RATINGS: 3391   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 15, 2005
Pours deep amber with a medium white head. Sweet hoppy and barley smell to it. Tastes sweet and bitter at the same time just like I think all Barleywines do. The palate had a real nice feel to it being dry and syrupy at the same time but a simple uninteresting aftertaste. Good barleywine but not as good as a lot of the ones Ive had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tbarnette (105) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2005
This is good stuff. So far, This is my favorite Ale. This is also the best rating I have given ANY beer, yet. I went to the beer store to get some Lion Stout by suggestion, but when I saw this in the cooloer I had to get some. I bought some for my dads last birthday and we enjoyed it so much, ive bought it a few times since.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
barleyandmalt (25) - USA - MAR 12, 2005
2005 Bigfoot. Pours thick; a copper-golden brew. Citrus aroma that exploded upon reaching the front of the mouth. Rolled over the back of the tounge much more smoothly than anticipated. 9.6%?! Well hidden. So well rounded it seems mythical.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - MAR 12, 2005
Big Food 2001. Pours a hazy warm-amber beer with an orange glow and a small yellow-beige head that falls doun quick. Powerfull nose with touches of dry caramel, vegetal citrus esthers, peache-pit, Calvados hors dage and loads of great hops. It has a full taste with smooth roundings of caramel candy, nuts, some dry forrest leafs, bayleaf, lemongrass, and again this kick of nobel hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mctous (131) - Herndon, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2005
UPDATED: APR 26, 2007 Unlike some previous versions, the 2007 Bigfoot can be enjoyed immediately without aging. It pours with fine carbonation, marked viscosity, and plenty of hop lace. Sierra Nevadas hop blend (Cascade and Centennial ) produces a citrus-peel bitterness, pitted against the massive caramel malt, and the malt narrowly takes over in 2007. Chinook hops emerge only in the palate. This finishes quite clean, given its great strength. Only the hoppiness and a slight diacetyl character remain in the finish. Recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 8, 2005
2005 12oz - Tight aroma of hops and carmel. Transparent brown with a tint of red. Starts off with a good off white head and leaves good lacing. This is such a smooth barleywine. I havent had one since my "awakening" and it is really great. All the flavors of hops, citrus, and carmel that make a barelywine great without the exaggerated bite. No ageing necessary.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 8, 2005
What a beer....goes down smooth, notes of fruit, concealed alch, not to bitter, an excellent barleywine perfect carb content. Remindes me of dogfish 120

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2005
Tasted in San Jose. Obtained from PlumpJacks in San Francisco. Tasted while attending a conference in my home away from home - SFBA. Colour and appearance is dark amber / ruby colour. Very little thin white head, dissipates quickly in the glass. Aroma is laden with bitter and acrid hoppiness with subtle hints of fruit and spice. Flavour is intense - dominently bitter with a finish that is backed up by a malty backbone.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2005
2004. Pours reddish brown, with large non-lasting head. Aroma of citrus fruit, wine and caramel. I was aprehensive about tasting this, worried it could be too bitter for my taste buds...how wrong I was. The taste is rich, bold, bitter but balanced out by the malt presence...add in some fruit flavours and you have a killer beer. The high abv is felt more than tasted. Every beer geek must gie this a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 5, 2005
damn, this wes nice. carmel/fruity aroma. balanced enough, but quite hoppy. full bodied, oily mouthfeel. long bitter finish. this was dangerously drinkable. very very nice.

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