An American-style Barleywine has large quantities of malt and hops in comparison to English-style Barleywine. I enjoy the larger beers with malt-emphasis and with hop-emphasis and Barleywine is a great mixture of both – this is a style that is one of my favorites. Sierra Nevada produces an annual Barley Wine at the first part of the year named Bigfoot. Bigfoot has an ABV of 9.6% and an IBU of 90. This one pours a cloudy dark reddish tan with a nice head that takes some time to recede. I like to allow Barley Wine to warm as this style should be enjoyed at 50 – 55 degrees. This would be a great beer to cellar and I plan to purchase some more for storage. The aroma is excellent and filled with malt sweetness – candy like. Taste is excellent with caramel / toffee and a chocolate undertone, then finishing with a nice balanced bitterness from the hops. It is a bit hot from the alcohol and hops and I known this will be even better after a couple of years of cellaring. This is a nice one and I understand why Bigfoot has won a number of awards.