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RATINGS: 3364   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 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rajendra82 (1053) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - AUG 9, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2005 This 12 oz. 2004 vintage bottle was provided to me as an undeserved bonus by a fellow Georgian beer lover. The hazy copper red appearance with a steady carbonation that fed a generous head that left oodles of lacing while dissipating made this is one beautiful looking beer. The initial aroma was a wave on piney cascade hops that nearly singed my nostrils. Deeper sniffs revealed layers of caramel malt, vinous and spicy alcohol, and ripe tropical fruit. The taste was sweet plums, raisins, chestnuts, caramelized sugar, and grapefruit that softened up the palette up front for an unrelenting assault of hop bitterness and peppery alcohol zing that lingered long after each sip. Surprisingly, the finish on the beer was again quite sweet, with a toffee like aftertaste. The mouthfeel was thick and chewy and quite soothing despite the dance of flavors going on in the mouth. This is one marvelous brew that should improve tremendously with age. Although I did not have the patience to save the one bottle I acquired this year, come 2005, I will surely be jumping all over this one when I see it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rickgordon (3853) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2004
Bottled. Deep, dark orange colour. Big hoparoma with notes of peach, vanilla, almonds and vanilla. Huge flavour with a big malt and hop presence It feels more balanced than one would expect. Long, pleasantly bitter finish, and fullbodied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (18323) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2004
Dark amber, nice lasting offwhite/yellowish head. Aroma is fruity from peaches and apples, some toffee, vanilla and english candy, with floral and elder notes. Flavor is malty, with toffee and a bitter finish. Strong, but without too much alcohol coming through.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2004 Bottle at the Great British Beer Festival, Kensington Olympia, London. (Thursday Session). Stewed/boiled, over alcoholic, overly bitter & a typical high gravity barley wine taste. Not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2004
2004 bottle - Pours a deep amber with a quickly diminishing head. Aroma is sweetly hoppy . Flavor is powerful and robust. Quite bitter hops are well balanced by a strong malt backbone. The alcohol is quite noticeable but probably due to the young age of this bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2004
I love the nose on great barely wine style brews. This one is up there with the best in this respect. Pours great, deep amber colour, head is thick and full. Laces well. Attack is strong, some Alcohol coming through. Finishes very well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2004
Pours a gorgeous murky cranberry color with a big, frothy, white head that lasts and laces the whole glass. Sinister aroma of dark fruits, brown sugar, and lightly alcohol. Flavor is very spicy/herbal and I can’t put my finger on most of it; some alcohol and a nice, slight warmth in the exhale. Remarkably hoppy. The flavor doesn’t really reveal the 9.6% though. Very pleasant mouthfeel--light yet frothy, and not syrupy, though it is sticky on the lips. Really good.

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