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RATINGS: 3257   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4630) - 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 that’s 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!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
icarus (57) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2004
"wonderfully bittersweet hoppiness" and a rich full mouthfull long aftertaste. Outstanding sweet malty smell.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2004
Bottled vintage 1998, thanks mwsf. Pretty tasty stuff. My memories are pretty vague, and a remember spilling about a quarter or so of the contents of the bottle (sorry everyone). Just really tasty. mapley,hoppy, the length of flavour is great. Great to have such a an old beer, great experience. Sorry for spilling some of it guys :(

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
savannah (37) - columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2004
Very good. Thicker, light syrup-y mouth feel. Maple and brown sugar flavor yet balanced very well with crisp hops. Little head, but nicely carbonated. Amber colored. Overal lvery very good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mathis (48) - KBH K, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2004
This beer is great! Ever since I have tasted it, I dream of it! When the bottle is opened, the sweet aroma spreads throughout the intire room. The taste fills every corner of your body and stays for hours. The taste i strong but balanced with hops and malt. Bitter and sweet in one with taste of caramel and herbes. Really came as a suprice, try it out! Unfortunetly not avalible in Denmark! :(

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbastard (792) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 21, 2004
Because I like this beer it looks beautiful. Complex aroma of molassis (spell check) and grapefruit, even some cherry, don’t forget the alcohol. Overwhelming mouthfeel. Even the taste is interesting, a brown sugar and bitter clash. Ends very dry. By the way this is 2004.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2004
Pours amber in color with a hop nose eminating from teh pour. Taste is a little out of balance for this youngin’, a bit hoppy but still a phenominal barleywine. Mouthfeel is slightly leaning toward the heavy side, but the carbonation keeps it from moving all the way. Given a year, the hops will subside and this one will be dead-on delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 18, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2004 12oz bottle 2004 poured into tulip glass: dark cloudy brown with a nice thick and creamy tan head. berry malt aromas, with slight hoppy notes. smooth malty/hoppy taste, fruity and good masking of the alcohol.. its the bomb..very dank, and of course dank nugs are best. a very hoppy barley wine, and that is great by me. a really dank/huge imperial ipa

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