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RATINGS: 3157   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   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


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 24, 2004
UPDATED: APR 6, 2010 Had this on tap tonight at the local alehouse. Big frothy head with a downright dark red glow. Alcohol burns the esophagus all the way down. Excellent! UPDATE 2/11/6: On tap. The 2006 vintage seems to be quite mellow this year. Lacks the burning hop bite and the glucose tolerance test of previous years. Historically, the aging flight of bottles in my basement still perform, so the score does not change from me. 2005 was strongly bitter and possibly one of the best. 2004 had a great explosion of fruitiness. What will aging do to 2006? UPDATE: In the bottle at my 2006 Barleywine tasting. 2004 vintage. Moderating. Buttery palate and rich caramel. The hops are retreating leaving this beer very smooth. UPDATE 4/2010: Is it just me or is this the WORST BIGFOOT EVER? Right out of the gate this beer seems to be closer to Celebration than to Bigfoot. Definitely a toned-down barleywine with much less malt and only the hop punch leaving it suggestive of DIPA, not BW. Big disappointment.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JAN 22, 2004
bottle in pint glass: i dont drink alot of barley wines but this one is good. dark ruby brown color with a nice firm head. alot of hop character!!! and of course alcohol...a little bit of sweet alcohol taste, but not too much. a buddy gave me a six pack because he owed me....i wasnt disappointed.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2004
Cloudy dark reddish-brown with a thick head. Nose is citrus, with caramel and earth. Flavor is a cacophony of malt hops and other flavours a real assault on the tastebuds.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 20, 2004
2001: Lovely ruby colour with strong beige head. Huge malty, vinuous rum and raisin aroma. I got tipsy just from the vapours. Highly roasted, but not burnt malt flavour which brings its own bitterness. Long finish great stuff.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 19, 2004
Extreme Beer Fest Boston 2004: 2002 edition. Has a reddish brown color and an alcohol smell. Taste is strong alohol/malts and finishes with a hop bitterness. Overall this was pretty harsh, the barley wines were not treating me right that day.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2004
2003 edition. Appearance: gorgeous deep crimson hue, with tawny edges, solid creamy tan foam, well-retained. Aroma: glorious! Hugely vinous, strong grape, cherries, berries, potent alcohol already peeking through the nose, full caramel tones as well. Taste: lovely fruit factor, thick, full body, lingering finish, malt is magnificent here, and hops have thoroughly laid back in the course of the past year. Great cognac-y feel, brandy tones lay thickly on the palate, flavor is absolutely sublime. I can't think of any flaw or any problem in the brew, it's as magical and impressionable as any other, in a class of it's own. Mind you, I've been a fan for many, many years, and have yet to be let down. Drinking further in, the taste is sweeter, candyish, but still mixed with large, boozy content. Fruit is complex and when mixed with lush malt and alky-hol, this is one excellent comfort against this incredible January cold. I hope to save more, and build my cellar better. Perhaps I need to buy a case, when the '04 shows up!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 17, 2004
2001 edition on tap. Has that Sierra Nevada hop aroma (a good thing). Full body, well balanced with a sweet aftertaste, sort of a bigger maltier version of the pale ale. Great.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JAN 4, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2004 2/15/04. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, bought at Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel, CA 10/5/03. 1997 Vintage. This bad boy pours a dark, rosin-colored amber brown with only a trace head. Lots of coarse bubbles lining the glass, but only a hint of lacing. Holy nose!!! Rich, dark malt and deep caramel, hints of molasses and still very fruity, raisiny, sweet, and decadent. Flavor is strikingly sharp, very deeplly raisiny, bitter and dark with burnt malt complexity. Very mouth-watering and punishing. Very little trace of the sweetness in the nose, except for right up front. Smooth, medium-full body that veils, unleashes, and then soothes the fury quite well. Caramel malts come back a bit on the long finish. warming and resiny finish, drying and a bit chewy, even twiggy. A bit harsh overall and maybe TOO ass-kicking for me on this particular night, but still damn hard to stay away from-- what can I say?? 10/4/7/3/16/4.0 11/22/03. On tap at O'Brien's in San Diego, CA 11/22/03. 2003 Vintage. Slightly opaque, dark amber body. Dense, creamy, light tan head with very nice, somewhat blotchy lacing. Dark malt and robust hop aroma. Surprisingly bitter, twiggy and woody flavor. Very nicely frothy, heavily carbonated mouthfeel to offset the potently bitter hops. Finish is long and mostly bitter hops, nice enough to keep you going and malty enough to make you linger awhile. Medium body feels just right. Very nicely balanced but leaning toward Double IPA characteristics for a barley wine. Still, an extremely solid barley wine. 8/5/8/4/17/4.2 Ratings above reflect averages of the two scores.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3307) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2006 Draft, 2002 version, 1 year in the can! Dark brown, reddish highlights, some fading head. Nose a shot of alcohol and massive hops. Strong, fruity maple syrup malts meld with fruity hops and a balancing bitterness. Itís a beautiful thing. Sampled the 1999 in 2006 at the first Richmond "gathering," courtesy of a previous Secret Santa. Caramel and molasses dominated, but there was still a flourish of fading pine hops on the end. This has lasted fabulously. Scores wouldnít change a bit.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (12723) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2012 2009 vintage, 3 years old: Muddy dull amber. The aroma is bright and hoppy, with orchard fruit accents. The hops are bright on the palate, but with lots of chewiness and bitterness as well. I donít know if it has improved, but this bottle has held up quite nicely under adverse conditions. Enjoyable stuff.

Old rating: I have to say Iím surprised I never bothered to rate this on Ratebeer before now. Iíve certainly had it enough times. Cloudy dark amber with a thick, rocky head. Rich hoppy aroma - wood, orange - with abundant caramel. Drips with rich, tangy hops, and has a sticky maltiness from that caramel malt (too much of it, really). These elements duke it out for control of my palate. Sometimes one wins, sometimes the other but itís always an intense and pleasurable experience.


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