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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2003 Wow, what another great barley wine. A big beer with big malt and great warm hop finish. Bitter on the palate but balanced well with a sweet in the back of the throat aftertaste. Top Notch. Re-Rate 05/04/2003 of a 2001 bottle. Great hop taste in this barley wine, might be better than Victory Old Horizointal, but I have not had a 2 year old one of those.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (10001) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2003
2002 Bottle: Another winner thanks to the Hollingshead Deli in Anaheim. Deep amber color with a thin and rocky off-white head. Huge toasty malt aroma. Flavor of malt, alcohol and dark fruit. This is easily the hoppiest Barley Wine I have had, but it actually works pretty well. The hops make it more drinkable than the usual overly sweet malt/alcohol found in most Barley Wines. This would be a great beer to age for a year or two.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2003
UPDATED: APR 27, 2003 Typical Sierra Nevada citrus notes otherwise just a big, big Barley Wine prefect for a cold night

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2003
very rich.. but the barley doesn’t sit well. fruity, but not overly pleasent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JAN 7, 2003
2001 vintage, bottle. Huge head, hazy reddish-brown. Citric aroma, very aggressive-smelling. Sour taste, cherry, grapefruit, very complex and nice. A great barleywine!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 7, 2003
2001: Nose of fruit, citrus. Small white head. Ruddy light brown hue. Delicate malt backbone, hops are evident and dominating all the way through though. Medium bodied, big fruity floral citrus hops. Very decent and drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2003
2002 bottle. Dark translucent brown, white head, thick around the edge, intricate lacing. Citrus hoppy nose and taste. Hops prevail in this one but it does have a subtle malty sweetness as well. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2003 2001 - citrus, orange and apples. Some fruity malts in the taste, but dominated by the hops from beginning to the dry end. The alcohol was well hidden. Although excellent, it was a little thinner than I would"ve liked. I"ll need some more of this! 2002 - Similar flavors, but a little sharper and hoppier. Just as good - same numbers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
YogiBeera (2554) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2006 Bigfoot 1995: 8;3;7;5;16: Like Thomas Hardy - sherry like. Alcohol, mediocre, syrupy, raisons, chocolate aroma. Orange brown body. Thick, espresso, chocolate taste. Long bitter but pleasant finish. RERATE of Vintage 1995 in 2005: Dark brown color, small oily lakes on top. Muddy, earthy and bark nose. Very intense coffeebeans, nutmeg nose. Very silky texture. Long lasting taste - numbing upper lip. Awesome mouthfeel. Bigfoot 2000: 8;4;9;5;17: Apple and coffee/chocolate aroma. Very hoppy, also raisons and dates in the flavor. Short bitter kick. Bigfoot 2001: 8; 5;7;3;15: Fruity - oranges and apples but also coffee in the nose. Bitter hoppy kick when a short bitter aftertaste. Thin. Bigfoot 2002: A loadful of hops, the hoppiest of the four tasted vintages. Long bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2005 Let’s pop the top and into my glass we go!!! Aroma of liquorice, grapes, hops, some malt, pine, alcohol and cinnamon. The pour is a very bright red while held in a light source with a tannish-orangey head that laced nicely and stuck around the much of the enjoyment. The taste grabs hold with a citrusy bite right from the getgo...lime, liquorice, good malty aftertones, and a nice hoppy finish. Good warm alcohol feeling in the belly and the back of the throat. My goodness i think ive found a decent barleywine!!! Here’s the secret ...serve warm...55-60F for a more full tasting experience. A bit crude at 9.6% ABV...a tough percentage to hide but done well enough behind that liquorice, malt and hop mix. A decent brew i would definitely grab again if it were in front of me. Re:Rate....apparently I was smoking crack during my previous rating. Licorice, vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, sweet and sticky, and this despite being only 9 months old. I cant believe how well this ages or how well the alcohol is hidden. Unbelievable head retention, hops galore, citrus and roasted barley meet in a glorious collision. Clean abrupt finish...sweet and warming.

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