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RATINGS: 3364   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 5, 2003
Dark red in color. Smells very sweet. Definately tastes more like wine than beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2005 2005: OUTSTANDING! Caramel and candy cane hops and smooth as $#*@! This is as close to a session barley wine as one can get. Worth a rating uptick. 2003: This is by far the hoppiest barleywine I’ve had. From hoppy to sweet: Bigfoot, Bell’s Third Coast Old Ale, Victory Old Horizontal. I place Three Floyd’s Behemouth in a class by itself as it is the most divine mixture of hop and sweet. Back to the bigfoot: great melony aroma that convinces you it will be smooth until the first sip and WHAM- those hops hit you hard. I’m sure it would mellow with age, but who can wait? 2002: Abrasively hoppy. Not as enjoyable. 2001: Sweetness is more muted than in 2003, more mature and quite smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2005 2005 Vintage. Ruddy brown w/ creamy beige foam. Fruity, hoppy, citrus aroma w/ strong notes of toffee & caramel & earthy suggestions of oak & vanilla. Thick, chewy, sticky feel. Big, hoppy, moderately complex, well-balanced flavour w/ long, very bitter finish.

Aroma 8; Appearance 4; Flavour 8; Palate 5; Overall Impression 17; Overall Score 4.2.

2003 Vintage. Reddish amber w/ lovely finger of tightly beaded tan foam. Fresh, floral, fruity cascade/cascading hop aroma. Nice resiny, sticky feel. Very well balanced: lots of malt and an extremely bitter lasting finish. Yummy!

Aroma 8; Appearance 5; Flavour 8; Palate 5; Overalll Impression 17; Overall Score 4.3.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2003
2003 version. Hoppy, orange aroma, deep orange colour, medium sized vanilla custard head. Robust hoppy, orange flavour. Wonderfully bitter. A marvelous brew to be sure, although it seems more like a top flight IPA than a Barley Wine. Thanks again JMerritt!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Cobra (1100) - - MAY 4, 2003
Winter 2002 batch. Upon opening, hops aroma literally clubs you over the head. Faint grassy smell also noticed. Pours out a rich amber color. A white, frothy head fades quickly, leaving some lace on sides of glass. Since this was my first experience with this beer, I have nothing to compare it with, but it is a nice beer all the same. The hops are a little over the top, however, at 100 IBU's, most any beer would be. I've been drinking this since February 2002, and I've noticed small changes in it every time I drink it. The hops are not mellowing out yet, but since I bought 8 cases to begin with, I'm sure I'll have some for years to come to compare it with the newer batches. I highly recommend this beer, but it is quite expensive as beers in general go.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - MAY 3, 2003
Not as sweet as the usual barley wine. Has a livelier head too. Beautiful color. A bit too bitter, but I was hoping that some time would take care of that. The 2000 isn't really mellowing much as far as I can tell. Still...pretty damn good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 3, 2003
Ok the bottle is opened. Wow. Superb! Those were my first thoughts ... Very refreshing. Great combination of cascade hops with touch of an orange peel. One of the most complex brews I had in my short life. Lovely this composition works great on me. Sometimes you might also notice some tea flavours as well. Warmth of alcohol just nicely wraps it up. Almost perfect!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2003
Back in the saddle again, been a while since I last rated anything good. Creamy, tan head. Dark, mahogoney brown. Fair amount of carbonation. Fairly floral, bitter hoppy aroma, one that makes my mouth water. Big fruity hop taste with some malt flavor. Alcohol is masked well. Very well done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 29, 2003
Pours with a cloudy reddish-brown body topped by a medium thick tan head with some lace left behind. Sweet and fruity (mango and cantelope) malt aroma with a hint of hoppiness and a touch of alcohol. Slightly sweet and fruity malt flavor with roasty notes. The finish is roasty and bitter with hoppy notes. Full bodied, relatively smooth and warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
obxdude10 (2270) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2003
This was a little bit of a disappointment, the aroma was filled with excellent tones of sweet maltiness & even some bittering hoppiness and the deep ruby red color was outstanding, but the flavors were a bit off, too bitter & not enough maltiness for my liking in a barleywine, the beer finished way too bitter, a bit of a disappointment

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