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RATINGS: 3392   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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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 (5946) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gachupines (1252) - USA - FEB 11, 2005
Surprisingly balanced beer for the amount of bitterness up front. First taste is overwhelmingly a hoppy bitterness, but the malt kicks in for a refreshing aftertaste. Always a pleasure, and one of the first barleywines I was able to get into.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hershiser2 (2799) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2005
reddish with a small head, looks lovely... smells of fruit & malts. Flavor is tangy, fruity, malty, and alcohol filled- very nice, very tasty, and very warming.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2005
2005. Clean pure power hops aroma. Pour is pretty and leaves little to be desired. Rich but mellow body. Buttery salted popcorn flavor (this is good) with tangy finish. Well done indeed.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Krausen (102) - USA - FEB 8, 2005
2005 Bottling. Not as hoppy as I remember last year. Dont get me wrong, stilll very assertive bitterness and hop character. I just remember last years vintage being the hoppiest thing I ever tasted. Bittersweet flavor with great pine/cascade aroma. VERY drinkable, this vintage is deceptively smooth.


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