wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark amber with a large head. Aroma is stromg with caramel, fruit and grapefruit present. Flavor is stronger. A sweet caramel start with a fruity body. A nice cascade hop finish with an astringent alcohol aftertaste. All the flavors are strong and wonderful, fighting it out for supreme palate domination. Who will win? I may know after a couple more bottles.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2004 Bottled 1-09-04.Toned down a bit(refined)this year?All I have to work with is 2003 but anyway.Signature SN aroma(heady hops,touch of octane,caramel malts)rust-brown color,healthy off-white head/coating lace.The taste is of citrus hops(grapefruit)alcohol,sweet,malt.Nice lingering biterness,quality SN buzz.Tried a 2002 & 2003 this weekend and I must say I enjoyed the 2004 more than these(I love fresh hops!)Though the 2003 was damn good while the 2002 was nice but was a little oxidized or something.
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2004 Not much of a nose on this beer, which kinda surprised me. Deep ruby color. This beer burst with hop flavor... and it is this good young, I can wait to try some I'll stash away.
roacheater (43) - Alabama, USA - FEB 23, 2004
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2005 2005 edition: Like the 2004 Celebration Ale, Bigfoot is definitely back in black after an off year. Itís harsh and oily... just the way it should be. Letís hope Sierra Nevada can just stick with a good thing. í05 is really just exceptional. Ratings are for the í05 version.
2004 edition: Drink now or forever hold your regrets. "Ought four" is far more muted compared to previous years. This beer is ready to go NOW. Itís a solid brew but in no way comparable to the past. It seems like Sierra Nevada has taken their Celebration and Bigfoot ales and toned them down significantly. The "slashing" flavor of both is nonexistant. "Smooth" has replaced "harshly good." On itís own this is very good and I will continue to purchase. But as far as continuing the Sierra Nevada complex hops tradition... I donít think so.
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, this stuff stomped on my balls, that's how much hops and alcohool it had. A deep red color with nice lacing. Gets better as it warms up as the hops flavor comes out and stomps on your tongue. Maybe a little too strong, but its still a good beer to drink.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2010 2004 Expedition. Poured a beautiful firey reddish brown color with a thick head. Huge floral cascade aroma with bready malt underneath. Mouthfeel is full and smooth with a tongue numbing bitter hop sting at the end. The flavor here is sweet and syrupy with a huge amount of bittering hops and notes of grapefruit and peaches. Plenty of malt to hold it all together and this is one angry and intense brew. Thereís no escaping the bitterness in this young brew. I canít wait to see how it ages.
2/1/10--2010 Expedition, Same fiery red color, clear with a thick fluffy head. Piney citrus hop arom and nice doughy like malty aromas. Really great aroma on this one. Smooth medium body, sticky and bitter. Flavor is a wonderful sweet blend of caramel malt, bitter sticky resiny hops and a finish that is a lingering intense hop bitterness. This is one teriffic ale!
Pa 2/6/10 2005 Expedition. Iíve had this cellaring for 5 years now.
Pours a murky apple cider looking color, very cloudy. Really nice fruity caramel aroma. Some dried fruit also. body is medium, soft carbonation a little syrupy. Flavors are really fruity and malty just like a BW should be. Caramel, brown sugar, vanilla and a little bitterness. Nice warming sensation comes in the finish. Overall am quite surprised how well this has stood up over time. Iíve had it cellaring at room temp (FL Mind you) for about 5 years and it was still a pleasure to drink.
steview (1021) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 20, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2005 1995: superb. it actually smells cremey, floral, barely any citrus (perhaps drowned by other ingredients), and perhaps itís mostly malty and other ingredients. subtle in sweetness yet strong enough and weak enough... just hopped enough. mellow. laidback. one of the smoothest beers iíve ever had. chocolate, cremey, with a citrusy hop aftertaste and with a little cremey malt burp to back it up. nothing stings, nothing bites, itís all together and itís nicer than anything i expected. thick, thin... perfect. mmm, delicious. it looks great, pours with a very small yet tight light tan head. the body is not murky yet not clear, itís burnt red brown with a nice orange highlight. itís aged. itís superb. UPDATE 2/19/05: 2005 cap / egh, gotta downrate. UPDATE 4/22/05: 2005 cap / a bit soy for me, slightly bitter beer face. man oh man i miss the 95í ...
mnbeerguy (11) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Blue Max Liquors in Burnsville, MN carries this in 5 different years. I tried the 1999. Pours a rust/brown color with a syrupy texture. Lots of malty sweetness in the flavor with a slightly bitter, hoppy finish. You can taste the hops for a long time! Very very good, although i would imagine the age helped to tame it.
Beaver (1309) - 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.