NateDawg (12) - Arlington, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 24, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is one of my favorite beers! Huge, and I mean HUGE amounts of hops dominate this beer, and the malt bill is impressive as well. This high-gravity elixir's lace clings to the glass while fruity earthy flavors greet your mouth. If a beer could be described as a multimedia experience, Bigfoot Ale is about as close as one can get!
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good though almost impossible to get in my neck of the woods. Poured with a very deep bronze color nice to look at. Nose was all about the hops(which is not uncommon for Sierras). Lots of fruit the sweetness and alcohol are well balanced by the hops. Would love to get some more. Stumble on this 98 vintage thanks to a dear friend who was visiting for the Holiday.
Mumma (2) - Portage, Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2003 does not count
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
They burnt the hell out of the hops on this one. I almost felt bad for buying a six-pack, but after 4 bottles of burning tires the last to weren't that bad. I was drunk after 6 beers and that was good enough for me.
presario (4811) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 17, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2007 My top beer for 2003. Bigfoot. Big foamy head. Big dark copper colour. Big rush of scent in the pour (grapefruit hops/pepper/Cinnamon). Big lacing. Almost overpowering rush of flavour. Smokey. Sweet but not too sweet. Nutmeg or cloves in the aftertaste are somewhat distracting? Syrupy but not to a fault. Well behaved alcohol. AND THEN! Let it get near room temp and this elixir is almost perfect as everything comes together! Prefer it aged at least 2 years.
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was only my 2nd barley wine. It was much different than my first (blithering idiot). I was expecting more of a fruit presence but this brew was all about the hops. Poured a deep murky caramel bronze with little head. There was a slight hint of fruit in the aroma but it was much over powered by the floral evergreen scent. Slight oily rich mouth feel that starts mildly sweet and goes to a huge hop bitter very quickly. Over all pretty god I need to sample more of this style then revisit this one.
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2004 As soon as the bottle is opened, a huge christmas tree aroma burst into the room. Can you say cascade? It then pours clear copper with not much of a head, off-white. Aroma is probably the most potent cascade use I've ever encountered, it's as intense as any other barleywine's nose, big, deep with a ridiculously heavy grapefruit/pine/floral character. The taste is earthy, a coniferous forest in spring with a slight hint at alcohol, nice aftertaste which lasts forever, but is a bit astringent. Medium-bodied. While this is very bitter, it's also pretty sweet and a little sour from overhopping. I'd definitely like to try this aged a bit to complexify the flavors a bit, but young, this is one big hopheads beer, therefore not exactly my bag. Quite citric even for an american barleywine. Similar to Hog Heaven, but displays a better body and more balance
fiulijn (15990) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 7, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2013
2013-03-19, vintage 2012, bb 02/02/13, 8-5-8-3-16=40
Hazy dark amber color with red shades; generous rocky head, stable, with nice lace. Very nice aroma. Malt, caramel, hops; but also a bit soapy. Full bodied, with strong caramel flavor, sweet, but mostly bitter, with aggressive resins; the final is maybe too bitter, with some roasted nuts.
Better to wait a few years...
2006-01-12, draught at Bishop’s Arms, Malmö, 9-5-9-5-18=46
Wonderful aroma, with lovely hops and malt. Thick, malty, hopped, extreme. Maybe less mature than in the bottle, but so impressive!
2003-11-06, bottle, vintage 2003, 9-5-9-5-17=45
Hazy dark amber color; thin creamy head. Strong malt and phenol nose; caramel and nuts; fudge, gingerbread. Strong body, malty, more character than many others Barley Wines, loads of caramel; very well balanced by a bold bitterness, leading to an extremely strong and long final. Aaaah the hops…
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - NOV 6, 2003
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2003 '01 Not my favorite barleywine, but geez, even a so-so barleywine is fine by me. Nice color and head. I don't care for the over hopped nose and palate on the Bigfoot. I've always preferred the carmel/molasses side of the equation.
hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy amber with a large off white frothy head. Aroma is heavily hopped with notes of fruit and nut. Flavor is moderately bitter, slightly sweet. Nut flavors. Finish is bitter. Very good.
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2004 2004: After a rerate, this is actually a tad bit too hoppy. Just tons and tons of bittering hops. One of the best looking barleywines, big head and lots of lacing, super-dark amber color. I don't remember last year's being so bitter, maybe that's new this year??? Still very good, but could probably use a lot of time to mellow out.