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RATINGS: 3141   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
YogiBeera (2470) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2006 Bigfoot 1995: 8;3;7;5;16: Like Thomas Hardy - sherry like. Alcohol, mediocre, syrupy, raisons, chocolate aroma. Orange brown body. Thick, espresso, chocolate taste. Long bitter but pleasant finish. RERATE of Vintage 1995 in 2005: Dark brown color, small oily lakes on top. Muddy, earthy and bark nose. Very intense coffeebeans, nutmeg nose. Very silky texture. Long lasting taste - numbing upper lip. Awesome mouthfeel. Bigfoot 2000: 8;4;9;5;17: Apple and coffee/chocolate aroma. Very hoppy, also raisons and dates in the flavor. Short bitter kick. Bigfoot 2001: 8; 5;7;3;15: Fruity - oranges and apples but also coffee in the nose. Bitter hoppy kick when a short bitter aftertaste. Thin. Bigfoot 2002: A loadful of hops, the hoppiest of the four tasted vintages. Long bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2005 Let’s pop the top and into my glass we go!!! Aroma of liquorice, grapes, hops, some malt, pine, alcohol and cinnamon. The pour is a very bright red while held in a light source with a tannish-orangey head that laced nicely and stuck around the much of the enjoyment. The taste grabs hold with a citrusy bite right from the getgo...lime, liquorice, good malty aftertones, and a nice hoppy finish. Good warm alcohol feeling in the belly and the back of the throat. My goodness i think ive found a decent barleywine!!! Here’s the secret ...serve warm...55-60F for a more full tasting experience. A bit crude at 9.6% ABV...a tough percentage to hide but done well enough behind that liquorice, malt and hop mix. A decent brew i would definitely grab again if it were in front of me. Re:Rate....apparently I was smoking crack during my previous rating. Licorice, vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, sweet and sticky, and this despite being only 9 months old. I cant believe how well this ages or how well the alcohol is hidden. Unbelievable head retention, hops galore, citrus and roasted barley meet in a glorious collision. Clean abrupt finish...sweet and warming.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PorterPounder (5472) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2002
This brew is many things - subtle is not one of them. Delicious, fruity, malty, and hoppy aroma - all at the same time. Flavor is all that as well. Detect a bit of undertone flavor of nuts as well in the aftertaste. Nice deep rich burgundy-like appearance. Warms the belly - but the alcohol is hidden oh so well. Best of Sierra so far. Thanks to Aurelius for this one. 2002 edition.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Waughbrew (18) - Portsmouth, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 27, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2003 oh yes, my favorite barley wine. good head retention, great aroma with some fruit and little alcohol accompanying the hops. The flavor has, in my opinion, the perfect balance of malt, alcohol, and hops. More hops than is standard for this style, but I'll certainly forgive it. One of the best beers in the world.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
BarePaw (148) - Pullman, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2002
The alcohol flavor comes through too much and it seems like they tried to mask it by overdoing the hops. I’m not impressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2002
2002 Edition: Pours a clear, deep amber color with a small white head. Strong aroma of hops and malts, but mostly hops. Wow! A super hopped up barley wine, maybe the most hoppy of the style I have tried. Alcohol is well hidden. The malt flavor is there if you look for it. I’m drinking this at room temp. (probably 65 degrees F, at minimum), so the hops are punching me in the mouth. Hops, hops, and more hops. Did I mention hops?

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
LadyBeerLover (70) - Benton, Arkansas, USA - DEC 19, 2002
hhmmmm...tasted like flowers to me (toooo damn hoppy) ididnt like it at all...YUCKY

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2002
Huge alcohol smell, huge alcohol taste, huge alcohol finish. Cloudy tea color. Same taste as JD and Koolaid (takes me back!)If you put maple syrup over ruby grapefruit and allowed it to verment...you would have this; and there ain’t nothing wrong with that.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 16, 2002
Extremely tasty, as good as any barleywine you’ll find. Nonexistent head, beautiful dark amber color, sweet slightly stinging sensation. Sex in a bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2002
Enough hops to ’flavor’ several truckloads of bud. The sweet viscous qualities I most enjoy in a barleywine are obscured by the massive hopping. After you sip, the hops hang around in your mouth for about 10 minutes; no kidding. Average looking barley wine, a ruby amber color with no head and a filmy surface. Woody undertones and hints of tobacco in this bright beer dominated by citrus and other light fruits.

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