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RATINGS: 3376   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IMtheOptimator (1167) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - FEB 16, 2005
2004 bottle. Poured amber with a somewhat fizzy off-white head. Rich barleywine aroma, dominated by hops. The taste is strongly of cascade hops, giving it an almost ipa character. Perhaps this would mellow out with age, as this bottle is fairly young, but it seems from the description that this "bittersweet" taste is what the brewer was trying to accomplish. (Then again, this is Sierra Nevada, and their specialty is hoppy beers.) There is some malt backbone, though not much. Dry hoppy finish. Alcohol well hidden. Not as balanced as I would like in a barleywine, but a good drink.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wxman (1769) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2005
Beautiful amber color, rocky head that stays. Fairly strong floral hop aroma. For you homebrewers, the smell is just like when you open a package of hops. This has an even stronger hop dominance in the taste. Theres plenty of sweet malt flavor to enjoy, but its almost masked by the hops. I have been loving this brew for 18 years but even today the hops still smack me. The 9.6% ABV is well hidden in the taste by the, all together now, -- hops!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2005
2005 bottle. Pours beautifully--deep red with a one-finger white head. Aroma reminiscent of dishsoap and alcohol, but strangely appetizing. Flavor is a little harsh, but with age I could see this being top-notch. Still, nice and hoppy, with a slight alcohol burn. Medium-full body. Good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
valejo (81) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 15, 2005
2003 Draft. This is my first barleywine. Wow! If this is what they are all like, put me in line. I like the balanced taste of this brew. Whats the taste in this beer I cant identify? Maybe it is just the citrus, but one of these flavors is new to me.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackamackson (127) - USA - FEB 14, 2005
2003 bottle. pours nice red brown with a 1 inch off-whtie head that stays awhile. aroma is sweet, fruity, alcohol, a little hoppy. flavor is similar. nice barleywine flavor with caramel, citrus, alcohol, nice sweetness- nice bitter finish as well. . very drinkable at 2 years old.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
redave (166) - squaw valley, California, USA - FEB 14, 2005
2005 Bottling.. Wish i had kept at least two bottles (or better yet a 6-pak) of each year as i bought them... maybe with this batch as i bought a case this time. Im not sure how long they age this, but it is VERY right now! Aging will mellow and smooth out the few (very) rough edges it has now. Very rich, not really overpowering in any area. Sure its a litle strong, but its A Barley Wine. Much more drinkable than some others ive had that are too sweet (cloying?) or not nearly as balanced. Great!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (5829) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 14, 2005
You can definitely taste the alcohol, and the hops are nearly over-powering; this is probably the hoppiest beer ive ever had. It has faint berry flavors, blackberry and blueberry maybe. Great stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - FEB 13, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2005 2005 version...so this is fairly fresh froma 12oz bottle...I pour it at cellar temp into a DT tulip to get a good head...which isnt too tough and the lace just coats the glass as I drink it...lovely resin citrus aroma...big beer with dominant sweetness and a load of balancing hops...this is one of the more drinkable American BWs Ive had...I can just gulp this down like Tangerine Juicy Juice or something...I think this hits on all cylinders...hops, malt, rich, distinct...I dont think I could mistake BF for any other BW. Maybe its the Nugget hops that help it so much...I"m starting to be a realy fan of Nugget (got some growing in my yard). 2004 version, drinking this on 15FEB05...my case says bottling date was 01/09/04. Light carbonation at cellat temp, but still pours with a good head that slowly slinks down leaving its traces around the glass...very much a hop perfume for aroma...resiny and citric spice...Im surprised its still this strong after a year+ in the bottle. The beer leans towards grassiness, with the malt not being as sticky as I thought the 2005 was. The finish is loaded with resin, bitterness and alcohol. This is still good, but I much prefer the fresh 2005 to this one year old bottle. This just seems a bit rough and harsh to me. So now Ive got 23 of them left! Id give this year old version a 3.7/5 in total.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2005 Pours a great dark red with nice lacing at the top. The lacing stays present as you sip the beer. The aroma is hops and more hops. This is certainly the hoppiest Barley Wine I have ever had. Great aroma which jumps out and grabs you. The taste is very bitter with maltiness and fruitiness. It is tough to analyze but I get graitfruit, lemon, syrup and caramel for the most part. It is extremely bitter as are most Sierra Nevada beers out of the bottle Im quite impressed.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 11, 2005
Good loose tan head, large bubbles diminishes, poor lacing. Nice deep hops aroma. Dark red in an English pint. Fruit notes, maybe a hint of cherries rounded with oak and pine. Some mustiness, reminds me riffing the pages of an antique book pulled from an old luggage chest. Pronounced bitterness rides an alcoholic burn on the finish. Lots of bourbon character. Intricate aftertaste. Needs to be taken real slow.


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