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RATINGS: 3254   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 18/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2004
UPDATED: APR 18, 2006 2004. Boy do I love barley wines. I like the big alcohol overtones, general xtra-hoppy smell and tastes. Big Foot is a pretty darn good one. The aroma doesn’t jump out at me, but is still very pleasant. I agree with other reviewers who mention the smell of pine and fruit (not sure what kind). The color is a wonderful translucent orangish-amber. The head is a light beige and doesn’t hang around very long. Big hoppy flavor edged with lemony, citrus notes and a bit of maltiness. The hops dominate here. If you let it flow over your tongue you can sense the point at which the hops fades and the bitterness takes over. The aftertaste is very bitter, but not in a bad way. I’m sure glad I bought the remaining 5 cases. That last case should be even tastier around this time next year. All barley wine fans should find this ale quite satisfying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ungstrup (30385) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2004
The aroma is very hoppy and grassy. The color is an unclear red and it has no head. The flavor is lovely hoppy and very dry, but also with notes of grass and oil. A simple beer, but very nice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 8, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2005 Re-Rate: Vintage 2000 Aroma - 10 Appearance - 4 Flavor - 7 Palate - 3 Overall - 17 This is an immensely different beer with some age on it. Immensely. Deep murky poo-water. Carbonation is now serisouly deficient and matches the gravity of the brew more. Zero head. Nose is transcendent, raisins and tar, slight tobacco char and a little bit of cheesy funk. Flavors are much more balanced as the hops die off and meld into the malty sea. Fruity malts at first, hops explode. Cinnamon and all spice. Beautiful. Slight tar on the backend. Good beer

Thie brew is strange. Handed a pint glass. Looks like dark amber oatmeal.Head is lacy and leaves rings like tree rings in my glass. Smells like a great Barley wine. Fruity and round, large and sticky. Sticky and fruity being the frontrunners (whata ridiculous comment). However I couldn’t handle it. it beat me down when I drank it. Too bitter. All Sierra’s are like this for me. Smell good...look good...taste like a I just bit into an unripe orange rind. They must bitter their beers for a ridiculous amount of time. The cascades just didn’t come through for me. I love Cascades. Couldn’t find em. Buried I guess underneath the thick malt and the bittering nuggets. Most would like this...me I can’t do it. G-rat

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2004 2003 edition. This is THE bomb!!! I LOVE this beer! Huge flavor and aroma of malts and hops. This is it! This is such a nice and balanced beer! I want 40,000 barrels of this at my home! Bigfoot, come and get me you silly bastard! Eat me!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2004
2004 vintage. Dark amber coloured. nice hoppy and fruity aroma. Sweet hoppy flavour with a bitter finish. Full bodied. Thanks Chuck Norris.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2004
2004 which is already aging nicely. Deep dark crimson with tints of brown. Tan lasting creamy head. Nose of sweet pine sap, grapefruit, fig, caramel, brown sugar, with some additional fuzzy fruit notes. Rich and juicy "C" hop flavors, pine, citric fruits, toffee and caramel. Full bodied, soft carbonation, syrupy, bitter lasting finish. Still, and always will be, a freakin classic!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 2, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2004 12 ounce bottle, snifter, 2004. Caramel and toffee malt (M); grapefruit, spruce hops (H); heavy peach and alcohol aromas. Deep orange-red body with a tall, lasting, off-white head. Great lacing. Heavily sweet, moderately acidic flavor becomes a heavily bitter, moderately sweet, moderately acidic finish. Heavy body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: a bit more carbonation and acidity than I’m comfortable with.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Warfaust (2) - California, USA - APR 29, 2004 does not count
Simply one of the most powerfully flavorful and FUN beers commercially available!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sidekick (26) - Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2004
Hops and alcohol flavor dominant, as you would expect in a barleywine. Not for the faint of heart, or a good idea when driving, but to settle down for the evening and put on a pleasant drunk with a good friend, this the product for you.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2439) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2004
(2004) Big light tan head from a little to vigorous pour. Settles nicely with some good lacing. Big aroma. Very floral with a good helping of pine. Major hops presence. Color is a nice dark orange/amber. Flavor is thick and syrupy. Big maltiness to offset the big hops. Some bitterness from the hops. Lots of hops in the finish with plenty of bitterness. Hides its alcohol well with the hops. A very good barleywine with huge hops presence.

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