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RATINGS: 3279   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2003
2003 version.Poured a deep red with nice full white head. Nose was very floral with a slight hint of citrus. Then the first taste. Overpowering hops. All grapefruit flavors. Can't wait to see if this ages well as I have 5 more bottles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tkaufman (128) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2003
2002 version pours a nice dark amber with a solid white head. Aroma of hops kicks you in the face. First tasting smacks you over the head with hop bitterness, but this mellows as the beer goes on. Actually finishes slightly malty and well balanced. A good barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2003
I usually think barleywines are too sweet and malt-heavy, but I really like the balance on this one. Hoppy aroma of pine and grapefruit. Rich maltiness in the flavor, but well-balanced with hop flavors and bitterness, with the overall balance leanings towards the latter. Big full mouthfeel. Very satisfying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2003
The often raging wildfire of pine overwhelms me here - I prefer the rounder, fruitier foghorn to this monster. Though they have many of the same qualities, this one is just too raw for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2003
Much better warm than cold. Tried it cold first, grapefruit hop bitterness dominates. The intense grapefruit got to me. Drank some warm later however and the maltiness is finally detectable. I favor Avery's Hog Heaven over this. I think this would be something that needs cellaring.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Frank (3596) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2005 Whoa. You canít taste the 9.6% ABV but you can feel it. Extremely tasty. Lots of malt like a barley wine, lots of hops like an IPA. Beautiful dark garnet color with a thin but resiliant head. A bit of fruit in the aroma. The stong malts are up front and the hops are in the finish. This beer kicks my ass six ways to sunday. My only complaint is that the hop bitterness is a bit too stong. Iím aging the remaing four beers in my six pack and Iíll be back in a couple of months to let you know if that doesnít mellow things out a bit.

For the record, I have tried vintages back to 1991 of this (in 2005). I like it best fresh and aggressive but itís truly wonderful at about five years old. After that, it starts losing life.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2003
A well hopped citrusy brew with a light head and good caramel amber color. A bit of a bite in the youthful ones. Definitely one for aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2003
2003 Addition:I will always have a soft spot for Bigfoot, it got me started on my quest for the perfect beer. It could almost be considered a Double IPA. Malty and well hopped. Centennial or Cascade. Piney taste. A little bitter on the finish. Well done by a company that has alot to boast about.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2003
It's all about the hops. In the nose, on the palate, in the aftertaste. Nice lace and head retention on this deep copper beer. Malty undertones in the nose as well as some caramel and light fruitiness. The flavor is pretty much the same, lots of hop flavor and bitterness. Unfortunately for this 2003 version, it's still a bit young and needs another 3-6 months before the bitterness mellows out. Finishes dry and astringently bitter. I'll re rate this after it has aged, it should be much, much better. I've had Bigfoot in previous years; very good Am. Barleywine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - JAN 14, 2003
2002 - A great rich brew. Always one of my favorite beers, a fruit cake with a kick and more hops than a normal Barleywine. But, this is not a normal Barleywine. So rich, what a special beer!

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