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RATINGS: 3317   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (9351) - 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 I’ve 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 can’t 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, it’s 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 can’t wait to see how it ages.


3.9
hauxe (859) - 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 (257) - 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 (1202) - 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 (591) - 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.

3.6
CraftyHare (101) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2017
2017 355ml bottle pours deep amber with small foamy beige head. Subtle aromas of sugar candy, grassy hops and floral characters. Tastes of toffee apple, butterscotch, pine, citrus hops, ginger bread and herbal characters. Dominated by IPA-style fruity hops with long bittersweet orange peel finish. Mouthfeel is dry and slightly dusty. This is a big beer at 9.6% alc vol but the alcohol is reasonably well disguised. Would be even better with a little age.

4.3
Brewhemia (320) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2017 One of my favorite beers. A great combination of lots of malty sweetness and flavor and lots of grassy hop flavor and bitterness. Love it.

4.1
j.hi (24) - - AUG 23, 2017
Dark malt color. Small bubbles. Creamy malted taste with strong hops underneath. Take your time and savor. Can't gulp this beer. Taste lingers for very long. One of my favorite If you like intense beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
Svartvit (750) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2017
Shared at the August THT. Pours a typical boozy barleywine. Boring. Bland and boozy.

3.3
Maakun (6017) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2017
Slight hazy amber with off white head. Piney hops, caramel, dank hops, old wood, bitter herbs. Over medium sweet and strong bitter. Full bodied.


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