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RATINGS: 3258   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2004 Bottle. Almandine garnet body with a fluffy white head. Nose is sweet and has some raisin. Flavor is a bitter, yeasty, doughy, and sweet like honey. The taste reminds me of fresh baked raisin bread. Finish is sharp and sweet, and just a little bitter. Very good. Not a session beer, but absolutley a beer to have again and enjoy. To sum up the flavor: hops, hops, hops, and more hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Imbockinsxtx (81) - Big Bend (Benavides, TX), Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2004
Pours a dark Rootbeer brown with abundant creamy frothy head. Aroma is characertically Sierra Nevada Hoppy with sweet malt tones. The flavour is of a traditional IPA but with a big wallop of Hops. In the same vein as a Stone IPA or an Arrogant Bastard Ale but with a bit more punch to the Palate in terms of Hop/Malt to Flavour Value. This beer really does do a number on the senses including an all around smell/flavour/effect value and there is a whole lotta lacing on the glass. There can be no going wrong with purchasing this beer in mass quantities. Adios!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Zeswaft (1483) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JUN 26, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2007 Really strong in all aspects: scent, flavor, alcohol. Itís not as complete as the Three Floyds but really good. RERATE. wow, itís been 2.5 years since i rated this and iíve never rerated it. well, i had it on tap and in a bottle tonight so itís time. It seems like every time i have this it gets hoppier but that could be because i anticipate it so much that i get it right when it comes out. Itís a fucking delicious beer. no two ways about. sometimes the alcohol is noticeable. but thatís nothing a full bottle canít take care of. rerate again. Iím a monster hophead and i always am surprised at how hoppy this is. To me this is my ultimate sipping beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2004
Strong aroma of roasted malts, intense hops, and mild citrus. Tawny amber in color with an off-white thin head. Hoppy, fruity taste with a bitter aftertaste. You can definitely taste the alcohol, but itís not unpleasant. Overall, a kick ass beer that kicks you in the ass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 20, 2004
2004 Vintage, Sampled June 2004
Nice ruby red color, off-white head with nice soapy lacing. Aroma is big with hops... citrusy cascade mostly. A bit of bubble gum, sweet malt, and cherry. Taste has wood, bitter cascade, and a malt brown sugar sweetness. Finish is a sweet bitterness. A little sticky in the mouth. This seems like a hopped up Celebration Ale. Its a bit too hoppy right now, but I do like what about five years will do to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (1996) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 13, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2007 Pour is a redish brown. The aroma is sweet and malty. The flavor is malty again with a good amount of alcohol taste. I also taste the pine. The only aftertaste is alcohol.

RERATE: This was soo much better than I remember. 2004 bottling. Pour is the reddish brown I experienced the first time. Huge aroma of sweet malt and and just a touch of hops to bite at the malt. Flavor is delicious with the sweet malt up front and a clean finish of hop bitterness. Very nicely done. Purhaps it is the age that this beer needs. This was delicious.

2004 Bottling. Consumed October 2007, almost 3 years old. The head consists of delicate creamy lace and spots of bubbly cream floating on top. The aroma at this age is really very nice. The malt swirls in my nose - sweet and rich. Some chocolate aromas have started to appear. There is also some molasses or dark candy sugar. The flavor still shows the hops presence that bites the tongue just after the swallow and cleans up the malty sweetness in the finish. Bigfoot always surprises me. Itís such an unpretentious beer but such a classy and beautiful beer just the same. Iím really looking forward to the evolution of flavors to come as this case of 2004 continues to age. 7/4/7/4/18

2006 draught, fresh. The bitterness and hops in this years batch is pretty extreme. It really needs some time to mellow and let the malt show through.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 12, 2004
1998 Vintage: Coloring was Dark Brown, Light Brown Head. Mildly Bitter, caramel, plenty of malt. Not a bad barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2004
MMM...sweet orange and carmel aroma. Pours a muddy amber body with a foamy, tan head. Woa! Strong pine needle and alcohol flavor. Very Piney! Kind of has the taste and feel of honey just as you swallow. Quite a brew, I must say.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AlabastorJones (812) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 9, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2009 nice tan head, foggy amber body, ccitrus aroma, grapefruit, intense flavor wow, pine needles, alcohol, chocolate, thick and intense palate, Iíll bet bigfoot is the only one whoís burly enough to drink this on a regular basis, Iím impressed that sierra nevada could produce anything this crazy. 2009~ damn itís a great batch this year!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopsformyHips (113) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JUN 4, 2004
Beautiful dark amber color with nice lacing from its frothy light buttercream colored head. Beautiful boquet of hops in the aroma. A smooth and rich delicious palate with a nice long flavor. I tasted a spicey peppery flavor with slightly citrusy slightly piney hops. Yummy.

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