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RATINGS: 3356   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


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 (9876) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 1, 2004
2004 Mahogany red with orange highlights. The head is a beige/yellow with low retention and sticky lace. The aroma is hoppy and fruity with caramel. Full bodied, syrupy and creamy with a biting finish. Flavor starts very hoppy with a sweet middle and a heavy hop finish. IMHO: Heavy and hoppy. Could be a little green. Better over 60f.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonas (6699) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - AUG 30, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2005 Re-rate Wooden, vanilla, marzipan, oranges and nut aroma. A bit belgian yeast funk. Hazy dark red brown, stable white lacing head. Heavy malt, burned coffee hops and wooden spices. Cognac, fruit, wood, raisins - fire in the end. Medium heavy and oily. Wooden aftertaste. Powerfull stuff - slowly gets too much though.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (5856) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 30, 2004
Bottle: Poured a light dark beer with a huge head with excellent retention. Aroma is comprised of sweet plums and some nice malt. Taste is quite wonderful with again the plums/raisins sweetness being noticeable. It ends with a wonderful warm feeling. Overall, this is a very good barley wine and would like to taste this again on a warm winter night.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Metalhead (643) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2004 I’ve seen this stuff in the store for the last couple years but finally decided to grab some after reading all these good reviews. 2004 vintage served at about 50 degrees. Smelled it as soon as I popped the cap. Big hops aroma with a bit of sweetness. Poured a deep semi murky amber with a half finger head. Tasted fairly big hops with a mild malt presence. Bitter with a somewhat caramally finish that left the lips sticky. Good but IMO highly over rated as I wasn’t that impressed.If it weren't for the great aroma I would have given this a 2.8. I’ll age 3 of these and see if it improves next year.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LiamPatrick16 (124) - Montgomery, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2004
reddish brown color little to no head. nice barley wine aroma of alcohol and fruit. very intense flavor. it is very rich and filling. the fruit and alcohol aroma follow to the taste and provide the rich and complex/intense bittersweet ss flavor. great hops/malts.


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