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RATINGS: 3342   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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2004
RBSG 04, 1998 vintage. Pours a hazy brown color with a small light tan head. Aroma is very sweet and malty preparing you for whats to come. Taste is very rich and sweet, with tons of malt and caramel flavors. Some nice hop bitterness at the end to balance it out. Very well aged making it incredibly smooth.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JUL 10, 2004
Dirt red hue. Right in there with that standard barley wine flavor. Malty, but with a strong hit of hops, alcoholic on the finish, and a lingering malt complexity on the finish. Much better as it warms up. It actually becomes smoother as it nears room temperature. Solid. The direct opposite style of a session beer, but if itís enjoyed in the right time and place it is excellent!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crockett (1067) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2004
I know I should have aged it. Pours hazy red amber, pillowy tawn head. Nose of raisins, brown sugar, hops and alcohol and caramel. Obviously the body would be a little silkier had I put her in the cellar. Hops are plentiful and the bitter notes are slightly harsh but tastey. Lots of carb. Sweet malts. Medicine herbs. Tobacco, mint, vanilla. Residuals are very sticky.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevin (2185) - New Mexico, USA - JUN 29, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2005 bottle 04. pours a cloudy red with a lighter head. aroma is dried plum and sugar. flavor is fruity with a well hidden alcohol kick. sweet finish. the syrupy texture of this is enjoyable. i look forward to grabbing a few sixers of this. o4 numbers 6, 3, 8, 4, 16. 05 tasted 2-5-5. pours a ruddy red brown with a sticky ample cream head. aroma is sweet and extremely hoppy. but i expected that from such a young bottle.angry violent upfront slappin me in the face while questioning my manhood flavor that is raw hopped up and sacharin. alcohol is dominant. roasted raisin and doughy yeast flavor dominate this somehow. finish is uber strong grassy hops. damn this will be great in about 3 years, but for now it is just good. 05 numbers:7, 4, 6, 2, 13

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2004 Bottle. Almandine garnet body with a fluffy white head. Nose is sweet and has some raisin. Flavor is a bitter, yeasty, doughy, and sweet like honey. The taste reminds me of fresh baked raisin bread. Finish is sharp and sweet, and just a little bitter. Very good. Not a session beer, but absolutley a beer to have again and enjoy. To sum up the flavor: hops, hops, hops, and more hops.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Imbockinsxtx (82) - Big Bend (Benavides, TX), Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2004
Pours a dark Rootbeer brown with abundant creamy frothy head. Aroma is characertically Sierra Nevada Hoppy with sweet malt tones. The flavour is of a traditional IPA but with a big wallop of Hops. In the same vein as a Stone IPA or an Arrogant Bastard Ale but with a bit more punch to the Palate in terms of Hop/Malt to Flavour Value. This beer really does do a number on the senses including an all around smell/flavour/effect value and there is a whole lotta lacing on the glass. There can be no going wrong with purchasing this beer in mass quantities. Adios!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Zeswaft (1592) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 26, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2007 Really strong in all aspects: scent, flavor, alcohol. Itís not as complete as the Three Floyds but really good. RERATE. wow, itís been 2.5 years since i rated this and iíve never rerated it. well, i had it on tap and in a bottle tonight so itís time. It seems like every time i have this it gets hoppier but that could be because i anticipate it so much that i get it right when it comes out. Itís a fucking delicious beer. no two ways about. sometimes the alcohol is noticeable. but thatís nothing a full bottle canít take care of. rerate again. Iím a monster hophead and i always am surprised at how hoppy this is. To me this is my ultimate sipping beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2004
Strong aroma of roasted malts, intense hops, and mild citrus. Tawny amber in color with an off-white thin head. Hoppy, fruity taste with a bitter aftertaste. You can definitely taste the alcohol, but itís not unpleasant. Overall, a kick ass beer that kicks you in the ass.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 20, 2004
2004 Vintage, Sampled June 2004
Nice ruby red color, off-white head with nice soapy lacing. Aroma is big with hops... citrusy cascade mostly. A bit of bubble gum, sweet malt, and cherry. Taste has wood, bitter cascade, and a malt brown sugar sweetness. Finish is a sweet bitterness. A little sticky in the mouth. This seems like a hopped up Celebration Ale. Its a bit too hoppy right now, but I do like what about five years will do to it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (2055) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 13, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2007 Pour is a redish brown. The aroma is sweet and malty. The flavor is malty again with a good amount of alcohol taste. I also taste the pine. The only aftertaste is alcohol.

RERATE: This was soo much better than I remember. 2004 bottling. Pour is the reddish brown I experienced the first time. Huge aroma of sweet malt and and just a touch of hops to bite at the malt. Flavor is delicious with the sweet malt up front and a clean finish of hop bitterness. Very nicely done. Purhaps it is the age that this beer needs. This was delicious.

2004 Bottling. Consumed October 2007, almost 3 years old. The head consists of delicate creamy lace and spots of bubbly cream floating on top. The aroma at this age is really very nice. The malt swirls in my nose - sweet and rich. Some chocolate aromas have started to appear. There is also some molasses or dark candy sugar. The flavor still shows the hops presence that bites the tongue just after the swallow and cleans up the malty sweetness in the finish. Bigfoot always surprises me. Itís such an unpretentious beer but such a classy and beautiful beer just the same. Iím really looking forward to the evolution of flavors to come as this case of 2004 continues to age. 7/4/7/4/18

2006 draught, fresh. The bitterness and hops in this years batch is pretty extreme. It really needs some time to mellow and let the malt show through.


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