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RATINGS: 3172   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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2003
2003 Addition:I will always have a soft spot for Bigfoot, it got me started on my quest for the perfect beer. It could almost be considered a Double IPA. Malty and well hopped. Centennial or Cascade. Piney taste. A little bitter on the finish. Well done by a company that has alot to boast about.

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2003
It's all about the hops. In the nose, on the palate, in the aftertaste. Nice lace and head retention on this deep copper beer. Malty undertones in the nose as well as some caramel and light fruitiness. The flavor is pretty much the same, lots of hop flavor and bitterness. Unfortunately for this 2003 version, it's still a bit young and needs another 3-6 months before the bitterness mellows out. Finishes dry and astringently bitter. I'll re rate this after it has aged, it should be much, much better. I've had Bigfoot in previous years; very good Am. Barleywine.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - JAN 14, 2003
2002 - A great rich brew. Always one of my favorite beers, a fruit cake with a kick and more hops than a normal Barleywine. But, this is not a normal Barleywine. So rich, what a special beer!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2003 Wow, what another great barley wine. A big beer with big malt and great warm hop finish. Bitter on the palate but balanced well with a sweet in the back of the throat aftertaste. Top Notch. Re-Rate 05/04/2003 of a 2001 bottle. Great hop taste in this barley wine, might be better than Victory Old Horizointal, but I have not had a 2 year old one of those.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (8680) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2003
2002 Bottle: Another winner thanks to the Hollingshead Deli in Anaheim. Deep amber color with a thin and rocky off-white head. Huge toasty malt aroma. Flavor of malt, alcohol and dark fruit. This is easily the hoppiest Barley Wine I have had, but it actually works pretty well. The hops make it more drinkable than the usual overly sweet malt/alcohol found in most Barley Wines. This would be a great beer to age for a year or two.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2003
UPDATED: APR 27, 2003 Typical Sierra Nevada citrus notes otherwise just a big, big Barley Wine prefect for a cold night

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2003
very rich.. but the barley doesn’t sit well. fruity, but not overly pleasent.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - JAN 7, 2003
2001 vintage, bottle. Huge head, hazy reddish-brown. Citric aroma, very aggressive-smelling. Sour taste, cherry, grapefruit, very complex and nice. A great barleywine!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 7, 2003
2001: Nose of fruit, citrus. Small white head. Ruddy light brown hue. Delicate malt backbone, hops are evident and dominating all the way through though. Medium bodied, big fruity floral citrus hops. Very decent and drinkable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2003
2002 bottle. Dark translucent brown, white head, thick around the edge, intricate lacing. Citrus hoppy nose and taste. Hops prevail in this one but it does have a subtle malty sweetness as well. Good stuff.


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