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RATINGS: 3264   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2003
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dankitydancer (58) - Arizona, USA - OCT 28, 2003
damn my shit was fucked up after drinking just 3 of these..super nice and crisp had the vintage 2002 it was a bit chilled and just perfect poured a nice white head and a creamy yellow body good for sipping or just getting plain pissed

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stoutosaurus (157) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - OCT 25, 2003
This beer is definitely not for the weak. It comes at you like an angry junkyard dog. The barleywine style is not for me, I like something that sips a little easier, such as, well anything else.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 20, 2003
2003: Cloudy and ruby orange. Nice thin white head with better than average lacing. Nice fruit and hoppy aroma with alcohol tingling your nose on a deep sniff. Taste mainly hops. Wonderful thick malty body. Alcohol is noticable when swallowing.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
archstanton (105) - mukilteo, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2003
very fruity malty and hop infested beer the taste it makes my nose hairs bleed just smeling it.i had 4 of these one night and i tought i lost my mind oh wait i think i did

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
1more4dessert (334) - Upstate, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2003
This was just way too hot, could not get much olfactory or gustatory sensation beyond the ethanol tidal wave. It was a 2003.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5656) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2004 I tasted the 2002 and the 2003 side by side tonight, so I will give an overview and note some differences. Both poured a ruby amber color with a small yellow/tannish head that left alittle lacing on the glass. The 03 had a strong aroma of hops, grapes, and alcohol while the 02's aroma was much less noticable, but it certainly was fruity. The 03 tasted still way too bitter, nice hop bite, had a slight red wine taste (hence barleyWINE style) and a warming alcohol presence. Whereas the 02 had already began mellowing out nicely while still being fruity and hoppy. My conclusions: the 03 is still too young, so I know for the future, glad I have 3 of each year left. Rerate, 2004 sample, I needed to bump this up a couple points. This is a super fine, hoppy barleywine. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 15, 2003
Shallow fruity malty aroma, smooth raisiny taste, but then comes that big wave of alcohol kickback. You can't chug this stuff. I slammed a couple because we were late arriving at a Brewers tailgate and the aftertaste was horrible. Will try it again when I have more time

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
direwolf600 (37) - Philadlephia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2003
Great beer, alot of punch, enojyable, but only a few, anymore and the 19.6 proof can start to hurt. Wonderfully deep taste, as well as a deep aroma.

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