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RATINGS: 3300   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2004
Initially, this was nothing like any barleywine I had ever had. Rather, it came across as being an I2PA. As it warmed some, it grew thicker and a bit sweeter. Next to a sample of 90 min, it wasn’t as sweet, but also a lot less IPA like. Big hops dominated this ruby red brew with a nice character of malt to back it up. I really enjoyed this one and it was scarily drinkable. A very nice beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2004
More of a floral/citrus/hop smell than I am used to in a barley wine. There is also a decent amount of barley there as well. Appearance is more of a brown deep red color and a thin red head. The flavor is more of a typical barley wine than the smell lets on. I heafty amount of malts great you in the first hit to the mouth then rolls over an lets the hops kick out the end of the mouthfeel leaving a bit of a scratch to your remaining palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cartoonkhaki (1225) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2004
Golden brown yellow hue .. with orangy head.. Black tea like aftertaste... sweet flavour flowery like and Imperial IPA excellent beer... flowery aroma flowery taste... hopped quite abit.. brilliant....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (10326) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2004
Several malts are mentioned, but in the background here., Its barley you taste, and its good but not the best I have had in the style. Ok drinking barleywine but it doesn’t reasonate in my palate. Its washing down a meaty meal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2004
UPDATED: APR 1, 2005 bottle from l.e.s. brown suger color don’t taste much alcohol , not too fruity good shit doe RE rate:2005 bottle. very hoppy aroma piney too, amber red color. full bodied, good balance between bitter hop flavas and the sweet cookie like malts, some grapefriut citrius flavas too. solid B"wine

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Dark rich amber hue with a thick creamy tan head. Aroma is very floral and fruity, can really smell those cascade hops. Intense and hoppy profile, loads of cascade. Alcoholic bite. Mouthfeel is thick and rich on the palate, leaves a warming sensation as it goes down. My personal fave from Sierra Nevada.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (9154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2011 2011-10-23. Dark amber body with a modest beige head. Pleasant aroma, modest green hops and sweet caramel malt. Flavour is similar, pleasant hops throughout, green leafy notes, modest resin character. Sweet caramel malt core. Smooth average plus to medium bodied palate. Enjoyable. 7/3/7/3/16+ 2010 Vintage Bottle from Premier Gourmet, Buffalo

2003 Vintage Bottle bought at Premier Gourmet Jan-04 and cellared 9 months. Hazy orange amber body, small off white head. Aroma is mildly alcoholic with a touch of sweet caramel and toffee. Very drinkable flavour profile, but I found it a touch simplistic. Pleasant bitterness lingers for a while. Well balanced, not overpoweringly malty or hoppy. Decent, fairly thick palate. Nice beer but frankly a bit underwhelming. Maybe I was more concerned about the barleywine we were trying to brew while sampling this! 6/3/7/3/4/16

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2004
2003 Bottle. Hazy orange/brown pour. Frothy head. Strong sweet alcohol aroma, with citrus as well. Taste is not as overpowering as the alcohol and style would suggest - I would even go so far as to say it is a drinkable barley wine, while taking nothing away from the beer or the style; most barley wines I have had tend to be nice novel experiences, but not something I ever plan on repeating - this beer I could drink again, and look forward to doing so. It is quite bitter, but balanced with warming alcohol and bottom line, a great drinking experience. Thanks to jercraigs for the sample.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2004
2004 edition: Big malt with soft piney hop aroma. Deep amber brown with creamy beige head. Lovely tootie rool with bitter finish. Very full mouthfeel. Great beer to sit back for an hour and carefully sip.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 26, 2004
Great barley wine! Lived up to everything I had heard about it. Smelled great, tasted better! Light lacing and wonderful color.

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