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RATINGS: 3245   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2003
This is 2002 vintage...Pours a hazy garnet red, with moderate head. Aroma is of fermented fruit and others that I am not gifted enough to figure out. Wow, this kicks you in the pants. A lot of hops, bitter feel, with definate alcohol on my tongue. There is a familiar taste to finish, but for the life of me I cannot put a finger on it. Not a bad or great beer for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DYCSoccer17 (3479) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 30, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2007 (08/30/03) 2002 Vintage, 6 oz sample shared with my brother. Pours a hazy dark copper with a beautiful moderate 2-3 cm head that lasts a good while--a beautiful beer. The aroma is a fruity one, but I can honestly not put a finger on which fruits its may be. Maybe some apple? The start leads with some fruitiness, but is then followed by a rush of bitterness, that is not the most pleasant. This guy is 9.6%, and is very tasteable. Im not so sure how much I like this one.------- 2003 Vintage: Pours a hazy mahognay color with a beautiful 2.5cm off-white head. Aroma is sweet and fruity--rather pleasant. Start is slightly fruity with a yeastly component in there. Finish is dry smoky and very bitter. There might be some coffee/chocolate in the finish as well. Almost too bitter at the end. Honestly, I prefer the 2003 vintage to the 2002 vintage. This is much more mellow and more drinkable than the 2002. I would probably give the 2003 a 14/20 rating.-------& 2004 bottle. Pours a transparent mahogany with a 2cm light tan head thats quickly dissipating. Aroma is sweet, malty, fruits, and some caramel. Start is bitter and hoppy followed by some floral maltiness. I taste some chocolate in the finish. Very acidic feel. aroma 8, app 5, taste 6, palate 3, OA 14.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 28, 2003
Deep ruby burgundy with foamy head & average lacing. Traditional young barleywine aroma, sweet and dark fruits collide while the hops play as scorekeeper. Malty background is the playing field. Very detectable flavors, this feels almost half way in between arrogant bastard and double bastard with it's malt & hop profile. Sweet fruity bitterness, delicious, I want a vintage one now!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sudsmeister (66) - Colorado, USA - AUG 20, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2013 First time I have ever paid $12.00 for a six pack with twist off caps. Beyond that, it was quite a surprise! This is an exquisite brew. It is dark, tasty and strong. A fine "barleywine". The head is unbelievable; remnants of it stuck around until the last swig. Be careful that you don’t pour it too fast! Update 2013: What has happened? The Bigfoot is now in a four pack at the same price and was only available for a couple of weeks here in Colorado. Must have been either a very good year or a very bad year.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - AUG 19, 2003
fantastic example of a great barley wine. Has an earthy pine flavor as do many sierra nevada beers. Has a nice caramel flavor and rest beatifully on the palate. Just when you think it's too strong the citrus flavors come to the rescue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - AUG 13, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2004 Bottle 2004 vintage. Fairly decent I thought. Amber/red color with a minimal tan head. Hops, fruit, and spice in the flavor. Very well hopped. Thick palate. Strong finish as well. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - AUG 7, 2003
2003: slightly red amber brown with tan head. Hops aroma. Flavors of oranges/apricots with hints of spice. Don't really notice the EtOH. Strong hops finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - AUG 5, 2003
very nice barley wine, nice spicy flavor with a good hop backbone, prolly one of the easiest barleywines to drink

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2004 dark ruby-amber colored with small white head. Aroma of HOPS, HOPS HOPS and some sweet alcohol. taste is very hoppy, yet surprisingly well-balanced with fruity malty notes of apricot. Rocket fuel made of Cascade hops. I love it and I think I'll have another pricey sample...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pilsnerrogge (2618) - Finspång, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2011 Dark amber, nice head. Hop-fruity (apricot) aroma and flavour with a touch of chocolate. Full-bodied. Long bitter aftertaste.

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