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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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4.3
Melker (260) - Göteborg, - JUN 8, 2013
Bottle. About 5 months old, still pretty fresh and hoppy. Dark red/brown color, light beige color on the medium head, compact, small bubbles. Really strong hoppy aroma. Citrus, resin, pine, also some caramel and bread. Very sweet taste. A lot of toffee and caramel but also a lot of citrusy bitterness in the aftertaste. Average carbonation, maybe a little bit soft which I like. Nice full body and sticky texture. Looking forward to open some older bottles in the future.


3.6
loco_pap (10) - GREECE - JUN 22, 2017
2016 bottle. Brown/Amber Color. Strong intense Malt flavor followed by huge hoppiness. Hop aroma and bitterness balance the malt perfectly but Hop flavor overpowers everything If drunk fresh and does not help the balance of the beer. Best let it mature for a couple of years

3.3
WillemsUrenkel (1818) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - JUN 18, 2017
2017 version. 12 fl oz bottle from Beer Supreme, Oldenburg. 4,49 €. Pours out dark amber with a big frothy beige head. Fresh hopy on the nose. Taste starts massive hopy, floral in the second row. Resin. English malt in the backgrond. Strong. Long lasting bitter aftertaste.

3.6
Scrumpy369 (774) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 10, 2017
Bottle shared at home. Hazy orange colour, small white head. Nose is sweet, caramel, burnt sugar. Taste is medium bitterness. Lingering, intense bitter aftertaste. I’m kinda missing the barley winey sweet notes. Feels like a dipa with all this bitterness...

3.9
voyageurmike (424) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2017
Draft at Growler Spot. Chestnut colored and full bodied. Boozy malt flavor and sweet finish. Very polished barleywine.

2.6
KennethArd (551) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 5, 2017
Vintage 2017. Aroma of sweet fruits, malt & raisins. Amber red with large lightly brown head. Very bitter & light sweet taste. Full bodied, creamy texture & soft carbonation. Guess it’s still immature.

4
Jimbo2 (446) - DENMARK - JUN 2, 2017
Brown, small head. Initial malty sweetness quickly overpowered by HUGE amount of old school, bitter hops. Nice...!

3.8
seehaferb23 (260) - - MAY 25, 2017
This was tasted by Cannery Row Beer Club. This is a 2016 that was aged for 1 year. Cheers. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
mikeyo1 (814) - 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...

3.5
puren (1069) - Starogard Gd., POLAND - MAY 15, 2017
PREZENTACJA: 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;
AROMAT: 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;
ODCZUCIE: ciało wysokie ku średniemu, średnio nasycone, silnie ziemiste;
SMAK: słodycz w postaci toffi, przejrzałych owoców, brzoskwiń, śliwek, zostaje złamana wyraźną, lekko zalegającą trawiastą goryczką;
OGÓLNIE: 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.

3.8
EerieDrinks (172) - Malmö, 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.


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