RATINGS: 3388   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fatehunter (2482) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - APR 15, 2012
2011 Bottling. New review eight months later with a bottle from the same sixer that was sitting in my cellar tempd wine/beer closet. Poured into a tulip glass. Cloudy amber color with a finger of dirty-white head. It has a deep malt smell that you could get lost in. Big improvement from the first review. There is also a black licorice smell. Heady malt taste, almost knocked me over. Still has the gripping bitterness, which balances the malt well. Big and powerful all the way through. It also has a great alcohol warming finish. Heavy body, low carbonation. Nothing changed here. It got a lot better only eight months later. I still have a few more that Ill open one a year. --- 2011 Bottling Poured into a snifter. Amber colored with a thick, tight dirty-white head. Looks regal. The smell is, well, almost non-existent. A bit of wet malt and brown sugar. Sweet, but not too much. A bit of maltiness. A gripping bitterness, a lasting aftertaste. Heavy in the mouth, but not really thick. Light carbonation. True to the style. Maybe it needs to cellar for awhile... cause it was fairly average. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-12-2011 22:49:02

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
strap (863) - Sindelfingen, GERMANY - MAR 21, 2017
a reddish hue with a light head. fruity aroma, mainly cherries. strong roasted malt bite with some decent hops. an extremely good barley wine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaBeer1972 (1956) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 1, 2017
2013 bottle. Poured into a snifter. A murky amber brown with an inch-thick tan head. Super earthy-herbal malty aromas. Flavor is complex earth-spice with grapefruit and piney bitterness. Very mellow after almost 4 years. Ive had this on draft before, but this cellared version is superior. Very smooth all around. Sharp sweetness is gone.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
torfje (2) - NORWAY - FEB 28, 2017 does not count
I love the bitterness, the full body, the caramel,the..... Its almost perfect!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mep3222 (1406) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2017
2017 version. Caramelized malt aroma with piney resinous hops. Taste is caramelized malt bomb, but balanced by lots of hops so that it finishes bitter and dry. No sweetness really. Malt balances the bitter piney hops and mitigates them as well. Ends up a bit too much on the bitter side for me but still a very nice barleywine overall. Full flavored complex alcohol masked well. Just another well done beer by Sierra Nevada. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
HuskerTan (2048) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - FEB 23, 2017
Bottle. A- Caramel, butterscotch, malty, pine, dark fruits. A- Mahogany color, clear liquid, beige head. T- Bitter, pine, floral, dark fruits, malty, caramel. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, bitter finish. O- With almost 2.5 years of age this was still insanely aggressive in terms of bitterness. Almost unbearable. A lot of caramel malt too. This need another 10 years of age before I would probably enjoy it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Foffern (1783) - Bod, NORWAY - FEB 20, 2017
Bottle at Hundholmen, Bod. One year old. The colour is hazy dark amber to reddish brown with small beige head. Aroma of pine, grass, caramel, apricot and some cocoa and wild berries. Lots of pine and sap in the flavor along with caramel, bread and grassy hops. Has a slick and soft mouth feel, full-bodied and balanced bitterness. A malty and hoppy BW, but well-balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aleigator (912) - GERMANY - FEB 19, 2017
Bigfoot 2015 on feb 2017 Pours a glowing red color with a big, fluffy beige head. Smells of caramel, ripe oranges, dried wild berries, wood bark and fresh cut lemons. Has a soft, lower carbonation, displaying a medium bodied beer, which has a convincing balance to it, although the finish in this is pushing it, in regards of its bitter hop impact. Tastes of toffee malts, glazed caramel and bakers chocolate, together with an earthy note, from which slowly a herbal dryness evolves. Its midpalate is still defined by the malts, but now the hops are easily recognizable for their leafy lemon bite. The finish is a complete turnover, it is utmost bitter and dry, with a ripe, malt accompanied fruitiness cutting through. Wow, this is intense. The beer has a marvellous taste evolution. While it begins like a regular barley wine, sweet, fruity and malty, it finishes unexpectedly dry with a bitter fruit note to it. Very well made and outstandingly well build, everything comes together perfectly in this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (2928) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2017
Bottle. Deep reddish-brown colour. Intense flavours. Very heavily hopped (earthy and resinous hops. Very fruity (citrus-grapefruit & orange). Malty (toasty malts, toffee). Very, very dry. Tangy and bittersweet throughout. Very long, very dry, bitter finish. Initially, a bit overpowering in its intensity, but it is very good. Very hoppy Barley Wine. Good stuff. (2008)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
papat444 (136) - Carignan, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2017
Appearance: Pours a deep brown almost cognac-like in color with a thick 3 finger head that has a good staying power. Smell: Resin-like, dried raisin with mild, bitter hoppiness. Taste: Surprisingly subdued alcohol taste but rich in flavor. Dried fruit with a bitter finish. Warm & malt-like character dominates. Very tasty! Mouthfeel: Very smooth as it coats the inside of the mouth like a warm blanket. Dried fruit presence restrained with an almost earthen quality. Aromatic, bitter-sweet & intense malt. Very comforting. Reviewed on: 02-29-2008

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gopherfan99 (1599) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2017
Bottle; pours amber with a tan head; aroma of caramel, honey, and malt with some citrus and pine hints; taste is initially sweet with caramel, citrus, and honey finish is light bitter with a touch of pine

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