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RATINGS: 3355   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   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


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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 20, 2005
I recently enjoyed a 2005 version of this beer and it was a little unexpected. The flavors caught me off guard at first, but after a few sips I understood what it was trying to do. I like the balance of hops and malt in this beer, seem to be well done! Has almost a floral taste to it and that signiture sierra nevada initial bite. The smell of this beer is perfect, one of the best i’ve ever smelled! I’d say it was a good first barley wine style for me.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2009 Very hoppy with fantastic fresh hops aroma, rich maltiness, and a lot of bitterness. So much flavor is packed into this beer which your tongue manages to juggle with ease, forceful hops flavor, malt sweetness, great bitterness, and well-integrated alcohol are all masterfully balanced. Out of the tap it has a great creaminess to it with a distinct edge, very satisfying. The 2005 vintage is one of the best yet.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - APR 18, 2005
(on bottle 2005 edit.)Yes, this is going to be long, but it was a "big" moment drinking this. Sitting in the sofa, watching "The hours" with my wonderfull wife, after a perfect spring-day. The mood was perfect for a good beer. "Flower-hops and what else...?" was the first thought snd for sent there´s not much more. Then it´s up to one self to deside if US-sweet-hops are a great aroma. The mouth was overwhelming with alcohol and more hopping; but it is a very youmg beer, so I could live with that. The finish was way the best part. Cake, canesugar, roasted oatmeal, cloves, peppers and some mint; fanatic-fantastic- super-well-done. can´t wait to taste it matured over a few years, so I guess I have to...wait.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sirjohn03 (39) - New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2005
dark beer, redish tint, and very little head. the aroma is powerful, smokey and hoppy. It has a bitter taste and very unique. finishes with the taste of the alcohol......warms you from the inside.

4.5
   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...

4.3
   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!!!

4.1
   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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sayravai (4708) - 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!

4.3
   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?

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   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.


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