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RATINGS: 3218   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


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 6, 2003
2003. This beer poured a redish brown color with a small tan head. Smells hoppy and can smell the alcohol. Taste bitter and hops.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 5, 2003
2003: Poured a clear amber color with a diminished head that laced upon the liquid surface. The nose was of hops and a hint of malt. I was expecting a real alcohol aroma with a Barley Wine at 9.6% but, it wasn't found. The flavor was of bitter hops, alcohol and a fruity character. A medium body with a tongue numbing quality. Not really what I would expect for such a highly rated Barley Wine. It was missing that sweet and winey quality I usually enjoy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
007lund (92) - Ann Arbor, USA - APR 2, 2003
I don't remember much about this beer because it's been several days, but it's a really good barleywine. Read some tprbeerlover's ratings for the specs.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElGaucho (2275) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2005 2005 version. Perfect, hoppy aroma. Red body with yellow hues on edges of bottle. Light tan head. Beautiful lace. Rich and hoppy flavor. This is a wonderful beer as always and clearly better than both the Great Divide Old Ruffian and the Stone Old Guardian. 2003 version. Ar:8, Ap:5, Fl9, Pa4, Ov19. Has some of the typical Sierra Nevada aroma, though not as strong or hoppy as I would have expected for a barley wine. Beautiful in appearance; deep red with thick, tan head, leaving excellent lace. As the brew is poured, this brew slowly settles to the top as the high original gravity makes this a thick beer. If I could give Big Foot more points for appearance I would. Flavorwise, this is SNPA on steroids. Very sweet and hoppy, like a BW should be. Has the Sierra Nevada signature finish. Surprisingly drinkable for a barley wine. An outstanding effort.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2003
A very drinkable barleywine. Good malt flavors with a good amount of hops. Very enjoyable drink!

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2003
Just not my speed

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 24, 2003
2002 on tap: Wonderful hop aroma with lots of piney notes. THis beer packs a lot of punch but there are many complex flavors to savor. Needs some time to age but still I didn't cringe too much when attempting to drink this one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2003
Big hop aroma. Nice malt flavor with a big hop bite. These definitely need to age about a year before getting into them.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2003
3/17/03: bottle. nice, thick, frothy, light tan head. deep ruby color. some lacing. malty and lots of hops. bitter finish. as this beer warms there is an elevated evidence of an orange flavor and an increased alcohol taste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trubucho (20) - PAKISTAN - MAR 21, 2003
2003 bottle ... i love to have my non-beer-drinking friends try this beer to see their face when those insane hopps kick in ... definitely good for aging ... alcohol is well hidden ... i think of the beers ive had this one has the largest transition from nose to finish ... makes it very fun to drink, especially since every step is full of good flavors


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