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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2002
Huge beer. 2001 edition. Pours thickly, with a good deal of carbonation. Aggressively hopped with Cascades. Strong coffee/chocolate flavor, very bitter. Reddish-brown, piney, resinous, minty herbal - Cascades again. Iím gonna let the other 5 bottles sit around a year or so and try again. Too much for me - though eating something with it helps cut the acidity.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kevbo99 (149) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2002
i didnt think sierra nevada had what it takes to make a good barley wine but i was wrong. this looked great,smelled great and finished well. the taste it left on my tounge was a bit too alcoholic to me but it is definitley my favorite barley wine.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
knickerbocker (13) - USA - SEP 26, 2002
UPDATED: APR 8, 2004 This is potent rich and delicious. My favorite barleywine. Excellent. It is HOP heaven, and that satisfying aftertaste, no dullness here.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2002
This is a superb barleywine style ale. Very flavorful and fruity with a great balance of overwhelming hops and overwhelming malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 14, 2002
Dark brown with a hint of ruby/purple. Nice big flavour, malt, some fruit and plenty of alcohol. This beer is changing my opinion of SN for the better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dominion (78) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 14, 2002
Nice 9.6% alc. solid taste and just enough head on the pour. Great barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbassham (1) - Cumming, Georgia, USA - SEP 14, 2002 does not count

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mattduling (64) - Fairmont, West Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2002
Excellent dark beer. With alcohol content that high, I am very impressed with the taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - SEP 12, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2003 Wonderful flavor. The intense hops really helped mask the alcohol flavor. Great sweet/sour/apple flavor/aroma. Beautiful dark golden color.

Re-rate 8/9/03:
Great hazy (almost opaque) reddish brown color. The hops really come through in the aroma. This beer seems very similar to Rogue Old Crustacean (almost that bitter!) My lips feel very sticky after drinking this. Nice thick syrupy feel. Intense style of barley wine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2002
Intense malty aroma with hints of cascade and centenial hops peering through. It is dark amber in coloration with very little white head retention. Highly hopped and well balanced american style barleywine. The flavour is overwelmingly malty with some caramel flavours being discernable, tastes of alcohol, (not to mention itís effect). Big cascade and and subdued centenial hop flavours. A wonderful fireplace drink.

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