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RATINGS: 3254   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


4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 15, 2003
Redbrown hue with brown tone. Thin white head. Spicy aroma with merengue and sweetfuit notes. Roasted with hints of chocolate, and citrus from the hops. The flavor is extreme and attacks you like a T-Rex. Lots of citrus and a monstrous bitterness. Spicy with chocolate tones. Cream tones. Grapefruitrind bitterness. Dry chocolate finish. This is almost too much but once in the decade its OK. Seriously, this is one of the best beers I have had.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2003
An excellent, hoppy BW along the lines of an Old Crusty. Not overly thick and the alcohol blends nicely with the piney hoppy overtones.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
adrenalin112 (57) - Lake Forest, California, USA - APR 10, 2003
great hoppy barleywine, somehow reminds me of both the hair of the dog fred & adam biers. Keep it around awhile, its a good beer to vintage.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - APR 10, 2003
2003 version. Last one of the sixer...pours a very deep dark red, great head and lacing for a barleywine . Bitter hops aftertaste and the alcohol is noticeable.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - APR 8, 2003
I had never had a Bigfoot Ale that had been aged for a significant period until I just sampled a 2000 edition in April 2003. This beer really improves with time and becomes extremely well-balanced. Not as bitter as the 2003 edition after the aging process and perhaps due to a different recipe. Overall, an excellent barleywine--I would highly recommend buying the 2003 edition now and saving some until 2006.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ludwig (60) - USA - APR 6, 2003
Not bad as far as Barley Wine Brews go, not my favorite but a good representation.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 6, 2003
2003. This beer poured a redish brown color with a small tan head. Smells hoppy and can smell the alcohol. Taste bitter and hops.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 5, 2003
2003: Poured a clear amber color with a diminished head that laced upon the liquid surface. The nose was of hops and a hint of malt. I was expecting a real alcohol aroma with a Barley Wine at 9.6% but, it wasn't found. The flavor was of bitter hops, alcohol and a fruity character. A medium body with a tongue numbing quality. Not really what I would expect for such a highly rated Barley Wine. It was missing that sweet and winey quality I usually enjoy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
007lund (92) - Ann Arbor, USA - APR 2, 2003
I don't remember much about this beer because it's been several days, but it's a really good barleywine. Read some tprbeerlover's ratings for the specs.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElGaucho (2299) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2005 2005 version. Perfect, hoppy aroma. Red body with yellow hues on edges of bottle. Light tan head. Beautiful lace. Rich and hoppy flavor. This is a wonderful beer as always and clearly better than both the Great Divide Old Ruffian and the Stone Old Guardian. 2003 version. Ar:8, Ap:5, Fl9, Pa4, Ov19. Has some of the typical Sierra Nevada aroma, though not as strong or hoppy as I would have expected for a barley wine. Beautiful in appearance; deep red with thick, tan head, leaving excellent lace. As the brew is poured, this brew slowly settles to the top as the high original gravity makes this a thick beer. If I could give Big Foot more points for appearance I would. Flavorwise, this is SNPA on steroids. Very sweet and hoppy, like a BW should be. Has the Sierra Nevada signature finish. Surprisingly drinkable for a barley wine. An outstanding effort.


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