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RATINGS: 3245   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


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAR 21, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2005 2004 bottle. Pours with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Deep red-brown coloring. Aroma is not really happening for me, very slightly malty I suppose. Moderate lacing. Moderate to full mouthfeel, malty and then a big hop finish. As stated before, I think that I will leave the others for a few months. A nice beer. 1988 bottle: 8/3/6/3/14. Chestnut colored with a faster fading white head. Tobacco, chocolate and whiskey aromas. Oxidation is showing in flavor with a bit of tobacco, leather and slight cardboard. Alcohol still readily apparent. Nice for a 17 year old beer!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - MAR 20, 2004
2004 cap: Malty, oak, hop aroma; red-amber body with small off-white head. Big, sweet taste quickly followed by bitter hops & alcohol. Aftertaste of hop bitterness. Warming alcohol presence. Good, but needs to age -- alcoholic taste is too present -- needs to mellow out.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2004
Pleasant floral hoppy aroma with hints of fruit. Reddish hue with a light brown head. Strong bock like taste with fruity tones and a medium dry finish. A good barley wine.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAR 19, 2004
Bottled. Murky amber colour. Strong hoppy aroma. Smells and tastes more like a double IPA then a barley wine. Strong bitterness that dominates your palate for an age. Strong, strong bitter finish. From the Happy Deli, drunk watching ‘8 Miles’, in New York, somewhat different experience to the Wenlock.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VAYankee (334) - Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2004
2004 - Dark reddish brown body with a little tan head. Strong hoppy aroma over top of a sweet fruity maltiness. Flavor of citrus hops, alcohol, faint fruitiness. Overly dry, and bitter aftertaste. I'm hoping that this may improve with age.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Bottle, 2004. Pours a cloudy brown with a tan head. big hop aroma, american no doubt. Malty alcohol notes as well. Flavor is smooth on the palate, with the hops and malt blending well, yet the hops being the American C's of bigness to not disappoint the fans. Malt is sticky, yet balanced out. No aging is necessary on this vintage. Good effort.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAR 17, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2004 This is a really really good barleywine and cheap too at 1 buck per bottle. Lots of good flavor and fullness to this beer. A must try!!!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ross (2122) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2004
!!!!! my first barley wine too. this was a good evening- first barley wine and first imp stout. ok so- pours out dark red in color with a tan colored head. smells of citrus. hops out the ass. has a nice finish, and a very well detected presence of more alcohol. this is great- i really like it. too bad i had to drive an hour to buy a 6 pack of it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - MAR 16, 2004
Nice amber color with a large, extra creamy tan head. Strong hops aroma with a little malt. Extremely strong citrus hops, sweet malt and caramel flavors. Nice moderate carbonation with a dry hops finish. This is a very enjoyable barley wine. Everything about it is extreme!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 16, 2004
Pours medium brown color with light head. Bitter, fruity aroma. My mouth waters as this intense, heavily malted complex beer hits my tongue. Fruity and very bitter. A very full, bittersweet palate. This beer is a bit too bold for my taste buds. Still a high quality brew.


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