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RATINGS: 3264   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 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 (1998) - 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 (814) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2004
Bottled - 2003 vintage. Yep this is a Sierra Nevada alright. The cascade hops are there. The Dry hopping is evident. The malting is well balanced. The aroma is floral and dense. The flavor is bittersweet, with a round finish. Impressive stuff that obvoiusly will be better with age. There are some rough edges.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4651) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Bottled 1998 Vintage; Tasted June 1, 2004: Dark brown pour (slight ruby color as well) with a mediumly thick, tan head. Aroma of malts and caramel. Taste is loaded down with malt, caramel, alcohol, and rounded out with some bitterness. Quite a nice offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gnylen (12) - Topanga, California, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Head: decent for the style, tan, not long-lasting but thatís o.k. for barleywine. Aroma: fresh hops, layers of caramel, molasses. Flavor: outstanding, fruity hops balance enourmously complex and powerful malt. A bit hoppy for my taste but I still love it. Warms up well. Palate is perfect for style. Campfire beer. Drink after a hard day of climbing at J-Tree while you are young, and savor the moment. Age comes sooner than you would think.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - MAY 30, 2004
UPDATED: APR 11, 2005 Pours a thick tan head on a beautiful dark brown body with a red glow. Spices and hops dominates the aroma with sweet malty notes and creamy hints. Flavor is full and very complex. Sweet the first second but turns very bitter with lots of malt and spices and a dominating hop character - almost like a very strong IPA. The mouthfull is extremely soft and very thick and the finish is long bitter and spicy. An outstanding barley wine!!

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