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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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thegreenrooster (4328) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 4, 2005
Mine pours with a deep red with a nice fluffy white head. Aroma is of hops with a hint of fruityness. Flavor is heavy on the malts and you get some hops in there. Not the best barley wine i have had. Its more of a IPA than a barley but it is quite flavorful.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jgentgesdo (694) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 4, 2005
Pours amber with a thin tan head that laces well. Aroma is very strong hops with a caramel overtone. The flavor... wowie, hits you with powerful hops, very sweet, pear/tangerine fruit flavors, alcohol rush, one 12 oz bottle makes me spin, cannot believe this is only 9.6%. Endless hoppy, fruity, caramel malty aftertaste. Is this really a barleywine? Tastes like an IPA. So very good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 4, 2005
Bigfoot is a very hoppy barlewine, more like an extreme IPA. Bottle. Dark orange color with a medium white head. Smell is overwhelmingly citrus and piney hops. Taste is strongly hoppy as well, though I can taste a strong supporting malt background. Not what I expect from a bareleywine but I added two points to my overall impression rating due to the label art.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 3, 2005
UPDATED: APR 18, 2005 2005 crimson red w/ a thick tall well laced white head, crisp hop & citrus bite w/ a sweet and slightly floral and malt mix in the aroma. The palate is nice and creamy w/ good carbonation. The flavor had a good hop bite w/ a sweet malt backing.. tastes of light carmel, grassy/floral, w/ a nice hint of alcohol as it warmed.. not overly complex but VERY well done. Thanks to David P we sampled 1998-2005 bigfoot on 4/16/05 some quick notes from the vintages: 2005: very fresh crisp big hop and a sweet big malt very citrus dry aged taste. 1998: huge malt nose real subdued hops seems cask aged much sweeter molasis on the flavor alchol in the finish not as dry. 1999: very like the 98 but w/ a touch more hop. 2000: MY FAV vintage a little bitter finish doesnt taste kask aged any more very very good. 2001: a more crisp hop again and the alcohol was a little more present. 2002: similir to the 01 w/ a little more hop again. 2003: simple malt big hop flavor 2004: very similar to the 05.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjg74 (3079) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
2005. Pours a dark redish color. Aroma is very hoppy. With a little bit of a sugary sweetness. Strong hop bitterness. A little malty. Slight alcohol, but it is well masked. Slight sangria flavor somewhere in there. Lots of stuff going on in this brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Smells fruity with hints of citrus late. Pours reddish brown and tastes like hoppy fruitiness with malty flavor. Very complex and tasty, not to mention how strong it is.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dberger624 (1028) - Voorhees, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2005
Draft at the Grey Lodge in Philly. This was a two year old Bigfoot. It aged very well. The up front Sierra hop taste was very subdued. Well balanced beer. and oh yes the alcohol was there. Boyyah!!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2005
reddish mohagony color with little, off-white head...strong hoppy, grapefruit aroma, with a very similar complementing flavor (strong in grapefruit)...thin to medium palate

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arayaga2 (2188) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 27, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2005 An overall package that almost reminds me of a double IPA. Its dark orange and cloudy with a beautiful bitter sweetness. Actually, a tad too bitter, though.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2005
UPDATED: APR 25, 2005 Excellent offering. 2005 bottle. Im going to age some of this if I can stop drinking it so much. It could be session beer which is scary. Citrus, piney, caramel aroma. Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, somewhere in between a medium and full bodied beer. This barleywine just seems so balanced and drinkable even though you can tell there is a strong alcohol presence its even throughout which is very rare. Really nothing negative to say about this one, I drink it all the time.


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