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RATINGS: 3368   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Homer321 (4380) - Melboring, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2016
Draft. Nose is strong in caramel and toffee. Moderate citrus hop aroma. Orange marmalade. Deep red pour with medium sized off white head, tight, tiny bubbles. Taste is initially a huge malt bomb that quickly shows a moderate to high bitterness to balance. Not for the faint of heart, the malt and hops are turned to 11 on this one, while the alcohol is always smooth and never hot. Barely warming. After a few sips it becomes more drinkable as opposed to sippable. Damn good American barleywine.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fkoolen (1043) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 16, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2016 Bottle at home, 2015 ed. Murky amber/brown colour, offwhite creamy head. Caramel malty, molasses, bread, even a little coffee, orange zesty hops, light resin, bitter finish. Lingering sweet but resinous, bitter aftertaste. Good body, medium carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
abergdahl (176) - SWEDEN - MAY 13, 2016
Smells of pine rasin , dark amber Taste is full and pleasing, fresh and hoppy with plenty of punch.. Maybe a hint of booze .. Very nice

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
WillRunForBeer (2396) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 12, 2016
12oz 2012 bottle shared by Chalumeaux. Pours medium brown with an off white head. Aroma is clove, caramel, date, amber malt. Flavor follows. Heavy clove, caramel, date, a hint of banana. Strong clove and grassy bitter in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chalumeaux (1125) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 12, 2016
Poured from bottle dated 2012 red brown with thin beige head and slight lacing. Aromas of caramel malt dark fruit bread alcohol and spice. Taste is dark fruit alcohol caramel and lingering bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdolfoCC (204) - Veracruz, Veracruz, MEXICO - MAY 9, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2016 Vintage 2016. APARIENCIA: de color rub intenso, se observa turbia y una ligera actividad de carbonatacin; corona de espuma color marfil, de burbujas compactas y algunas abiertas al centro. AROMA: notas de los lpulos utilizados, de carcter frutal, algo ctrico y ligeramente herbal, se aprecian notas a cscara de toronja, pia, mango, duraznos, una nota ligeramente resionosa por ah, adems de notas de caramelo, toffee y algunos frutos oscuros maduros. Sabor: de entrada un amargor intenso, que da paso a una explosin de sabores, notas de los lpulos y las maltas bien intensas que no compiten y se complementan muy bien; notas a cscara de toronja, pia, mango, duraznos, en menor medida notas herbales y resinosas, notas a caramelo, toffee, frutos oscuros maduros, algunos dtiles, ciruelas y pasas; en el retrogusto queda un amargor intenso, queda el gusto de cierto dulzor. SENSACIN: cuerpo medio ligero con sensacin oleosa, media baja carbonatacin. RESUMEN: Excelente cerveza de acuerdo al estilo.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pedro_Pinho (190) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2016
3Brown/Red with a very thin off-white head. Aroma is malt and hops. Taste reflects the aroma; very well balanced, but I like less hops in my barley wine.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
colui72 (710) - HONG KONG - MAY 3, 2016
Pours dense hazy brown, with a thin tan white head. Aroma is floral, dark fruits, yeast. Complex in the palate: it starts sweet, with caramel, dark fruit, bread then the dry hops kick in giving a good balance and a bitter after taste. Thick and sticky, full bodied, well hidden booze. A great sipper!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alpha10 (655) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2016 2016/04/30 - Pours a hazy, ruby brown colour with a soapy, cream colour head that quickly reduces to a patchy film and leaves ample lacing. Aroma is caramel, dark fruits (raisin, prune, grape), mild yeast, floral notes and spicy/earthy hops. Taste is dark fruit, caramel, sweet bread, light alcohol and spicy (slightly herbal) hops. Mouthfeel is medium with sharp carbonation and a drying, bitter, slightly warming finish. Malt forward with some nice hop character. Very nice, but I expected better given the hype. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (5027) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - APR 25, 2016
(Sierra Nevada Bigfoot) Bottle 355 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 9.6%. Vintage 2014 Deep red to light brown colour on the body, quite hazy, with a good sized and thick light beige head on top, very good retrention. Aroma has malts, ripe red and dark fruits,light alcohol, raisins, orange peel. Taste is sweet with lots of red and dark fruits, alcohol, malts, nice hoppy touches, orange peel, nocely bitter on the finish. Medium body with good carbonation, quite dry on the palate. Very nice, heavily hopped barleywine.


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