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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 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 (2317) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ungstrup (34339) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2004
The aroma is very hoppy and grassy. The color is an unclear red and it has no head. The flavor is lovely hoppy and very dry, but also with notes of grass and oil. A simple beer, but very nice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 8, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2005 Re-Rate: Vintage 2000 Aroma - 10 Appearance - 4 Flavor - 7 Palate - 3 Overall - 17 This is an immensely different beer with some age on it. Immensely. Deep murky poo-water. Carbonation is now serisouly deficient and matches the gravity of the brew more. Zero head. Nose is transcendent, raisins and tar, slight tobacco char and a little bit of cheesy funk. Flavors are much more balanced as the hops die off and meld into the malty sea. Fruity malts at first, hops explode. Cinnamon and all spice. Beautiful. Slight tar on the backend. Good beer

Thie brew is strange. Handed a pint glass. Looks like dark amber oatmeal.Head is lacy and leaves rings like tree rings in my glass. Smells like a great Barley wine. Fruity and round, large and sticky. Sticky and fruity being the frontrunners (whata ridiculous comment). However I couldn’t handle it. it beat me down when I drank it. Too bitter. All Sierra’s are like this for me. Smell good...look good...taste like a I just bit into an unripe orange rind. They must bitter their beers for a ridiculous amount of time. The cascades just didn’t come through for me. I love Cascades. Couldn’t find em. Buried I guess underneath the thick malt and the bittering nuggets. Most would like this...me I can’t do it. G-rat

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