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RATINGS: 3332   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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3.8
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.

3.8
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.

3.6
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.

3.7
DarkElf (3067) - 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

4.2
Shag (3071) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - FEB 28, 2004
A reddish orange apperance with a nice head. Like the Avery Hog Heaven, this is a hoppy take on the style. Flavor is grapefruit, oranges, dark malts, and alcohol. A very "Sierra" taste which is not a bad thing. I had the '04 version and Im sure this gets better with age. But its awesome right off the bat!

4.2
IDogg (72) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2004 The beer pours and you are treated to a great smell, hoppy and fruity. The beer is nice and dark brown. Little head but what it really comes down to is the great taste. It is more malty and sweet than you would expect but then it is a barley wine. Great carmel and fruit taste, good for after dinner. Watch out. It will knock you on your ass. A worthy beer to sample, enjoy, and cherish.

4.1
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2004
Pours dark amber with a large head. Aroma is stromg with caramel, fruit and grapefruit present. Flavor is stronger. A sweet caramel start with a fruity body. A nice cascade hop finish with an astringent alcohol aftertaste. All the flavors are strong and wonderful, fighting it out for supreme palate domination. Who will win? I may know after a couple more bottles.

4.1
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2004 Bottled 1-09-04.Toned down a bit(refined)this year?All I have to work with is 2003 but anyway.Signature SN aroma(heady hops,touch of octane,caramel malts)rust-brown color,healthy off-white head/coating lace.The taste is of citrus hops(grapefruit)alcohol,sweet,malt.Nice lingering biterness,quality SN buzz.Tried a 2002 & 2003 this weekend and I must say I enjoyed the 2004 more than these(I love fresh hops!)Though the 2003 was damn good while the 2002 was nice but was a little oxidized or something.

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invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2004 Not much of a nose on this beer, which kinda surprised me. Deep ruby color. This beer burst with hop flavor... and it is this good young, I can wait to try some I'll stash away.

4.6
roacheater (43) - Alabama, USA - FEB 23, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2005 2005 edition: Like the 2004 Celebration Ale, Bigfoot is definitely back in black after an off year. It’s harsh and oily... just the way it should be. Let’s hope Sierra Nevada can just stick with a good thing. ’05 is really just exceptional. Ratings are for the ’05 version. 2004 edition: Drink now or forever hold your regrets. "Ought four" is far more muted compared to previous years. This beer is ready to go NOW. It’s a solid brew but in no way comparable to the past. It seems like Sierra Nevada has taken their Celebration and Bigfoot ales and toned them down significantly. The "slashing" flavor of both is nonexistant. "Smooth" has replaced "harshly good." On it’s own this is very good and I will continue to purchase. But as far as continuing the Sierra Nevada complex hops tradition... I don’t think so.


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