SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
damn, this wes nice. carmel/fruity aroma. balanced enough, but quite hoppy. full bodied, oily mouthfeel. long bitter finish. this was dangerously drinkable. very very nice.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma was citrusy w/ malty sweetness, dark fermented fruit, and a slight caramel notes. The beer poured a brownish color w/ reddish hues; thin lasting head and lacing. The flavor was soury dark fermented fruit, malty sweetness and caramel notes. The mouthfeel was creamy and medium bodied.
Tejas (973) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2005
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
í04 version and itís still too hoppy and flowery. Iíll never understand this breweries fascination with hops????????? Iíd like to know when the "almost overpowering maltiness" is suppose to kick in. Slight hint of chocolate / malt towards the finish but overall it tastes like Pale Ale which tastes just like Celebration. IíM OFFICIALLY THROUGH WITH SIERRA NEVADA & THEIR OVER-HOPPED BREWS.
thegreenrooster (3848) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mine pours with a deep red with a nice fluffy white head. Aroma is of hops with a hint of fruityness. Flavor is heavy on the malts and you get some hops in there. Not the best barley wine i have had. Its more of a IPA than a barley but it is quite flavorful.
jgentgesdo (687) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 4, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber with a thin tan head that laces well. Aroma is very strong hops with a caramel overtone. The flavor... wowie, hits you with powerful hops, very sweet, pear/tangerine fruit flavors, alcohol rush, one 12 oz bottle makes me spin, cannot believe this is only 9.6%. Endless hoppy, fruity, caramel malty aftertaste. Is this really a barleywine? Tastes like an IPA. So very good.
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bigfoot is a very hoppy barlewine, more like an extreme IPA. Bottle. Dark orange color with a medium white head. Smell is overwhelmingly citrus and piney hops. Taste is strongly hoppy as well, though I can taste a strong supporting malt background. Not what I expect from a bareleywine but I added two points to my overall impression rating due to the label art.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 3, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2005 2005
crimson red w/ a thick tall well laced white head, crisp hop & citrus bite w/ a sweet and slightly floral and malt mix in the aroma. The palate is nice and creamy w/ good carbonation. The flavor had a good hop bite w/ a sweet malt backing.. tastes of light carmel, grassy/floral, w/ a nice hint of alcohol as it warmed.. not overly complex but VERY well done.
Thanks to David P we sampled 1998-2005 bigfoot on 4/16/05 some quick notes from the vintages:
2005: very fresh crisp big hop and a sweet big malt very citrus dry aged taste.
1998: huge malt nose real subdued hops seems cask aged much sweeter molasis on the flavor alchol in the finish not as dry.
1999: very like the 98 but w/ a touch more hop.
2000: MY FAV vintage a little bitter finish doesnít taste kask aged any more very very good.
2001: a more crisp hop again and the alcohol was a little more present.
2002: similir to the 01 w/ a little more hop again.
2003: simple malt big hop flavor
2004: very similar to the 05.
mjg74 (2950) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005. Pours a dark redish color. Aroma is very hoppy. With a little bit of a sugary sweetness. Strong hop bitterness. A little malty. Slight alcohol, but it is well masked. Slight sangria flavor somewhere in there. Lots of stuff going on in this brew.
Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells fruity with hints of citrus late. Pours reddish brown and tastes like hoppy fruitiness with malty flavor. Very complex and tasty, not to mention how strong it is.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at the Grey Lodge in Philly. This was a two year old Bigfoot. It aged very well. The up front Sierra hop taste was very subdued. Well balanced beer. and oh yes the alcohol was there. Boyyah!!