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RATINGS: 3403   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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3.7
tmongoose (2504) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 8, 2017
bottle to snifter that poured a mahogany color with off white head. the aroma was intense malt sweetness with dark fruits and hops. nose seems very well balanced and the flavor proved it. probably still a little hot being 2016 and I have had others that have aged nicely. the flavor is truly an English barley wine nice sweet malts engulfed by the dark fruit and hops mild bitterness.

4.2
andrewje41 (3763) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2016
This rating will surely be added to a ton in the future, as I have had a fun time building a vertical over the last several months or so. Probably the first barleywine I ever loved, but I can’t recall having it during my time on this site. While building the vertical, I’ve ended up with several duplicates, so I thought it would be fun to open a semi aged duplicate and begin my rating process. 2012 vintage this time around. Reddish copper pour with a rocky tan cream foam head. Incredible barley wine here to sip on and enjoy, and the value versus quality is incredible. Toasty, caramel, bran aroma and flavor. Very smooth. Soft chocolate. An excellent preview to what will be a fantastic lineup of aged beer. This beer is a legend.

3.9
ej (1322) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - DEC 29, 2016
2014 Bottle sampled @ SMÖF. Deep golden orange body with a medium caramel coloured head. Malty aroma with quite a lot of resin and pine. Taste is well balanced. Toffee and caramel malty-sweet flavors mix with bitter resinous hoppy-flavors. Full bodied with soft co2. Nice

3.8
Roger60 (216) - - DEC 25, 2016
SB beställning, flaska. Rödbrun med fint skum tjock lacing och Sierra Nevada arom . Balanserad smak. Trippel IPA ungefär. Stor öl. Inget att bråka med. Fin med Stilton och Pistvakt.

4.3
PugUglyBrewer (616) - - DEC 23, 2016
Dark amber to light brown color with an off-white head of foam. The aromas and flavors are as complex as a Sierra Nevada beer get with syrupy toffee, sweet caramel, light toast, bright florals, candied citrus and dried my pine hops.

4.1
ston3s42 (234) - - DEC 16, 2016
Dark golden appearance with little head. Complex tastes of sweet malts and fine hops. Heavy body, fine carbonation and a finish of complex brilliance. Great barley

4.1
Grumpelmies (318) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - DEC 15, 2016
Bottle. 2015 edition consumed in march 2016. Amber coloured with a nice head. Aroma of malts, dark fruits, caramell, liquorice and herbs. Taste is a mouthfull of malts, caramell and fruits. It’s spicy, fruity, a little bit sweet and a lot of hops. Long bitter finish. Dangerously drinkable. Very well balanced and the alcohol tremendously integrated. A very fine beer!

4.2
Zlotta (3197) - Hagen / Bonn, GERMANY - DEC 13, 2016
0.355 l bottle from ’Rudat’, bottled in January 2015. Clear, ruby with a thin, frothy, almost stable, beige head. Sweetish-malty, slightly fruity aroma of raisins, plums, cherries, caramel and molasses. Very sweet, malty and moderately fruity taste of raisins, plums, molasses, candied cherries, some caramel and hints of port, followed by a rather long, quite bitter, slightly warming-alcoholic and a little vinous finish. Full body, oily mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Full of flavour, satisfying mouthfeel, perfectly balanced. Great brew!

4
Nevalainen (745) - FINLAND - NOV 26, 2016
The color is hazy amber with off-white head. Aroma of caramel and fruit. Taste is bitter with caramel flauvour. Full bodied and well balanced beer. Good stuff.

3.8
tfontana (953) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 23, 2016
Bottle pour into nonic pint glass from One Stop Market. Appearance is hazy reddish brown with nice sparkle, 1/2-finger width head with poor retention and fair sudsy, leggy lacing. Aroma is strong caramel malts, fruit, earthy hops, brown sugar, alcohol. Taste is sweet caramel malt, fruit, mild dank resin and earthy hop bitterness. Palate is medium-to-full bodied with thick texture, lively carbonation (a little painful to the tongue) and mix of sweet and bitter finish. Overall, pretty nice all around. A little too carbonated for the style.


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