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RATINGS: 697   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 78   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (12695) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2015
Keg at the Thirsty Monk, Asheville, 17/02/15. Off black with a decent light tan covering. Nose is charr, light roast, dark malt, dates, cocoa rub. Taste comprises spice, chocolate malt, toffee, brown bread, charr. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Ok.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Evolutionary (391) - Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2015
Tap at pies and pints. Pour is black and thick. Head is tan and lingers. Nose is cocoa and coffee and awesome. Thick mouthfeel and smoky notes hiding the rye grain. A bit of sweet balance from the cocoa too without being overpowering.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
katrinaez (580) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2015
Deep black but not imperial. Light enough to get the great rye and bitter taste. Tap.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
c0fein (356) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 14, 2015
355ml bottle from Whole Foods - Tribeca, New York. Thanks Jesse!

Black colour with a beige head. Hoppy, roasty, malty, some coffee. Nice palate and good drinkability.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rondphoto (2881) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAY 9, 2015
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Opaque black color, frothy tan head, stripes of lace. Taste is rich roasted toffee malt that contains rye that moves through the palate, becoming a little sweeter with the addition of chocolate, not needing additional bittering to sustain balance. A big, solid brew that leans toward bitter rye.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernovice39 (3267) - Montana, USA - MAY 8, 2015
Bottle pours black with a tan top that fizzles away fast. Nose of rye, chocolate and smoke. Taste is rye, toast and a hint of bitter chocolate.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tennisjoel (1218) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2015
Dark body, minimal head almost nonexistent. Aroma of black smoky malts, chocolate, and hops. Rye is restrained but most notable in the taste. Pretty good effort, what I come to expect from Founders.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2239) - Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2015
Dark brown/black color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma toasted malt, dark chocolate, caramel, & some rye; Flavor of roasted malt, caramel, rye, hops, and dark chocolate; Finish is slightly bitter; Nicely balanced; Decent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bartzluke (322) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 1, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2015 12 oz pour from 50ish-degree bottle into Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours a huge and fluffy head. Tan-to-brown and long lasting. Beautiful. Black as night and opaque. Nose is rich caramel, brown sugar, mild fruit, and mild wood. Full bodied and fairly creamy. Taste has a good amount going on. Nuts, woody, maybe pine, a bit of caramel sweetness, maybe a tiny bit of fruit, and a little coffee bitterness. Aftertaste has some espresso tartness. Neat overall beer. Very smooth and great flavors.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tfontana (156) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 1, 2015
Bottle from Hannaford Exeter NH. Aroma is resin, herbs, cereal, bread, dough. Appearance is thick, creamy beige head with decent retention and fluffy lacing. Color is deep, dark reddish-brown, virtually black. Taste is roasted bitterness balanced with sweet. Palate is decadent, thick, creamy texture, medium to full bodied with enough carbonation to give it backbone but is restrained and doesn’t call attention to itself. Finish is pleasantly long and mildly bitter. Overall, this beer is a delight to all senses and is satisfying in every way.


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