3fourths (8966) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2012 2001 - aged 3 years: Clear amber and with a light tan head. Wine-like aroma of grapes, sweet oak, cinnamon, nutmeg and mint. Resin oak flavor, thinner than 02.
2002 - aged 2 years: Head is a creamy medium tan, darker than a fresh 2004. Smell is alcohol, creamy plum and apple, very sweet and musty, but has a very nice aged quality. The hops have aged and opened up, giving this the perfect barley wine aroma. Big and frothy caramel evident, some roasted nuts and plums and some smoke. Awesome really. Biting hops and alcohol in the finish, which tingles the tongue with a mellow smoke and orange residue.
2003 - aged 6 months: Nice dark amber color, with a nice light brown head. Smells like plums, with a very strong, full aroma that almost chokes the nose. Very woody, earthy flavor, which nips the tongue at first. Alcohol taste comes through easily, like a few whiskeys Iíve had. After being aged for 6 months, the hop profile is much smoother and the alcoholic bite is not as bad.
2004 - fresh: Sweet citrus hop aroma with the Centennial apparant as a really sweet orange aroma. Syrupy thick, though not as thick as 02 and not as creamy. big biting hops overpower everything else in this one (fresh 04, been on the store shelves for 1 week). Other than the sweet tangerine and grapefruit hop flavors and a small wood flavor, I canít get much else... this one needs some time.
2005 - fresh - bottle and draft ratings
Appears darker than I remember previous version, but since this was had on draft at a beer bar, that probably plays a role. Regardless, it looks beautiful: dark plum colored body with a foamy tan head. Beautifully pungent hop nose, full of sweet cherries, plums, bubble gum sugars and candi sugar. Has the usual intense hop bite of a fresh Bigfoot, although, like other years, itís still not fully developed. Woody and nutty flavors are noticed in this, which go particularly well with the overtones of plum and caramel. I have to say that the 2005 is my favorite vintage (fresh) so far, I canít wait to see how it ages.
colui72 (554) - HONG KONG - MAY 3, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dense hazy brown, with a thin tan white head. Aroma is floral, dark fruits, yeast. Complex in the palate: it starts sweet, with caramel, dark fruit, bread then the dry hops kick in giving a good balance and a bitter after taste. Thick and sticky, full bodied, well hidden booze. A great sipper!
Alpha10 (539) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2016 2016/04/30 - Pours a hazy, ruby brown colour with a soapy, cream colour head that quickly reduces to a patchy film and leaves ample lacing. Aroma is caramel, dark fruits (raisin, prune, grape), mild yeast, floral notes and spicy/earthy hops. Taste is dark fruit, caramel, sweet bread, light alcohol and spicy (slightly herbal) hops. Mouthfeel is medium with sharp carbonation and a drying, bitter, slightly warming finish. Malt forward with some nice hop character. Very nice, but I expected better given the hype. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Douberd (4321) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - APR 25, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Sierra Nevada Bigfoot) Bottle 355 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 9.6%. Vintage 2014
Deep red to light brown colour on the body, quite hazy, with a good sized and thick light beige head on top, very good retrention.
Aroma has malts, ripe red and dark fruits,light alcohol, raisins, orange peel.
Taste is sweet with lots of red and dark fruits, alcohol, malts, nice hoppy touches, orange peel, nocely bitter on the finish.
Medium body with good carbonation, quite dry on the palate.
Very nice, heavily hopped barleywine.
Oldschool_Mike (285) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 23, 2016
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle into snifter. Pours a hazy reddish brown with a thin off white cap. Aroma is fruity with a little booze. Taste is about the same. Great beer would like to see how it ages.
TH28 (328) - - APR 22, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. 12/4/15 bottle date. Appearance: Reddish brown in color, slight haze, and a beige khaki foam head.
Aroma: Rich maltiness of bread crusts and toffee. Light citrusy hop aromas as well.
Taste: Deep, rich maltiness. Bready and caramel up front, giving way to more of a toasty and toffee flavor. Sharp, strong bitterness hits on the back end with citrus and pine. Overall flavors are very fresh and sharp.
Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body with some chewiness, with a light carbonation. Strong alcohol heat.
Finish: Sharp flavor of the beer lasts long past the swallow. Malt forward for sure, with some caramel and toast, as well as a strong resinous bitterness.
Overall: The label is absolutely right, this is a beast of a beer. Strong, rich, boozy maltiness from the start with multiple layers of caramel, bread, toast, and toffee. Citric hop bitterness is very strong and does a good job of standing up to the malt. This beer is 4 months old, and the intensity is very high, almost overpowering. Looking forward to trying another Bigfoot at 1 year and seeing how it softens and develops different flavors
biirusaikou (2201) - - APR 14, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at the end of a long session. 2016 version. Feels quite young and boozy, syrupy body, dried fruit and caramel malt, quite sweet on the finish. Not very exciting, will probably revisit older versions when more sober :)
cmacklin (653) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - APR 9, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
355ml bottle. (Vintage 2016) Pours a hazy deep red-brown with a medium, creamy, long lasting, tan head that laces. Sweet aroma of caramel malt, dark fruit, alcohol and piney hops. Sweet flavour of dark fruit, caramel malt, grass, pine needles and burning alcohol with a dry, bitter, hoppy finish. Medium body with a smooth, oily texture and soft carbonation. Pretty
interesting, a hybrid between an ipa and a barley wine.
thepatrickman (557) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - APR 8, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 Vintage on tap. Itís interesting how little this beer has mellowed with close to 4 years of age. The flavor profile is similar to how it was fresh -- malty and syrupy, but balanced by a ton of hop bitterness. I still think itís way too bitter for the style, but thatís personal taste. Fun to try something with this amount of age on it.
tillmac62 (624) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
BOD 12/4/15. Beautiful clear rich dark ruby pour. World class head volume, lacing and uber world class retention.
Outstanding nose of fruit (plum, raisin, grape), caramel and light citrus hops over a subtle spruce spiciness. As it warms, notes of alcohol emerge.
Light medium body with a smooth texture. Below normal carbonation with very little effervescence even in the finish.
The flavor profile is outstanding with balance being the strongest suit. The flavors are rich and deep beginning with bitterness that flows into a nice caramel sweet middle. As the sweetness fades, fruit flavors emerge but donít separate very much. The finish is reasonably astringent as the alcohol becomes uncovered but never becomes dry. A mild pine centered bitterness lingers.
HourGlass13 (503) - North Carolina, USA - APR 2, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours up a reddish amber color with a moderate tan head. Aroma is grapes, dried fruits, and hops. Taste is sticky, with wine, some toffee, caramel, a bittersweet mixture. Some cough syrup and some organic wood as well. Some what bitter finish with a healthy booze burn. A big barley wine, very hoppy though, it reminds me of a mix between an IPA and a barley wine.