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RATINGS: 3352   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
EKGoldings (629) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 24, 2003
My first ever Barleywine, this brew made a strong ale fan out of me. Intensely flavored, hops all over the place. It makes me wonder why they've never made an Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sturgess (173) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2003
Bigfoot is a great beer overall, many medal winners, it's a barely wine ale by stlye, and it shows through. As far as barley wine's are concerned it's up there but I'd rather go for the golden monkey for a few bucks cheaper.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (3117) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2003
2003 vintage. Ruby brown colour with a moderate tan head. Outstanding aroma of citric hops, sweet malt, brown sugar, warm alcohol... so good! Big, powerful mouthfeel with initial kick of sweetness quickly giving way to a fruity and bitter hop explosion. How they manage to keep such big flavours in balance is a mystery to me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2003
UPDATED: APR 5, 2005 Bright garnet body with a uniform buff-colored head. Excellent aroma (particularly after some modest cellaring time) of grapefruit, pine, juniper, flowers, caramel, and alcohol. Flavor is explosive and intense with a hoppy start and finish, but malts miraculously hold down the middle and lend some balance. Wickedly bitter, but in a good way. Some modest brown sugar and toffee sweetness emerges beneath a thick blanket of hops. Bigfoot is an annual classic and one of the highlights of the dead of winter. Budweiser should be immediately stripped of the slogan of "King of Beers" by fiat and that title should be awarded to Bigfoot.

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