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RATINGS: 3230   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


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - APR 8, 2003
I had never had a Bigfoot Ale that had been aged for a significant period until I just sampled a 2000 edition in April 2003. This beer really improves with time and becomes extremely well-balanced. Not as bitter as the 2003 edition after the aging process and perhaps due to a different recipe. Overall, an excellent barleywine--I would highly recommend buying the 2003 edition now and saving some until 2006.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ludwig (60) - USA - APR 6, 2003
Not bad as far as Barley Wine Brews go, not my favorite but a good representation.

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 (2285) - 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.


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