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RATINGS: 3140   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2522) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2002
UPDATED: APR 8, 2006 2006 (fresh): Whoa! This seems wholly different this year, and Iím sure much has to do with the switch from Nugget for bittering to Chinook. The aroma is amazingly fruity, also soapy and floral. Classic red color remains. Malts seem more restrained, as an intense floral and resiny hop character attacks right out of the gate, with a near burning alpha acid. Strong bitter finish. A step bacward in both complexity and the classic Bigfoot drinkability.

2005 fresh: nothing quite like a fresh Bigfoot. The same nice red color, the large foaming webby head. Aroma piney, a little soapy this time around, some caramel malt. Flavor deep and satisfying: big rounded caramel body with a resiny somewhat grapefruity tingle all over. Intensely bitter finish, but pleasantly so.

I see I never rated the 2004 fresh, but I did have one at a year old just a couple of days ago: everything I like in the beer, hops faded just enough to rid this of its heavy resiny feel, and smooth it out. 1 year is good to this beer. <P> 2003 Tasted fresh: Whoopee, Bigfoot is back and as good as ever. Rich piney/resiny hop aromatics, smooth velvety sweet malt (caramel, fruit) profile coupled with tingly hops and a bracingly bitter finish. <P>Prev years notes: Iím really amazed at the hop presence in this beer. It comes across nicely with a pleasant bitterness and full nose of hops. Excellent lace lasts the whole glass. Flavor is rich and full-bodied and well-balanced. The high alcohol content is barely noticeable. Its the smoothest beer above 8% ABV that Iíve ever had. <P>UPDATE: 2002 - same as always, ultra hoppy with quite a citric piney bite. I compared this fresh 2002 with a one year old bottle of 2001. I really prefer the one year old -the hops have softened but are still present and the malt comes through with warmth and depth, making it even smoother! Canít wait to try it again in another year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
211Gramma99 (38) - Chico, California, USA - FEB 11, 2002
this beer is just way to syrupy for me. it is way strong and it is just to thick

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fullers99 (7) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 10, 2002 does not count
2000 version: Nose is not as hoppy, but has a nice fruity quality to it, pours thick and deep copper with signifcant carbonation evident, taste has an intense, resiny hop flavor that coats the tounge(kind of obliterates the malt presence as it warms up, but the malt do peek out from under the wall oí hops) and finish is very dry as a result of the hoppy, high gravity nature of this beer. Those looking for more balance in their barleywines would find this brew over the top, but ageing will round out this beer some.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phoenixgoa99 (11) - California, USA - FEB 10, 2002
better than rasputins but just as strong

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2002
I love the aroma and first few seconds of this one, but after that the bitterness is just overwhelming and distinctly different from other barleywines Iíve tasted. The color is wonderful, very coppery with a full, tiny-bubbled head. The fruity taste predominates for a few seconds until the hoppy, bitter bite hits. I know itís supposed to be that way, that intense, but for me itís a bit much. I like it, but itís just too bitter to sit and drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pjman2099 (2) - USA - FEB 4, 2002 does not count
Taste is OK....but the alcohol content is 9.6!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 1, 2002
2000 edition. Cloudy light ruby/orange. Sticky off white head. Suspended yeast/hop floaties. Very light carbonation. An aroma of pine sap that could be smelled a foot away. Massive caramel soaking in hops aroma once you sniff. Thick body, initial tea bag bitterness followed by pine sap and citrus fruit rinds. Very bitter, even after 2 years aging. Hops are over the top but the caramel/fruit sweetness and thick body try in vain to ebb the bitterness. This could use a few more years in the cellar, although itís a perfect sip and savor with a cigar brew as is. Alone as a sipper this is still way too bitter, even for mega-hopheads.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brewmaster (168) - USA - JAN 30, 2002
(2002 edition) This is pretty good stuff ! My only complaint - lose the cheesy twist off bottles. Would i take the time to try and age this stuff - apsolutely not.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2002
This beer kicked my ass. I drank 3 of these in about an 1 1/2 hours and was totally wiped out. From what I do remember, extremely floral and very very very bitter. The hop aroma jumps out of you as soon as you pop the cap off. Iím going to take the recommedations I see others making and let this one sit a while. Take my advice though...one per sitting.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
pivo (2558) - GERMANY - JAN 23, 2002
2001: íThese go to elevení (-Spinal Tap). Extreme (ridiculous?) amounts of hops and malt just turn up the volume with this brew. The nose is stong and floral. The intense bitter hop flavor comes through immediately, but is well supported by a rich, malt body. You can perceive the alcohol in the palate, which intensifies an already powerful taste. Not great with most foods, but a perfect dessert beer. Love this stuff because it is over the top.

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