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RATINGS: 3324   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fantomasus (291) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 22, 2013
2013 Pours a deep brown amber with a billowy off white head. Aroma is wonderful and fresh: caramel, cereal, nuts, spruce hops, dough, basement aromas, alcohol, cooked vegetables, vanilla, MALT! Taste is wonderful and very balanced. Lingering bitter finish. I love it.


3.5
Bill Becker (1809) - 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!

4
macca147 (514) - 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!

3.6
McSherman (677) - Aachen, GERMANY - OCT 14, 2017
Schöne orange-rote Farbe. Geruch stark malzig, würzig. Geschmack malzig alkoholisch würzig und dann ordentlich bitter, ohne starke Hopfenaromen.

3.4
Fules (1376) - Gyöngyös, HUNGARY - OCT 4, 2017
Közepes, nagyon tartós, bézs hab, barna szín. Karamelles, gabonás, kissé fűszeres illat, némi szúrós, észteres felhanggal. Karamelles, malátás alapíz, markáns fűszeres, komlós aromákkal, leheletnyi fehérboros lecsengéssel. Testes, közepesen szénsavas, erősen keserű. Korrekt, de nekem nem jött be.

4.1
zaclogan (16) - - SEP 24, 2017
Overall Bigfoot is just what you would expect from a Gold Medal Winner. I was recently introduced to Barley Wine over at Dry County and Sierra Nevada was my second shot at this style and was also excellent. Starting to become a real big fan of the Barley Wine style. Nice fruity bouquet; an extremely rich palate. Very well balanced.

3.9
hauxe (941) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - SEP 17, 2017
Pours brown from the bottle. The off white head is creamy. Aroma is apple, plum, raisin, caramel. Pleasant. Taste is sweet with a mild bitterness that is particularly noticeable at the finish. Body is medium to heavy, carbonation is mild. Overall goes down dangerously easy. Good.

3.6
BrewWhatIWant (296) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2017
This is a 2016 bottle. Pours a reddish orange with a yellow head. Aroma is citrus, pine and a little malt. Taste is moderately sweet, moderately bitter. There are notes of malt, citrus, pine, and fruit. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. I had been looking forward to trying a barleywine for a long time, so perhaps it just didn't live up to my expectations, but it felt more like a dipa. Not especially malty, and surprisingly hoppy with hop character similar to Sierra nevadas pale ale. Plenty of alcohol too.

3.9
Malin_aiisa (1255) - SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2017
Bottle from 2013, age 4 year Amber, off white head Aroma of cherry barrels oak vanilla Taste of sweet round raisin. Quite nice.

3.4
MrHangover (4693) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 30, 2017
Bottle @ THT. Pours a clear amber beer with a thin off white head on top. Aroma is typical barley wine, some extracts, lactose, some nice piney and grassy hops in there though, like a strong DIPA. Also some light boozy and red fruits in there. Flavor is bittersweet, light hoppy with a decent boozy background, lots of malty influences and just not all that interesting. Well made, just a bit bland.

3.9
SvanteL (644) - SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2017
Testade en 2017 mot en 2011. 2017: röd bärnsten, svagt disig, beiget skum. Doften är sötaktig med inslag av tallbarr och apelsin. Smaken är först söt men snabbt kommer en rejäl beska, det vita på grapefrukt, som ligger kvar länge. 2017: rödbrun och grumlig med beiget skum. Söt doft med övermogen frukt, lite tallbarr, pepprig. Söt smak med russin, en balanserad beska. 2011 har mognat ordentligt, blivit mer harmonisk och sammansatt. Betyget gäller 2011, jag ger 3,6 till 2017.


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