Beaver (1295) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The Bigfoot poured a hazy reddish-orange with a thin, light brown, creamy head that had good retention. The nose was alcohol and tart fruitiness with some hoppy notes. The taste is sweet malts up front with a strong bitter, acidic finish with some citrus tones. It was a little more bitter than I prefer but not quite as overwhelming as the Celebration. It had a thick, kind of oily mouthfeel.
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2004 2002 Vintage-I don't know if I'm supposed to take into account how aging has affected this beer, but here goes. Much more approachable after almost 2 years of aging. Hops are usually so brutal and they are still quite strong, but much more manageable now. I'm glad I still have a whole sixer, so I can wait and see what another year or two does for it. One of the original American Barleywines and still one of the best.
0o9i (438) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 17, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 edition. Poured very orange and a nice reddish, deep orange in the glass. Nice head with fair duration, off-white in color, yellow hues. A thick lace left on the glass. Odor is hops, citrus, wood and a faint malty-sweet honey and alcohol as it warms; very nice. Full bodied, smoothe, long-lasting carbonation, syrupy as it warms. I was interrupted and had let this sit out too long. Incredibly sweet caramel malt, then somewhat dry carbonation and good alcoholic flavor, with a very nice, strong hops-bitter finish, weakly tasting of grapefruit. Fairly long duration. Overall a strong ale: overly sweet front wiped out by a wave of dryish carbonation, thus introducing noticable alcoholic flavor and a bitter finish(ESBish). Aging will surely help.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2004 2004 release:
Aroma: strong alcohol scent combined with sweet, carmel malts. a certain fresh fruitiness/herbal scent also exists.
Appearance: mohogany in color (reddish/brown tones)
Flavor: very hoppy; dry, slight taste of carmel malts
Palate: quite a bitter bite with lingering sharp aftertaste (like sharp cheese). really bites at the back of the tongue and the lips.
Overall: a bit too hopped for me, i like a little sweeter less stringent barley wine.
Aroma: 9/10: carmel malts, sweetness, honey, and brown sugar, along with deep alcoholic scent.
Appearance: 4/5: Cloudy, honey brown colour with slight, white head.
Flavor: 7/10: very sweet--hides the alcohol well. Slight hops and carmel malts, honey and brown sugar. Some earthy and mossy flavors.
Palate: 4/5: Incredibly smooth with hoppy bite. Dry-hopped aftertaste.
hophead1962 (11) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
First off I really enjoyed this and have for a few years now. I really think this a a MUCH better beer after a year of aging or so. The up front hoppiness is less biting and allows more of the malty goodness to come through. Buy some and keep it until 2005.
bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
aroma of hops and a little malt; deep brown with a medium tan head; smooth, thick feel; slightly sweet, but with a coffee-like bitterness that lasts, and a definite taste of the alcohol
garrison (773) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Full-bodied and loaded with tasty hops, Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Brandywine Ale is a wonderful beer! However do they train those sasquatch to make such a fine brew?
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours thick, dark amber/brown, moderate head that sticks around, good lacing. Hop profile of an IPA that's over powering at times. Palatte is very thick, 10 percent ABV is noticable as it warms. Needs less hops. Aging my last bottle to bring the malts out.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2004 Hoppy and bitter-sweet. It's great right from the shelf, but let one age for six months, and you will mellow the beast. I'm going to sit on as many as I can store.
Re Rate: I got to try Bigfoot on tap for the first time, and it was even better than the bottled version. The hops were snappy and the citrus flavors came through even more. There was more sweetness and a smoother finish. I'm bumping this even higher. Gotta love that sasquatch!
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - FEB 11, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Typically overbitter Sierra Nevada. When I'm in the mood for overhopped beers it's either them or Stone. Nice body with lots of round sweetness hiding behind a sharply bitter/oily hopiness. Drink warm.