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RATINGS: 3067   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   SEASONAL: Winter   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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kodos (200) - USA - MAR 29, 2002
2002: Nice big short lived head with alot of lace. Aroma is piney and can be smelled across the room. taste is citrus/malt and slightly sweet turning to all bitter and spicy at the end. If you like em super hopped this is for you. Ill rereview the rest of the sixer in a few years when these are really ready.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrotherBeer (13) - Colfax, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2002
In my preference, this is a perfect appearance. The aroma is absolutly perfect to fit the appearance of this beer. Then you take a drink and WHOA! BITTER! Traditional barley wines are not supposed to be this bitter, but Iíve been told that this is a trademark of the brew co. Itís like the most beautiful flower with the most deadly poison. Beautiful and sweat smelling, but will spank your butt if you cross the line. Not as smooth as Old Knuckle Head. This beer demands your attention. I used to hate drinking this beer but I always bought it when it came out. Thats the respect it demands. I really enjoy drinking this starting at ice cold, and sipping it, and by the last sip it is room temperature and still is good. A completly mystifying beer.

0.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2002
Way too hoppy. This is no barley wine stlye ale but an overly hopped american IPA with a sour too much alcohol taste. Stick too the true British BW like a Youngís Old Nick. Hop heads will love this stuff....

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Suttree (4902) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 15, 2002
This is a BIG beer. Lots of flavor, but dominated by hops. Very different from English style Barley Wines

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
spydog (75) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2002
Good inital hoppy taste, followed by overwhelming alcohol flavors. Very bitter. I drank the 2002 stuff, maybe should have let it age for a few months.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
quiksilverxtc99 (99) - USA - MAR 9, 2002
Well, its definitly one of their better offerings, but thats not saying much since I hate their APAs and IPAs

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - MAR 8, 2002
Well,Hopped,Malty Maltsweetness stays and the hops blend very well. I am relying on memory it has been 3 yrs sinc I have been able to get my hands on some

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2002
Wow. I just acquired the 2002, damn fine stuff. Malty nose and a hoppy taste. Very bitter and potent brew. The alcohol (this stuff could double as whiskey as it makes my chest heat up like i swallowed charcoal) seeps through in the aftertaste, but it doesnt effect the taste sensations. Iím going to age what iíve got left for a spell and possibly re-rate. If you can find it, grab this beer.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MarkIggy99 (4) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2002 does not count
This is a barley wine beer of the best body and flavor. Not for the faint but if you like barley wine and a beer that could double as a meal, this is the one for you. Every year stands on its own but if you have too many of these you will not stand on your own. It packs a strong alcohol content. This is the best is gets. I have this cellared back to 1991.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fraternie (806) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2002
Crisp malt flavor, somewhat carmel flavored...strong alcohol prescence that but gets smoother as it warms. Incredible hop prescence. I can see why some of you love this beer, but for me it doesnít add up to some of my favorites of the style simply because of the balance...it seems way to hoppy and the malt is not as sweet as I like. Arguably great, just not one of my faves.


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