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RATINGS: 3257   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - JUN 6, 2003
I think this beer would do well with some aging. Brown coloration with a small frothy head that leaves substantial lacing on the glass, aromas are fruity with hop presant. Flavor is malty sweet off the top and dry and hoppy in the finish. A good beer that I believe will be GREAT with some aging.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2003
Deep red color and a thick, tan head. Tastes of grapefruit and pine needles. Seemed a little salty at points. Not as vinous as I expect a barley wine to be. If I hadn't expected it from this one, I'd say it was a little overhopped. Overall, an interesting beer that I'd be happy to sample again sometime.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 30, 2003
Bottled in 2002 - quaffed in 2003. fuity bouquet which seemed to say "hey! i have a lot of alcohol!" very bittersweet with an amazingly complex and smooth aftertaste that seemd to bring about a flurry of new tastes. Pardon my French, but ca c'est un (wicked) bon bierre!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - MAY 30, 2003
Dark and malty, with a sweet, smooth, but plucky bitterness, this Sierra Nevada is so effervescent it finishes sprightly on my tongue. Tasting Bigfoot makes me visualize hops growing in a sunny field. If the love of your life likes barleywines, this is the one to give him - it's pure bliss!!! Well, a close second anyway... :)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aggie80 (790) - Michigan, USA - MAY 30, 2003
Nice brown color, weak head but good lacing. Strong Ale flavors with the hops dominating. I don't like heavy hops, but this was a good one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2003
Bottle. Solid all-around. Great aroma, plenty of hops, but well-balanced with the maltiness. Felt real nice going down with a bit of a warming effect. Need to get another

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HH (165) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2003
Viscuous (sp), this has a very thick feeling in the mouth. Not as hoppy as I remembered it. Me turning into a hophead?? Anyhow a nice bitter sweet finish. Good stuff here. Had to have another just to be sure..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2004 I am working on getting them all, so if you have anything before 1995 or 96, 97 or 98, BeerMail me. I like that it appears to be available in most finer stores. Last tried the 2004 version and it was just as fantastic as the previous.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pondoshuffles (141) - Fitzroy Harbour, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2003
A huge beer. Big Cascade nose, but rather non-dememo on the bittering. Alcohol is noticeable, perhaps a little too much for my liking. Overall, a very good barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2003
On tap at Ashley's, Ann Arbor. Great all-encompassing malt, quite alcoholic but not in an Old Stock Ale kind of way, good hoppiness (but not up to Hog Heaven status) - yummy, but I didn't like it as much as I expected

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