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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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAR 30, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2007 2004 edition. Big, cranberry-brown body with a very large head of miniature cream bubbles. Smells of rich dark fruit malts and slight lemony hops. Huge, thick flavor and mouthfeel, complex and slow to develop. Starts fruity sweet, spicy and has a big hop kick. Everything seems very refined an well executed, something I say rarely about a beer. This is quality. **Had 2007 version and was disappointed. This is not a Barleywine. Instead an over zealously hopped double-IPA. Why do Californian breweries feel the need to over hop every style?

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dahatherley (35) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 30, 2004
Bottle--2004 Expedition. Dark brown body with reddish-purple tint. Tan head. Great beer with sweet malts and plenty of hops. I don't understand how others think this is a bad thing. The IPA-like character of this beer only makes it better.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
soulrefugee (46) - Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2004
Classy, well brewed, but misnamed it seems to me. I agree with a rater from London England - its more like an IPA. A friend of mine, who loves the bitter hops taste would love it, but its too much for me. The malt is there, but overwhelmed by the hops. At night after work in a tavern out in the English countryside I had barleywine when I was over there in '91. I enjoyed its semi-sweet (not bitter) rich malty taste and high-alcohol kick. This Bigfoot, although well made, doesn't remind me of what I had over in UK at all. Because I think that its high quality, I would recommend it to those enjoy that hops taste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2004
Copper with an off-white head. Aroma citrus, a bit of malt,nutty. Flavor is sweet, and slightly bitter. A very enjoyable drink.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 25, 2004
Bitter from the start, but I did not detect any pine at all. Nice lacing on the glass and decent semi-brown head, that lasts for a while. Finishes off semi-sweet, and has a great flavor with a wonderful warming effect on the way down.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5344) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 23, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2005 Rerate five months later. This has mellowed out a lot. At Flipbrewers suggestion, I drank this one a little warmer. I detected notes of caramel, butterscotch and a little bit of oak in the aroma. The taste is nice and mellow. A little bit of coffee, a little pine and some sweet malts that I find hard to place. There is also a finish of orange peel. Almost like an APA. A very solid and very hoppy barley wine. Original rating follows. Pine, pine pine. This was a 2004 expedition bottle. Had a small tan head and little lacing. Orange peel and pine in the aroma and flavor. Taste also has some malt and a little honey sweetness. The aroma also has some floral qualities. I cannot get past the pine, though. Will save my other bottles for later.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2008 [bottle - 2003 vintage] Pours a deep, hazy ruby color with a very thin head. Thick malty aroma mixed with some roasted wood flavors. Initial spicy and peppery taste that gives way to a sweet malty flavor followed by a hoppy bite and a slight peppery/bitter finish. Creamy mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAR 21, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2005 2004 bottle. Pours with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Deep red-brown coloring. Aroma is not really happening for me, very slightly malty I suppose. Moderate lacing. Moderate to full mouthfeel, malty and then a big hop finish. As stated before, I think that I will leave the others for a few months. A nice beer. 1988 bottle: 8/3/6/3/14. Chestnut colored with a faster fading white head. Tobacco, chocolate and whiskey aromas. Oxidation is showing in flavor with a bit of tobacco, leather and slight cardboard. Alcohol still readily apparent. Nice for a 17 year old beer!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - MAR 20, 2004
2004 cap: Malty, oak, hop aroma; red-amber body with small off-white head. Big, sweet taste quickly followed by bitter hops & alcohol. Aftertaste of hop bitterness. Warming alcohol presence. Good, but needs to age -- alcoholic taste is too present -- needs to mellow out.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2004
Pleasant floral hoppy aroma with hints of fruit. Reddish hue with a light brown head. Strong bock like taste with fruity tones and a medium dry finish. A good barley wine.


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