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RATINGS: 3232   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dominion (78) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 14, 2002
Nice 9.6% alc. solid taste and just enough head on the pour. Great barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbassham (1) - Cumming, Georgia, USA - SEP 14, 2002 does not count

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mattduling (64) - Fairmont, West Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2002
Excellent dark beer. With alcohol content that high, I am very impressed with the taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - SEP 12, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2003 Wonderful flavor. The intense hops really helped mask the alcohol flavor. Great sweet/sour/apple flavor/aroma. Beautiful dark golden color.

Re-rate 8/9/03:
Great hazy (almost opaque) reddish brown color. The hops really come through in the aroma. This beer seems very similar to Rogue Old Crustacean (almost that bitter!) My lips feel very sticky after drinking this. Nice thick syrupy feel. Intense style of barley wine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2002
Intense malty aroma with hints of cascade and centenial hops peering through. It is dark amber in coloration with very little white head retention. Highly hopped and well balanced american style barleywine. The flavour is overwelmingly malty with some caramel flavours being discernable, tastes of alcohol, (not to mention its effect). Big cascade and and subdued centenial hop flavours. A wonderful fireplace drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2002
Somewhat disappointing coming from Sierra Nevada. Nice hop presence and the alcohol is concealed well, just a somewhat "off" taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
BockMan99 (20) - lawrence, Kansas, USA - AUG 27, 2002
Oh god this was bad, I am a stout lover and was expecting a nice strong beer, WRONG! Tasted like Naty light mixed with Old Crow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3199) - Georgia, USA - AUG 26, 2002
2002 edition: After the chill haze cleared (I served it too cold) the body was a deep ruby. Head is light beige and nicely creamy. Aroma is good crisp citrus peel hops. Surprisingly low bitterness when cold for such a strong hop aroma. The hops come out stronger as the beer warms giving the beer a nice bitter finish. Mildly sweet malt dominates early on. Some chocolate, which surprises me from a comparatively light colored beer. Also has a distinct breadiness to the flavor. Cant say anything bad about this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 24, 2002
2002 edition.Thick tan head sitting on a reddish brown brew. Very hoppy nose. Big hop presence in the taste that gets cut by the malt at the end. Very good barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 23, 2002
Had the 2001 edition man was it good. Well hopped for a barley wine which i dont mind at all. Bittersweet says it pretty well, with a little bit of the sweet malts that blend with the hops. I only bought one bottle but im gonna be buying some more soon.

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