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RATINGS: 1440   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 112   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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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 alphaís used to create this monster. More IBUís 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


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25089) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 1, 2005
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Beautiful, dark amber - almost yellowish brown head. Fat aromas of alcohol and hops. Extremely potent body, lots of sweetness and caramel on a bed of hops, hops, hops. And hops. 200+ IBUs, 10 different hop varieties and dry-hopped in 26 days is extreme by any standard. 240705

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lamas (1340) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 29, 2005
Bottle courtesy of my SecretSanta. Hazy amber pour with a thin sandy head. Aroma is quite balanced with a good bit of sweet caramelly malts and plenty of bitter hops with some underlying alcohol. A real syrupy body. Warming alcohol throughout and the IBUs are VERY tingly on the tongue. TONS of INTENSE grapefruit and pine. This probably has more IBUs than any other beer Iíve had, but it doesnít really taste like it. The hops are well-complimented by tons of malts. For every bit of citrusy bitterness thereís an almost equal amount of caramel sweetness. Nicely done. Still, some intense stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kxkeller (32) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2005
Amber with a tanned head. A malty sweet nose with prune and alcohol notes and underlying hops. Taste includes much of the same characteristics with the bittering hops adding balance to the sweetness. Ends with grassy notes.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2005
Amazing aroma: Toffee a.o. Extremely powerful: An ear-wiggling beer that makes my toes tingle as well. Very, very nice. And of course: hoppy, hoppy, hoppy. Thanx Engelsmann!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - JUL 25, 2005
Sweet malty aorma, lots of caramel, and lodas of hops, peaches. Dark amber body, small off-white head. Very sticky and sweet malt flavor, caramel, very hoppy and ends extremely bitter. Nice one.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
joergen (20576) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2005
Bottled. Clear orange coloured with an off white head. Sweet fruity aroma with lots of aroma hops. Sweet fruity flavour with lots of hops. Long hoppy aftertaste. Fantastic. Thanks to Engelsmann for sharing this.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 22, 2005
12 oz bottle. Dark brown color, slightly hazy. Medium sized white foamy head, with strong lacing and some legs. Aroma is a rather strong grapefruit, citrus and malt. A full bodied Imperial India Pale Ale. Malts are fruity, caramel and sweet. Hops are over the top; even for a Pac NW Imp IPA this one is hoppy and bitter. Lots of grapefruit, citrus, earthy and piney flavor lead the hop assault. There is a nice malt backbone as well. Itís a one two punch; a right hook of big malt sweetness and then a big left hook of hop bite. Can be a little confusing. Then you get hit with the 13% alcohol punch. With all that stuff there is a very smooth beer in here. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet. Thanks to Pailhead for this one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2005
Huge orange/grapefruit nose, some malt, deep amber, little tan head. Powerful west coast hops smack-in-the-head taste. For an unbalanced beer, extra hoppy bitterness zing, it is a pleasureable mouthfeel. Fantastic! Thanks mds.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 1, 2005
24 oz worth of 12 oz bottles consumed with many at the Ratebeer Mondial gathering, home of the mysterious Dr. Fu Man Tiggmtl. Amber-red, very little head or lace, almost clear...big, big Cascades prominent in the nose, other hops show up later, pineapple and vanilla, fairly potent and interesting...body very sweet, agressively hoppy-bitter, relatively smooth until the massive bitter attack at the finish, cherries and a bit of vanilla, lightly syrupy body...farily good, but would I want a whole one to myself? Nope.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2007 bottle, thanks to Heemer77 for the trade. this is one BIG beer! plenty of malt, hops and alcohol. while very good, it seems slightly out of balance. definitely a kick your ass, in your face beer. if commercial description is correct with 10 different hop varieties, maybe the same IBUís with fewer hop varieties would make for a more balanced brew? donít get me wrong, I enjoyed this one very much. certainly one to seek out!
update 2/25/07 Iíve had this several times since my original rating, the last couple of times cracked open bottles with about 4 - 6 months of age and I liked it much better. as a result Iíve bumped up my rating by 2 tenths.


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