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RATINGS: 3393   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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3.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MolsonMan (58) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2005
2004 verison.Pours a dark ruby red color. With little head. Full body, very malty. Hoppy the alcohol is ver apparent towars the end.. Will save a couple of these for aging. A very enjoyable beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
morehops (39) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2005
I didnt believe this was a barleywine after I first tried it. Id describe it as a cross between a barleywine and an IPA. The hops are definately present in this brew

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 21, 2005
My first rating of a perrenial favorite. I have had this many times over the years and it is a consistent favorite. I have had samples fresh, as well as aged for a variety of years. This is the 2005 version and it pours a deep crimson with a sizeable head that fades quickly leaving nice lacing around the rim. The aroma is fruity and strongly hoppy. The warmth and alcohol are noticeable in the aroma as well. The flavor is hoppy upfront and full and thick on the palatte. The finish is long and bitter, almost balancing the almost cloying sweetness and masking a rich malty fruityness. Excellent and it will be fun to see how this one ages- I bought extra.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (6582) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAY 21, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2008 Most recently rated from the 2007 bottle (updated 2008) ... Bright and shiny red, with any color only evident with a bright light. Solid head. Big hoppy aroma, like an American Imperial IPA; the supersweet burn of the alcohol overpowers the potentially wonderfull flavors underneath ... butterscotch, caramel, big American hops. Big beer, big buzz. Beautisimous.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alittlemelty (3) - Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2005 does not count
Fantastic beer. As others have said, its a great starter for those who wish to experiment with Barley Wines. It gives you a kick of alcohol without compromising the flavor of the beer. Highly recommended.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cigarsnbeer (146) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - MAY 18, 2005
This is what a barley wine should be, if you havent ventured into the barley wine waters, this is the beer to start it with. Your mouth will kiss you for it...if thats possible

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deadon71 (7) - algonquin, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2005 does not count
I boght this as a six pack at the local Woodmans Grocery. Was reasonably priced for the quality you get! Like the other people who rated this beer, I really wish I cold let this age. Strong alcohol, hoppy, good head:} Im a big fan of brown ales,. But this is a step up. The alcohol is high, but, thats not a bad thing!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2005
2005 Expedition - Pours a deep dark red color with a thick offwhite head that laces the glass well. Aroma is hops, flowery and beautiful. The flavor is malty big and chewy malts. Some underlying caramel flavors sneak in then you are blasted at the end with that sharp hop finish. This is very balanced and a tasty barleywine indeed. On the palate this is very smooth and creamy and balanced. Feels good in the mouth. The alcohol is covered very well by the malts and hops but you can sure feel it warm you up as you finish the brew. I wish that I would have bought the 6 pack though so I could have cellared some of this. I think I will next time.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JakeBrake (14) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2005
Excellent barleywine. Pours a beautiful dark mahogany, with a creamy head. Rich, intense, and satisfying, with a solid hop kick to balance out the deep maltiness. The hops are just a bit too aggressive, but sink back in the mix as it warms, and I expect this aspect would improve with aging. After a few swallows I liked it, by halfway through I loved it. This is another one where I wish I had the discipline to hold on to a couple of bottles to cellar, but it was so good I couldnt help myself.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (12841) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 15, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2006 Tap and then a 2006 bottle. Pours nut brown with a somewhat reddish amber mahagoney and a thin patchy tan head. Fragrant floral hop bouquet, pine and spruce, a tad perfumey, medium roasted caramel malt (maple, brown sugar) and candied fruits (plum). Moderate bitter hop, roasted malt, medium sweetness, lasting but fading hop flavor into spicy hop, dry pine hop, port and vinous finish. Medium and warm bodied, slightly dry and fizzy smooth palate.


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