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RATINGS: 3399   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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   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.

3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WesBeerGuy (62) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - APR 26, 2005
Smells INCREDIBLE. Like fruity beer candy. The taste is also very floral, complex, and fruity. But the alcohol bite really overpowers some of the more subtle flavors. Fortunately, they stick in the mouth for a long time afterwards. In fact, the further through the glass I get, the more I like this. Maybe thats the 9.6% talking...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Foxbush (1973) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2013 This is my first Bigfoot. I purchased at the Caboose in Ashland, VA. The head was frothy and slowly disappeared. The aroma was of citrus. The high alcohol of 9.6 % was very evident. It is a drink that you consume slowly to enjoy. The bitterswet flavor lingers for awhile. The higher alcohol barley wine may not be top on my beer hit list. My second one on 5/8 went down much better. The same comments as above but I found this a better drink. The higher alcohol is very evident. The aroma on this beer is special and a joy by itself. I was given a 2013 version of Bigfoot. I concur with my remarks. I moved up my scores.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2005
I cant believe that I have not rated this yet.2005 bottle,beautiful dark amber brew with a rapidly disappearing head.Nose is leaning heavy on the hop side with some sweet maltiness coming thru.It is purey a joy to sniff.Syrupy hops.Plain and simply put: this is an awesome BW.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 24, 2005
Bottle. Dark amber with nice head. Hoppy citrussy aroma leading to a nutty flavor with a lot of caramel. Long bitter finish. Big mouth feel and soft carbonation.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Schioth (41) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 24, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2005 Bottle. Fantastic aroma and outstanding apperance - light-brownish head on a dark-golden, reddish body. The most hop-flavored beer Ive ever tasted. Very reminiscent of grape-fruit as well with an extremely long and bitter finish. Mouthfeel the hoppiest Ive tasted so far, just about makes your whole throat contract! Overall a masterwork of a beer that grows on you the more drink. I LOVE IT!!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2005
this is a big barley and hoppy beer with a lot of character. Actually, this brew gets so grating in aftertaste that its almost difficult to finish this one off. Theres an orange and a bitter sticky malt and a definite caramel to it all... but this one will rip your buds to shreds. Not for the faint of hop.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
screigh (700) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 23, 2005
Poured a deep red-brown. Head was a light brown. Slight head remaind for the entire beer. The aroma had a slight hop smell. Has hints of fruit and a slight hop finish. A warming feeling from the alcohol. This is my 1st barley wine experience and I do like it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 23, 2005
Pours chestnut brown, with a small white head. Aroma is sweet malty, and very hoppy. Taste is ... full, malty and hoppy, with an alcohol bite. A very good beer


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