RATINGS: 3390   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 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Mumma (2) - Portage, Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2003 does not count
They burnt the hell out of the hops on this one. I almost felt bad for buying a six-pack, but after 4 bottles of burning tires the last to weren't that bad. I was drunk after 6 beers and that was good enough for me.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 17, 2003
UPDATED: APR 13, 2007 My top beer for 2003. Bigfoot. Big foamy head. Big dark copper colour. Big rush of scent in the pour (grapefruit hops/pepper/Cinnamon). Big lacing. Almost overpowering rush of flavour. Smokey. Sweet but not too sweet. Nutmeg or cloves in the aftertaste are somewhat distracting? Syrupy but not to a fault. Well behaved alcohol. AND THEN! Let it get near room temp and this elixir is almost perfect as everything comes together! Prefer it aged at least 2 years.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2003
This was only my 2nd barley wine. It was much different than my first (blithering idiot). I was expecting more of a fruit presence but this brew was all about the hops. Poured a deep murky caramel bronze with little head. There was a slight hint of fruit in the aroma but it was much over powered by the floral evergreen scent. Slight oily rich mouth feel that starts mildly sweet and goes to a huge hop bitter very quickly. Over all pretty god I need to sample more of this style then revisit this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6176) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2004 As soon as the bottle is opened, a huge christmas tree aroma burst into the room. Can you say cascade? It then pours clear copper with not much of a head, off-white. Aroma is probably the most potent cascade use I've ever encountered, it's as intense as any other barleywine's nose, big, deep with a ridiculously heavy grapefruit/pine/floral character. The taste is earthy, a coniferous forest in spring with a slight hint at alcohol, nice aftertaste which lasts forever, but is a bit astringent. Medium-bodied. While this is very bitter, it's also pretty sweet and a little sour from overhopping. I'd definitely like to try this aged a bit to complexify the flavors a bit, but young, this is one big hopheads beer, therefore not exactly my bag. Quite citric even for an american barleywine. Similar to Hog Heaven, but displays a better body and more balance

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (20221) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 7, 2003
UPDATED: APR 7, 2016
2015-12-08, bottle, vintage 2012, bb 02/02/13, 3 years old, 8-5-8-4-17=42
It pours a dark brown color with compact beige head. Deep aroma, leafy and resiny hops, old cheese rind. The flavor is very strong, at this age the elements are in balance, the bitterness is still strong, it has a nutty character, and also an unusual spicy character probably from the yeast, and not yet sings of oxidisation.
Excellent American Barley Wine.

2013-03-19, bottle, vintage 2012, bb 02/02/13, 8-5-8-3-16=40
Hazy dark amber color with red shades; generous rocky head, stable, with nice lace. Very nice aroma. Malt, caramel, hops; but also a bit soapy. Full bodied, with strong caramel flavor, sweet, but mostly bitter, with aggressive resins; the final is maybe too bitter, with some roasted nuts.
Better to wait a few years

2006-01-12, draught at Bishops Arms, Malm, 9-5-9-5-18=46
Wonderful aroma, with lovely hops and malt. Thick, malty, hopped, extreme. Maybe less mature than in the bottle, but so impressive!

2003-11-06, bottle, vintage 2003, 9-5-9-5-17=45
Hazy dark amber color; thin creamy head. Strong malt and phenol nose; caramel and nuts; fudge, gingerbread. Strong body, malty, more character than many others Barley Wines, loads of caramel; very well balanced by a bold bitterness, leading to an extremely strong and long final. Aaaah the hops

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - NOV 6, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2003 '01 Not my favorite barleywine, but geez, even a so-so barleywine is fine by me. Nice color and head. I don't care for the over hopped nose and palate on the Bigfoot. I've always preferred the carmel/molasses side of the equation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hayden1215 (319) - Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2003
Hazy amber with a large off white frothy head. Aroma is heavily hopped with notes of fruit and nut. Flavor is moderately bitter, slightly sweet. Nut flavors. Finish is bitter. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2004 2004: After a rerate, this is actually a tad bit too hoppy. Just tons and tons of bittering hops. One of the best looking barleywines, big head and lots of lacing, super-dark amber color. I don't remember last year's being so bitter, maybe that's new this year??? Still very good, but could probably use a lot of time to mellow out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dankitydancer (58) - Arizona, USA - OCT 28, 2003
damn my shit was fucked up after drinking just 3 of these..super nice and crisp had the vintage 2002 it was a bit chilled and just perfect poured a nice white head and a creamy yellow body good for sipping or just getting plain pissed

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stoutosaurus (157) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - OCT 25, 2003
This beer is definitely not for the weak. It comes at you like an angry junkyard dog. The barleywine style is not for me, I like something that sips a little easier, such as, well anything else.

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