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RATINGS: 3356   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 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pilsnerrogge (2800) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2005 I have many incarnations of this one. Each year it is subtly different and it ages very well. Beautiful ruby color. Nice off-white head with good lacing. Hops and alcohol are the most prominent aromas. The taste is very hoppy. You can feel all of the malt in the nice thick body. A wee bit of an alcohol burn on the way down reminds you that this is not an ordinary beer. Very good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
EKGoldings (632) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2003
I must say that I was surprised at how good this beer is for a high gravity ale. The balance between hop and malt is amazing. The exceptionally smooth taste hides the alcohol very well and the typical winey ester profile of a high gravity ale is very much attenuated. Really a superb job at this type of beer - reminds me of some of the trappist ales except Bigfoot is clearly dry hopped. Another winner from Sierra Nevada.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pinotwinelover (18) - USA - JUL 13, 2003
Only served in 1/2 pints at the brewery because of its high alcohol content. This beer is great. I have a bottle the last 3 years in my wine cellar. Very rich and well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2007 A murky muddy cherry wood color with a small off-white head. A heavy hops aroma and taste. Bitter, dry, sweet. An over the top barleywine that is very flavorful. Re-rate: Having tried throughout the years this has become one of my top BW’s. 9/4/8/4/17

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 1, 2003
Good strong ale. Very malty and strong flavor. Alcohol flavors at the finish, but one can also smell the alcohol in the aroma. Very hoppy finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2003
Delicius! Amber color. thick foamy head. Aroma was very hoppy with a sweet maltiness. Body was very sweet, malty, and very hoppy with notes of citrus that are present from a nice cascade hopping. This beer offered a delicious flavor that really hides the alcohol well. Extremely bold and delicious. One of my favorites. I will definitely buy this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 29, 2003
2003 edition. Redish amber color with a nice tan head. Sweet floral, hoppy aroma. Taste starts with a malty sweetness and leads into a hoppy bitterness, finish is a bit oily. Would have benefited from aging

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