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RATINGS: 3157   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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - APR 16, 2004
This beer had a nice ruby color with a minimal yellowish head. Big hoppy aroma upfront with some fruitiness and a boozy note. Full bodied and warm but without much of the chewiness that I associate with barley wines, lots of hoppy bitterness with some plum, toasty caramel and cherry flavors. Long bittersweet finish. A little rough around the edges but delicious, and should mellow out nicely with a little aging. 2004 batch.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
oneStar (15) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Bottle. This poured out nice with a thick head which stood up out of the glass. I was really hoping to like this, but taste was most foul. I can?t imagine buying this ever again. Forced myself to get through the entire glass. Not my "cup of tea". 2006 update: After a few years of craft beers, tried the 2006 Bigfoot on tap...it was really good. I?ve bought 2 6packs and have them set aside for the future.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2004
As an annually-released speciaslty beer, this one differs from year to year, and will continue to change over time as you store it in your beer fridge. I like it best about one year after release, but I have found that it is better three years after release than at two years after release. Unfortunately, I rarely have any Bigfoot aged four or five to make any comparison, but I am trying. One fact remains constant: This beer is not for the uninitiated! Stored properly (dark and cool with constants of temperature and humidity with no movement), the malt and hops will emerge in the aftertaste of an oldtimer that are disguised in the taste of new product fresh from the retailer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
boto (1879) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - APR 14, 2004
2003 12 oz. bottle, sampled 4-14-04: The beer is a cloudy mahogony color. There was quite a bit of head immediately after the pour, but it went down quickly. Aroma has notes of grapefruit hops, maybe a hint of maple syrup too? The taste is actually a bit harsh: I had expected it to mellow more. Strong hop taste with a huge malt body evening the taste out. There was a hint of an almost burnt roastiness of chocolate in the background. Good, but I expected it to be better.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
SmokeyJ (20) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 14, 2004
Strong and weird after taste. Thought I would like this one. But the aftertaste is just not for me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - APR 12, 2004
UPDATED: APR 10, 2007 2006 Bottled again, Wouldn’t change much other than my overall(16), I’ve since had a few more b.w.’s and thou this is an easier example of the style, I don’t think it changes the beer for me really, right? Odd hop linger at first w/ med. malt body, the middle is alcoholic and da hops shine thru. The end is nice and sharp, like pine syrup.... Whatever, I’d rate it higher this time maybe a 3.6ish ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2004. Hops! Too sharp for me. There is sawdust here. The beer is basically rough on all sides. Alcohol was defiantly noted.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
roder60 (1285) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2005 Great citricy grapefruit aroma, deep amber color with good amount of head. At first all you taste is the heavy malts, but it is quickly followed up with a very hoppy bitter aftertaste that lasts. I agree that the beer does have a decent balance to it, but to me, the 9.6% alcohol is very apparent in its flavor.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - APR 7, 2004
Pours very rich burgundy, with a head that lasts forever. Aroma is very citrusy hoppy, taste is very strong, with a finish like mud. (no kidding)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pman (26) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2004
The one to have if you're only having one. Remarkable that the alcohol doesn't overpower the flavor at all.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rudolf (2341) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 5, 2004
On tap. Hops, dark fruit aroma with a hint of grapefruit. Dark dusty brown with a thinnish head. Hop assult is quickly balanced by alcohol and toasted, almost burnt malt. Silky mouthfeel.


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