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RATINGS: 3399   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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3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (9314) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2012 2001 - aged 3 years: Clear amber and with a light tan head. Wine-like aroma of grapes, sweet oak, cinnamon, nutmeg and mint. Resin oak flavor, thinner than 02.
2002 - aged 2 years: Head is a creamy medium tan, darker than a fresh 2004. Smell is alcohol, creamy plum and apple, very sweet and musty, but has a very nice aged quality. The hops have aged and opened up, giving this the perfect barley wine aroma. Big and frothy caramel evident, some roasted nuts and plums and some smoke. Awesome really. Biting hops and alcohol in the finish, which tingles the tongue with a mellow smoke and orange residue.
2003 - aged 6 months: Nice dark amber color, with a nice light brown head. Smells like plums, with a very strong, full aroma that almost chokes the nose. Very woody, earthy flavor, which nips the tongue at first. Alcohol taste comes through easily, like a few whiskeys Ive had. After being aged for 6 months, the hop profile is much smoother and the alcoholic bite is not as bad.
2004 - fresh: Sweet citrus hop aroma with the Centennial apparant as a really sweet orange aroma. Syrupy thick, though not as thick as 02 and not as creamy. big biting hops overpower everything else in this one (fresh 04, been on the store shelves for 1 week). Other than the sweet tangerine and grapefruit hop flavors and a small wood flavor, I cant get much else... this one needs some time.
2005 - fresh - bottle and draft ratings
Appears darker than I remember previous version, but since this was had on draft at a beer bar, that probably plays a role. Regardless, it looks beautiful: dark plum colored body with a foamy tan head. Beautifully pungent hop nose, full of sweet cherries, plums, bubble gum sugars and candi sugar. Has the usual intense hop bite of a fresh Bigfoot, although, like other years, its still not fully developed. Woody and nutty flavors are noticed in this, which go particularly well with the overtones of plum and caramel. I have to say that the 2005 is my favorite vintage (fresh) so far, I cant wait to see how it ages.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikeyo1 (808) - Linkping, 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 its honestly quite boring for a bunch of years up until its improving after some +5 years. Cant wait for the next one...

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puren (1015) - Starogard Gd., POLAND - MAY 15, 2017
PREZENTACJA: bursztynowo-rubinowe, przejrzyste z dużą ilością drobin w toni, piana skąpa, żłta, szybko redukuje się do paru śladw na powierzchni i cienkiej obrączki, praktycznie nie zdobi szkła;
AROMAT: bardzo słodki, soczysty, alkoholowy - przejrzałe owoce, brzoskwinie, rodzynki, śliwki, mid, 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 owocw, brzoskwiń, śliwek, zostaje złamana wyraźną, lekko zalegającą trawiastą goryczką;
OGLNIE: przyzwoite piwo, takie klasyczne wg mojego odczucia American BW; typowa dla klasycznego BW słodycz to tylko preludium przed pierwszoplanową grą sporej ilości chmielu, ktry jest wyraźnie obecny w aromacie i w smaku; całość całkiem nieźle gra, ale ja jestem zwolennikiem nieco słodszych reprezentantw stylu.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
EerieDrinks (153) - 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: Heres a secret - I dont care for Barley Wines. Or atleast I didnt until now. I drank one from Clown Shoes late 2016 and immediately decided it wasnt for me, then I kept hearing such good stuff about this one that I had to try it because its a yearly release. It still isnt 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrjez (592) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vanvenlo (1855) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FunkyF (1159) - rebro, SWEDEN - APR 29, 2017
Flaska frn Systembolaget. Brnstensfrgad med beige skum. Doft av kola och torkad frukt. Lite stickig med smak av alkohol, torkad frukt och kola.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Westy1130 (72) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GarageBrewer80 (501) - SWEDEN - APR 26, 2017
Flaska frn SB. Rd, brnstensfrgad med smutsvit skumkrona. Doft av pumpa, knck, alkohol, rda torkade br och enbr. St och bitter kropp. Torr, krydfig och lite strv munknsla. Smak av pepparkaka, rda vinbr, bittermandel, enbr, alkohol, rostad malt och brd.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
balloonbuffoon (199) - - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OsuStu (260) - - 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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