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10 Most Excellent [ 23 ] ** [29.87%]
9 [ 24 ] ** [31.17%]
8 [ 12 ] ** [15.58%]
7 [ 4 ] ** [5.19%]
6 [ 7 ] ** [9.09%]
5 Eh, It's ok [ 3 ] ** [3.90%]
4 [ 1 ] ** [1.30%]
3 [ 1 ] ** [1.30%]
2 [ 0 ] ** [0.00%]
1 Awful-Drain Pour [ 2 ] ** [2.60%]
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Triple Freak
post Jan 30 2005, 04:29 PM
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Aroma 10/10
Appearance 5/5
Flavor 10/10
Palate 5/5
Overall 20/20
Total 5/5
ABV 9-11%ABV Depending on vintage
Winter 2002 batch. Upon opening, hops aroma literally clubs you over the head. Faint grassy smell also noticed. Pours out a rich amber color. A white, frothy head fades quickly, leaving some lace on sides of glass. Since this was my first experience with this beer, I have nothing to compare it with, but it is a nice beer all the same. The hops are a little over the top, however, at 100 IBU's, most any beer would be. I've been drinking this since February 2002, and I've noticed small changes in it every time I drink it. The hops are not mellowing out yet. I highly recommend this beer, but it is quite expensive as beers in general go.

2005 Update: This year's batch is higher in ABV than most previous years. I'd estimate it at 11% ABV minimum. It has the kick of a mule, and the hops are once again over the top. Bittersweet malts, along with an alcoholic kick that would kill any ordinary elephant. This stuff slaps you upside the head & is unrelenting in it's overwhelming punch. Don't drink more than one of these beasts or you'll feel like Bigfoot stomped a mudhole in your ass. (IMG:style_emoticons/brewboard/omg.gif)
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post Feb 7 2005, 01:02 AM
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My favorite American barleywine. Very hoppy, very thick, very rich, very complex. I've tried vintages back to 92 and the aged versions are best around 4-5 years or so and by about seven years old they start to taste a little dead in the water. Still, I prefer it fresh as a daisy, crazy hoppy and mad nuts. Looking foreward to picking up a 2005 vintage and doing a small, three-year verticle.
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post Feb 8 2005, 02:10 AM
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I gave this beer a 9 as a rating. I have never given a barley wine a 10. Big foot was the first one I tasted so I figured that if I gave it a ten then I wouldn't be giving any others a chance to rival this beer. Since then I've tried plenty of them. In my surmation I realize I was wrong, I should have given it a 10.
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post Feb 9 2005, 06:21 PM
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Aggressive hops and sticky maltiness make for a beautiful freakin' beer.

I gave Bigfoot a 9er, but I haven't tried any aged bottles yet.
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post Feb 21 2005, 10:15 PM
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MMMMMMMMBigfoot!!!
I'll have to give it a 9 as to leave room for improvement. I have 2 2004 expeditions in the fridge, and tomorrow we (I work with some ninja's from Finland) are o sample 2004 and 2005.
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post Feb 23 2005, 05:30 PM
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QUOTE(Crescent Fresh @ Feb 21 2005, 10:16 PM)
MMMMMMMMBigfoot!!!
I'll have to give it a 9 as to leave room for improvement.  I have 2 2004 expeditions in the fridge, and tomorrow we (I work with some ninja's from Finland) are o sample 2004 and 2005.
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UPDATE; The 2004 seems a little tamer than the 2005, but it could just be the ageing. The 2005 has quite a punch to it (flavor and mind-slowing effects).
Brilliant brew.

One more thing....What wierdo ninja's rated this a 1?
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post Feb 24 2005, 09:55 PM
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most exellent...
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post Feb 24 2005, 11:46 PM
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QUOTE(Crescent Fresh @ Feb 23 2005, 05:31 PM)
AAARRRGGHHH!!!  How do you edit posts?(IMG:style_emoticons/brewboard/sorry.gif)

UPDATE; The 2004 seems a little tamer than the 2005, but it could just be the ageing.  The 2005 has quite a punch to it (flavor and mind-slowing effects).
Brilliant brew.

One more thing....What wierdo ninja's rated this a 1?
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damned bud drinkers must have snuck onto the board. I love this stuff!
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post Feb 27 2005, 12:30 AM
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Well, I bought a sixer a couple weeks ago, cracked one open and thought it was way too bitter and thick.
I'm having one now, and though it's hard to imagine two weeks could make that much difference, I like it much more. Excellent malty full body swallow, but really not that sweet in the scheme of things. Definitely packs a punch, but doesn't taste the least bit hot to me. And the hops are NOT all that like everyone says. In fact, I'd like it a wee less bitter and more of the late additions. But as-is it's quite drinkable. If I hadn't already put away a 22oz IIPA I'd consider another bottle. There's got to be 500 calories in 12oz!
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post Feb 27 2005, 06:15 PM
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I LOVE this beer. Thank goodness it's not avalible in MS because I'd be drinking it WAY too much!

I give it a 10!
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post Mar 7 2005, 04:16 PM
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As of right now, my favorite beer on the market - I'd give it a 10/10.
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post Mar 9 2005, 07:29 PM
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I gave it a 9. This may be because I tasted it after drinking a 12oz of rogue barleywine. Still, there is no comparison in my mind. Bigfoot has a better pour, better hops aroma, and surely a better taste. Nice hidden warmth to remind you of the 10-11%. Unlike the Rogue barleywine, you have to try to taste flavors, not getting blown away by the EtOH content. Very nice and quite unexpected from several friends who don't like it. It's a nice sipping beer that I see to finish off a nice Nebraska steak dinner.
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post Mar 15 2005, 04:06 PM
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im tasting this bad boy [BF 2005] for my first time right now. and i have to say its very good! its a monster, its hides the alcohol very well. It leaves a wonderful aftertaste, if you can see past the hops theres alot of flavor there. Although i have to say i like how the bitterness and hop flavor hit as soon as you pour it in. Ill be setting aside two [well... probably just one (IMG:style_emoticons/brewboard/devil.gif) ] of the 6er to age and taste again in about 6 months. I would give it a 9, if i didnt have to null my vote to see the results...
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post Mar 19 2005, 12:32 AM
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real good stuff! I gave one to my dad and he said "intresting" then looked at how much alcohol it had.
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post Apr 29 2005, 04:16 PM
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bigfoot kicks butt.
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