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RATINGS: 3254   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
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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


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Gooner8110 (17) - Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2005
Definately AGE this beast. I picked up the 2004 last year and set it aside, and tried it side by side with the 2005, and for only ONE year, what a difference! So much more malt to the í04, thus a lot smoother. Not Iím motivated to keep it for multiple years.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - JAN 30, 2005
Why havenít I rated this treasure yet? Most delectable and delicious. Malty rich, chewy goodness. A fine brew indeed. If you can find it, buy it!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 29, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2005 Botttle 2005: Served at 52F. Pours a clear dark copper color with good head and lacing. Strong pine , citrus, and malt nose Huge bitterness with a great malt background. Excellent texture. Very warming. I like this beer young or aged well. Although older vintages can loose some character I find it hold up well over time. Bottle. 2002. Served cold but let warm to 55F. As it warms you can taste some oxidation under the hops. But the hops are still good an strong. Very nice after 3 years of age.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2005
2005 Bottle. Clear, dark amber color with a small off white head. Big hop aroma with lots of pine and grapefruit. Flavor starts off dominated by the hops, then becomes midly malt sweet before the bitter hop finish. Very nice, but I think Iíll enjoy this one a lot more after itís aged a bit and the hops have mellowed some.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2005
2005 vintage. Poured a clear dark amber with a golden tint. Huge fresh piney hop aroma with a big malty backbone. Flavor is malty, fruity,and piney with a long bitter finish. Full bodied. The huge hop profile will carry this beer for many years to come.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hangover (1092) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - JAN 29, 2005
Dark copper pour with a decent white head. Sweet malty aroma with hoppy floral notes. Surpirisingly hoppy taste... very piney. Nice malty backbone. The huge hoppiness does hide some of the alcohol and this one is definitely a sipper. I think once this one ages a bit the hop bite will tone down a bit. As it stands now, itís still pretty good. Sierra Nevada rarely dissapoints (the exception being their summerfest). Good brew.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2005
Tried a bottle of this. Passd it by in years past, before I knew better. Pored a dark amber. I smelled hops and malt. Was swett but had a kick too. Not bad, or should I say pretty good for a masss beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2005
2005 bottle: Body is a dark amber, almost mahogany with a tiny off-white head. Aroma is hops and slight citrus. Taste is big, pungent, bitter hops, backed by syrupy, caramel flavors. I underestimated this beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2005
2005 bottle. Amber red with little head. Sweet, floral, hoppy aroma. Lots of bittering hops in the flavor. Somewhat light and dry. Off balance towards the hops. I bet this will be great in a year or two.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
celogan (202) - Oroville, California, USA - JAN 25, 2005
This bottled release is 2005 Expedition. Poured medium amber color with nice head that shrunk a bit but lingered. Good lacing, decent carbonation. Sweetness from the start and nice fruityness. Slight hoppy finish. A good beer you shoulldnít pass up.


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