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RATINGS: 3279   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hangover (1094) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - JAN 29, 2005
Dark copper pour with a decent white head. Sweet malty aroma with hoppy floral notes. Surpirisingly hoppy taste... very piney. Nice malty backbone. The huge hoppiness does hide some of the alcohol and this one is definitely a sipper. I think once this one ages a bit the hop bite will tone down a bit. As it stands now, itís still pretty good. Sierra Nevada rarely dissapoints (the exception being their summerfest). Good brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2005
Tried a bottle of this. Passd it by in years past, before I knew better. Pored a dark amber. I smelled hops and malt. Was swett but had a kick too. Not bad, or should I say pretty good for a masss beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2005
2005 bottle: Body is a dark amber, almost mahogany with a tiny off-white head. Aroma is hops and slight citrus. Taste is big, pungent, bitter hops, backed by syrupy, caramel flavors. I underestimated this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2005
2005 bottle. Amber red with little head. Sweet, floral, hoppy aroma. Lots of bittering hops in the flavor. Somewhat light and dry. Off balance towards the hops. I bet this will be great in a year or two.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
celogan (202) - Oroville, California, USA - JAN 25, 2005
This bottled release is 2005 Expedition. Poured medium amber color with nice head that shrunk a bit but lingered. Good lacing, decent carbonation. Sweetness from the start and nice fruityness. Slight hoppy finish. A good beer you shoulldnít pass up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JAN 24, 2005
I canít believe I havenít rated this. Deep amber orange color with a thick off white head. Vanilla and roasted malt show on the nose with some pine and light fruit aromas. Rich mouthfeel with an intial sweetness that gives way to a bitter drying finish. Lots of carmel, vanilla, pine, rich fruit, and more. Really an awesome beer though personally at itís best 3 years out this one is only 1 yr old!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 23, 2005
í03 vintage, sampled on 1/23/05. Mahogany color topped with a tan head. Sweet aroma, with notes of carmel, cookie dough and a looming bitterness hangs underneath all of it. Very rich flavors. Lots of crystal malt, maple syrup and resiny hops. Lingering bitterness on the finish with a light smokey note. Quite good, but almost too malty/sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2005 I fell in love with this brew/style immediately...Dark reddish brown, malty caramel, and LOTS of HOPS! Okay, I need more...RERATE: now that Iíve had more barleywines, not too fond of the hops in this -- too much grapefruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JK (5329) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2005
í04. Hop aroma. Red. Flavor of hops then sweet syrup. Sweet finish. A hopped barleywine, it would benefit from less bitter flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtxx (148) - san antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2007 Imperial IPA is more like it. Hops, Hops and more Hops. Zero Malts. Not really a barley wine.

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