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RATINGS: 3326   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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (3159) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2006 2004 Edition: Sampled 11/6/04. Still has the hallmarks of a very young barley wine. Pours a rather lighter brown than one would expect. Looks is very inviting, like a soda, but once you taste... I get impressions of brown sugar and maple syrup, but not too much. No complex aged components yet, but it still carried a good bit of IPA hops. Much more drinkable to the beginner (like my brothers and father who tried it for the first time) than one would expect of a big beer.


3.7
Fisler (717) - Bamberg, GERMANY - DEC 10, 2017
2017, in der schwarzen Flasche. Optisch dunkles Kupfer. Cremeschaum. In der Nase malzig, Karamell, Trauben. Im Trunk schön erdig, wärmend, leicht alkoholisch, warme Malznoten, Cognac, Holz, dunkle Trauben, leicht nussig. Langer Malzabgang. Feines Ding, ordentlicher Absacker.

3.9
klm1 (1902) - Bled/SF, - NOV 30, 2017
Vintage 2016: bready, toffee, biscuity, caramely notes, some dark fruit esters, high hop bitterness, with high hop flavors (marmelade-like, floral, citrusy, fruity notes). Full bodied, smooth texture, moderate carbonation. Typical American style barley wine. The good one.

3.5
Bill Becker (1913) - 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 (638) - 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 (678) - 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 (1398) - 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 (19) - - 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 (967) - 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 (316) - 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 (1258) - 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.


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