RATINGS: 3376   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2004 2002 Vintage-I don't know if I'm supposed to take into account how aging has affected this beer, but here goes. Much more approachable after almost 2 years of aging. Hops are usually so brutal and they are still quite strong, but much more manageable now. I'm glad I still have a whole sixer, so I can wait and see what another year or two does for it. One of the original American Barleywines and still one of the best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 17, 2004
2004 edition. Poured very orange and a nice reddish, deep orange in the glass. Nice head with fair duration, off-white in color, yellow hues. A thick lace left on the glass. Odor is hops, citrus, wood and a faint malty-sweet honey and alcohol as it warms; very nice. Full bodied, smoothe, long-lasting carbonation, syrupy as it warms. I was interrupted and had let this sit out too long. Incredibly sweet caramel malt, then somewhat dry carbonation and good alcoholic flavor, with a very nice, strong hops-bitter finish, weakly tasting of grapefruit. Fairly long duration. Overall a strong ale: overly sweet front wiped out by a wave of dryish carbonation, thus introducing noticable alcoholic flavor and a bitter finish(ESBish). Aging will surely help.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2004
UPDATED: APR 3, 2004 2004 release:
Aroma: strong alcohol scent combined with sweet, carmel malts. a certain fresh fruitiness/herbal scent also exists.
Appearance: mohogany in color (reddish/brown tones)
Flavor: very hoppy; dry, slight taste of carmel malts
Palate: quite a bitter bite with lingering sharp aftertaste (like sharp cheese). really bites at the back of the tongue and the lips.
Overall: a bit too hopped for me, i like a little sweeter less stringent barley wine.

2001 release:
<small>reviewed 3/2004</small>
Aroma: 9/10: carmel malts, sweetness, honey, and brown sugar, along with deep alcoholic scent.
Appearance: 4/5: Cloudy, honey brown colour with slight, white head.
Flavor: 7/10: very sweet--hides the alcohol well. Slight hops and carmel malts, honey and brown sugar. Some earthy and mossy flavors.
Palate: 4/5: Incredibly smooth with hoppy bite. Dry-hopped aftertaste.
Overall: 17/20

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hophead1962 (11) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2004
First off I really enjoyed this and have for a few years now. I really think this a a MUCH better beer after a year of aging or so. The up front hoppiness is less biting and allows more of the malty goodness to come through. Buy some and keep it until 2005.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2004
aroma of hops and a little malt; deep brown with a medium tan head; smooth, thick feel; slightly sweet, but with a coffee-like bitterness that lasts, and a definite taste of the alcohol

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
garrison (812) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2004
Full-bodied and loaded with tasty hops, Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Brandywine Ale is a wonderful beer! However do they train those sasquatch to make such a fine brew?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frankR (146) - Davis, California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
Pours thick, dark amber/brown, moderate head that sticks around, good lacing. Hop profile of an IPA that's over powering at times. Palatte is very thick, 10 percent ABV is noticable as it warms. Needs less hops. Aging my last bottle to bring the malts out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2004 Hoppy and bitter-sweet. It's great right from the shelf, but let one age for six months, and you will mellow the beast. I'm going to sit on as many as I can store. Re Rate: I got to try Bigfoot on tap for the first time, and it was even better than the bottled version. The hops were snappy and the citrus flavors came through even more. There was more sweetness and a smoother finish. I'm bumping this even higher. Gotta love that sasquatch!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - FEB 11, 2004
Typically overbitter Sierra Nevada. When I'm in the mood for overhopped beers it's either them or Stone. Nice body with lots of round sweetness hiding behind a sharply bitter/oily hopiness. Drink warm.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2004
Nice beer. Dark amber red color. It's clear enough to see som suspended yeast in the beer. A strong citrus hop aroma that provides the biting hop presense in the flavor. It finishes bitter but warm with a hint of alcohol.

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