Reid (2536) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAY 18, 2004
I find it hard that after 450 odd reviews I have never tried this West coast legend..so here goes.
I poured the bottle into a Chimay chalice..and have to say it looks gorgeous in it..its murky yet at the same time glowing brown ale..with a nice sized tan head that eventually fades to rather luxuriant laceing.
The aroma of this is excellent..strong fragrant spicy hops, some floral aspects, a great whiff of cultured alcohol Scents of dark fruits and plums.
Lovelly complex taste ..first a lovelly malty sweetness, then a intense yet welcoming bitterness..followed by more creamy sweetness minglefd with alcohol. The alcohol bitterness stays at the back of the throat..and warms slowly all the way down to the stomach..were it leaves a content and satisfied heat.
Very nice on the palate, quite an adventure in every sip!
Despite the biggish alcohol content i found this pretty drinkable, even on a muggy warm night..in the winter this would be superb.
susini1 (6) - Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2004 does not count
Very good IPA. Less of an after taste then the DF 90 min IPA. Nice pour. Brownish in color. Not a large head. A hint of sweetness in it. jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 15, 2004
An explosive, hop-driven locomotive, this deep garnet (grossular) wonder gets your attention. Hop aroma from the outset,is overpowered only by the alcohol spike that follows. Really that’s it. Very little in the way of maltiness or complexity. An American take on barleywine. Sort of Chico’s answer to Old Foghorn’s swishiness. Love em both, and they are a draw overall. BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2004
UPDATED: APR 18, 2006 2004. Boy do I love barley wines. I like the big alcohol overtones, general xtra-hoppy smell and tastes. Big Foot is a pretty darn good one. The aroma doesn’t jump out at me, but is still very pleasant. I agree with other reviewers who mention the smell of pine and fruit (not sure what kind). The color is a wonderful translucent orangish-amber. The head is a light beige and doesn’t hang around very long. Big hoppy flavor edged with lemony, citrus notes and a bit of maltiness. The hops dominate here. If you let it flow over your tongue you can sense the point at which the hops fades and the bitterness takes over. The aftertaste is very bitter, but not in a bad way. I’m sure glad I bought the remaining 5 cases. That last case should be even tastier around this time next year. All barley wine fans should find this ale quite satisfying. Ungstrup (37561) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2004
The aroma is very hoppy and grassy. The color is an unclear red and it has no head. The flavor is lovely hoppy and very dry, but also with notes of grass and oil. A simple beer, but very nice.
grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 8, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2005 Re-Rate: Vintage 2000
Aroma - 10
Appearance - 4
Flavor - 7
Palate - 3
Overall - 17
This is an immensely different beer with some age on it. Immensely. Deep murky poo-water. Carbonation is now serisouly deficient and matches the gravity of the brew more. Zero head. Nose is transcendent, raisins and tar, slight tobacco char and a little bit of cheesy funk. Flavors are much more balanced as the hops die off and meld into the malty sea. Fruity malts at first, hops explode. Cinnamon and all spice. Beautiful. Slight tar on the backend. Good beerDixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2004
Thie brew is strange. Handed a pint glass. Looks like dark amber oatmeal.Head is lacy and leaves rings like tree rings in my glass. Smells like a great Barley wine. Fruity and round, large and sticky. Sticky and fruity being the frontrunners (whata ridiculous comment). However I couldn’t handle it. it beat me down when I drank it. Too bitter. All Sierra’s are like this for me. Smell good...look good...taste like a I just bit into an unripe orange rind. They must bitter their beers for a ridiculous amount of time. The cascades just didn’t come through for me. I love Cascades. Couldn’t find em. Buried I guess underneath the thick malt and the bittering nuggets. Most would like this...me I can’t do it.
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2004 2003 edition. This is THE bomb!!! I LOVE this beer!
Huge flavor and aroma of malts and hops. This is it! This is such a nice and balanced beer! I want 40,000 barrels of this at my home! Bigfoot, come and get me you silly bastard! Eat me!!! Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2004
2004 vintage. Dark amber coloured. nice hoppy and fruity aroma. Sweet hoppy flavour with a bitter finish. Full bodied. Thanks Chuck Norris. scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2004
2004 which is already aging nicely. Deep dark crimson with tints of brown. Tan lasting creamy head. Nose of sweet pine sap, grapefruit, fig, caramel, brown sugar, with some additional fuzzy fruit notes. Rich and juicy "C" hop flavors, pine, citric fruits, toffee and caramel. Full bodied, soft carbonation, syrupy, bitter lasting finish. Still, and always will be, a freakin classic! wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 2, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2004 12 ounce bottle, snifter, 2004. Caramel and toffee malt (M); grapefruit, spruce hops (H); heavy peach and alcohol aromas. Deep orange-red body with a tall, lasting, off-white head. Great lacing. Heavily sweet, moderately acidic flavor becomes a heavily bitter, moderately sweet, moderately acidic finish. Heavy body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: a bit more carbonation and acidity than I’m comfortable with.