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RATINGS: 3377   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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2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2005
This was ok, alcohol wasnt too strong at all, but I still cant tell too much of a difference between this or the pale ale or the celebration ale they all tasted the same and it didnt taste good to me, im officially done with this company.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2005
Bottle. 2004 version. Pours a light walnut color with nice amber 1 inch head that sticks around like that pain-in-the-ass brother in law that never brings the beer. Lacing stays just as long, almost makes you feel like making the bed in the guest room. Nose is a wonderful mix of hops (who would have guessed hops with Sierra Nevada?) and malt. Some toffee and coffee aromas that smell a little sweet. Nice. Immediate alcohol burn is followed by hops and a subtle bitter - then the blast of malty coffee. Ok, lets try it again... Oh, even better as my palate starts to move onto the actual acceptance of this lovely attack of hops and malt in this full bodied beauty. It continues on the road less traveled as the throat enjoys all the fire and carbonation of this fine brew. Burnt toast and coffee, just like a nice newlywed breakfast finish as the glass quickly empties. Breakfast with nice hops. I think the alcohol is a little too evident, which is a small problem... I really liked this one. Another high quality brew from Sierra Nevada.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2005
2003 12oz bottle. Another New Years Barleywine. Pretty decent brew. No, Im lying, this was fantastic. Split with my roommate who has no knowledge of barleywines other than "they have a lot of alcohol"

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HoppyBunny (88) - Temptation, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2005
1994 Version- humm who would have thought that you would still be able to drink a beer that was bottled in 94- Well dark amber in color, and 0 head with a sweet caramel smell along with a malty and chocolate taste. yummy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDalkoholic (2371) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 31, 2004
2004 12oz. bottle:Rich and full nose of hops. Dark red beer color with a inch of head at first, but simmers down to a layer of film. Exactly what I had expected from Sierra Nevada brewing. Strong and very hoppy with citrus overtones and touch of pine. Wish I had bought the whole 6-pack of this stuff even though it would of totaled like over $11 bucks. I plan to buy another 12 oz and let it age to see what happens.

1.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
lbishop (8) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 24, 2004 does not count
9.6% alcohol made it *appear* appealing. The first taste was pretty rough, but I gave it the benefit of the doubt. Half a bottle of this stuff later and I was looking for someplace to accidentally spill it. Only I was afraid it might burn through the table. This stuff would probably make a decent drain cleaner.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - DEC 24, 2004
Pours amber/brown with a bubbled head. Big sweet malt up front with lingering hops. Then fruity hops kick in at the end and continue into the aftertaste. More malt than other barleywines I have tried. Interesting, but very enjoyable beer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beerlover82 (235) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2005 12/22/2004:Dark amber with hints of hops, carmel malt and citrus. Nice creamy head and lacing which sticks to the glass for a long time.Maltiness comes through then WHAM! hops hit you hard and stays for long after sip.Aftertaste lingers for a while. Very good stuff, one of the best barleywines. Sierra Nevada has yet to dissapoint me. 12/17/2005: This is still the best beer Ive ever had. A REAL beer for sure. Makes me proud to be a native Californian.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2005 2004 - Deep amber coloring - kinda liked ice tea. Very thick, light brown head. Smells of plums and grapefruit. COMPLEX! 2005 - Much more hop presence in the nose. Sweet and fruity, really IPA-ish when compared to previous years. Some hot, spicy notes (alcohol?) are prevalent in the nose as well. The complex body notes plums, sweet raisens and the great, classic BW spiciness. Aging this could help mellow the malts, but the sweet aromatic hop nose would definitely suffter.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2008 Make sure you have some foundation in your stomach before you add this to your building. The alcohol is VERY deceptive in this one, so be careful. Awesome drink. Nice hints of red wine and caramel in the flavor. Finish is alcohol and malt. Enjoy! 2005 Vintage, courtesy of JCapriotti. Thanks! THIS is a barleywine- big, hoppy aroma "tamed" by sweet malt. Flavor is like a peppermint stick without the peppermint, if that makes sense. Nice notes of candy, sugar, semi-sweet hops, and a touch of raisin. AWESOME vintage! Cant wait to see how this stacks up against the vertical (04-?) that I have going on right now. 2007 Bottle: Too hoppy at the moment. Will sit a couple to see how much the hops mellow.

2008 Bottle: WOAH! Who set off the hop bomb? Holy moly, this is one deadly hop explosive... Full of sour, bitter hop goodness... Im surpised this year its still listed as a Barley Wine. AWESOME vintage- the best so far since 2000.


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