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RATINGS: 3355   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (9106) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2012 2001 - aged 3 years: Clear amber and with a light tan head. Wine-like aroma of grapes, sweet oak, cinnamon, nutmeg and mint. Resin oak flavor, thinner than 02.
2002 - aged 2 years: Head is a creamy medium tan, darker than a fresh 2004. Smell is alcohol, creamy plum and apple, very sweet and musty, but has a very nice aged quality. The hops have aged and opened up, giving this the perfect barley wine aroma. Big and frothy caramel evident, some roasted nuts and plums and some smoke. Awesome really. Biting hops and alcohol in the finish, which tingles the tongue with a mellow smoke and orange residue.
2003 - aged 6 months: Nice dark amber color, with a nice light brown head. Smells like plums, with a very strong, full aroma that almost chokes the nose. Very woody, earthy flavor, which nips the tongue at first. Alcohol taste comes through easily, like a few whiskeys Iíve had. After being aged for 6 months, the hop profile is much smoother and the alcoholic bite is not as bad.
2004 - fresh: Sweet citrus hop aroma with the Centennial apparant as a really sweet orange aroma. Syrupy thick, though not as thick as 02 and not as creamy. big biting hops overpower everything else in this one (fresh 04, been on the store shelves for 1 week). Other than the sweet tangerine and grapefruit hop flavors and a small wood flavor, I canít get much else... this one needs some time.
2005 - fresh - bottle and draft ratings
Appears darker than I remember previous version, but since this was had on draft at a beer bar, that probably plays a role. Regardless, it looks beautiful: dark plum colored body with a foamy tan head. Beautifully pungent hop nose, full of sweet cherries, plums, bubble gum sugars and candi sugar. Has the usual intense hop bite of a fresh Bigfoot, although, like other years, itís still not fully developed. Woody and nutty flavors are noticed in this, which go particularly well with the overtones of plum and caramel. I have to say that the 2005 is my favorite vintage (fresh) so far, I canít wait to see how it ages.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2004
2004 Bottle pours a brownish red with a substantial cream colored head. † Head is lively, lacing is adequate, body is thick. † Carbonation moves ever so slowly from the bottom. † First things noticed would be the sweet hoppy aroma, as well as the usual floral bouquet. † Initial taste is of bittersweet carmel and pine. † Mouthfeel is warm and smooth. † At the end you begin to get a bit more of the sweet floral flavor, as well as a mild alcohol finish.   At 9.6% ABV, this one packs a Whallop!† A very unique beer indeed!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
auto (163) - California, USA - JAN 31, 2004
2004 edition-- dark red and brown golden color. it had a tangy aroma and a white head. there's a great drawing of bigfoot and two guys drinking on a log in the woods, under the bottle cap.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigbeersrule (113) - USA - JAN 30, 2004
Had a chance to do a vertical tasting of the 03 and 04 on draft at my favorite beer establishment, Papago Brewing. The 04 being new was more crisp than the 03 but I liked the smoother 03 better. Warning: Do not drink this beer unless you love hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2004
2003 edition. Rich mahogany with a small, off-white head, mostly diminishing but leaving some nice lacing. Aroma of cherries and some alcohol, yielding more citrus and pine notes as it warms. Thereís a hint of sweetness up front, but the highlight of the medium-full body is the hop character. Grapefruity and moderately astringent, with some initial pepperiness that quickly mellows. Nice, long, hoppy finish. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2004 1999 sampled 1/29/04. medium brown amber color. there's plenty o carbonation in this bottle. smells like a hoppy barleywine. nice and sweet... very well balanced with a dry bitter finish that lingers forever. tastes like caramel, nuts, tree bark. this is a very enjoyable beer. especially after being out in -10F weather for the past 6 hours. after half of this beer my face became RED HOT.
1998 sampled 2/9/04. holy monkey! i notice quite a difference beteweent the 98 and the 99. this is much smoother, sweeter. almost silky. is there alcohol in this? this beer tastes great... the bitterness has been toned down a bit.. the sugars saturate my mouth and leave it watering between sips.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 27, 2004
Lost of hops, lots of malt, lots of alcohol. Lot's of everything. This beers a bit over the top.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (4115) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2004
On tap at the 2004 Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival. I have had many vintages of this and it is always good, but it is even better in a keg. Murky orange with a blooming hop nose. Great balance to this beer with very citrus hop notes jumping off a strong malt foundation. Probably the easist barley wine to get and a good representation of the style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 24, 2004
UPDATED: APR 6, 2010 Had this on tap tonight at the local alehouse. Big frothy head with a downright dark red glow. Alcohol burns the esophagus all the way down. Excellent! UPDATE 2/11/6: On tap. The 2006 vintage seems to be quite mellow this year. Lacks the burning hop bite and the glucose tolerance test of previous years. Historically, the aging flight of bottles in my basement still perform, so the score does not change from me. 2005 was strongly bitter and possibly one of the best. 2004 had a great explosion of fruitiness. What will aging do to 2006? UPDATE: In the bottle at my 2006 Barleywine tasting. 2004 vintage. Moderating. Buttery palate and rich caramel. The hops are retreating leaving this beer very smooth. UPDATE 4/2010: Is it just me or is this the WORST BIGFOOT EVER? Right out of the gate this beer seems to be closer to Celebration than to Bigfoot. Definitely a toned-down barleywine with much less malt and only the hop punch leaving it suggestive of DIPA, not BW. Big disappointment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JAN 22, 2004
bottle in pint glass: i dont drink alot of barley wines but this one is good. dark ruby brown color with a nice firm head. alot of hop character!!! and of course alcohol...a little bit of sweet alcohol taste, but not too much. a buddy gave me a six pack because he owed me....i wasnt disappointed.

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