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RATINGS: 3377   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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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2005
Bottle 2005. Very nice looking red/amber colour with a generous off-white head. Aroma is hoppy and floral with some fruit. Very hoppy taste and very bitter. Fairly well hid alcohol. Full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel, dry with a very bitter aftertaste. Very nice, very tasty but perhaps not as well balanced as has been claimed.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FrkAabenhuus (147) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2005
Dark red, with a nice off white head. The nose is hoppy, fresh and floral wth notes of alcohol. Sweet hoppy flavor, with a nice bitterness. Full bodied with a sweet hoppy finish. Great beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2005
Bottle. Beautyful red with a medium baige head. Sweet hoppy aroma and a sweet heavy hoppy taste. Medium to full body and a sweet dry hoppy finish. More like a 2PA, but great!!!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 1, 2005
Rich barley wine, very young and hoppy, very floral. Really bitter. It really didnt stand out too much from other good bws. Id like to cellar some for a few years.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 1, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2007 2002 bottle. More destint barley aroma. Held to light get a copper colored body otherwise a dark amber. Good head and some lacing. Good hop citrus flavor with some barley grain noticiable. Dry palate. Good stuff whish I had more.

2003 bottle. Complex this one is. Has malty nut and hoppy floral aromas. Dark copper body with small cream head that settles to a thin layer on top of beer. Lots of lacing. Citrus and roasted flavor. Man you have a combo of an IPA and a Stout with the richness on the palate. Great Beer.

2005; 11/13/05 Aroma of citrus mainly lemons. Redish brown body with good head and decent lacing. Flavor has some alcohol punch some bitter and citrus fell to it..Sediment was found on bottom of glass. Dry palate along with some citrus orange. Good Stuff.

2006.....Thought the beer had too much of an alcohol presence have yet to rerate it since.

2007 Good citrus vine and peel aroma. Darker orange body with off white head. Dry cirtus hop bitterness flavor. Alcohol presence and a dry citrus vine aftertaste on palate. better than 06

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cazort (560) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2005
UPDATED: APR 23, 2014 This beer is exactly how Id expect it to be, how Id want it to be, and how it claims to be: dense, fruity, rich, complex, bitter, malty, hoppy. Its an intense beer and even drinking half a bottle makes for an intense experience. The high alcohol content is matched perfectly with one of the highest flavour contents. Definitely one of the best beers Ive ever had. When you compare the price to that of other barleywines, this one wins ten times over: Ive had a number of more expensive beers that dont even come close. Think of it as a "double-beer"...more beer packed into the same bottle, and then the price seems a bargain.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (13898) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 29, 2005
2003 vintage. Hazy reddish brown with a small amber head. Aromas of fruit, toffee and alcohol. Rich smooth mouthfeel. Starts with a fruity, malty sweetness with a little pepper, and finishes with a pleasent bitter dryness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (25736) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 29, 2005
Bottled. Darkish red, nice reddish head. Lovely aroma of wine (grapes) and a bit of alcohol. Pleasant aroma. Flavour is cranberries, bitterish and dry. Dry palate and very bitterish aftertaste. Nice one!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - APR 28, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2005 2005 bottled, very little head, amber color, strong mix of hops and malt aroma, very very full bodied. the flavor is of intense hops mixed w/ malt, very bitter aftertaste. much better than expected.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
PuckLSHS (101) - USA - APR 27, 2005
The smeill up front, was fantastic. The taste is floral...almost grassy..but the general hoppy nature of this beer overpowers the other subtle flavors. Out of all the barleywines I have ever had, this is my least favorite.


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