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RATINGS: 3257   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
BarePaw (148) - Pullman, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2002
The alcohol flavor comes through too much and it seems like they tried to mask it by overdoing the hops. Im not impressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2002
2002 Edition: Pours a clear, deep amber color with a small white head. Strong aroma of hops and malts, but mostly hops. Wow! A super hopped up barley wine, maybe the most hoppy of the style I have tried. Alcohol is well hidden. The malt flavor is there if you look for it. Im drinking this at room temp. (probably 65 degrees F, at minimum), so the hops are punching me in the mouth. Hops, hops, and more hops. Did I mention hops?

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
LadyBeerLover (70) - Benton, Arkansas, USA - DEC 19, 2002
hhmmmm...tasted like flowers to me (toooo damn hoppy) ididnt like it at all...YUCKY

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2002
Huge alcohol smell, huge alcohol taste, huge alcohol finish. Cloudy tea color. Same taste as JD and Koolaid (takes me back!)If you put maple syrup over ruby grapefruit and allowed it to verment...you would have this; and there aint nothing wrong with that.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 16, 2002
Extremely tasty, as good as any barleywine youll find. Nonexistent head, beautiful dark amber color, sweet slightly stinging sensation. Sex in a bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2002
Enough hops to flavor several truckloads of bud. The sweet viscous qualities I most enjoy in a barleywine are obscured by the massive hopping. After you sip, the hops hang around in your mouth for about 10 minutes; no kidding. Average looking barley wine, a ruby amber color with no head and a filmy surface. Woody undertones and hints of tobacco in this bright beer dominated by citrus and other light fruits.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Racegoer (353) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - DEC 14, 2002
2002 Version bottle,(4.1)I have developed a better palate for this type beer(Barleywine) since starting Ratebeer, Hoppy citrus, thick syrup,high carbonation, wow they finally found Bigfoot, well the beer anyway. Foamy head, thick reddish brown color. Floral and somewhat bitter, nicely balanced, another winner from Sierra Nevada, Recommended- Re-rate again, on Tap at Richos, Much better this way Rich, Hoppy, nice and Sweet and some malt, great example of a Barley Wine, Find it on Tap & it is a Winner !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2002
pours slightly hazy red with a big head(for a barleywine) that leaves nice lace on the glass. buttery, nutty, citrus hop aroma. thick, syrupy mouthfeel. very fruity palate dominated by citrus(grapefruit), with hints of peach and melon. balanced and pleasantly burnt hoppy finish. very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ProstmanSux (102) - Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2002
i had the 2002 its very enjoyable but im not really into the fruit/ barley wines but this was very enjoyable

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gilkey (3) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2002 does not count
Yummy. Nice balance between bitterness & sweetness. Good body.

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