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RATINGS: 3400   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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

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Mads Langtved (2243) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2005
Reddish. Quite bitter finish. Hoppy flavour beautifully combined with a fruty aroma. Not alcoholic at all. A great barley wine.

4
HogTownHarry (6823) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 3, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2005 Bottle (12oz) At Volo, shared with blankboy. Brownish off-white head, lots of bubbles in head. Copper colour, clear. Some lacing, head lingers nicely. Alcohol & hops in aroma - hints of slightly burnt malts & hops. Flavour - I felt almost attacked by the combination of hops and alcohol. Aggressive palate, the hops sing through by the end of it. Addictive.

3.9
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JUN 2, 2005
A bit sweet at first, but that is gone after it warms up! God, what a great flavor, its been 30 minutes, and I’m only 1/2 way through it savoring it! Great beer, this was a 2005, can’t wait to try some aged

2.3
cfranz (261) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 31, 2005
Bottlecap marked Bigfoot Expedition 2005. I wonder if I got a skunked bottle, cause I really do not enjoy this beer. It can’t be that overrated! Very metallic aftertaste, kind of reminds me of soap and lye. Very bitter, which is overwhelming.

4.2
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2005
VINTAGE 2001. Couleur ambrée foncée aux reflets rougeâtres. Peu de mousse brune pale. Une tonne de houblon adouci par le temps, gardant pourtant tous son caractère et ses délicieux arômes. Houblon dans la famille des C (cascade, Chinook...) référant aux puissants agrumes, résine de conifère se mêlant très bien aux pointes de chocolat et de caramel. Beau malt collant et épais mariant aussi des houblons très floraux. Texture résineuse et presque sirupeuse, corps d’épaisseur allant de moyenne à pleine. L’alcool, toujours présent en bonne proportion semble faire un bon travail pour nous faire oublier le début d’oxydation que l’on retrouve en finale. Encore en très bonne forme!

4.5
ToolHead (266) - København, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2005
35.5 cl bottle. Served in snifter. Slightly hazy, deeply reddish amber. OK, tan head. The aroma is in-your face, vibrantly, citrusy hopped and wonderfully sweet. The flavor is hugely, sweetly fruity, slightly burned alcoholic, and monstrously, resiny, citrusy hopped. And, remarkably, very well balanced. Mouthfeel is thick, smooth and slightly sticky. Drinkability is impressive. The best barley wine I have tasted.

4
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2005
bottle. 2005 edition. copper-orange colour, somewhat murky. small white head. BIG chewy hop aroma. This is certainly a liberally hopped barley wine (it could probably be an IIPA too). Long onslaught of hops with a little bit of sweet malty balance. Finish is bitter and alcoholic. Very good. It’s great that one can buy great beer like this for only $1.67 a bottle.

3.1
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2005
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Very pretty, clear deep reddish brown. Fine, dense and very creamy head leaving an intense lacing in the glass. Sweetish in the first sip, some fat notes of sweet wine. But in an instant you’re swept away by an extreme hoppiness that strangles any more subtle notes. Long, long bitter finish. Overly hopped for my taste. 280505

3.7
nicholai (100) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 28, 2005
Deep amber hazy colour with a nice medium tan head. Aromas of yeast and wheaty hoppy sweetness. The taste is creamy, with some chestnut and miniscule sweetness with lingering taste. Stays in the mouth for ages, with some efforts made towards masking the alcohol. Oily, carbonated palate

2.4
leaparsons (10546) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2005
2005 Bottle. Deep red with an off-white head. Aromas are alcohol, spices and lots of bitter hops, I found the alcohol to be too aggressive. Flavours are light, sweet malts followed by very dry pine hops with some floral aspects. Too hoppy to be a barley wine (especially of the English style) - this is more like a supercharged IPA. The alcohol was too dominant for me and the hops over aggressive. Nasty, like Old Crustacean, but without that beers complexity.


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