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RATINGS: 3317   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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4.2
cigarsnbeer (146) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - MAY 18, 2005
This is what a barley wine should be, if you haven’t 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
deadon71 (7) - algonquin, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2005 does not count
I boght this as a six pack at the local Woodman’s 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:’} I’m a big fan of brown ales,. But this is a step up. The alcohol is high, but, that’s not a bad thing!

4.1
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
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 couldn’t help myself.

3.9
BeerandBlues2 (13645) - 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.

3.7
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2005
this was a real good brew. not overpowering with the alcohol nice taste and a dry bitter finish

3.7
TBone (17783) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 12, 2005
Bottled
Ruby red, creamy cappuchino head. Strong flowery hoppy nose. Strong flowery hoppy - trefoil flavors. Sticking alcohol. Long bitter aftertaste. Some sweetness is buried under the strong alcoholic palate.

3.8
davidflores99 (225) - Signal HIll, California, USA - MAY 12, 2005
2005, had this at Najas Place. Poured an amberish red with a light creamy head, and had a very bitter sweet taste, but nice and smooth. I enjoyed this brew, very nice balance overall.

4.1
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Dude! This is one seriously powr’ful brew! Delicious, "Sierra Nevada Pale Ale" as a Barley Wine. Thick, delicious, erotic and VERY potent. Mmm, mmm, good.

4.3
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
2004 bottle. Pours a hazy dark amber with a big fluffy light reddish-tan head. Lacy head. Smell of very hoppy. Surprisingly so. Very floral with some underlying bitterness. Taste is big maltiness (of course) but quickly the hoppy bitterness muscles in there. Floral and fruity hops flavors. As it warms, there is more underlying caramel and alcohol flavors present, especially in the finish. Bitter hops finish and a sticky, malty and bitter floral aftertaste. A bit of alcohol burn lingers. Much hoppier than I remembered but I haven’t had this since 1997 or so. Very smooth, good sippin’ brew. Nice!


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