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RATINGS: 3212   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
joet (2290) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - APR 11, 2002
UPDATED: APR 11, 2005 My dear friend jimk gave me a racked sample over five years aged. An amazing experience! Deep malty tones meshing well with softened pine and nut flavors. This is a classic barley wine for me.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
HoppedHead (106) - seattle, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2002
I agree a huge hop contant doesn’t make a bad beer good, but ir makes a good beer better, atleast for my taste buds...I love thios beer because of it’s bitter, spiceness that can only be achieved with huge hop content, however the flavor of the carmel malts is still detectable, try to age one for a couple years, it mellows the hops just a bit, either way...NOTHING beats a 6-pack of these...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2002
See, the problem here is that huge hop content does not necessarily make a good beer. I prefer my barley wines to be much less hopped, maybe like Mcauslan Vintage or Nils Oscar. Whatever.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcalbi (380) - Medford, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2002
Vintage 2001. By the time we got to this sample it had been sitting for 45 minutes yet it maintained a nice and somewhat creamy head. Bittersweet aromatics and an intense brown color. It has a sweet and nutty malt profile. A most drinkable barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PSUJason99 (96) - Montclair, New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2002

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kodos (205) - USA - MAR 29, 2002
2002: Nice big short lived head with alot of lace. Aroma is piney and can be smelled across the room. taste is citrus/malt and slightly sweet turning to all bitter and spicy at the end. If you like em super hopped this is for you. Ill rereview the rest of the sixer in a few years when these are really ready.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrotherBeer (13) - Colfax, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2002
In my preference, this is a perfect appearance. The aroma is absolutly perfect to fit the appearance of this beer. Then you take a drink and WHOA! BITTER! Traditional barley wines are not supposed to be this bitter, but I’ve been told that this is a trademark of the brew co. It’s like the most beautiful flower with the most deadly poison. Beautiful and sweat smelling, but will spank your butt if you cross the line. Not as smooth as Old Knuckle Head. This beer demands your attention. I used to hate drinking this beer but I always bought it when it came out. Thats the respect it demands. I really enjoy drinking this starting at ice cold, and sipping it, and by the last sip it is room temperature and still is good. A completly mystifying beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2002
Way too hoppy. This is no barley wine stlye ale but an overly hopped american IPA with a sour too much alcohol taste. Stick too the true British BW like a Young’s Old Nick. Hop heads will love this stuff....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Suttree (5339) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 15, 2002
This is a BIG beer. Lots of flavor, but dominated by hops. Very different from English style Barley Wines

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
spydog (75) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2002
Good inital hoppy taste, followed by overwhelming alcohol flavors. Very bitter. I drank the 2002 stuff, maybe should have let it age for a few months.

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