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RATINGS: 3140   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
monkeyman (57) - Alabama, USA - FEB 7, 2003
01/24/02 bottling date. 1-03 tasting: Very seductive and smooth; toggles between gentle (yes, gentle!) hops and big maltiness. Nice head at the one-year mark; can't wait to try out my '01s!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Darkover (1513) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2006 Vintage 2003: Reddish brown, medium head. Strong hop aroma. Very malty and thick. Long bitter finish. Like a malty IPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlemishChar (224) - Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2003
Smells of hops and alcohol. Color is dark red/bronze, with a sizeable, creamy head. Taste is aggressively bitter, with a fresh acidity and a long finish, balanced by sweet, plummy malts. Alcohol is very noticeable. Very similar to Double Bastard, but not as complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2003
Deep Amber color, thin tight white head. Hoppy, sweet fruity&floral and alcohol nose. Nice bite! Rather acidic, berries and alcohol all around the mouth, very fruity and tart.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - JAN 30, 2003
(29Jan2003--12oz.bottle--2 vintage) What a cool brew! It's not a "barley wine" per se; if I had to classify it, I'd call it a double IPA or American Strong Ale or similar. Spongy, golden head, medium-sized, medium bubbles, lumpy, lacy, partially receding. Deep amber color, slightly hazy. Aromas of syrup and floral hops, though not over the top with either. Very malty, with some, but not too much residual sweetness. More of a spicy maltiness (cinnamon), not the thick "watermelon" I remember from most barley wines. Quite bitter, though commensurate with malt. Meaty, with a lovely, persistent effervescence to cut through the syrup and give a creamy mouthfeel. Light, but noticeable citrus/spruce, and quite yeasty. All-in-all, a complex, wonderful beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2003 Definate smell of hops (what American beers don't have it?) and it is noticable upon first taste. Unlike a strong IPA though, the sweety, malty taste of this ale really balances out the flavor. This is a beer that'll really warm you up, but despite its richness tastes surprisingly refreshing. Finishes off with hints of grapefruit (cascade hops probably) and a slighty bitter orange rind buzz on your tongue. Age this baby for best flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2003
Dark red with a nice head to it. Strong citrusy hop presence followed by rich sweet malt. The hops fade into a bitter grapefruit aftertaste that lasts through the maltiness. Gets better as it warms, but the grapefruit is still there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 28, 2003
This red ale boasts a thick golden brown head that doesn’t dissipate. The nose is aggressive and boasts its vegetal, leafy, green hops. The palate has an interesting contrast between the extreme citrusy notes and the sweet, malty notes leading to a conflicted palate, which resolves itself in the bittersweet finish. This is a very aggressive style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2003
Dark orageish red, thin head. Hoppy, fruity, spicey and sweet. Not too bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5223) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2003
Pours a gorgeous bronze with a hint of red. The head is fluffy and a tan-white mix. It quickly recedes. The first sniff reveals a strong hop base. Further wafts also reveal the alcohol and some candy-ish notes. The taste was hoppy and slightly bittersweet. The alcohol really stands out. Finishes smooth but a little dry. Definitely recommended trying. I had a 2003 bottle but I will be buying more and definitely storing some.

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