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RATINGS: 3171   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2002
Vintage 2002. Celabration Ale with a bit more ETOH. Maybe it will age? Other wise a mid level barleywine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rib Eye (147) - USA - MAY 6, 2002
A tasty, but suprisingly thin-bodied beer that is more of a strong ale than true barley wine. The aroma on this thing is huge and the taste almost as much so, but it is way too filling for my taste. Big malts and hops, but the balance is off a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wr399 (8) - USA - MAY 2, 2002 does not count
This is a BARLEY WINE. Best when treated like a wine. If you drink it when it is less then a year old the hoppy flavor will be over powering to most. I have foumd that at least one year of aging is required. and if you have the will power to let it age longer it gets even better. I just had a bottle from 95 and it was GREAT.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2002
(2001 bottle consumed 5/2/02) I found this one to be much more enjoyable than the Anchor Old Foghorn I had tried the night before. Definitely hoppy, but nicely balanced with the malt, and it hides the 9.6% ABV extremely well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davhgbrew (945) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 28, 2002
The first sip of this punches you right in the face hops, HUAH! After your palate recovers you can begin to enjoy this most interesting brew. Flowery, fruity aromas with a huge hop kick, but the smooth middle and complex finish are what make this beer. Definitely a great after dinner brew, my favorite SN.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
groovinhigh (170) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2002
As hoopy as it gets... best as a late night or after dinner brew. Not for the faint of heart!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 20, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2004 Last years 2001, Unlike any barley wine I have ever had.Lots and lots of hops, like most of their beers. I like hops so I love this barley wine., citrusy and sweet aroma aroma, malty as hell, and loaded with hops, I always like the bigfoot, gets alot better aged for at least a year, mellows the hop out a bit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drinkingdan (375) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2002
Hands down a very excellent Barley Wine!! It is an acquired taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
IronArm99 (6) - Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2002 does not count
Appearance and Aroma are really good, but it is way to bitter for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
joet (2224) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - APR 11, 2002
UPDATED: APR 11, 2005 My dear friend jimk gave me a racked sample over five years aged. An amazing experience! Deep malty tones meshing well with softened pine and nut flavors. This is a classic barley wine for me.

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