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RATINGS: 3351   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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jde123 (773) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 17, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2007 2005: Hooray for hops! This is amazing stuff, super smooth palate with a extremely concentrated flavor, pours like pudding and smells like flowers. Fantastic. I couldn’t ask for anything more from this one. 2007, decent enough, lots of hops, perhaps a little too sweet this batch. kind of syrupy...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 16, 2005
Thanks to DavidP for the Bigfoot VERTICAL!!! 1998 through 2005! 2005: full of hops! smooth woody hoppy, oaky, dry, mild bitterness, barley malts. 1998: Cask aged alcohol dominates everything. Smooth, almost chocolately oakiness, molasses. WAAAY better than the ’05. 1999: Starting to get mild hops. Still cask aged dominance, almost a nutty quality. Smoother than the 98. 2000: aroma is starting to not get as casky. more hops than the older items. starting to get the hop in the flavor. 2001: starting to get a stronger grassy hop. Very mild balanced grassy hopness and malty goodness. 2002: where’d the hops go??!?!? still very good, but very different than the other years. 2003: Back to being extremely well balanced. Malty goodness. Light hoppiness. This one’s very good. 2004: Amazing, the hoppiness difference between the 05 and 04 is amazing. The 04 just doesn’t have that kind of hoppiness. Smooth. Kinda casky. Overall, they’re all good. You gotta do a vertical!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 15, 2005
Deep amber / reddish colour with a small light brown head. Malty and sweet aroma with a complexity of oak, alcohol and hops. Powerfull flavor made up by a malty sweetness some alcohol and a dry hoppy bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sayravai (4706) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 15, 2005
UPDATED: APR 5, 2007 (Bottled, 2006 version, 8-5-7-4-15=3.9) Hazy dark red with a smallish, lacy and beige head. Strong, very grainy-malty, very aromatic-hoppy, yeasty, fruity and oaky aroma with some alcohol hints. Strong, perfymy-flowery flavor with lots of grainy malt and bitter hops, (straw)berries, and evident alcohol. Quite young and unrefined feel at this age, especially without yeast. Almost full-bodied, somewhat alcoholic palate with quite low carbonation. In small quantities it’s pretty good, but you should definitely pour in the yeast right away! (Draught, 9-5-7-4-15=4.0) Very nice deep red color with a small, lacy but vanishing head. Aromatic-hoppy, wineous, perfumed licorice aroma. Woody and aromatic flavor with flowery perfuming and herbs. Bitter, aromatic, sticky finish. Alcohol is quite well hidden, but warming. Medium-bodied, low-carbonated slicky palate. A nice and enjoyable, well-hopped brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - APR 14, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2008 2005 12oz bottle. Served in my NB worthy glass @ 45.5°. Pours crimson red with a small tan head. Hoppy aroma, citrus, piney, the cascade comes through in the nose. The taste is huge carmelly malt fighting with huge piney, floral hops. The mouthfeel is huge. Great beer and I don’t even taste the bitterness anymore. A few years on this beer...wow!

2005, 3 years old. Served in a shaker glass @ 63°. Subtle aroma is resiny and piney with a nice caramel malt backing. The taste is aggressive resiny and piney hops, a backing maltiness of caramel and light biscut, and alcohol. The hops are still dominant in this beer. In fact, when I tasted a vertical of these, what struck me was how long the hops stay agressive with this one. As much as I love this beer, it is one of the few barleywines that doesn’t get all that much better with time. Fresh it borders on an IIPA and aged it tastes like an old IIPA, not better, maybe even worse. Maybe the beer just needs more cellar time?

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
brocker (99) - Salina, Utah, USA - APR 14, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2006 Easily one of the worst beers I have ever drank. Pours yourself a big ol cup of this swamp-ass and here’s what you get. Smells like a dirty wild animal and rubbing alcohol. Tastes obnoxiously astringent, with a double dose of malt just to make it taste even worse. Like molasses and hairspray, but not as good. Like ’Bigfoot’,(the aninmal), this crap belongs hidden away from mankind, infrequently coming into contact with crazy assholes. I doled out the other 5 to my guests. The stuff went 0 for 6, so I know it’s not just me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 13, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2006 2006 bottle, right off the boat, February 2006.
Semi-translucent crimson in color with an oily, off-white head that looks like it’s been perforated by pins, and a thin white rung for the lacing. Aroma is honest to goodness bliss. Hop smack, maraschino cherry juice, amaretto, buttered almonds and pistachios, and a touch of juniper berries for sweetness and youth. Dry, bitter chafe sucks the life out of the taste buds as it hits the palate running. Buttered rum and amaretto liqueur hint at the alcohol content. Grapefruit aged in maple syrup vats. Craisins and red currant get a crack at it but are overcome by tantalizing, enzymatic papaya bitters. Oily, thick swallows and a curt, predominantly bitter, palate. Tremendously jovial and hop-centric. Cherry and grapefruit meet toffee and graham cracker crust in the finish, all the while being placated by an abrasive hops agenda. Certainly “hot” when consumed fresh.

2005 bottle, consumed April 2005.
Murky, reddish copper in color. Smells incredibly hoppy, and of boysenberries, sweet perfume and saffron. Flavor is wonderfully hoppy; moderate accents of honeysuckle and rose. Very full-bodied - this monster’s got personality. Extremely palatable - spreads across the mouth and makes it bittersweet hoppy presence known in the finish. Warming alcohol seems to settle in for a long winter nap. Good stuff.

I’ll get vintage ratings up here sometime down the road, but it might be a while. For the time being, the youthful ratings will have to suffice.<i/>

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
highlandlad (1464)
- Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - APR 11, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2012 Strong, aromatic Californian barley wine. Poured a teak colour with a moderate lacing head. Cascade hop aroma of gin and bitter lemon, grapefruit. The palate is ginny, with lashings of tart grapefruit and a huge alcholic kick in the finish. Oily and tart. One of the benchmark US barley wines. (Bottles 2001, 2012)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
UnsofistaCat (240) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2005
2005 bottle. I think it needs to age. While the hops were standard Sierra Nevada fare, I thought they were nicely done. However, the problem lies with the malt. I like my Barely Wine thick and sticky, and so far, I found it a little thin, leaving more of a hot alcohol after bite that really does last for an hour. Beer had a nice head, but I also found it a little too orange. That being said, still consistent with Sierra Nevada distinction (if your in the mood for Yankee hop head ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - APR 10, 2005
UPDATED: APR 11, 2005 2005 Expedition. Poured a deep ruby/amber with a thick, creamy off-white head. Taste is very rich with a definite alcohol presence and a pleasant hop bitterness. Beautiful sticky lacing. The aftertaste lasted for like an hour or so after I finished it. An excellent barleywine.

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