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RATINGS: 3331   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


1
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
SilkTork (5498) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2004
Aug, 2004: 2004 bottle. Ugly, ugly smell of spoiled hops - damp cardboard and a sticky sickly malt sweetness. The aroma is disgusting! O my god! The mouthfeel is so crude it’s an insult. Crudely sweet with a crude bitterness. This is simply dreadful. An obscene beer. Everything that is bad about brewing is present in this beer. And then spoiled hops just to give the palate a good kick in the mouth. Aaaaaagh!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2005 bottle 2000: quite a strange brew. never had a barleywine older than 4-5 months (except s.a. triple bocks) and this one was definilty aged. Super stong notes of malt, to the point that some sips were completely dominated by malt. Carmel also came up very strong in this brew, but overall was very tasty and one to remember. Hope to score an ’04 to taste the difference and an 01 or 02, because i believe that would put this beer at a perfect age. fresh bottle 2005- Not a huge fan of this brew fresh. Too much like their Celebration Ale, too hoppy and piney. Very unbarleywine like. My case of this will sit and age for the next 6 months and then be tried again.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (3430) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Bottle pours a hazy red-amber with a modest head and thick even lacing. Aromas are syrupy sweet hops and bown sugar. A sweet woody hops flavor is up front with a fairly sharp alchol bite. Smooth feel and moderate carbonation. A barley wine with a well deserved high score. HeRftYDrf is a beer-sharing FOOL !

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2004
This won out over Aventinus for bottle #50. Pours dark mahogany with a decent head. Strong sweet malt/brown sugar aroma with some hops undertones. Brown sugar/molasses taste with a bittersweet finish. Thick frothy mouthfeel. Starting to fall in love with barleywines.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dextolen (151) - Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2004
Bottle. Pours a deep, ruddy gold. Nice, frothy, tan head with great lacing. Aromas of hops, flowers - dominated by pine. Decent mouthfeel, bitter aftertaste. Flavors are hoppy, with a hint of caramel.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pailhead (6248) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2005 Bottle: Malty caramel and citrus combination with a light banana bread nose. Very sweet with a touch of alcohol in the aroma. Pours a dark brown with a touch of orange if held to the light with a small off-white head that diminishes quickly. Nice malty taste. Big caramel flavor up front with light banana bread with a nice hop finish. Usually prefer less hoppy barely wines as opposed to Old Crustacean types, but the hoppiness in this one really seems to balance well in the finish. Very nice. 2005: Within the first month of release is like drinking hoppy unbalanced IPA. Malt is barely there because it’s some dominated by hops. 2004: about 10-11 months after release and was excellent and is the rating above. 1999: (Thanks to Eyedrinkale) Hops are still there but subdued considerabley and was much more malty. 1988: (Another from Eyedrinkale) was even more malty with a moderate chocolate whiskey presence and very little hops.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
theFritz469 (16) - Brunswick, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2004
Verry strong;not as stong as other barley wines but verry goon nonetheles.Nice nose and great going down.Alchohol is evedent (after only two !) so are hops.Perhaps a little taste of salt?Overall verry nice brew!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (2972) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2006 2004 Edition: Sampled 11/6/04. Still has the hallmarks of a very young barley wine. Pours a rather lighter brown than one would expect. Looks is very inviting, like a soda, but once you taste... I get impressions of brown sugar and maple syrup, but not too much. No complex aged components yet, but it still carried a good bit of IPA hops. Much more drinkable to the beginner (like my brothers and father who tried it for the first time) than one would expect of a big beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 4, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2008 2002- On tap @ O’Briens. Malty and sweet with alcohol coming out quickly as it warms. More hoppy than most Barleywines I’ve had but thats good by me! 2008- Pours a caramel color with an ivory lace. Sweet, caramel malt aroma. Slight honey notes accompany brown sugar and hop aromas. Musty sweetness with an over-the-top bitterness. Somewhat metallic, aggressive hops. Lingering fruit notes. Nice.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 23, 2004
The 2003 edition. Rum raisins in the taste. Wheat bread taste creeps in at times. Rich, feel-good color and appeal. Slightly bitter. Good drink just before bed on a cold night.


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