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RATINGS: 3301   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 16/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2003
Big hop aroma. Nice malt flavor with a big hop bite. These definitely need to age about a year before getting into them.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2003
3/17/03: bottle. nice, thick, frothy, light tan head. deep ruby color. some lacing. malty and lots of hops. bitter finish. as this beer warms there is an elevated evidence of an orange flavor and an increased alcohol taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trubucho (20) - PAKISTAN - MAR 21, 2003
2003 bottle ... i love to have my non-beer-drinking friends try this beer to see their face when those insane hopps kick in ... definitely good for aging ... alcohol is well hidden ... i think of the beers ive had this one has the largest transition from nose to finish ... makes it very fun to drink, especially since every step is full of good flavors

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2003
2002 bottled. Egads! It's huge. Awesomely overbalanced. Nose is flowery, hoppy, and sweet. Alcohol mildly evident. Inhale hard and you get. . .mangoes. Yes, mangoes. I was rather surprised. Nice body, malty in the mouth, pleasant burnt malt/coffee aftertaste. Alcohol complements rather than overpowering. Only problem was the bitter swallow. Malt was overpowered too quickly. Can’t say I enjoyed that part. Other than that, a treat to drink. But for the price, I will be cellaring my next bottles and hoping for a 100% enjoyable experience. Was going to wait on this one but I drank it anyway; I wanted to see for myself. An enjoyable experience but not what I’m looking for.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 14, 2003
2003: Hoppy, alive with tartness and maltiness. Pours a rish reddish color that sets the mouth to watering. Indications of fruits on the palate but they are overtaken by the sheer intensity of the hops. Malty textures don't seem too present in the mouth due to over hoppin of the beer. Not the best barleywine out there and designed for hop heads who like'm rough. This batch is too young to be consumed properly.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
baobubba (454) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - MAR 14, 2003
Hoppy sweet aroma: pine, resin, clover, grass, applejuice, light cotton candy, touch of bread. Sweet with a side tongue twang, quite bitter with a bit of roast on the finish. Bitterness gets stronger with each sip, unless you sip it quite slow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 12, 2003
Pours a dark amber with a thin tan head. Aroma is fruity and sweet, but not too sweet. Flavor has notes of pine, citrus, and different malts. The finish is dry and slightly sour. A lot better than I expected!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JMerritt (1915) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2003
2003 vintage. Pours a dark, apple-ciderish red-brown color. Small head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is initially candyish and intensely hopped; take a very deep sniff and you'll also get a hint of alcohol. I swear, every time I smelled it, it smelled better. Smooth, syrupy and velvety texture. Very bitter, yet not overpoweringly so. Finish is somewhat fruity, but the hop bitterness lingers. One heck of a good beer, and it's only 3 months old! Ooh, do I have plans for the rest of the case! Should be excellent as it ages.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
goz (358) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 11, 2003
2003 Bottle: Pours a slightly hazy ruby, maybe more mahogany in color. Head is large and tan, slowly diminishes and leaves sheets of lace. Aroma is room filling with piney hops, some slight fruity/malty sweetness sneaks in, but is overpowered by the hops. Flavor is pretty much the same, it's almost all hops, lots of citrus (grapefruit), and strongly bitter. Again, some fruity and malty sweetness comes through, but the hops just smack it down. I consider myself a hophead, but this seemed a little too one-dimensional for me at the moment. We'll see how it is after having some time to mingle in the bottle for a while.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffwhalen (45) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2003
I had a pint of this with luch the other day, a very pleasnt and buzz worthy surprise....a good bite in the taste which is product of the ABV...a fairly thin head and a good translucent burgundy color

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