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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 16/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2004
MMM...sweet orange and carmel aroma. Pours a muddy amber body with a foamy, tan head. Woa! Strong pine needle and alcohol flavor. Very Piney! Kind of has the taste and feel of honey just as you swallow. Quite a brew, I must say.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 9, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2009 nice tan head, foggy amber body, ccitrus aroma, grapefruit, intense flavor wow, pine needles, alcohol, chocolate, thick and intense palate, Iíll bet bigfoot is the only one whoís burly enough to drink this on a regular basis, Iím impressed that sierra nevada could produce anything this crazy. 2009~ damn itís a great batch this year!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopsformyHips (113) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JUN 4, 2004
Beautiful dark amber color with nice lacing from its frothy light buttercream colored head. Beautiful boquet of hops in the aroma. A smooth and rich delicious palate with a nice long flavor. I tasted a spicey peppery flavor with slightly citrusy slightly piney hops. Yummy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2004
Bottled - 2003 vintage. Yep this is a Sierra Nevada alright. The cascade hops are there. The Dry hopping is evident. The malting is well balanced. The aroma is floral and dense. The flavor is bittersweet, with a round finish. Impressive stuff that obvoiusly will be better with age. There are some rough edges.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4869) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Bottled 1998 Vintage; Tasted June 1, 2004: Dark brown pour (slight ruby color as well) with a mediumly thick, tan head. Aroma of malts and caramel. Taste is loaded down with malt, caramel, alcohol, and rounded out with some bitterness. Quite a nice offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gnylen (12) - Topanga, California, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Head: decent for the style, tan, not long-lasting but thatís o.k. for barleywine. Aroma: fresh hops, layers of caramel, molasses. Flavor: outstanding, fruity hops balance enourmously complex and powerful malt. A bit hoppy for my taste but I still love it. Warms up well. Palate is perfect for style. Campfire beer. Drink after a hard day of climbing at J-Tree while you are young, and savor the moment. Age comes sooner than you would think.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - MAY 30, 2004
UPDATED: APR 11, 2005 Pours a thick tan head on a beautiful dark brown body with a red glow. Spices and hops dominates the aroma with sweet malty notes and creamy hints. Flavor is full and very complex. Sweet the first second but turns very bitter with lots of malt and spices and a dominating hop character - almost like a very strong IPA. The mouthfull is extremely soft and very thick and the finish is long bitter and spicy. An outstanding barley wine!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
icarus (57) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2004
"wonderfully bittersweet hoppiness" and a rich full mouthfull long aftertaste. Outstanding sweet malty smell.

   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.

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