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RATINGS: 1643   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IvoR (92) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2008
Pours dark red, a little muddy with no head at all. Aroma is of fruits and hops. Flavor starts out sweet, but slowly turns very bitterly and hoppy. Finish is again soft and sweet. The overall sweetness spoils a bit this otherwise very good brew. Yet, I do not pick up any alcohol despite there being a lot of it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2008
on tap - Capone’s, Norristown PA
I picked up a couple bottles of this but haven’t tasted those yet. Tap pours a deep, slightly hazy amber color with some reddish orange tints. Head was thick, pure white and had excellent retention. Aroma was thick with sour citrus, grapefruit and some slight earthiness. Mouthfeel was viscous and slightly sticky. Flavor started off with sweet malt and then almost immediately - ka-POW - hop detonation. Green, resiniy, fresh, citrus, raw under-ripe grapefruit all explode into your tastebuds. Hop flavor lasts and lasts too, but is surprisingly well balanced with the malt body. Some warming notes from the massive alcohol content, but holy crap - this beer is really drinkable. After one 10oz glass I had to step it down to the Southern Tier Imp. Oat Stout at only 12.5%!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ShawnMalloy (130) - Auburn, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 24, 2008
Pours a reddish orange with a tiny light tan head. Aroma is of the forest with beavers and dandelions and stuff. It starts out sweet and heavy on the alcohol and finishes with an earthly and bitter bite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2008
pours copper, thin tan head, bubbles around the rim. aroma of creamy caramel, some cirtrus, and a hint of sweet tea. the flavor is smooth, smooth caramel, hint of hops with a slightly bitter touch. a full-bodied brew. then it hits you: gee-whiz-bang! hoppy bitter finish that sticks around...then slam-bam-thank-you-ma’am! you get a huge alcoholic warming. "whoa!! how’d this go down so easy?" i thought to myself (which is my favorite way of thinking. see what i mean about the alcohol?). it’s 22.50 on easter sunday and i’m wondering if there is any place open where i can get more. definitely a new favorite. makes me want to start smoking cigars again.

thanks to <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=1 rayboy01 for this sample

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tilley4 (218) - Huron, Tennessee, USA - MAR 21, 2008
This was a strange brew for me.. almost had the characteristics of a barleywine at first and then as it warmed, it became more IIPA-like. Murky, murky brackish brown color, no head. This wasn’t the most attractive of brews.. Aroma of sweet malts at first then as it warmed, the hops started to show up.. Sweet, syrupy malts big time when this is cold, not much of a hop presence.. as it warms, it seems to reverse and become one dimensional the other way.. This was a nice brew to try but its definitely not one of my favorites or anything... I don’t get it..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1586) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAR 20, 2008
Bottle from STFUN! Poured a dark amber color, no head. Smell of sweet/citrus hops. Flavor is also citrus hops and little bit alcohol. Caramel and pine are also there as well. Bitter but not in an offensive way. Above medium texture, almost syrup like. I was really looking forward to this beer and it didnt let me down. I love a good strong beer and an DIPA, this was a combination of both. Thanks josh for hooking me up with this one! I bet this would be amazing on draft...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - MAR 20, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2009 Man, there is some heat to this beer. To be expected from a 14 percent beer, but the aroma of caramel hops and sweet citrus meld into an intoxicating aroma of Gran Marnier and a redolence of aged Double Bastard. Taste is initially very malty-sweet, the same sweet caramel malting followed by a hugely bitter hopbomb that threatens to destroy the palate, and finishes with a bitter and alcoholic kick. I think the detraction of this beer, and it is not a major one really, is that the bitterness accentuates the alcohol in this beer to make it seem hotter than it is. I could see this being a very good barleywine with some age. Solid. ---re-rate--- 4/8/2008 Sweet grapefruit-like Barry Bonds shitting a grapefruit made of hops. 8/3/8/5/17 --- re-rate--- 2006 bottle consumed 8/21/2009 Lots of sherry, oxidation, and a bit of hops, but mostly sweet caramel. Taste is sweet caramel, piny-bitter hops, and a cloying sweetness on the finish. Yum, but this is a really oxidized- bwine

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 20, 2008
This beer is definitely unreal. Deep reddish color with a solid, creamy head. Far more complex malt flavors than most IPAs. Loads of caramel, molasses and toffee. Very strong citrus hop flavors with some pine in there as well, and a thick, creamy mouthfeel. This is a damn near perfect beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
k4df4l (154) - DTown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2008
Pours a deep hazy amber/red with almost zero foam. Aroma of spicy & citrusy hops, alcohol and sweet malt. Flavor of toffee, caramel, raisins, burnt sugar followed the spice and grapefruit hop elements. Finishes with a warming dose of alcohol and ends dry & bitter. Mouthfeel is on the heavy/thick side.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Merrill (79) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2008 Dark amber from the 12oz with a thin head and beady lace. I drank this at Dark Lord Day 08 where Founders was a guest Brewer, some time after I wrote this rating. It was far and away better from an original keg from FoundersThe first whiff is very dense spice that reaches into your sinuses. As you breathe it in, the thick rich maltiness follows. the first sip is a solid crescendo of malt sweetness and hop bitterness in a smooth nearly creamy mouthfeel that rolls across your tongue and reaches around the sides with little fingers of sharp spicyness. The balance nearly made me cry. Finishing this off is a quick fade to strong alcohol astringency, leaving uyou anticipating the next sip. Definitely good for a second or even third. If you like huge IPA’s that border on Barleywine, this beer will be near the top of your list!

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