RATINGS: 3400   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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Enormo (25) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - FEB 26, 2005
2005: Deep brownish red color with a fizzy tan head. Aroma of hops with a little bit of the alcohol. Very bitter at first then a taste of the sweet maltiness along with the hops. Ends with a long aftertaste with the hops hanging on the tonuge. One of my favorite beverages.

crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2005
2005. Amber brown. Incredible aroma of sweet fruits and hops. Incredibly hoppy and bitter and with thick malts. Bitterness certainly lingers in the mouth. I am a hop head, so this is my kind of barley wine. I sometimes can’t stand the rediculously sweet ones.

SSSteve (4006) - - FEB 24, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2006 2005. aroma is fruity and flowery. smells like the pale ale. at first it was a little bitter and the alcohol was noticable but after a few swigs it tasted like the pale ale style. bittersweet finish. impressive.7/3/8/3/17 2006. murky reddish caramel colored. small off-white head. lots of hops in aroma. fruity, hoppy and alcohol. some sweet licorice. its pretty good but i enjoy the thicker malty english barley wines much better.

dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - FEB 24, 2005
2005: Aroma of citrus/grapefruit overlaying brown sugar/caramel. Reddish-copper color with good clarity, apparent effervescence,and a light frothy cream-colored head that hangs around in a thin layer. Intensely bitter flavor at the start followed rapidly by a balancing sugar-sweetness and finishing again with a green hoppy bite. Noticeable alcoholic hotness. Palate is substantial and appropriate for the intense flavors and there is a nice bubbly tingle at the end. Overall, this beer is equal to or greater than the sum of its parts.

decapitacion (1) - west chester, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2005 does not count
Beautiful aromatic first impression, hints of apparent hoppiness tickle my nose immediately after cracking my first bottle. Nice medium head upon first pouring that likes to cling loosely to the side of my glass. Reminds me of the glorious Celebration ale in terms of hoppiness, only a bit maltier/sweeter. Not all that fruity, but definite undertones of bittersweet caramel. Definite alcohol warmth once it descends past the throat.

Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2005
’05 batch. Just plain good. Smells good, tastes good, feels good, real good. Heavy head on a deep copper body. Full palate…big and assertive. Hops abound. Nice buzz.

Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2005
Bottle (2005 batch)...First time drinking a barleywine style. Fragrant with a slight caramel note. Dark amber-brown with a thick diminishing head and slight lace. At first taste I was surprised. Having beers with this high ABV (trois pistoles) I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. Hoppy, as it seems most SN beers are. You don’t notice the alcohol until you’re done swallowing. Pretty damn good. Keeping a bottle in the fridge to age.

Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2005
2005 Batch. Pure, fresh, barleywine. Perfect deep burgundy in color with a large, creamy and dense head of light tan foam. Nose of hops mainly (resin, grapefruit, pine, flowers) with a touch of caramel and dried fruits. Rich, chewy malts and a gigantic hop explosion. Pretty much exactly what I want in a barleywine. Big honey covered fruit flavors, caramel and hops, hops, hops. Quite honestly, this is pretty much a session beer for me when it is around, especially when it is 10 bucks a 6’er. Each yeah is consistently great and it ages superbly as well.

thefatmanrocks (22) - California, USA - FEB 22, 2005
2005 This was great. I love the barley wine and this one is excellent. Great color, smooth tasty lots of hops.

WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2005
2005. Tons of malts to begin followed by a thick spicy hops aftertaste. Somewhat creamy on the palate. Finishes with a nice alcohol warmness. Lots of strong flavors balance nicely. This is good now but I am still going to throw a few bottles in the cellar.

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