RATINGS: 3393   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDalkoholic (2375) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beerlover82 (240) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2004
Bottle from sick_boy282: Dark amber color, ruby highlights, with a tiny white head that quickly dies. Aroma: hoppy, notes of orange, grapefruit, pine, resin. Taste: hoppy, grapefruit, pine, orange, bitter, with a sticky, slick malt sweetness, nuts, and a hint of toffee. Medium bodied, quite bitter, mild carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drinker101 (54) - East Ridge, Tennessee, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Not very pleased with this one. Nice brown color medium head. Taste is too strong and overwelming for me. The hoppy taste was too much and you couldnt taste any thing else.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2004
2004 - Pouring a dark copper color with a one fingered tan head, this had a surprizingly hoppy aroma, mainly pine and orange peel, and a solid sweet malt scent. Very malty in the mouth with a serious alcohol presence and some fine bitter hopping. Finishes with a lingering alcohol and hop bitterness. Quite a warmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 9, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2005 2002 Vintage (6-2-8-3-13=3.2) - Orange-pine-hop aroma is somewhat muddled with malts and strong apparent alcohol. Hazy brown-orange with decent tan, large-bubbled head that recedes to cover. Orange-citrus hop flavour and strong bitterness with some roasty/dark malts. Lasting bitterness. Puckering in the mouth, but strong malty body almost supports.

2004 Vintage (8-3-8-3-16=3.8) Orange-pine-resinous hop aroma is perfumey and very fresh. Clear amber-copper with thin but lasting off-white head. Perfumey, strong hop flavour (orange-pine-grapefruit) with fair bitterness and strong supporting sweet maltiness. Medium-full body with mildly engaging carbonation. Both bottles sampled at Dec 04 MontreAlers brewclub holiday party.
Rerate (26-May-05, 9-3-9-4-18=4.3): Orange, floral, green, leafy hop nose with strong resinous character, big, chewy, bready malts and doughy yeast. Opaque brown body with ruby tones is topped by a shy, large-bubbled, off-white head that leaves a partial cover and ring with some sudsy lacing. Thick, malty flavour is quite sweet with assertive yet balanced finishing bitterness. Some marzipan and port/sherry/wine-like notes. Occasional hints of alcohol. Medium-full body with fair carbonation that is smooth in the mouth. Bottle (2001) enjoyed with Olivier_MTL.

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