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

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonas (6786) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (5898) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hoppenheimer (5) - Schaumburg, USA - AUG 19, 2004 does not count
Strong hoppy, malty almost medicial aroma. Cloudy medium brown color. Rocky short lived head. Bitter (hops + full city roasted malts) initial taste fades to a sweet HOPPY aftertase. Way on the bitter side of malt/hop ballance (2000 model year tasted 8/19/04).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 18, 2004
´98 bottle, thanks to mwsf. darkish brown with a bit of purple. huge aroma of sultana, sugar beet, pine. full and luscious in the mouth, oak and a hint of tannin tartness. not a lot of bitterness left in it after 6 years but still some grassy and fresh hop flavours in the finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 16, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2006 Was amber with a tan head. Very hoppy bitter taste. I tasted this at a vintage beer tasting with unlimited samples. Not sure on the year, but it seemed very bitter. I will try this fresh when I get the chance. Score has been updated, but notes have not.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwr1962 (47) - Wellsburg, West Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2004
Tasty and thick. It might be a bit overhopped, but it’s one of the best I have had. I’d put it right behind Victory Old Horizontal and above the other barley wines I’ve had (mostly English). A superb brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 10, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2006 2003 vintage. Murky brown color, not much of a head. Aroma of hops, caramel and alcohol. Powerfull flavor of hops with subtle caramel and alcohol. Bitter finish. Light to medium body. This is a great barley wine oriented on hops.

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