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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
direwolf600 (37) - Philadlephia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2003
Great beer, alot of punch, enojyable, but only a few, anymore and the 19.6 proof can start to hurt. Wonderfully deep taste, as well as a deep aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzzler67 (1654) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2003
2001 vintage. And it has aged extremely well. The color was a deep copper with an average head and some serious lacing. Some of the bitterness has mellowed, leaving a smooth flavored, full- bodied taste with enough of a hop bite to keep it balanced and flavorful.(sb)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 2, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2004 Deep amber color with a lasting thick foamy head. A hoppy slightly malted smell. a slightly bitter flavor at first with a hint of fruit. slightly sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2003
2002 edition. Hazy orange-copper color beer pours with a minimalist tan head that quickly fades to a thin ring along the edge of the glass. Strong fruit and alcohol aroma smells mostly like plums. Perhaps a touch of hops in the nose as well. The taste is very hoppy, much more than the other barleywines I've had. Also unlike the others, this one is not overly sweet. Reminds me more of a robust, powerful IPA than the sweet barleywines I have become familiar with. A bit more fruitiness and sweetness shows after a few more drinks, but this is an amazingly balanced beer. (even the "Hop burps" are both sweet and hoppy!) Very nice bitterness on the finish. Can't quite place the type of hops, but it tastes like possibly Liberty or Cascade. The mouthfeel is not as syrupy thick as others. While this hurts my mouthfeel rating a bit, it elevates the drinkability. Even with the high ABV, I could drink several of these. Really a great winter warmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2003 First Barlywine. My Impression: Bitter, Bitter, Bitter. Not bad after that. Very drinkable once you get past the Bitter part. Interested what others have to say regarding this one. 2003 version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - SEP 28, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2004 2002: Awesome barleywine with a great bitter-sweet, plum taste. so good that i thought i literally saw bigfoot at the end of a 6 pack and a few other sierra nevadas.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
grease (42) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 17, 2003
Very American barleywine, but not inundated with the curse of Cascade hops (grapefruit). Quite consistent from year to year. Unlike a British version, this beer leans heavily to hops, but still has a strong malt backbone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2008 2001 Vintage: Bottle pours a hazy copper color with very little head and some spotty lace. The aroma is malty and well pronounced hop. The flavor is well rounded with a malt that coats and a hop that bites well. Overall, this is a good one from my cellar. 1999 Vintage: Had this one during the migration of the site... As I remember - and it is difficult due to the strength of the Foot, it was perfect and aged very well. Of all the Barley Wines, this is now tops on my list. Update - Had the 1998. Stick with the 1999. The 1998 had aged too much into a strange (strong) brew. 2008 Update - This is the best I remember, aged or fresh. The aroma is much more fruity and the flavor is fresh, but not harsh. 2008 rules.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 16, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2004 2003 Vintage. Amazing heady, hoppy aroma. Lots of alcohol carrying the citrusy (mandarins!), floral and slightly pine-needley aromas right out. Nice and clear with quite good head retention for such a gravity. Head had a green tinge, presumably from all the hops. Flavour starts out sweet and malty then quickly gets very hoppy. I love the malt character - very strong, but not sweet or underfermented. Hop flavour is great and bitterness is VERY long but was kind of harsh to the point of really affecting my enjoyment of the beer. Hopefully with a bit of time this bitterness will mellow. I have 4 more bottles and will keep them until next winter.
A year later: This beer has changed a LOT. Hops in the aroma have really dropped out a lot - pine needles are still there but the citrus has gone. Malt shows a lot more - very toasty and showing lots of different layers. It's almost sweet with the bitterness balancing nicely but nowhere near the aggressive attack it was initially. It has certainly taken a number of "aged" flavours on - and I was rather concerned how a beer that had travelled across the world in someone's backpack would age - but it certainly doesn't ruin it. There's a tiny bit of sourness in the flavour, but the malt has really come to the fore in a very nice way. If I were to change the numbers, I'd probably decrease the aroma score and increase flavour (but I won't.)
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 2, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2003 Holy Crap. This is a mother of just getting wasted. Nothing to enjoy except that feeling of pure drunken stupor. Very hoppy but not all that great except for the alchohol. Not bad but I dont think that it is anything great.

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