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RATINGS: 3321   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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3.7
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

4.8
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?

4
frankR (149) - Livermore, 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.

4.6
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!

3.2
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.

3.5
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.

4.3
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 11, 2004
Very thick, smooth brew with a beautiful red-orange color. Flavor is pleasent. Inital taste is thick and sweet. A hoppy finish with a strong citrus (grapefruit in particular) flavor. My first barley wine-style ale. Very good!

4.7
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - FEB 10, 2004
sampled 2/9/04. Thanks Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa. *** 2001 *** Beautifual floral aroma with mild hints of apricots and citrus. Flavor was complex and full. Initally the favor is malt that changes to mild apricot and citrus with a very suprising hop bite. Extreamly full and rich mouth feel that is very pleasing. This needs a higher rating everyone! Outstanding! *** 2002 *** Aroma was simular to the 2001 but much less complex and more mild. Flavor was very good but somewhat unbalanced.

4.5
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2004 Bold in all aspects. Aroma is strong and sweet yet balanced with american hops. Flavor is robust with malt yet the bitterness quickly follows to yet again balance the bold attack. Alcohol is just enough to make it difficult to take big swigs of this fine brew. Extended aging?? I'd rahter not, this beer is so fresh right now, I think that it would lose some of its umph if drank next year. Smelling it is like opening up a hop bag and taking a wiff. It doesn't need to mellow, it needs to be drank. I was shocked at how good this was. 2004, by the way. I don't know how this beer isn't rated higher.

4.4
bu11zeye (13140) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2004
UPDATED: APR 12, 2005 (Bottle, 2001) Pours a deep copper color with slight haziness and a thick frothy head. More bountiful aroma , creamier mouth feel, and richer flavor compared to 2004 vintage (side-by-side). Definitely worth aging! (Bottle, 2004) Pours a deep mahogany color with a thick white head. Has a hoppy aroma with a light scent of malt. Has a good rich and hoppy flavor.


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