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RATINGS: 670   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hogan873 (449) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2007 Wow. Looks like a stout...nearly black with a thick brown head that leaves a heavy lacing. Wonderful aroma of chocolate, caramel, and rye. Even tastes a bit like a stout. Deep and flavorful up front with notes of chocolate and coffee. Finishes slightly bitter where the rye is evident. A superb beer.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
closey22 (1119) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2015
Dark Brown with sweet spicy roAsty aroma; Flava is complex roasty sweet hint of berry malty and touch of hops and cigar tobacco; feels medium slight fizz; finishes tangy roasty mildly dry

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bellco33 (456) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - MAY 22, 2015
I love rye, Founders dark beers, and black IPAs. This one was cheating. Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Pours pitch black with a nice tan head. Aroma of rye spice, roasted malt, and a touch of chocolate. Flavor is more of the same with a nice rye presences, a bit of sweetness from the malt, and a good hop bite to balance it out. Medium body, nice carbonation. This is a really solid beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dorkenstein (41) - - MAY 17, 2015
real smokey aroma. Taste is velvety milk chocolate, toasted rye and barley, and a little smoke. Some bitter hops in the after taste. A very layered and balanced good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (12088) - 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 (348) - 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 (416) - 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 (336) - 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 (2690) - 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 (3232) - 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 (1208) - 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.


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