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RATINGS: 3141   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
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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


3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alenightlong99 (70) - Lockport, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2002
Good looking beer with a kick to it. If you like Barley wine beers try it out, also try the barley wine from Avery.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
omhper (19325) - Tyres, SWEDEN - FEB 25, 2002
Sampled young. Reddish brown. Thick. Super fuity, super bitter, super cascade aroma. Probably need to mature for some time to become perfect, which is what I intend to do with my 2nd bottle.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BillKismet (3335) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2002
Rich amber color and exuding a floral aroma pungent of hops. Unfortunately, this beer was overpoweringly winy, my problem with most barley wines it seems. Far too unbalanced to mask the alcohol content.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
michaelm18 (118) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 24, 2002
Very hoppy and strong beer. A strong alcohol aftertaste but I liked it.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2002
2002 Edition: My first time trying this and it is incredible. Im glad i bought the 6 pack. Intense hops. That Grapefruit taste is excellent. I need to get more of this. Great stuff!

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2002
FYI, rating done on cellared 2001 vintage, drinking this stuff fresh is a waste of time in my opinion. The flavors need time to mellow out and join in wholy beerimony.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2002
2002 version. Big lasting head over a light mahogany body. Aroma is obviously full of bright, floral hops. You should know what youre getting into with a Sierra Nevada, and the hops is definitely over the top. I sometimes think I can sense some subtle malt, but the oppressive hops presence slams the door shut. My only clue that this is a barley wine, other than the label, is the alcohol that kicks in near the end of the glass. Otherwise, Id probably guess IPA. This is not a fantastic beer now, but I expect that it will mellow nicely, and improve significantly with age.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dins (266) - Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2002
nice hops. 2002 version.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pablo McStouthead (69) - L.A, California, USA - FEB 16, 2002
Hoppy, citric, strong, good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2002
Not a barleywine fan, but this one is decent, much better than St. Nicks. Nice floral aroma. I like the way the fruitiness transitions into the floral hoppy taste. The aftertaste lingers for a bit, but subtley goes away. I would not have guessed this beer to be above 8% alcohol based on taste. I would recommend if you DO like barleywines.


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