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RATINGS: 3113   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
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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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2008 Draft at Coasters Brewpub. The head of this beer was average size and white with fine-large sized bubbles that were mostly lasting. The body was softly carbonated and hazy with a light brown hue. The nose was comprised of caramel, citrus and hops. The flavor was bitter and hoppy with a hoppy mouthfeel as well. The lacing was excellent. 2008 Edition Bottle on 5/9/08:Nose was malt, floral hops, and caramel. Ditto for the flavor along with some bitterness. Mouthfeel was fairly smooth and medium bodied. Quite tasty, nicely done and worthy of a try.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rmpjr (5) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2003 does not count
A great barley wine! Intense flavor without a strong alcohol taste.Terrific hoppy/citrus flavor with a sweet finish.A great beer for a cold winter eve.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (4920) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 17, 2003
TheDM and Hotstuff vacation brew 61. This draft brew was enjoyed at Coasters in Eau Gallie Florida out of 1 o=f their 32 taps. This brew poured a medium sized foamy head of fine to large sized long lasting bubbles that left behind a hazy brown colored softly carbonated body and aexcellent lacing. The aroma was a nice barley wine type with lits of hop presence and the mouthfeel was initially smooth then you swallow and get a big hop barleywine tingly mouthfeel. The flavor was that of caramel malts and hops.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2003
Yes another brew brought to the table by my partner in crime, BeanDip!
(Vintage 2003) I really enjoyed this one! Not easy to come by in FL this time of year, BeanDip supplied the goods! Poured a rich mahogany body, allowing a substantial toffee head to rest above. The aroma was terrific, caramel, grapefruit, a touch of oak and apricot cobbler.
The flavor was/is sublime, a punch of citrus hops, but never overpowering the rich presence of caramel. I detected hints of tobacco and an old oak smokiness. The palate was full and velvety; the finish resembled molasses over fresh grapefruit & warming, not easily forgotten!
I now see why so many love this beer, I’m now with you! A year + in the cellar my result in orgasmic reactions!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2003
This was really something. Have to thank Fly for sharing this one with me - I in turn shared some with matta. That lovely Sierra Nevada signature all over it, but suped up a bit. Mingling aromas of citrus, caramel malt and sweetness. Creamy texture strikes a nice contrast to that hop bite. Rumor has it, there will be some available here in Febuary - will certainly have to pick up some for further evaluation.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2005

2002 on tap:
Deep, deep red color with a Guinness-like light tan head. Dark, spicy fuit flavor with a spicy-bitter hop aftertaste. Medium-thick mouthfeel. Light fruity aroma. There’s the usual alcohol hit but it’s masked pretty well by a strong malty fruit flavor. A quality brew, and very drinkable!

2004 bottling:
Quite similar to the 2002, the hops are perhaps a little more sharp, which makes sense because I had the 2002 in 2003.

2005 bottling (sampled 2/1/05):
Primarly piney aroma with grapefruit rind tuck in behind it, superbly blended caramel/sugar cookie malt. Biting oily, piney hops in the flavor. Strong grapefruit hops tempered by plum and sugar cookie malt in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jayb0 (994) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2006 Latest: 98 vintage drunk March 2006. Bumping up the rating, This was fabulous. Everything below still applis but everthing was better integrated. Just great. ’99 vintage: This beer pours a thick dark red/brown and packs a big fruit/malt aroma. This beer has big malt and I think the bittersweet aspect is a little strong on the bitter. Leaves you with a slight unsweetened chocolate type bitterness. Aside from that it is nice and fat in the mouth with complex malt/hop interplay. If I had another I’d let it warm up a bit more.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2004 1998 on 2/8/04: Wow! Maybe I just wasn't understanding the '99, or in the right mood, but this '98 is excellent. Much more caramel than before - now the dominant flavor, the grapefruit is in the far background, and the pine has moved ahead of the grapefruit. Other flavors are now jumping out at me more than before, - like plum, orange, and some woody spice. Still the same great palate and appearance. The harsh astringency has all but disappeared.

1999 on 12/28/03: Roughly the same as below, with a little more caramel sweetness and a little less astringency. The change isn't enough to make me want to change my rating (3.8)

2001 on 12/6/03: Cloudy reddish amber with a thick lasting tan head. Very hoppy fruity aroma, loads of grapefruit with a hint of caramel and pine. Medium thick creamy palate that lightly coats the mouth with a nice alcohol warmth. Astringent. Very hoppy flavor filled with citrus, caramel, pine, and a little dark fruit. A little too hoppy for my tastes. A good beer regardless. (3.8)

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SirTom (88) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2003
One of the better barley wines I have had. Doesn't taste too strong in alcohol, even though it is high in alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
carboloader (673) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2003
Pours a murky ruby brown with a small dissipating head. Aroma is wildly hoppy (which I like), with sweet caramel malt also dominating. Flavor is same but with a sweet syrupy finish. Several other flavors as well, but difficult to identify. A very complex beer. Nicely balanced for a barleywine. With such high alcohol, it doesn't take many of these to forget your name.


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