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RATINGS: 402   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 78   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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This beer will surprise you with a big hop flavor and a toasty sweet aroma. Pours black from the chocolate and de-bitterized black rye malts. This ale is medium bodied and is well flavored with hints of toffee, nutty undertones and a dry crisp finish.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arkurzynski (1586) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Deep brown black pour. Nose of toasted rye, chocolate malt and citrusy pine. Flavor is bitter roasted rye and citrus rind. Trailing cocoa powder, rye and citrus. Somewhat gritty mouthfeel. Light. Okay. Wouldn’t go back to.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
flatmatt (1161) - Northville, Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2014
12 oz bottle. Black pour with an off-white head. Roasted malt and herbal pine aromas. Nice pine and herbal hop flavors on a roasty ashy malt base, with some rye grain notes. Rather clean palate. A nice one.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tectactoe (2330) - Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2014
Bottle: Dark brown pour, creamy & frothy light-tan foam bubbles up nicely & lasts for a bit. Aroma of dark chocolate, dusty rye, mild ash, & a touch of harsh char. Spicy rye notes get heavier with some warmth. Flavor has a strong chocolate malt base, a good amount of roast, & a strong current of rye spice flowing throughout. Strong herbal hoppiness & a mild, bitter grapefruit rind that cuts through the dark malt substantially. Burnt rye bread, semi-bitter ashy & charred finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
darb85 (91) - Canton, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2014
It was ok. Kinda sweet. Dry Hoppy nose and initial pallet. Finishes bitter. Well done but just average

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2840) - Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2014
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/6/2014. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, spicy rye, brown bread, floral, grass, and floral/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate roasted/bready malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, spicy rye, brown bread, floral, grass, and floral/roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange zest, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, spicy rye, brown bread, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate roasted/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately sticky, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent black rye IPA style. All around great complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate roasted/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
demmbonz (590) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2014
12oz bottle to shaker. Aroma of roasted malt and bright hops. Big roasted malt flavor. Less rye than expected but some definite spicy rye there on the finish which is dry and crisp.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikem409 (1610) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown color with cola head. Spicy hop aroma slight pumpernickel bread. Taste is citrus hop with a sweet grain spice

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ebone1988 (263) - Wyoming, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2014
#50 Founders beer. Aroma is deep roasted malt, very light hops. Appearance is very dark brown, light brown head. Taste is very deep malt, some rye, very roasty. Mouthfeel is nice, a touch carbonated but it mellows out, the rye is very spicy. Overall, I like it quite a bit. A good number 50.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (744) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2014
On tap at Founders. The pour is a really dark brown/light black with some mahogany around the edges. There is a light tan collar of head and some spotty lace. The aroma is very malty. The rye comes through in a big way on the back end. I also like the roast as that becomes really prominent in the middle. The flavor is surprisingly bitter. There is a strong roast and a good spiciness that I was hoping for. The rye on the back end is really good. The mouth feel is light, but well carbonated with a strong bitter malty finish ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alliance100 (806) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2014
Draft at Founders - pumped about this one coming back . Pours pitch black black light tan head . Soft pine aroma . Taste is roasted coffee , faint citrus and mild pine . Delicious . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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