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RATINGS: 3400   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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3.6
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2003
2003 bottle. Extra appearance point for the label. Extra aroma point for cascade hops. Alas, tastes too hoppy (after a night of belgians). Still, great hops, great malt, and one big heavy AMERICAN beer. A fine way to end a night.

3.6
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2003
Bottle: the desciption nails it. It caught me off gaurd with the overpowering flavors. by the end of the bottle I appreciated it much more.

4.2
blatz (138) - Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2003
The only barleywine to have -- powerful -- I should put a warning on my beer fridge to consult me before opening -- most of my beer novice friends just can't handle it. The traditional SN hop taste followed by a powerful kick of malty backbone. Very fruity, but I do detect a little overbearing oily bitterness from the hops? I love to pour this in a snifter and read on a cool night. Its what we work for, right?

3.8
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2003
This is by far one of the best barleywines that I have ever had. The aroma is extremely fruity with a bit of a sharp cheese smell. The taste is slightly oily with a liquid vitamin kind of mouthfeel, no head at all, just pitchblack in the appearance. Lots of dark fruits, with a very balanced and full bodied flavor. Very warming and satisfying, I wish I could get a case of this.

3.9
hotstuff (5160) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2008 Draft at Coasters Brewpub. The head of this beer was average size and white with fine-large sized bubbles that were mostly lasting. The body was softly carbonated and hazy with a light brown hue. The nose was comprised of caramel, citrus and hops. The flavor was bitter and hoppy with a hoppy mouthfeel as well. The lacing was excellent. 2008 Edition Bottle on 5/9/08:Nose was malt, floral hops, and caramel. Ditto for the flavor along with some bitterness. Mouthfeel was fairly smooth and medium bodied. Quite tasty, nicely done and worthy of a try.

4.4
rmpjr (5) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2003 does not count
A great barley wine! Intense flavor without a strong alcohol taste.Terrific hoppy/citrus flavor with a sweet finish.A great beer for a cold winter eve.

3.8
thedm (6186) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 17, 2003
TheDM and Hotstuff vacation brew 61. This draft brew was enjoyed at Coasters in Eau Gallie Florida out of 1 o=f their 32 taps. This brew poured a medium sized foamy head of fine to large sized long lasting bubbles that left behind a hazy brown colored softly carbonated body and aexcellent lacing. The aroma was a nice barley wine type with lits of hop presence and the mouthfeel was initially smooth then you swallow and get a big hop barleywine tingly mouthfeel. The flavor was that of caramel malts and hops.

4
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2003
Yes another brew brought to the table by my partner in crime, BeanDip!
(Vintage 2003) I really enjoyed this one! Not easy to come by in FL this time of year, BeanDip supplied the goods! Poured a rich mahogany body, allowing a substantial toffee head to rest above. The aroma was terrific, caramel, grapefruit, a touch of oak and apricot cobbler.
The flavor was/is sublime, a punch of citrus hops, but never overpowering the rich presence of caramel. I detected hints of tobacco and an old oak smokiness. The palate was full and velvety; the finish resembled molasses over fresh grapefruit & warming, not easily forgotten!
I now see why so many love this beer, I’m now with you! A year + in the cellar my result in orgasmic reactions!

4
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2003
This was really something. Have to thank Fly for sharing this one with me - I in turn shared some with matta. That lovely Sierra Nevada signature all over it, but suped up a bit. Mingling aromas of citrus, caramel malt and sweetness. Creamy texture strikes a nice contrast to that hop bite. Rumor has it, there will be some available here in Febuary - will certainly have to pick up some for further evaluation.

4.4
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2005

2002 on tap:
Deep, deep red color with a Guinness-like light tan head. Dark, spicy fuit flavor with a spicy-bitter hop aftertaste. Medium-thick mouthfeel. Light fruity aroma. There’s the usual alcohol hit but it’s masked pretty well by a strong malty fruit flavor. A quality brew, and very drinkable!

2004 bottling:
Quite similar to the 2002, the hops are perhaps a little more sharp, which makes sense because I had the 2002 in 2003.

2005 bottling (sampled 2/1/05):
Primarly piney aroma with grapefruit rind tuck in behind it, superbly blended caramel/sugar cookie malt. Biting oily, piney hops in the flavor. Strong grapefruit hops tempered by plum and sugar cookie malt in the finish.


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