours a hazy brown amber red with a small khaki head. Head retention is ok. AROMA: Roasted malt, citrus, spices, peppercorn, caramel, brown sugar, alcohol, slight pineapple bitterness and plenty of hop floral aroma. TASTE: Malt, peppercorns, herbal hop bitterness, caramel, alcohol, citrus, cinnamon, slight ginger spice, brown sugar and slight clove. AFTER TASTE: caramel, alcohol, hop bitterness and peppercorns with a oily full body feel in the mouth. Compared to most Barley Wine Ales I have tasted this is just completely different. Almost a dark IPA in character. Definitely not for the beginnerís.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Turtles (359) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2015
355 ml bottle from Systembolaget. Dark amber fluffy off-white head that quickly disappears. Pleasant aroma, raisins, dry dark fruit, grape, malt, pine. Full body, low carbonated, pine bitter, creamy mouthfeel. The taste is sweet and bitter, caramel, vanilla, grapefruit, citus peel, spices and plenty of bitter inte the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
axl (172) - Lund, SWEDEN - JUN 10, 2015
330ml bottle, 2015 vintage. Dark redish brown with two finger beige head leaving thick lacing. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, citrus, caramel, burnt brown sugar and cookie malts. Taste has grapefruit, pine, caramel, cookie malts and a certain sweetness as well as almost a touch of coffee. Nice bitterness and hop flavours intermingeling nicely with those from the malts. The mouthfeel is full bodied and dominating and the carbonation is medium, the aftertaste is nuanced and lasting.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wazzawazza (60) - Geraldton, AUSTRALIA - JUN 9, 2015
Dark amber pour out of a bottle.slight head with some lacing. Gentle aroma with a nice bitter taste and good easy finish. Great beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Art (2207) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2015
Not sure why I havenít rated this yet. Pours a deep copper color. Not much head. Aroma of citrus and piney hops. Some caramel and vanilla notes. Tastes sweet with a light bitterness.


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