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RATINGS: 3343   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 28, 2003
Deep ruby burgundy with foamy head & average lacing. Traditional young barleywine aroma, sweet and dark fruits collide while the hops play as scorekeeper. Malty background is the playing field. Very detectable flavors, this feels almost half way in between arrogant bastard and double bastard with it's malt & hop profile. Sweet fruity bitterness, delicious, I want a vintage one now!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sudsmeister (73) - Westminster, Colorado, USA - AUG 20, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2013 First time I have ever paid $12.00 for a six pack with twist off caps. Beyond that, it was quite a surprise! This is an exquisite brew. It is dark, tasty and strong. A fine "barleywine". The head is unbelievable; remnants of it stuck around until the last swig. Be careful that you don’t pour it too fast! Update 2013: What has happened? The Bigfoot is now in a four pack at the same price and was only available for a couple of weeks here in Colorado. Must have been either a very good year or a very bad year.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - AUG 19, 2003
fantastic example of a great barley wine. Has an earthy pine flavor as do many sierra nevada beers. Has a nice caramel flavor and rest beatifully on the palate. Just when you think it's too strong the citrus flavors come to the rescue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
haddon90 (1603) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - AUG 13, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2004 Bottle 2004 vintage. Fairly decent I thought. Amber/red color with a minimal tan head. Hops, fruit, and spice in the flavor. Very well hopped. Thick palate. Strong finish as well. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - AUG 7, 2003
2003: slightly red amber brown with tan head. Hops aroma. Flavors of oranges/apricots with hints of spice. Don't really notice the EtOH. Strong hops finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - AUG 5, 2003
very nice barley wine, nice spicy flavor with a good hop backbone, prolly one of the easiest barleywines to drink

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2004 dark ruby-amber colored with small white head. Aroma of HOPS, HOPS HOPS and some sweet alcohol. taste is very hoppy, yet surprisingly well-balanced with fruity malty notes of apricot. Rocket fuel made of Cascade hops. I love it and I think I'll have another pricey sample...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pilsnerrogge (2758) - Finspång, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2011 Dark amber, nice head. Hop-fruity (apricot) aroma and flavour with a touch of chocolate. Full-bodied. Long bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
osubucks26 (30) - Seville, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2003
This is possibly some of the worst tasting stuff I've ever had. Looked & smelled kind of like Pine-sol & tasted how I would imagine pine-sol would taste. Not very enjoyable. Only positive out of it was the high alcohol content, it could probably get you drunk in a hurry if you can stomach it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - JUL 25, 2003
2003. Big bold lacy white head. Reddish-brown color. Medinciny, citrusy aroma. Hops are there but not intense. Sweet, warm and flavorful. A little acitic in the aftertaste. Not that bold of a statement I was excpecting from this beer. Still warms your heart.

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