RATINGS: 3332   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2003
The often raging wildfire of pine overwhelms me here - I prefer the rounder, fruitier foghorn to this monster. Though they have many of the same qualities, this one is just too raw for me.

ngunity (182) - - FEB 3, 2018
From bottle 11 months old. Poured murky golden brown with a hint of Ruby. Great head formation and retention with small bubbles. Aroma is rich with sweet malt and West coast hops . Tastes malty, with piney hops. Not much bitterness in start out middle of taste but hop forward, hint of booze. Very late, slightly bitter woody resin in the finish. Veiled booze

jsporrer (1168) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2018
Pours a clear dark caramel, iced tea brown with a thin tan head. Semi sweet aroma with some piney hops. Syrupy body with a lightly oily clingy lacing. Full mouth feel. Big, warm, malty taste with a dank bitterness like a red IPA. Finishes with a nice alcohol warmth and light lingering bitterness. Bold flavors without being harsh. Much les sweeter than I expected which is a good thing. Very enjoyable.

snowcrash000 (150) - Cologne, GERMANY - JAN 30, 2018
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2018 Pours a deep amber, coppery coloration with a medium, creamy head. Smells of caramel malt and grassy hops, with a hint of toffee, dark fruit and pine. Taste is a nice balance of caramel, bready malt and citrus, piney hops, with a certain grainy, grassy, earthy quality. Notes of toffee, dark fruit, chocolate and pine. This is my first Barley Wine, and I'm not sure what to make of it, to be honest. It kinda reminds me of a strong American Amber Ale, but a little more mellow, with more earthy, grainy notes. Its high ABV is actually hidden rather nicely, except for a slight warming presence, but balance is not quite to my taste. Not bad, but not really for me either.

Frothmeister (846) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2018
12fl oz bottle. 2016 Vintage. Pours a reddish brown (like the colour of weak black tea) with a very light haze and a thin tan head. Smells AMAZING. Lots of dried fruit (almost fruit cake-y), fresh pumpkin, brown sugar, light resinous hops, and sticky toffee pudding. Taste wise, full bodied and sweet with toffee, molasses, resinous notes, and a light floral note that leads into big bitterness of the resinous variety, very light malt under that and a long bitter citrus pith finish. Top notch.

pintbypint (3975) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 16, 2017
12oz brown bottle. 2016 bottling. Clear and sediment free, colour is red-brown. Creamy beige head with good retention. Aroma - toffee, nut, grain, chocolate. Taste - toffee, grains, toasted malt, malt fruitiness, big late hop kick, after taste is bitter. Full bodied and mild carbonation levels. Pretty much the blueprint of American barleywine. A classic beer.

Fisler (811) - Bamberg, GERMANY - DEC 10, 2017
2017, in der schwarzen Flasche. Optisch dunkles Kupfer. Cremeschaum. In der Nase malzig, Karamell, Trauben. Im Trunk schön erdig, wärmend, leicht alkoholisch, warme Malznoten, Cognac, Holz, dunkle Trauben, leicht nussig. Langer Malzabgang. Feines Ding, ordentlicher Absacker.

klm1 (2038) - Bled/SF, - NOV 30, 2017
Vintage 2016: bready, toffee, biscuity, caramely notes, some dark fruit esters, high hop bitterness, with high hop flavors (marmelade-like, floral, citrusy, fruity notes). Full bodied, smooth texture, moderate carbonation. Typical American style barley wine. The good one.

Bill Becker (2050) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 24, 2017
From Mar 2006 Poured from bottle(2006-room temp) a dark red with a medium sized head of foam that dissipated quickly. The smell is a nice mix of hoppiness and a caramel malt. The taste is big, huge, citrusy hoppy goodness up front that gets my palate's attention and almost puts a stranglehold on it. ;^) Mid way through, there's a good malt presence that stays right through to the finish though, right at the very end, the hops return just to let you know "who" is in command. Absolutely delicious! Bottom line: I've had the Bigfoot many times and it never fails to satisfy. Highly recommended!

macca147 (829) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 18, 2017
355ml bottle. Pours a deep amber with a thin beige head. Aroma: malt, toffee, pine, mild citrus, dried fruit. Taste: malt, mild toffee, pine, citrus, raisins, dates, caramel flavours. Medium bodied. Moderate sweetness, followed by mild bitterness. Moderate carbonation. Well balanced, and easy to drink. This was my first Barley wine beer, and whilst there are better examples out there, this is nevertheless very tasty! Always am happy to give this another crack!

McSherman (685) - Aachen, GERMANY - OCT 14, 2017
Schöne orange-rote Farbe. Geruch stark malzig, würzig. Geschmack malzig alkoholisch würzig und dann ordentlich bitter, ohne starke Hopfenaromen.

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