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RATINGS: 3228   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2003 (2003) Deep red/copper with nice head and lace. Toasted malt nose, floral hops, slight traces of fruit and others. Medium bodied, richly malty, smooth , big hops, pepper alcohol in finish. Update 2002 Copper colored with amber hues. 1/4 inch rocky head that lasts till the end. Nose is sweet malt and citrusy/floral hops with hints of yeasty fruitiness. Medium bodied, rich, huge malt profile (toasty,biscuity.) Hops are everywhere, they seem citrusy at first and then they are undeniably sweet/pine sappy goodness that compliment the beer wonderfuly. Full of flavor that sticks forever. Awesome!! 2001: Clear orange/amber. Minimal head and lacing. Malty, floral/citric hop nose. Immense malt front and fruity undertones on the palate, the floral/citrusy character from the hops show themselves early on the palate, medium bodied. Finishing bitter. Hops maybe a bit too younge still? Good stuff, could stand to be a bit more mellow. Top of the line.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 29, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2007 2005-- pours a hazy golden amber hue with a small slight off-white head with very nice lacing. Aromas of citrus, pine, a hint of perfume and caramel. Flavors of honey, a hint of chocolate????, roasted nuts and smooth as hell. This is a lot better than I remember it. Very nice bitterness with a citrusy finish. mmmmm......This is wonderful... how dare I rate such a brew a 3.7. I just rerated the new stone barleywine, and that doesn’t even come close to the greatness of this brew. this is an amazing brew that hopefully will age well. 2001--I haven’t had too many barley wine brews, but I wasn’t too keen on this one. Surprisingly, it wasn’t over hopped like all the sierra Nevada brews. I probably wouldn’t buy this one again. 7/4/7/4/15---3.7

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
Balthazar (86) - Clinton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2006 I dunno... this is one of Volgons favorites. It’s got that hoppy thing I don’t find appealing. The flavor was good. I’ll probably need to rate this again. Orig. Score was 3.1... here with Volgon Rating again... sorry barley wine lovers... this beer is not my style ... too close to doing shots. I’d rather have a captain and coke

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ucsbdude (68) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - MAY 16, 2002
Nice malty nose with a strong alcohol aroma.Very spicy and bitter.I had it on draft and it can floor you pretty quick!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 13, 2002
I tried this proably too soon. Just like everyone else is saying it was too bitter. Nice malty nose, malty start, full middle, bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 13, 2002
Needs to be laid down for atleast a year.Much to sharp when young,mellows and matures with age.Bitterness is too much early on,maltiness comes through when aged.Fruity,floraly,earthy,spciy hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Terminus (3326) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAY 10, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2007 ReRate 5/10/02 Vintage 2001-i stored this way for 5 months-the first bottle i had of this was very bitter, bitter in a bad way. The bitterness is still present, but it has become more malty over time. I like it!!! ReRate-2003 version-Ya know, i love this beer! even with its young age, its still a hophead dream. I must say that aging this brew mellows out the hops and brings out the malt, but who needs malt? 2004-Very similar to the 2003 when it was young, but this has more IIpa feel to it in the hops. body and aroma say barleywine all the way though! This will be a good aging vintage! 2005-I must say, this years vintage im not overly impressed with. the body seems a little lite and the carbonation is too high IMO. i will not change my score because so many vintages have been so good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2002
Vintage 2002. Celabration Ale with a bit more ETOH. Maybe it will age? Other wise a mid level barleywine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rib Eye (148) - USA - MAY 6, 2002
A tasty, but suprisingly thin-bodied beer that is more of a strong ale than true barley wine. The aroma on this thing is huge and the taste almost as much so, but it is way too filling for my taste. Big malts and hops, but the balance is off a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wr399 (8) - USA - MAY 2, 2002 does not count
This is a BARLEY WINE. Best when treated like a wine. If you drink it when it is less then a year old the hoppy flavor will be over powering to most. I have foumd that at least one year of aging is required. and if you have the will power to let it age longer it gets even better. I just had a bottle from 95 and it was GREAT.

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