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RATINGS: 3364   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAR 29, 2005
UPDATED: APR 24, 2005 Re-Rate: (From an 8-year Vertical) (Numbers have been changed according to the 01 vintage) 01- Flavor has changed dramatically. The hops have been subdued, but the flavor has really came out. Woody and more alcohol is present. The malts really stand out in the older vintages. (Previous Rate) 05 Bottle- Pours a dark Amber, small white head. Aroma is grassy and floral hops. Flavor is sweet and hoppy, malts are present, but hops dominate this one. Alcohol also present int the flavor, I think I will like this aged a lot more than fresh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2005
An amber color with a tan head. Has an aroma of fresh pine. The taste is strong in hops and pepper. Not being much of a barleywine fan this isn’t too bad of a beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - MAR 25, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2005 rerate - 12/23/05 - 2005 bottle - Aroma is sweet malt, dark fruit, and citrus hops. "Hot" on the tongue with sweet malt and other dark notes underneath. Long, long bitter finish. Just too much sharp bitterness. If this were aged it would be fantastic. (The first time I rated this was my first barleywine rating...gave it 9,5,9,4,19...was also a 2005 bottle)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 24, 2005
2005 bottle. Deep golden brown with red and golden accents. Hops dominate aroma with a malty backing, standard for a young barleywine. Resinously bitter nose, malty texture in the heavy body with some alcohol warmth, leading to a lingering bitter mouthfeel in the finish. Excellent American Barleywine, but definitely not an English Barleywine as evidenced by the choice of hops. Definitely needs some maturing, I will update my rating at various timepoints with subsequent aged tastings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrianG (44) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - MAR 24, 2005
Very nice appearance. Poured a dark copper with small, tan head. This beer is a hop bomb. A virtual hop bomb. Start bitter and finishes bitter with a smooth middle. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - MAR 24, 2005
beautiful appearance; the color, head, and aroma- it temps you to gulp it- along with its 9.5% abv label. Nice mix of hops aroma and malt flavor. My favorite barley wine yet. Nice work Sierra Nevada!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nquantz (28) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2006 2005 bottle (I have put-up a 6-pack and am looking forward to drinking it in a year!). Slightly opaque, dark copper color. Small, creamy tan head that dissipates quickly. Hops & citrus aroma. Wonderful taste (if you, like I, prefer, the more hoppy American version of barley wine) - full, complex, hoppy taste with nice slightly bitter finish; very little taste of malt. Deceptively drinkable as the relatively high abv is not apparent while you enjoy this wonderful beer. I only wish that Sierra Nevada brewed this beer all year long.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2005 Man, this beer came at me hard the first time I had it. It was fresh, 2005 run. Hoppy smell with a sweet malt behind it. The hops were incredibly harsh and abused my palate, leaving me needing a glass of water. Very rough, bitter hoppiness to it. Solid barleywine, but I wouldn’t call it English. Three days later, I came across a 1996 keg of Bigfoot on draft in Monk’s Cafe in Philly. The hops had been significantly moderated. It no longer felt like my tongue was being punched in the face. Much smoother, but still sufficiently bitter. Great beer. Simply amazing hop profile. Harsh at first, but after a few months of warming up my palate, this is easily my favorite barleywine, and in my top five beers. I don’t understand how this missed top fifty here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13625) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2005
Bottle. Poured a reddish brown color with large frothy tan head. Aroma was complex fruit, malt and hoppy tone. Flavor was as complex with malt and fruit with a bittersweet long finish. Good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2005
a dark amber pour with huge amounts of white head..the 12 oz bottle filled my 16 oz glass. aroma is very sweet and fruity with tones of hops mixed in. i was expecting a lot of malts with hops on the tail. what i found was a huge hop flavor with malt tones in the middle of the mouthful and a huge hop aftertaste. the bitterness was not too bad, but i think it was too much for a barley wine (i would expect it in a IIPA). if i were putting this in a category, i would call it an IIPA with extra malt. the body is very crisp and has a nice solid mouthfeel. overall a very enjoyable beer, with a great taste and some nice quailties, but i still wonder about its genre.

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