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RATINGS: 3254   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 (8598) - 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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kristall-König (2475) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - JUL 24, 2015
Zitrusnoten, Malz, Rosine und Rum steigen in die Nase. Startet süß, ölig, zitrusartig. Mitte zunächst noch Zitrusaromen, die dann von Rosine und Rum überlagert werden. Alkoholischer Schluß, süß, brennend. Ein opulentes Bier - gut.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nogva (55) - NORWAY - JUL 21, 2015
Pours warm copper with a creamy light tan head. Zesty aroma of caramel, hop resin and some vanilla. Full body, thick feel, average carbonation. Taste of licorice, pine and some alcohol with a long and hoppy finish.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
elosop (208) - SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2015
Dracks halvkall på träningsläger i Båstad. Därför ngt svårt att bedöma. Tycker dock den var ganska sur till att börja med, men den tog sig på slutet.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
peponi (780) - Krakow, POLAND - JUL 15, 2015
Aroma: malty, weak herbal notes, roasted caramel. Appearance: clear copper color, almost no head. Taste: medium bitterness (herbs), malty, dried fruits, semi-dry ad roasted. Palate: full body and low carbonation, bitter finish. Overall: Classical BW, rather average.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
wolffish (353) - Saint-Donat, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 12, 2015
C’est plutôt étrange mais à la fois génial de constater que cette bière aura bientôt 30 ans! Oui, le style est bien ancré mais l’interprétation goûte franchement moderne. Chhapeau pour ce produit phare, j’ai adoré!! Ça a décidément l’air d’un vin d’orge mais le goût est très près des Black IPA actuelles. Les fruits, le malt, l’alcool, tout est agencé à merveille. Miam miam!!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TychoJames (500) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2015
Flaska systembolaget årg 2015. Magognyfärgad med ljusgult skum. Knäckig doft med barr och torkad frukt. Rejäl smak med mycket malt, humle och torkad frukt.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arsol (779) - NORWAY - JUL 4, 2015
Tåkete brun farge med bra skum. Lukter godt av humle og litt alkohol. Smaker godt at det er en sterk øl. Litt krydret avslutning.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vighals (1973) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - JUL 4, 2015
Mørk orangebrun med fingerhøyt beige skum. Lukter svisker, karamell, vanilje, noe røde bær og trevirke. Smaker alkohol, vanilje, en del bitterhet som sitter lenge.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinator (1375) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2015
Malty and mildly fruity aroma. Nice red-brown color, mahogany. Medium-weight palate. Big flavor of sweetish malt and a slightly bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aggiebob (280) - 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.


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