RATINGS: 3400   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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rabuc (143) - carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2004
mmmmmmmm...this beer poured clear dark reddish brown with off-white head with lots of lacing. tasted RICH, malty, with fruity berry overtones. i thought a very complex combination of flavors. a noticable alcohol presence but not overwhelming. aftertaste had a distinct bite of hops. this is a great barley wine!

Enniskillen (2051) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 9, 2004
UPDATED: APR 7, 2006 My Dad wanted me to re-rate this. It’s a lower level barleywine opinion, nice malty character along with alcohol and dried fruits. Not very complex, but very easy to come by.

radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2004
2003 Vintage: Rich copper in colour. Aroma was very rich, lots of hops, some alcohol, slightly sweet and lots of citrus. Flavour was hoppy up front with some alcohol in the middle changing to malty, caramel sweetness in the back. Finish is smooth and long. Still a little young, I would love to age a few of these. Thanks jeffc666 for sending this to me.

EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2004
for me, i've been disappointed twice. tried it again thinking i was missing something, but the bottom line for me is i don't really like barely wines that are so so so hopped. too many better balanced alternatives to order this one again.

UNCCTF (584) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2004
On tap at the Flying Saucer in Ft. Worth, Texas. My first barley wine, since they're illegal in NC. Poured an orangey-brown color and had nice lacing on the glass. This beer was hoppy as HELL, but the malts up front keep it from being too overboard. The very potent hop flavor makes this hard to drink alone - it goes better with food, and I enjoyed it with my roast beef sandwich. The alcohol taste isn't prevalent, but the beer is definitely warming as it goes down the gullet. A VERY good beer.

FlacoAlto (4182) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 6, 2004
2004 Vintage, Sampled March 2004
Pours a clear, amber-ruby color when held up to the light. A thick tan head rests atop this beer. Thick aromas of malt and hops waft from my glass as I pour. The hops dominate the aroma, Citrus, dark fruit, pine, alcohol, and a nectar like quality are all in the nose. Thick bodied, with a slightly syruppy consistency. The taste is sweet with American hops bursting forth all over the place. A strong malt character (caramel, biscuit) is here, but it is definitely subservient to the hops in this fresh example. The malt only serves as a vehicle to allow the hops to express themselves to the fullest. This is a brew that suggests what it would be like to suckle from a flower fat with Lupulin glands.

Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAR 5, 2004
Reddish color with nice head. Sweet hoppy smell with some citrus.Taste is sierra bitter with alcohol present.Sweet malty feel overall. Finish is very warming with nice bitterness.

beastdog75 (364) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2004
2004 "Expedition": A very interesting and intense brew, not for the faint of heart. Intense Cascade hop qualites, very piney/citrusy. Light malt can barely be detected under the hops. Sharp and bitter, and very warming. I'll have to age a bottle or two of this to see how it progresses.

Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2004
I have been delaying the rating of this brew for a while and find it one the US standard bearers.

DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 28, 2004
(2004 Draft: O'Brien's in SD) True to barleywine ales, Bigfoot is thick, sweet, alcoholic, malty and strong flavored; True to Sierra Nevada, Bigfoot is strongly bitter, especially in the long lasting finish; Deep red, almost brown in color with a lot of fine, muddy sediment in the bottom of the bottle which yields a thoroughly cloudy beer; Light tan head with average retnetion and a fairly dense lacing

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