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RATINGS: 3343   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 16/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2004
Bottled vintage 1998, thanks mwsf. Pretty tasty stuff. My memories are pretty vague, and a remember spilling about a quarter or so of the contents of the bottle (sorry everyone). Just really tasty. mapley,hoppy, the length of flavour is great. Great to have such a an old beer, great experience. Sorry for spilling some of it guys :(

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
savannah (37) - columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2004
Very good. Thicker, light syrup-y mouth feel. Maple and brown sugar flavor yet balanced very well with crisp hops. Little head, but nicely carbonated. Amber colored. Overal lvery very good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mathis (48) - KBH K, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2004
This beer is great! Ever since I have tasted it, I dream of it! When the bottle is opened, the sweet aroma spreads throughout the intire room. The taste fills every corner of your body and stays for hours. The taste i strong but balanced with hops and malt. Bitter and sweet in one with taste of caramel and herbes. Really came as a suprice, try it out! Unfortunetly not avalible in Denmark! :(

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbastard (841) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 21, 2004
Because I like this beer it looks beautiful. Complex aroma of molassis (spell check) and grapefruit, even some cherry, don’t forget the alcohol. Overwhelming mouthfeel. Even the taste is interesting, a brown sugar and bitter clash. Ends very dry. By the way this is 2004.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2004
Pours amber in color with a hop nose eminating from teh pour. Taste is a little out of balance for this youngin’, a bit hoppy but still a phenominal barleywine. Mouthfeel is slightly leaning toward the heavy side, but the carbonation keeps it from moving all the way. Given a year, the hops will subside and this one will be dead-on delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 18, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2004 12oz bottle 2004 poured into tulip glass: dark cloudy brown with a nice thick and creamy tan head. berry malt aromas, with slight hoppy notes. smooth malty/hoppy taste, fruity and good masking of the alcohol.. its the bomb..very dank, and of course dank nugs are best. a very hoppy barley wine, and that is great by me. a really dank/huge imperial ipa

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reid (2235) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAY 18, 2004
I find it hard that after 450 odd reviews I have never tried this West coast legend..so here goes. I poured the bottle into a Chimay chalice..and have to say it looks gorgeous in it..its murky yet at the same time glowing brown ale..with a nice sized tan head that eventually fades to rather luxuriant laceing. The aroma of this is excellent..strong fragrant spicy hops, some floral aspects, a great whiff of cultured alcohol Scents of dark fruits and plums. Lovelly complex taste ..first a lovelly malty sweetness, then a intense yet welcoming bitterness..followed by more creamy sweetness minglefd with alcohol. The alcohol bitterness stays at the back of the throat..and warms slowly all the way down to the stomach..were it leaves a content and satisfied heat. Very nice on the palate, quite an adventure in every sip! Despite the biggish alcohol content i found this pretty drinkable, even on a muggy warm night..in the winter this would be superb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
susini1 (6) - Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2004 does not count
Very good IPA. Less of an after taste then the DF 90 min IPA. Nice pour. Brownish in color. Not a large head. A hint of sweetness in it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 15, 2004
An explosive, hop-driven locomotive, this deep garnet (grossular) wonder gets your attention. Hop aroma from the outset,is overpowered only by the alcohol spike that follows. Really that’s it. Very little in the way of maltiness or complexity. An American take on barleywine. Sort of Chico’s answer to Old Foghorn’s swishiness. Love em both, and they are a draw overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2004
UPDATED: APR 18, 2006 2004. Boy do I love barley wines. I like the big alcohol overtones, general xtra-hoppy smell and tastes. Big Foot is a pretty darn good one. The aroma doesn’t jump out at me, but is still very pleasant. I agree with other reviewers who mention the smell of pine and fruit (not sure what kind). The color is a wonderful translucent orangish-amber. The head is a light beige and doesn’t hang around very long. Big hoppy flavor edged with lemony, citrus notes and a bit of maltiness. The hops dominate here. If you let it flow over your tongue you can sense the point at which the hops fades and the bitterness takes over. The aftertaste is very bitter, but not in a bad way. I’m sure glad I bought the remaining 5 cases. That last case should be even tastier around this time next year. All barley wine fans should find this ale quite satisfying.

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