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RATINGS: 1717   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 112   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
Founders most complex, most innovative, most feared and yet most revered ale produced. Massive in complexity the huge malt character balances the insane amount of alpha’s used to create this monster. More IBU’s than any brewery has documented, more than you would believe and dry-hopped for twenty-six days straight with a combination of 10 hop varieties. Dangerously drinkable and deliciously evil. We dare you to dance with the Devil. 112 IBUs

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dezzilu (226) - Whitmore Lake, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2008
Wicked hoppy aroma and a beautiful deep amber color. Truly something to behold in the glass. Flavor is one-dimensional, but MASSIVELY HUGE - Hops. The finish was incredibly bitter and long-lasting: well after the last swallow I couldn’t shake the taste. This beer is a bit of an enigma to me. Why go to all the trouble of making it so darn powerful if in the process all flavors except the hops are destroyed? I don’t doubt that under the right conditions this beer could make one believe that all is right in the world, but I have yet to find that happy place. Sooooo, for me this beer is completely over-the-top.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2008
Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. Pours a very nice cloudy deep amber with beige head. Aroma is very hoppy and obvious alcohol notes that blended very well. Flavor is of nice strong hops, sweet malt, alcohol to boot that blends in smoothly. Mouthfeel is full bodied heavy beer, med. carbonation. Overall this is very nice.......has warming effect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 31, 2008
Thanks to KingpinIPA for this one. Bottle. Beautiful rich copper orange color. Citrus, pine hop and malt aroma. Sweet malt with citrus. Slight hop bitter finish. Very drinkable for such a strong IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2008
bottle thanks to RCL in trade. I really appreciate the upgrade on this one. this poured a cloudy caramel type color with a tiny beige head. aroma was wonderful with grapefruit, hops, and dough. flavor was great also with citrus, hops, caramel, and maybe had some doughyness in it. this might have just climbed up the ranks to my favorite so far!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3772) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2008
Bottle. Pours a dark cloudy brown with no real head. Aroma of sweet malt, lots of citrus, and grapefruit. Flavor is incredibly sweet with a bitter hops finish. Very strong. This beer had an odd interplay between the bitter hops and super sweet malt that just didn’t mesh well. Too heavy and strong so that lots of the other flavors normally found in IIPAs are hidden here. I agree with another rater that this beer is somewhat similar to 120 min (although much better and far more drinkable, but designed in the same vein I’d imagine). Too much for me. Maybe it’s better fresh??

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2008
Bottle, thanks to sprinkle. This is a monster in all regards. Useless to list out everything because there really is everything in this beer. Unfortunately, at the end of the day, I found the malts to just be too overpoweringly sweet, with the bitterness taking a back seat until the finish when the rest of the show was over. Alcohol also seemed to thin out the otherwise unbelievably rich malts. Just too big I thought. More than complex, it was an unnecessary onslaught.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Poured a nice brownish red with very little head. The aroma is a hint of strawberry mixed with hops and spice. This is pretty thick and flavor filled, with a rich malt and floral combo that dissolves in your mouth, leaving alcohol and a caramel/chocolate/malt finish. It’s rich enough to make it hard to drink more than one, and strong enough too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2008
Whoa. This is a big’un. The body is a dark, murky, burnt-orange to sienna brown color. A small but well retained, creamy, beige colored head crowns the surface. Dense legging morphs into soapy, spotty lacing that clings. The aroma is like a hop milkshake! Huge amounts of luscious caramel, melted toffee, and heavy, velvety cream provide ample malty backbone to counter the ridiculous hop billing. Grapefruit, orange, lemon and pine all make there presence felt in the nose. Flavors follow suit seamlessly, bold, creamy caramel and toffee malts caressing the tongue just before the biting assault of citrus and pine takes over. The body is full and viscous, ultimately falling just on the sugary side of perfect. A long, bitter citrus finish lingers on the tongue. This brew is over the top, but in a good way. Great for when you’re in the mood for a whopper of a brew. Far more reasonable (and drinkable) than 120 Minute, which is the closest comparison I can draw.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thickfreakness (132) - AUSTIN, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2008
This pours a beautiful dark ruby with a light yellowish head that fades to a layer of foam and a little bit of lacing. I love the color of this beer. Smells really fruity, caramel-like and sweet with plenty of alcohol notes as well. Taste is extremely bitter but also nearly cloying sweet. Lots of ripe juicy grapefruit and tons of caramel malt backbone. Very syrupy and still quite smooth. Alcohol and grapefruit bitterness linger on the tongue for a while after each sip. Pushing the limit between "triple IPA" and a really hoppy west coast barleywine. Despite the large amount of alcohol and sweetness I actually enjoyed this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2008
On paper....this beer sounds great. 200+ IBU’s, 10 hop varieties, 13%!!!!!. But I think I might have gotten an old bottle. Poured a deep murky reddish/orange. Hop aroma was very strong. No head what-so-ever - nothing. Taste was very smooth, and not over the top hops. I’m thinking this beer was stored improperly at some point.

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