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RATINGS: 3257   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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nate (3827) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2002
Malty and molasses aroma, deep and sweet. Raisins, alcohol. Wheat bread. Small off-white head (lacing) over caramel amber clear beer. Medium-high carb, watery thick. Vaporous alcohol taste, malty sweetness and quite a lot of bittering hops. Bitter after and finish. Earthy dark fruit tastes. Nutty after. Not as sweet as I would expect, definitely some Sierra "house flavor", a little too bitter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2002
Aroma is caramel-sweet and pleasantly medicinal...Color is a lovely copper with a massive tan head and frosty ringed lace...Taste is caramel at the front, followed closely by assertive hoppiness, followed in turn by a slight fruitiness...Then that demon alcohol strides in for the warm finish...Body is full, and I love the interesting sequential flavor progression...This has great intensity, and is certainly not genteel, but neither is the real Bigfoot! This unrefined quality is its charm---big and bold, it is especially good as an after-dinner treat...

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holdwine (1131) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2002
Cracked a 2001 last night to see how it had aged so far. So far so good. This is a great barleywine. As it warmed, the fruitiness came out. Deep red in color. Drink it slow and enjoy, the alcohol surprises you through the great malt and hops convergence. A year has mellowed things a bit, but added complexity, making for a creamier feel. A great "around the fireplace drink".

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crit (3562) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2006 Tap at the Archer:Sparkling brown,beige head. Great malt nose. Lots of malt, lots of hops,light alcohol heat, huge long hop end.Great lace

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFGrind (1918) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2002
I was lucky enough to sample the 1999 version three years after it was brewed. Strong aroma, taste had an equal blalance of malt sweetness and hoppiness. It was a treat being able to sample the 1999 version. It only furthered my belief that Sierra Nevada beers are perfect beers fresh or cellared for months or years.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 7-10-02 : Iíve fell victim to one of the classic blunders, the most famous of which is never get involved in a land war in asia, but only slightly less well know is this: never get involved with a super dark and evil ruby colored barley wine with a sweet fruity aroma, whose flavor is hoppy, fruity, creamy, and extremely smooth with hints of plump and juicy Pomegranate seeds..when death is on the line... ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha (kerplunk!) <b >Draught 9/27/02: Mind Bending

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 18, 2002
Too syrupy/sticky and intense. Needs to age and mellow.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - NOV 11, 2002
2002-Very good. An enormously tasty brew. Not as hoppy compared to other SNís. Well balanced. Iím not a fan of most barley wines but this is good.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 6, 2002
Another stellar beer from Sierra Nevada. Very well balanced in itís enormity of flavor. I wonder if these guys can go wrong.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fly (1438) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2002
Amusing how this one places people on opposite sides of it being malty sweet or overly hoppy. I find it to be an excellent balance that conjures so many indescribable flavors (for me). I love to take one sip after another and just try to discern what Iím experiencing.And that is something because I virtually NEVER sip a beer. Everyone should try to celler one (or more) to enjoy a year to year tasting. Iíve only managed it once with three years (98,99 and 01) and it was magnificent.


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