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RATINGS: 3123   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


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 22, 2002
MMM... yummy, yummy. Rather reminiscent of their IPA actually, with a nice bitter finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2002
Fat long lasting head. Smells fruity to me.Hoppy, yet not real bitter. Pretty sweet on the finish. I did see Bigfoot after a couple of these.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aesir (130) - Tustin, California, USA - OCT 9, 2002
Nice aroma. Strong alcohol, long hoppy finish. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, and the high alcohol content induced a pleasing nap.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
igneous1 (1492) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - OCT 8, 2002
very deep copper color..hazy...i froze this beer to get everything out of it i could...initially, there was no malt presence in the aroma or flavor...but as it warmed the malts made themselves known in a wonderful way..by the time it was at or near correct drinking temp, there was a lovely balance, but with the cascade (i presume) hops winning out in the end. i rated Anchor old foghorn one day before this and declared it my fave of the style...but after Bigfoot, i have a new favorite! love the hops in this one!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Discofish (152) - USA - OCT 6, 2002
Strong alcohol prescene and some malts.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 2, 2002
2001 vintage. Medium brown color, large head. Big, bold, maltly and hoppy. Very malty barley wine style ale. Highly hopped, medium bitterness, balance by nice malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is very round and full, nearly chewy. High alcohol (9.6%) not really noticeable. Smooth tatste. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is malt sweet and bitter

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2002
Huge beer. 2001 edition. Pours thickly, with a good deal of carbonation. Aggressively hopped with Cascades. Strong coffee/chocolate flavor, very bitter. Reddish-brown, piney, resinous, minty herbal - Cascades again. I’m gonna let the other 5 bottles sit around a year or so and try again. Too much for me - though eating something with it helps cut the acidity.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kevbo99 (149) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2002
i didnt think sierra nevada had what it takes to make a good barley wine but i was wrong. this looked great,smelled great and finished well. the taste it left on my tounge was a bit too alcoholic to me but it is definitley my favorite barley wine.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
knickerbocker (13) - USA - SEP 26, 2002
UPDATED: APR 8, 2004 This is potent rich and delicious. My favorite barleywine. Excellent. It is HOP heaven, and that satisfying aftertaste, no dullness here.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2002
This is a superb barleywine style ale. Very flavorful and fruity with a great balance of overwhelming hops and overwhelming malt.


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