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RATINGS: 3360   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


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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beerlover82 (235) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2005 12/22/2004:Dark amber with hints of hops, carmel malt and citrus. Nice creamy head and lacing which sticks to the glass for a long time.Maltiness comes through then WHAM! hops hit you hard and stays for long after sip.Aftertaste lingers for a while. Very good stuff, one of the best barleywines. Sierra Nevada has yet to dissapoint me. 12/17/2005: This is still the best beer I’ve ever had. A REAL beer for sure. Makes me proud to be a native Californian.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2005 2004 - Deep amber coloring - kinda liked ice tea. Very thick, light brown head. Smells of plums and grapefruit. COMPLEX! 2005 - Much more hop presence in the nose. Sweet and fruity, really IPA-ish when compared to previous years. Some hot, spicy notes (alcohol?) are prevalent in the nose as well. The complex body notes plums, sweet raisens and the great, classic BW spiciness. Aging this could help mellow the malts, but the sweet aromatic hop nose would definitely suffter.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2008 Make sure you have some foundation in your stomach before you add this to your building. The alcohol is VERY deceptive in this one, so be careful. Awesome drink. Nice hints of red wine and caramel in the flavor. Finish is alcohol and malt. Enjoy! 2005 Vintage, courtesy of JCapriotti. Thanks! THIS is a barleywine- big, hoppy aroma "tamed" by sweet malt. Flavor is like a peppermint stick without the peppermint, if that makes sense. Nice notes of candy, sugar, semi-sweet hops, and a touch of raisin. AWESOME vintage! Can’t wait to see how this stacks up against the vertical (’04-?) that I have going on right now. 2007 Bottle: Too hoppy at the moment. Will sit a couple to see how much the hops mellow.

2008 Bottle: WOAH! Who set off the hop bomb? Holy moly, this is one deadly hop explosive... Full of sour, bitter hop goodness... I’m surpised this year it’s still listed as a Barley Wine. AWESOME vintage- the best so far since 2000.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2004
Bottle from sick_boy282: Dark amber color, ruby highlights, with a tiny white head that quickly dies. Aroma: hoppy, notes of orange, grapefruit, pine, resin. Taste: hoppy, grapefruit, pine, orange, bitter, with a sticky, slick malt sweetness, nuts, and a hint of toffee. Medium bodied, quite bitter, mild carbonation.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drinker101 (54) - East Ridge, Tennessee, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Not very pleased with this one. Nice brown color medium head. Taste is too strong and overwelming for me. The hoppy taste was too much and you couldnt taste any thing else.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2004
2004 - Pouring a dark copper color with a one fingered tan head, this had a surprizingly hoppy aroma, mainly pine and orange peel, and a solid sweet malt scent. Very malty in the mouth with a serious alcohol presence and some fine bitter hopping. Finishes with a lingering alcohol and hop bitterness. Quite a warmer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 9, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2005 2002 Vintage (6-2-8-3-13=3.2) - Orange-pine-hop aroma is somewhat muddled with malts and strong apparent alcohol. Hazy brown-orange with decent tan, large-bubbled head that recedes to cover. Orange-citrus hop flavour and strong bitterness with some roasty/dark malts. Lasting bitterness. Puckering in the mouth, but strong malty body almost supports.

2004 Vintage (8-3-8-3-16=3.8) Orange-pine-resinous hop aroma is perfumey and very fresh. Clear amber-copper with thin but lasting off-white head. Perfumey, strong hop flavour (orange-pine-grapefruit) with fair bitterness and strong supporting sweet maltiness. Medium-full body with mildly engaging carbonation. Both bottles sampled at Dec ’04 MontreAlers brewclub holiday party.
Rerate (26-May-05, 9-3-9-4-18=4.3): Orange, floral, green, leafy hop nose with strong resinous character, big, chewy, bready malts and doughy yeast. Opaque brown body with ruby tones is topped by a shy, large-bubbled, off-white head that leaves a partial cover and ring with some sudsy lacing. Thick, malty flavour is quite sweet with assertive yet balanced finishing bitterness. Some marzipan and port/sherry/wine-like notes. Occasional hints of alcohol. Medium-full body with fair carbonation that is smooth in the mouth. Bottle (2001) enjoyed with Olivier_MTL.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ambroze (22) - Old Hickory, Tennessee, USA - NOV 30, 2004
Dark beer. 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Deep amber with a huge resiny aroma of fresh hops. The hops come quickly, taking over with a bright bitterness. Malts try to make an appearance, but are decimated by the hop train, which roars out to a long bittersweet finish. The hops stay around long after the beer is gone.

1
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
SilkTork (5541) - 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!


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