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RATINGS: 3401   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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3.1
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2004 Bottle at the Great British Beer Festival, Kensington Olympia, London. (Thursday Session). Stewed/boiled, over alcoholic, overly bitter & a typical high gravity barley wine taste. Not great.

3.7
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2004
2004 bottle - Pours a deep amber with a quickly diminishing head. Aroma is sweetly hoppy . Flavor is powerful and robust. Quite bitter hops are well balanced by a strong malt backbone. The alcohol is quite noticeable but probably due to the young age of this bottle.

3.9
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2004
I love the nose on great barely wine style brews. This one is up there with the best in this respect. Pours great, deep amber colour, head is thick and full. Laces well. Attack is strong, some Alcohol coming through. Finishes very well.

3.9
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2004
Pours a gorgeous murky cranberry color with a big, frothy, white head that lasts and laces the whole glass. Sinister aroma of dark fruits, brown sugar, and lightly alcohol. Flavor is very spicy/herbal and I can’t put my finger on most of it; some alcohol and a nice, slight warmth in the exhale. Remarkably hoppy. The flavor doesn’t really reveal the 9.6% though. Very pleasant mouthfeel--light yet frothy, and not syrupy, though it is sticky on the lips. Really good.

4
jtw (1164) - farmington, Michigan, USA - AUG 1, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2005 2004 bottle. deep reddish amber, slight beige head. very hoppy nose, with some alcohol and spice. loads of hops and malt, with a very alcoholic palate. far too harsh; perhaps an aged vintage would be mellower and more balanced.

2003 bottle, now in august 2005. pours with less head than a fresh bottle, but it’s a beautiful amber and garnet liquid that appears a bit thin when light refracts through it in the glass. the aroma, which is ever-so-slightly oxidized, reminds me of grass and sand on a salt lake; some of the hops have clearly mellowed, but there is still an insane amount of malt that constantly shows up at the finish line, despite the best sprinting last-ditch effort of the hops in here. i would recommend drinking Bigfoot around this age, 2-3 years old.

4.3
madsberg (11770) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2004
Bottled: Burgundy coloured. Clear. Has a beige lasting head. Chocolate, alcahol, hops and some fruitcharachters in the aroma. Herbal and very hoppy flavour. Alcahol is present and it seems a little dry. Very pleasant mouthfeel. Finishes grassy and very hoppy with a nice alcaholbite. Complex and delicious.

4.1
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2004
RBSG 04, 1998 vintage. Pours a hazy brown color with a small light tan head. Aroma is very sweet and malty preparing you for whats to come. Taste is very rich and sweet, with tons of malt and caramel flavors. Some nice hop bitterness at the end to balance it out. Very well aged making it incredibly smooth.

3.9
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JUL 10, 2004
Dirt red hue. Right in there with that standard barley wine flavor. Malty, but with a strong hit of hops, alcoholic on the finish, and a lingering malt complexity on the finish. Much better as it warms up. It actually becomes smoother as it nears room temperature. Solid. The direct opposite style of a session beer, but if it’s enjoyed in the right time and place it is excellent!

4.2
Crockett (1117) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2004
I know I should have aged it. Pours hazy red amber, pillowy tawn head. Nose of raisins, brown sugar, hops and alcohol and caramel. Obviously the body would be a little silkier had I put her in the cellar. Hops are plentiful and the bitter notes are slightly harsh but tastey. Lots of carb. Sweet malts. Medicine herbs. Tobacco, mint, vanilla. Residuals are very sticky.

3.7
Kevin (2199) - Montana, USA - JUN 29, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2005 bottle 04. pours a cloudy red with a lighter head. aroma is dried plum and sugar. flavor is fruity with a well hidden alcohol kick. sweet finish. the syrupy texture of this is enjoyable. i look forward to grabbing a few sixers of this. o4 numbers 6, 3, 8, 4, 16. 05 tasted 2-5-5. pours a ruddy red brown with a sticky ample cream head. aroma is sweet and extremely hoppy. but i expected that from such a young bottle.angry violent upfront slappin me in the face while questioning my manhood flavor that is raw hopped up and sacharin. alcohol is dominant. roasted raisin and doughy yeast flavor dominate this somehow. finish is uber strong grassy hops. damn this will be great in about 3 years, but for now it is just good. 05 numbers:7, 4, 6, 2, 13


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