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RATINGS: 3361   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 26, 2004
Great barley wine! Lived up to everything I had heard about it. Smelled great, tasted better! Light lacing and wonderful color.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
geekin (9) - North Dakota, USA - SEP 25, 2004 does not count
2004 bottling. Wonderful aroma dominated by the hops. Nice dark copper red/brown color. Strong malt flavor, with a chocolate hint. Excellent hops flavor and aftertaste. Alcohol has a noticably warm feel. An annual favorite in my house.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2004
2004 Version. Red/ copper color with a fat-bubbled head. Intense, caramel malt aroma (with an underpinning of chocolate) with grapefruit hops and intense fruitiness. Deep malt flavor with caramel, strong fruit, alcohol, and once again, a chocolate-like underpinning. Alcohol is prevalent with its warmth and balances the residual malt sweetness.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - SEP 18, 2004
smells a lot like Stone’s Old Guardian, more dark. With decent white head, little to no lacing, very cloudy. Real freken hoppy, wow. Most hops I’ve seen in a Barley Wine. Good Balance with bitter wheaty finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2004
Gorgeous ruby-red color and an intoxicatingly rich and fruity aroma. Malts are powerfull and fruity with a nutty follow. Hops kick in strongly at the finish to give this one a crisp finish. Excelleny offering - I wish I could get this locally.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - SEP 12, 2004
2003 bottle poured a deep Mahogany red with a small head and a strong hoppy fruity roasty aroma. awsome hoppy taste with a bittery finish. This is a strong rich tasting beer nice and strong, great!!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2004
2004 version. Pours clear coppery/slight ruby with medium, white head. Aroma of malt, dark fruit, hops, citrus, cognac. Tastes malty, with dark fruit, hops, and cognac. Medium, firm palate. Finishes fruity, malty, with even some chocolate and nutty elements. Nice complexity. Crisper and more polished than Flying Dog horndog.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 4, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2007 i have been drinking this beer for years!always great every year.i have turned on many of my friends to it as well.im in love with the bigfoot! 2004 bottle drank on 9-30-05:seems as if this brew mellows well with age.everything is a bit more balanced and the alcohol is a bit more hidden. (on tap @ hot shots in pismo beach)i cant believe this is even better on tap!better balanced alot of the harsh carbonation is gone.awesome stuff. (1999 BOTTLE OPEND ON 12.25-2007)WOW!smooth as all get out.i cant believe the hops are still in the equation.super balanced....im speechless.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2004
A real monster of a beer. Reddish bronze colour. Nose is dominated by typical US sweet resinous hops. Bitter orange, brown sugar, burnt caramel and licorice in the flavour, with plenty of balancing hop but its a bit sweet and cloying. Very intense. Almost too intense really. Not big on finesse, balance and integration. Big alcohol afterburn. I still kind of admired it though. Cask at GBBF 2004.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2004
Brown with a nice and lasting head. Aroma from vanilla, syrup and some butter. Flavor brings some alcohol but also burnt syrup, some tobacco and a bitter finish.


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