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RATINGS: 3143   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


4.5
   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.

3.7
   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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Racegoer (352) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - DEC 14, 2002
2002 Version bottle,(4.1)I have developed a better palate for this type beer(Barleywine) since starting Ratebeer, Hoppy citrus, thick syrup,high carbonation, wow they finally found Bigfoot, well the beer anyway. Foamy head, thick reddish brown color. Floral and somewhat bitter, nicely balanced, another winner from Sierra Nevada, Recommended- Re-rate again, on Tap at Richos, Much better this way Rich, Hoppy, nice and Sweet and some malt, great example of a Barley Wine, Find it on Tap & it is a Winner !

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2002
pours slightly hazy red with a big head(for a barleywine) that leaves nice lace on the glass. buttery, nutty, citrus hop aroma. thick, syrupy mouthfeel. very fruity palate dominated by citrus(grapefruit), with hints of peach and melon. balanced and pleasantly burnt hoppy finish. very nice.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ProstmanSux (102) - Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2002
i had the 2002 its very enjoyable but i’m not really into the fruit/ barley wines but this was very enjoyable

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gilkey (3) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2002 does not count
Yummy. Nice balance between bitterness & sweetness. Good body.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nate (3710) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2002
Malty and molasses aroma, deep and sweet. Raisins, alcohol. Wheat bread. Small off-white head (lacing) over caramel amber clear beer. Medium-high carb, watery thick. Vaporous alcohol taste, malty sweetness and quite a lot of bittering hops. Bitter after and finish. Earthy dark fruit tastes. Nutty after. Not as sweet as I would expect, definitely some Sierra "house flavor", a little too bitter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2002
Aroma is caramel-sweet and pleasantly medicinal...Color is a lovely copper with a massive tan head and frosty ringed lace...Taste is caramel at the front, followed closely by assertive hoppiness, followed in turn by a slight fruitiness...Then that demon alcohol strides in for the warm finish...Body is full, and I love the interesting sequential flavor progression...This has great intensity, and is certainly not genteel, but neither is the real Bigfoot! This unrefined quality is its charm---big and bold, it is especially good as an after-dinner treat...

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holdwine (1075) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2002
Cracked a 2001 last night to see how it had aged so far. So far so good. This is a great barleywine. As it warmed, the fruitiness came out. Deep red in color. Drink it slow and enjoy, the alcohol surprises you through the great malt and hops convergence. A year has mellowed things a bit, but added complexity, making for a creamier feel. A great "around the fireplace drink".

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crit (3340) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2006 Tap at the Archer:Sparkling brown,beige head. Great malt nose. Lots of malt, lots of hops,light alcohol heat, huge long hop end.Great lace


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