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RATINGS: 3342   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


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 5, 2005
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 5, 2005
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.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Tejas (973) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2005
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thegreenrooster (3848) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 4, 2005
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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jgentgesdo (687) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 4, 2005
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 4, 2005
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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 3, 2005
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjg74 (2950) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2005
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2005
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!!


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