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RATINGS: 622   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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.


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - DEC 21, 2006
Poured an opaque balck with a rocky lasting light tan head. Aroma is of burnt toast, fresh raosted coffee and spicy hops. Flavor starts out with a sweet burnt combonation then a light toffee and dry roasted peanuts. An herbal and spicy hop flavor is very apparent in the finish along with a moderate bitterness.


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beachmaster (202) - Oklahoma, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle into a tulip. Pours black, with a medium tan head that persists and leaves good lacing. Nose is earthy, slightly floral spicy note. Taste is of spicy dark malt, almost smoky. Medium body with a smooth mouth feel. Crisp hop finish without excessive bitterness. A good spicy rye.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lutz2jm (168) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 27, 2015
Mild aroma. Dark pour with tan head slight lace. Nice toasted malt almost smokey. Knitter hop notes for the finish. Good beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rederic (3188) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2015
12oz bottle, deep black color, with a fluffy tan head, with a faint cocoa powder, light dark bitter chocolate, chocolate chip cookie dough nose, with some chocolate pie, faint spicy anise, licorice, light sweet grainy rye, toasted, caramel, chocolate, roasted malt accents, and a burnt toast, faint coffee, molasses, burnt chocolate pie crust, faint floral resiny, leafy, minty, citrus hop note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a smooth dark bitter chocolate, cocoa powder, spicy licorice, anise, subtle molasses, faint black pepper, chocolate chip cookie dough, earthy burnt rye, chocolate, black, toasted malty character, with some brown chocolate, flowery citrus, leafy, grassy hoppy, chocolate mint, mint Leaf, chocolate pie crust, faint burnt dark dried fruit, burnt toast, faint black coffee flavours, leading towards a cocoa, dark bitter chocolate, mint leaf, roasted, toasted, chocolate, caramel maltiness, lingering resiny, citrus, leafy, grassy, piney hop dry bitterness finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (9989) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2015
Bottle from Victor. Pours black tan head. Nose/taste of toasted chocolate, grassy hops, rye bread, coffee and toasted rye. Medium body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bulk_Carrier (2436) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Bottled on 12/17/14. Just a tad nervous as I started and thought about the date. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a black color with a quickly dissipating one finger white foamy head that didn’t leave any lacing. The smell had a sweet sticky roasty coffee and light citrus bitterness combining nicely. The taste took those previously mentioned flavors to combine and spark in a light roasted edged citrus aftertaste leading into a slightly sticky finish. There also was a light spice in the initial taste probably from the rye. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping quality to it. Alcohol not felt but might have assisted in preserving the mouthfeel a bit as a light spice came rolling out over my tongue. Overall, I say this was a nice dark rye beer that I would have again.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jb (2371) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Not bad. Interesting twist combining all the new trends, rye, black ipa, etc. Spicy black ipa, with a bit of kick, and a lot going on. Sort of integrated, sort of all over the place. I’d try it again, but its no go to style or beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bytemesis (3974) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Bottle. Pours crystal clear ruby black, small tan head, dissipates quickly, some lacing. Aroma is roasty with notes of pine. Flavor is light plus sweet, medium bitter, roasty and pine, with a bit of rye spice. Medium body, light acid. Meh.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deaconmike (413) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Poured from a bottle. Nearly black with tan head. Splotchy lacing. Aroma is coffee, roast, bitter chocolate and some licorice. Bold flavors - similsr to nose along with ash and nutty flavors; bitter dry finish Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Flavorful and interesting beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Daytonbeer (681) - Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Pours near black with tan head and nice lacing. Aroma of rye, malt, coffee, and dark cacao. Taste is the same. Full of intense flavor. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
eaglebones (63) - Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark brown with medium beige head and some lacing. Aroma is citrus, earth, roast malt, and a little pine. Medium body and carb with a creamy texture. Solid bitterness up front that is nicely rounded out by a little sweetness and hints of chocolate and nuts. Really complex and interesting brew. Another great one from Founders.


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