RATINGS: 3326   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
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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mikeyo1 (876) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2017
Bottle @ home, this is the 2012 vintage rating, the first rating of many vintages to come off the shelf. The head is magnificent, tan and creamy. Aroma of dusty tropical hops, oranges, caramel, toffee, red fruits, ripe pine apple. et al. The body is big with a quite smooth yet bitter palate. Flavors include pine apple, caramel, toffee, nuts, vanilla, oranges, orange peel, grape fruits and sweet malts. Assertive earthy bitterness lingers. As usual this one tends to be an excellent BW when served fresh, then it’s honestly quite boring for a bunch of years up until it’s improving after some +5 years. Can’t wait for the next one...

puren (1286) - Gdańsk, POLAND - MAY 15, 2017
bursztynowo-rubinowe, przejrzyste z dużą ilością drobin w toni, piana skąpa, żółta, szybko redukuje się do paru śladów na powierzchni i cienkiej obrączki, praktycznie nie zdobi szkła;

bardzo słodki, soczysty, alkoholowy - przejrzałe owoce, brzoskwinie, rodzynki, śliwki, miód, toffi/iryski, golden syrup, po zabełtaniu silny alkohol i trawa, po odstaniu trawa, alkohol i lupulina;

ciało wysokie ku średniemu, średnio nasycone, silnie ziemiste;

słodycz w postaci toffi, przejrzałych owoców, brzoskwiń, śliwek, zostaje złamana wyraźną, lekko zalegającą trawiastą goryczką;

przyzwoite piwo, takie klasyczne wg mojego odczucia American BW; typowa dla klasycznego BW słodycz to tylko preludium przed pierwszoplanową grą sporej ilości chmielu, który jest wyraźnie obecny w aromacie i w smaku; całość całkiem nieźle gra, ale ja jestem zwolennikiem nieco słodszych reprezentantów stylu.

EerieDrinks (319) - Malm�, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2017
3 finger off-white head.
Deep, dark brownish red coloured beer.
Aroma is dark dried fruits, lemon, oak, tobacco, apricot and tons of caramel malt.
Taste fits the description above exactly but with more marmalade sweetness and a floral aftertaste.
Big, creamy and ’space-grabbing’ mouthfeel with a dry, really bitter and sweet ending. Super smooth and well balanced despite having a broad field of tastenotes.
Overall: Here’s a secret - I don’t care for Barley Wines. Or atleast I didn’t until now. I drank one from Clown Shoes late 2016 and immediately decided it wasn’t for me, then I kept hearing such good stuff about this one that I had to try it because it’s a yearly release. It still isn’t my favorite style but I sure do appreciate it more than before and I even might try a few other ones. Great job on this one Sierra, really well made beer.

mrjez (679) - Osaka, JAPAN - MAY 5, 2017
2017 bottle. Pours a deep ruby with good lacing from the beige head. Sweet malt, caramel, mixed with large hoppy aroma of citrus and woodsy notes, dark fruit, redskin candy. Sweet red fruit flavour, light booze, large hops verging on syrupy malty IIPA territory. Fizzy front, medium body for the style, lingering bitterness and warmth. I prefer an English barleywine but this fills my big malty hoppy needs well.

vanvenlo (1913) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAY 2, 2017
East of Everything ontap (2-May-17) Sweet herbal medicinal sour aroma. Dark amber, good head and ringed lacing. Sweet malt candy flavour. Herbal sweet malt finish and spirit herbal aftertaste.

FunkyF (1357) - Örebro, SWEDEN - APR 29, 2017
Flaska från Systembolaget. Bärnstensfärgad med beige skum. Doft av kola och torkad frukt. Lite stickig med smak av alkohol, torkad frukt och kola.

Westy1130 (109) - New York, USA - APR 28, 2017
Pours a rich rustic amber with creamy head. Aroma is Earthy, and piny with hints of vanilla, smoke and tobacco. Very pleasant sweet malty taste followed by a sharp hoppy bitter. More typical characteristics to that of an American strong ale, rather than a barley wine.

GarageBrewer80 (674) - SWEDEN - APR 26, 2017
Flaska från SB. Röd, bärnstensfärgad med smutsvit skumkrona. Doft av pumpa, knäck, alkohol, röda torkade bär och enbär. Söt och bitter kropp. Torr, krydfig och lite sträv munkänsla. Smak av pepparkaka, röda vinbär, bittermandel, enbär, alkohol, rostad malt och bröd.

balloonbuffoon (652) - - APR 25, 2017
12floz bottle, 2012 edition, medium sized snifter (noted tasted to a 2016 version). Appears a cherry wood color, and nose is like candyland meets a deciduous forest. This beer holds up very well, when compared to 2016 it is smoother and does not have as much upfront bitterness. My unsophisticated, cannot tell much beyond those traits. It still has that full chewiness and honey-tobacco under laden by some pine. It seems as if this beer could age another five years and be perfectly fine. The American barleywine standard.

OsuStu (281) - - APR 15, 2017
UPDATED: APR 15, 2017 Draft at brewery. Ruby red with an off white head. Extremely pretty beer. Aroma is muddled cherries, booze, sugar, berries. Very sweet malts hide the alcohol pretty well. But feeling the warmth and relaxation sweep over. Cherries, cough syrup, berries, easy on the hops side but bitterness shows up in the throat. Pretty sticky, heavy body.

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