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RATINGS: 3388   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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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Echon (477) - rhus, 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mateuszk (2544) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quick3Beers (1106) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drjoeng (1057) - SINGAPORE - AUG 16, 2016
9.6%ABV. Barley wine. Poured out amber. 21SRM. 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
djoeye (4298) - Troms, NORWAY - AUG 5, 2016
Aroma has confectioneries and chocolatish malts. Beer is hazy rosewoodish with beige-orangeish head. Barley malts and winey taste. Solid body, soft carbonation. Somewhat monotone. [35.5cl btl 9.6%abv BB31.12.16 [email protected] Flensburg]

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SeniorZozo (1532) - Budapest, HUNGARY - AUG 4, 2016
2015 version. Taste is clove, tart, citrus, passion fruit and light earthiness. A slight yeastiness matches the floral notes. Appearance is a hazy amber with a medium pearl head that retains quite well.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Samuel214 (878) - SWEDEN - JUL 14, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2016 Flaska frn SB. Vintage 2016: Mahogny/rubinrd med krmbeiget skum som ligger kvar lnge och lmnar rester lngs kanterna. Stor ntig och "dessert":ig doft av knck, brnt socker, karamell och kandisocker. En ngot mindre kropp n vntat, och frvnansvrt lttdrucken. I smaken r det brnda, hrliga toner med en gnutta rkighet. Karamellig, ntig, knckig. Fin beska som upptar precis rtt mngd utrymme. Gott. Vintage 2011: Delad med Lilja och Vignale. 5 r gammal. Bra mycket mattare av lagringen, p det stora hela i en god riktning. Beskan nd ptagligt mrkbar, liksom stman fortfarande r ganska stor. Verkar kunna st ett bra tag till?

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OminouSC2 (560) - Mora, SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2016
Amber color. Classic Barley Wine aromas with some added hops, caramel, dark fruits. Sweet caramel malt, with a lot of hops, citrus and pine. Bitter hop finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LLaurin (411) - Motala, SWEDEN - JUN 18, 2016
From bottle. Pours in lovely dark amber with a firm and tasty golden head. Nose is caramel, honey sweetness and lots of malty wine notes. Taste deep malty with characteristic, light bitter notes of the hops. Palate longlasting and with distinctive bitterness and some oiliness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neongolden (1385) - Linkping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2016
(355ml 2016 bottle from Systembolaget) Pours clear amber/ruby with a loose pile of cream foam that lingers well with lace. Aroma has a typical malty barley wine core, rather sweet with notes of torrified sugar, fruitcake, some paler dried fruits, lightly toasty grain, citrus peel, earthy piney hops with an almost woody character. Flavour is quite sweet with lots of malt up front, raw and lightly burnt sugars, bready, a bit fruity, citrus oils, but with hop character ramping up quickly. That brings pine, dry grass, earth, citrus, and spicy, herbal and peppery notes along with an increasingly drying, quite high level of bitterness. Finishes bone dry and bitter with a long astringent cling in the mouth. Alcohol hidden. Medium bodied with fairly low carbonation. A solid hop-driven barley wine, maybe its not as rich in malts as it could be but not totally unbalanced either.


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