RATINGS: 3384   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (3317) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2003
2003 vintage. Ruby brown colour with a moderate tan head. Outstanding aroma of citric hops, sweet malt, brown sugar, warm alcohol... so good! Big, powerful mouthfeel with initial kick of sweetness quickly giving way to a fruity and bitter hop explosion. How they manage to keep such big flavours in balance is a mystery to me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2003
UPDATED: APR 5, 2005 Bright garnet body with a uniform buff-colored head. Excellent aroma (particularly after some modest cellaring time) of grapefruit, pine, juniper, flowers, caramel, and alcohol. Flavor is explosive and intense with a hoppy start and finish, but malts miraculously hold down the middle and lend some balance. Wickedly bitter, but in a good way. Some modest brown sugar and toffee sweetness emerges beneath a thick blanket of hops. Bigfoot is an annual classic and one of the highlights of the dead of winter. Budweiser should be immediately stripped of the slogan of "King of Beers" by fiat and that title should be awarded to Bigfoot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 16, 2003
A light fruity aroma and hops, actually mostly hops. Appearance is reddish-brown, high carbonation and cloudy. Maybe its a style thing, but these beers from the American west for the most part aren't for me. The flavour is dominated by hops and that's about it. I also didn't enjoy the strong alcohol aftertaste. One-dimentional and lacking balance. I'm not going out of my way to try this again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2003
Had to see what all the hub bub was alll about in this brew.Medium brown in color,small head that faded quite quickly that lef t a slight laceing on the side of the glass.malty aroma with a slight wine like aroma as well.The taste was fanatical with an abundance of flavor's coming through,the main flavor being a sweet malt with a mildly syrupy feel to it.what a fantastic brew this is,more then i am worthy of there are hint's of all sorts of things in this brew more then can be described it's a sensation overload IMO.Well worth the shipping to get it here and a well worth exspense.glad i have a few more for later for ageing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 7, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2004 (2003 release) I'd heard the legend and rumors of Bigfoot, yet never come face to face with such a creature. Then, this past week, through fate, divine providence or perhaps an answer to prayer, Bigfoot made himself know to me, sighted there in the corner of my local BevMo store. Anxiously yet deliberately, I moved in and managed to capture a twelve oz. six of the mythical brew. Once safely back home, I reached for an opener to release the fabled beast. This Bigfoot poured languidly as he brashly displayed his deep red and copper colors. His head rose slightly toward the top of the glass enclosure, off-white and heavy, then slowly sank again as he realized the finality of his capture and inevitability of his demise. As I moved in closer I caught his scent, like honey and flowers in a summer meadow, fresh, sweet and lightly acidic. Emboldened by the pleasing aroma, I ventured in for the kill and a long awaited taste of his full-bodied substance. I was surprised and gratified by the hoppy, floral flavors that balanced his heavy malt backbone. I was delighted by the way his flesh seemd to dance light and creamy on my palate. As I swallowed, a pleasant bitterness was all that remained save the beautifully laced remains of the monster resting in my glass! Bigfoot, you are a noble beast. I bless the sacrifice that you have made for my sake and I pray for your quick return to my home and hearth once again, far from the woods of your birth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 7, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2005 2002 bottle sampled on 1/15/05: Pours a murky dark copper brown with a frothy and well-lacing light tan head. The hops have definitely left the aroma leaving a deeper earthy caramel maltiness behind. The bitterness is still present in the body but the total balance has been improved. New butterscotch malty complexity is starting to show up. This is aging quite nicely. 2004 bottle sampled on 5/13/2004: Bold fresh hoppy aroma with plenty of caramel malt backing. Body is sweet and well balanced with nice subtle complexity. This should age well, just like the others. 2002 bottle sampled on 6/7/2003: Medium ruby brown color with a good creamy lacing head. Dense caramel malt, toffee, gingerbread, and bittering hop aroma. Thick complex body yields a great balance of sweetness and bitterness which works to conceal the alcohol masterfully. Bready chocolate chip cookie flavor accents this beer well. A very impressive barleywine with great availability.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
r464 (2348) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2003
If you are going to tackle a barley wine, this is the one to go after. Very strong, very unique flavor. I had a 2001 batch bottle that had aged a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - JUN 6, 2003
I think this beer would do well with some aging. Brown coloration with a small frothy head that leaves substantial lacing on the glass, aromas are fruity with hop presant. Flavor is malty sweet off the top and dry and hoppy in the finish. A good beer that I believe will be GREAT with some aging.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2003
Deep red color and a thick, tan head. Tastes of grapefruit and pine needles. Seemed a little salty at points. Not as vinous as I expect a barley wine to be. If I hadn't expected it from this one, I'd say it was a little overhopped. Overall, an interesting beer that I'd be happy to sample again sometime.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ericnixon (745) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 30, 2003
Bottled in 2002 - quaffed in 2003. fuity bouquet which seemed to say "hey! i have a lot of alcohol!" very bittersweet with an amazingly complex and smooth aftertaste that seemd to bring about a flurry of new tastes. Pardon my French, but ca c'est un (wicked) bon bierre!

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