stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sampled. Pours copper/amber with a small compact white head. Aroma of hops, alcohol, toasted caramel malts, and citrus. The flavor is bitter, slightly sweet, alcohol is hardly as present compared to the aroma, caramel, toast, and slight fruit.
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was fun, but I donít know if I would do this again. Appearance is rich, dark amber to orange, cloudy, small head. Appearance announces the beer. Nose of hops, hops, hops, flowers, and hops, announces the beer. Taste of malt, hops, hops, hops, hops, malt. So many varietals of hops that it is hard to find a focus other than bitterness and amber malt, with a huge bitter finish. Alcohol is totally hidden but there; like a Sam Adams Imperial Pils, this is a dangerous beer. Did I sense apricot or peach in the flavor, or did I make that up because of the appearance. I like this beer but am not sure what I would do with it. After some thought, easier to work with than a Dog Fish Head 120.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - APR 23, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours witha reddish color and small head. Huge aromas of strawberries and flowers. Flavors of fruit, citrus, honey. Sweet but at the same time bitter and hoppy. The lacoholis well hidden, the beer is not cloying at all. Nonethless this beer packs a punch an you cannot drink much of it. A 12 oz bottle is plenty.
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 21, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
cludy amber pour with very little head. a swish of the glass left the stickiest, oily looking remnants. you knew what you were getting into. definitely big malt flavors of brown sugar and caramel. the hop flavor was there, but not super prominent thanks to the overabundance of malt. what do you expect from a 13% beer. however, this was very drinkable and very enjoyable. no sign of any alcohol burn .
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2007 Slightly clouded amber with a medium beige head. Aroma is an incredibly earthy hop blast with lots of floral-garden like hops. Taste is a very heavy earthen-mega hop blast that is nearly indescribable - odd at first, but this grew on me in an evil way. Wow - tongue paralyzingly hoppy. Not for every day, but nice when you want some insanely bitter flavors. What the hell food can you match this with?
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Toasted golden body with moderate viscosity and a slow fading dusty white head. Aroma of ethanol fuel, honey tones, light toast, and suprisingly subdued hops. Flavor is medium sweet with firm, but not severe, balancing bitterness. Aromatic hop profile is rather earthy and doesnít really shine. A big, dense DIPA, or should I say TIPA? Enjoyable... like a concentrated IPA that has faded a bit. New to the local market, so I would expect a fresher bouquet of hops here.
mkgrenwel (596) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - APR 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Big thanks to beltley78 for sharing this bottle) As jaggedly bitter as a beer can be. Contrasted by a big candy like sweetness. While the malt is sticky, it also has a distinct biscuity dryness keeping it from becoming cloying. Sweet malt blends effortlessly into big floral, citrus hop character. Tangerine. The hop-malt team create a nice cherry flavor as well. The flavors still need time to really mesh and find a way to work together, though. Unfortunately, time will also dull the hops that make this beer as intense as it is. Still, Iíd be happy to drink this at any age.
drewbeerme (3885) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2008 2007 12oz bottle. sampled from a very recently bottled vintage. pours dense hazy red with small off-white head. nose is bursting with grassy and grapefruity hops while the malt/sugars isnít going to let you ignore the huge caramel and cotton candy causing 13%abv. other aroma notes are bubblegum and some alcohol too. flavor notes of grapefruits, cotton candy, brown sugar, and caramel. finish is long and sweet. alcohol is very well hidden, i canít believe itís 13%. this beer is massive but in an insane way itís actually balanced quite well. to bad it was a little to much for me to finish.7/4/7/4/14=3.6.
12/5/07, early 2006 bottle, aged close to 2 years now. pours dense caramel color with no head. nose has cotton candy, caramel, tobacco, and citrus. flavors are still quite bitter with some piney and grapefruit hops notes but the hops have really dropped off from what it once was, thereís some nice aged malt notes of tobacco, along with some cotton candy and caramel. I really like how this has aged but most Founders beers donít hold up after a few years and I think any longer the hop flavors will be mostly gone. no signs of 13% but it was well hidden when it was fresh. I like this beer with the hops toned down a bit as I thought they were too brash and unbalanced when fresh.8/4/8/4/16=4.0.
2/24/08, sampled another bottle from an early 2006 batch and this one seemed a bit too oxidized and vegetal but i still thought the hops added nice bitterness to the aged malt even though others said it was way past its prime, whatever, it was tasty.3.8.
mkofron (155) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Deep orange/brown.. small rapidly disappearing head. Mega hops jumps out in both aroma and flavor. Bitter finish with enjoyable lengthy aftertaste. Alcohol hidden very well. Nice Imperial IPA.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
whoa bitter. this had some aromas of hay and dirty socks with some apple, rye, whisley, clovers, parsley, and burnt hops. this was so bitter it was hard to drink. but still enjoyable. lots of grassy and earthy kinds of hops and malts.