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RATINGS: 3329   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
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 d’age 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.

4
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 Nevada’s 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.

4
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 haven’t 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.

3.9
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

3.1
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.

4.3
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.

4.2
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.

4
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 5, 2005
The aroma was citrusy w/ malty sweetness, dark fermented fruit, and a slight caramel notes. The beer poured a brownish color w/ reddish hues; thin lasting head and lacing. The flavor was soury dark fermented fruit, malty sweetness and caramel notes. The mouthfeel was creamy and medium bodied.

2.2
Tejas (1009) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2005
’04 version and it’s still too hoppy and flowery. I’ll never understand this breweries fascination with hops????????? I’d like to know when the "almost overpowering maltiness" is suppose to kick in. Slight hint of chocolate / malt towards the finish but overall it tastes like Pale Ale which tastes just like Celebration. I’M OFFICIALLY THROUGH WITH SIERRA NEVADA & THEIR OVER-HOPPED BREWS.

3.4
thegreenrooster (4633) - 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.


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