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RATINGS: 3400   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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3.5
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
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 doesn’t 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
mjg74 (3106) - 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
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
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
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
Arayaga2 (2197) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 27, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2005 An overall package that almost reminds me of a double IPA. It’s dark orange and cloudy with a beautiful bitter sweetness. Actually, a tad too bitter, though.

4.6
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2005
UPDATED: APR 25, 2005 Excellent offering. 2005 bottle. I’m 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 it’s even throughout which is very rare. Really nothing negative to say about this one, I drink it all the time.

3.9
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2005
02.19.05 2003 on tap at Toronado BWF. Go figure that I never get around to tasting this ubiquitous brew until the barleywine fest. I’m glad to have a bevy of other high quality brews to compare it to directly. Nice balance, well crafted, not outstanding but a beer that could easily become an everydayer. Recognizable Sierra Nevada hop profile or yeast or something. Interestingly, we got these glasses mixed up and I took notes before I found out this was SN. There are certainly big malts because they are working hard to restrain what is an evidently massive sock of hops. Yum. Yum, I say.

4.1
kane (111) - USA - FEB 26, 2005
Description should read " A west coast example of a English style barleywine" as the hop presence is definitely Pacific influenced. Bottle 2005. Traditional B.W. appearance and color. Aroma is an intense, resinous, grassy, woody, citrus, fresh, sweet malt, caramel explosion. A eye and sinus opener. Thick mouthfeel, with a good balance between high bitterness and smooth sweetness. Very nice and I can taste not reason why anyone would want to age this.


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