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RATINGS: 1507   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2006
Thanks to Walt for this one. Dark for an IPA. Hazy with little head. Musky, hoppy, heavy caramel aroma with some hints of coffee and vegetable notes. Moderate body. Very alcoholic. Very bitter.Vegetable flavors mingle with earth and pine. Rough overall. The commercial description makes some hefty claims. I would be interested in knowing more about the IBUís and how measured.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AlabastorJones (810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2006
amber body, thin white head, hoppy nose (derf), pungent strong hop flavor, balanced with something kinda skanky and rich with honey, strong bite, crispy and distinct but not overly impressive, 13%... yikes

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frankenkitty (1972) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2005
This beer appears honey-thick with a heavy haze on a deep copper body with vermillion highlights and light particulate. A creamy-yet-oily, cream-colored head laces in a sheet. Aroma is majorly grapefruit, with fresh, green leaves and honey... but a spot of dirty laundry/dishrag detracts from the goodness. Intense hop flavor burns the lips, tongue, throat and gullet on the way down, then returns to do some damage to the nostrils and sinuses. Sweet, sweet malts create a fat-bodied feel, and contradict angry hops to cool down the tastebuds. An oily, citric essence lingers incessantly but in excess comes off sour. Devilish, Decadent, Delicious.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Special thanks goes out to Landseer for this one. A very dark muddy orange appearance with a thin tan head. Aroma was big malt, but even bigger hops. Aroma was similar to a strong Barleywine. Had hints of citrus with sweet orange and lemon. The alcohol was also noticable in the aroma. I really would classify this monster as a Barleywine on steriods. The body was heavily malted, with a ton of hops. Had a tea like flavor, slight citrus notes, and a huge amount of bitterness. Starts sweet, switches to brutally bitter, and finishes sweet with the orange and lemon coming through in the end. Can taste some alcohol in the finish and is slightly dry. Had a thick mouthfeel and was VERY strong. This bad boy was like a kick to the face. A good kind of a kick to the face though. Just so overpowering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Thanks santa. Deep ruby body, head is dark tan & sticks around forever. Grapefruiot & caramel explosion in the nose with plum, dark fruits & alcohol. Lots of caramel, HOPS HOPS HOPS, grapefruit, chocolate. Very bittersweet finish. Amazingly thick mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2005
12 oz bottle. Pours a murkey, muddy, copper, orange-ish, red. A smallish head forms, but fades quickly. The aroma leans toward malt, but the hops do not exactly take a back seat by any means. Notes of candy, cherry, maple, vanilla, and brown sugar, with the scent of a bland of hops that canít even begin to describe. The flavor is fairly balances with the bitterness winning this round. Starts our very sweet. Maple and vanilla. Long bitterness. Fuller bodied. Not for the timid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2005
Bottled. Poured a darker than expected murky copper with thin, filmy head. Lots of malts and hops along with barley and traces of alcohol. As this one warms the alcohol notes seem to subside (or perhaps the high ABV has me to intoxicated to notice half way through). There is large bitter aftertaste that seemed a tad off but not unpleasant.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PeterLikesBeer (104) - Berwyn Heights, Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Pours a dark amber color that reminds me more of a double Bock than an IPA. Aroma is as expected hoppy however there is some malt aroma too. Flavor is bitter, however not overly so. There is plenty of sweetness to balance all of the hops. Finish is medium long and pleasently hoppy. This is a fantastic beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Pour is deep mahogany with a soapy oily head indeed...smell is beautiful pine and very intense yet smooth and far from overpowering...definate alcohol in the nose too...if I exhale into the glass through my nose causing the air to hit my eyes, it makes them burn from the alcohol vapors, yet somehow the alcohol isnít over powering...tase is initially sweetwith the bitter flavor just building and building until I guess I just canít taste is anymore...sort of a burnt quality in the finish...wow...some days SNPA seems too hoppy for me...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sregnar35 (1020) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Pours with an oily head, that doesnít last but laces nice. Color is ruby red, very surupy in appearance, viscus. Flavor is not as hoppy as I had hoped, but itís still a nice piney flavor. Lots of alcohol and sugary malt in the palate really give this a good feel. Finish is slight lingering hop, but the alcohol cuts the hop down too mch to really linger. This is a tasty brew I wish I had access to locally.

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