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RATINGS: 3360   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2005
Clear and amber in color with a loose head. Aroma of hops and caramel, fruit and alcohol. Good body and hop flavor with a strong but pleasant bitter finish. Very well balanced for such a huge ale. Consistantly one the best barlywines out there.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2005
Intense floral-hoppy aroma, lots of violet in there. Pours a rich head (rather unique for this style) with quite a duration. Flavor doesnít reflect the style well -- tries too hard, starts off mixing the malt and hops somewhat well but becomes like grapefruit juice sweetened with sucrose syrup. The finish is great, rather intensely bitter. Another strong point of this beer is that it isnít too highly carbonated like some of its competitors.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2005
On Tap: Aged 2 years and worth the wait. Malty goodness surrounded with just the right amount of hops makes for a very enjoyable brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 4, 2005
pours a dense amber-ish/red, with a big insistent that laces super-good. nose is hoppier than most double IPAís, with strong pine and citric notes. the malt is also there, providing a strong backing of sweet caramel. flavor is intense-a heavily dry-hopped malt bomb-every flavor is really big. balance is superb, and beer is remarkably drinkable for its size.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 2, 2005
My first Barleywine.. 2005 vintage bottle. Pours an amber/orange color with a small head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is of Grapefruit, Orange and a floral arrangement. This hits you right off with the hops flavor and moves to a malty sweetness and then to a bitter end that has a good alcohol taste. This is truly a great beer. I will definitely be finding other barleywines to sample in the near future..

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2005
One of the best looking Barley wines. Great deep amber with a slight haze. Great long lasting moderate head that has fine lacing and a wierd creamy oily head. Aroma is intense. A very harsch citrusy and piney hop aroma at first but then right after that comes the huge malt backbone. Good crystal malt sweetness in the flavor as well. Full bodied. THis was the 2004 vintage so it is a little new but it does much better than the old horizontal when it is new.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Gooner8110 (17) - Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2005
Definately AGE this beast. I picked up the 2004 last year and set it aside, and tried it side by side with the 2005, and for only ONE year, what a difference! So much more malt to the í04, thus a lot smoother. Not Iím motivated to keep it for multiple years.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - JAN 30, 2005
Why havenít I rated this treasure yet? Most delectable and delicious. Malty rich, chewy goodness. A fine brew indeed. If you can find it, buy it!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 29, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2005 Botttle 2005: Served at 52F. Pours a clear dark copper color with good head and lacing. Strong pine , citrus, and malt nose Huge bitterness with a great malt background. Excellent texture. Very warming. I like this beer young or aged well. Although older vintages can loose some character I find it hold up well over time. Bottle. 2002. Served cold but let warm to 55F. As it warms you can taste some oxidation under the hops. But the hops are still good an strong. Very nice after 3 years of age.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2005
2005 Bottle. Clear, dark amber color with a small off white head. Big hop aroma with lots of pine and grapefruit. Flavor starts off dominated by the hops, then becomes midly malt sweet before the bitter hop finish. Very nice, but I think Iíll enjoy this one a lot more after itís aged a bit and the hops have mellowed some.


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