RATINGS: 3384   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (9296) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
HuskerTan (1880) - 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 (1764) - 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 (904) - 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 (2698) - 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 (129) - 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 (1557) - 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

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ffaoe (623) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2017
light malt aroma. red and clear in color with nice long lasting head. taste is slightly towards hoppy than balanced. underlying caramel malt notes with hop forward piney resinous, and faint citrus notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
monk191 (1904) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2017
Had the 2013 vintage. Pours a beautiful bright orange-red with a thick tan head. Smells great, lots of caramel, vanilla, malts. Taste is bright and fruity to start, with vanilla and caramel, and a bit of hops in the finish. Had on tap at Beermongers. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmongoose (2346) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 8, 2017
bottle to snifter that poured a mahogany color with off white head. the aroma was intense malt sweetness with dark fruits and hops. nose seems very well balanced and the flavor proved it. probably still a little hot being 2016 and I have had others that have aged nicely. the flavor is truly an English barley wine nice sweet malts engulfed by the dark fruit and hops mild bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewje41 (3380) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2016
This rating will surely be added to a ton in the future, as I have had a fun time building a vertical over the last several months or so. Probably the first barleywine I ever loved, but I cant recall having it during my time on this site. While building the vertical, Ive ended up with several duplicates, so I thought it would be fun to open a semi aged duplicate and begin my rating process. 2012 vintage this time around. Reddish copper pour with a rocky tan cream foam head. Incredible barley wine here to sip on and enjoy, and the value versus quality is incredible. Toasty, caramel, bran aroma and flavor. Very smooth. Soft chocolate. An excellent preview to what will be a fantastic lineup of aged beer. This beer is a legend.

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