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RATINGS: 3355   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 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
doubletriple (52) - Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2005
A IIPA disguised as a barleywine which is cool with me. Aroma and taste are mostly strong US hops with some malt. Nice bitter finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2005
Pours a deep dark reddish brown with small creamy beige head and lots of lace. Aroma is fruity and grassy. Flavor is malt overun with hop bitterness. There is more than that though, there is some initial sweetness and the malt lingers under the hops through the finish. Not overpowering at all, just tasty as hell. I will be getting more of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
McKnizzle69 (89) - Machesney Park, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2005
BOTTLE: Poured flat with little head. Carmel opaque color. Nice lacing. Heavy pine hoop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 15, 2005
Pours deep amber with a medium white head. Sweet hoppy and barley smell to it. Tastes sweet and bitter at the same time just like I think all Barleywines do. The palate had a real nice feel to it being dry and syrupy at the same time but a simple uninteresting aftertaste. Good barleywine but not as good as a lot of the ones Iíve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tbarnette (105) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2005
This is good stuff. So far, This is my favorite Ale. This is also the best rating I have given ANY beer, yet. I went to the beer store to get some Lion Stout by suggestion, but when I saw this in the cooloer I had to get some. I bought some for my dadís last birthday and we enjoyed it so much, iíve bought it a few times since.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
barleyandmalt (25) - USA - MAR 12, 2005
2005 Bigfoot. Pours thick; a copper-golden brew. Citrus aroma that exploded upon reaching the front of the mouth. Rolled over the back of the tounge much more smoothly than anticipated. 9.6%?! Well hidden. So well rounded it seems mythical.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - MAR 12, 2005
Big Food 2001. Pours a hazy warm-amber beer with an orange glow and a small yellow-beige head that falls doun quick. Powerfull nose with touches of dry caramel, vegetal citrus esthers, peache-pit, Calvados hors díage and loads of great hops. It has a full taste with smooth roundings of caramel candy, nuts, some dry forrest leafs, bayleaf, lemongrass, and again this kick of nobel hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mctous (131) - Herndon, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2005
UPDATED: APR 26, 2007 Unlike some previous versions, the 2007 Bigfoot can be enjoyed immediately without aging. It pours with fine carbonation, marked viscosity, and plenty of hop lace. Sierra Nevadaís hop blend (Cascade and Centennial ) produces a citrus-peel bitterness, pitted against the massive caramel malt, and the malt narrowly takes over in 2007. Chinook hops emerge only in the palate. This finishes quite clean, given its great strength. Only the hoppiness and a slight diacetyl character remain in the finish. Recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 8, 2005
2005 12oz - Tight aroma of hops and carmel. Transparent brown with a tint of red. Starts off with a good off white head and leaves good lacing. This is such a smooth barleywine. I havenít had one since my "awakening" and it is really great. All the flavors of hops, citrus, and carmel that make a barelywine great without the exaggerated bite. No ageing necessary.

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