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RATINGS: 3279   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 18/20
Kinz (3567) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2006 Draft, 2002 version, 1 year in the can! Dark brown, reddish highlights, some fading head. Nose a shot of alcohol and massive hops. Strong, fruity maple syrup malts meld with fruity hops and a balancing bitterness. It’s a beautiful thing. Sampled the 1999 in 2006 at the first Richmond "gathering," courtesy of a previous Secret Santa. Caramel and molasses dominated, but there was still a flourish of fading pine hops on the end. This has lasted fabulously. Scores wouldn’t change a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (13913) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2012 2009 vintage, 3 years old: Muddy dull amber. The aroma is bright and hoppy, with orchard fruit accents. The hops are bright on the palate, but with lots of chewiness and bitterness as well. I don’t know if it has improved, but this bottle has held up quite nicely under adverse conditions. Enjoyable stuff.

Old rating: I have to say I’m surprised I never bothered to rate this on Ratebeer before now. I’ve certainly had it enough times. Cloudy dark amber with a thick, rocky head. Rich hoppy aroma - wood, orange - with abundant caramel. Drips with rich, tangy hops, and has a sticky maltiness from that caramel malt (too much of it, really). These elements duke it out for control of my palate. Sometimes one wins, sometimes the other but it’s always an intense and pleasurable experience.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2003
2003 bottle. Extra appearance point for the label. Extra aroma point for cascade hops. Alas, tastes too hoppy (after a night of belgians). Still, great hops, great malt, and one big heavy AMERICAN beer. A fine way to end a night.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2003
Bottle: the desciption nails it. It caught me off gaurd with the overpowering flavors. by the end of the bottle I appreciated it much more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blatz (138) - Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2003
The only barleywine to have -- powerful -- I should put a warning on my beer fridge to consult me before opening -- most of my beer novice friends just can't handle it. The traditional SN hop taste followed by a powerful kick of malty backbone. Very fruity, but I do detect a little overbearing oily bitterness from the hops? I love to pour this in a snifter and read on a cool night. Its what we work for, right?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2003
This is by far one of the best barleywines that I have ever had. The aroma is extremely fruity with a bit of a sharp cheese smell. The taste is slightly oily with a liquid vitamin kind of mouthfeel, no head at all, just pitchblack in the appearance. Lots of dark fruits, with a very balanced and full bodied flavor. Very warming and satisfying, I wish I could get a case of this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hotstuff (4532) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2008 Draft at Coasters Brewpub. The head of this beer was average size and white with fine-large sized bubbles that were mostly lasting. The body was softly carbonated and hazy with a light brown hue. The nose was comprised of caramel, citrus and hops. The flavor was bitter and hoppy with a hoppy mouthfeel as well. The lacing was excellent. 2008 Edition Bottle on 5/9/08:Nose was malt, floral hops, and caramel. Ditto for the flavor along with some bitterness. Mouthfeel was fairly smooth and medium bodied. Quite tasty, nicely done and worthy of a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rmpjr (5) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2003 does not count
A great barley wine! Intense flavor without a strong alcohol taste.Terrific hoppy/citrus flavor with a sweet finish.A great beer for a cold winter eve.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (5215) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 17, 2003
TheDM and Hotstuff vacation brew 61. This draft brew was enjoyed at Coasters in Eau Gallie Florida out of 1 o=f their 32 taps. This brew poured a medium sized foamy head of fine to large sized long lasting bubbles that left behind a hazy brown colored softly carbonated body and aexcellent lacing. The aroma was a nice barley wine type with lits of hop presence and the mouthfeel was initially smooth then you swallow and get a big hop barleywine tingly mouthfeel. The flavor was that of caramel malts and hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2003
Yes another brew brought to the table by my partner in crime, BeanDip!
(Vintage 2003) I really enjoyed this one! Not easy to come by in FL this time of year, BeanDip supplied the goods! Poured a rich mahogany body, allowing a substantial toffee head to rest above. The aroma was terrific, caramel, grapefruit, a touch of oak and apricot cobbler.
The flavor was/is sublime, a punch of citrus hops, but never overpowering the rich presence of caramel. I detected hints of tobacco and an old oak smokiness. The palate was full and velvety; the finish resembled molasses over fresh grapefruit & warming, not easily forgotten!
I now see why so many love this beer, I’m now with you! A year + in the cellar my result in orgasmic reactions!

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