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RATINGS: 1444   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   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 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 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. It’s 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.

   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.

   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.

   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 IBU’s with fewer hop varieties would make for a more balanced brew? don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed this one very much. certainly one to seek out!
update 2/25/07 I’ve 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 I’ve bumped up my rating by 2 tenths.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUN 27, 2005
4/29/05. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, obtained in a trade with footbalm on RateBeer 3/16/05. Amber brown-orange in color, viscous and bold in appearance with no carbonation streaming through the beer. Rocky and disappointing, disappearing head, offwhite. Fades to almost nonexistent whisp. Big caramel malt aroma, sort of plain, with aged hop character. Too much age on the hops to be of tremendous interest, but it’s still decent-- hop crystals and sugar. Nose is very piney, sappy, resinous peppery and lightly spiced-- pretty good. Still, I’d count it as a somewhat generous 8. Holy bitterness! Very potent stuff-- not near enough balance with citrus (if you wanna call this an IPA) or big caramel flavors and dark sugar (if you wanna call it a barley wine) to let it go down smoothly. Very soft, creamy carbonation when I swish it in my mouth, dry with a badass bitterness. Some strange dark malt-like toastiness and huge resin, sap, and pine. Incredibly sticky and sappy taste and texture. Huge grain alcohol/hop juice finish drops out to a biscuity, lightly toasty, big sap/resin bitter trail. Long and dry. Prickly on the roof of the mouth. Really warming and full-bodied. I guess it’s solid, and it’s certainly crazy (which is more often than not something that I admire), but I’m not in love. File it under "What the fuck?" Beers. I think this rating is pretty generous all around.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2005
Strong, green, grassy, orange, pine, citrus, aggressive hop nose. Clear amber coloured body with low tan head that recedes rapidly to ring. Although there are perhaps many different facets to the hop flavour, as in the aroma the level of noise overwhelms any supposed complexity. Very strong bitterness with strong sweet underlying malts but all in all this comes across as unidimensional for me. Medium body with moderate carbonation. I think I’ll leave the remaining bottle in the cellar for a number of years and see how it fairs. Bottle sampled at the Ratebeer Mondial Gathering 2005.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 16, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2005 A deep rich taste, like a top quality UK conditioned old ale, a very good American barleywine, hoppy and malty beginning and great bitter finish, with a buzz from the high alcohol. Barleywine aroma. Only sold in fours at $18

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 14, 2005
12 oz bottle pours copper with a nice tan head that sticks around and lingers well. Aroma is powerful pineapple and grapefruit from the healthy dose of hops. Flavor is first citrus then some nice caramel malt then a blast of bitter almost sour hops again at the end. On the palate the alcohol is covered well in this one but you do know it is there on the back of each sip. Balanced pretty well for a huge IIPA. Pretty good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2007 Pours a clear red color with a ring of white lace. Aroma of pineapple, hops and alcohol with some lingering sweetness. Strong, assertive and gargantuous flavor of hopd in the form of pineapple,, caramel and alcohol with a strong bitter finish. Light body, liquorous texture, soft carbonation. This is a very well done beer but way too hopped for my tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2005
Couleur cuivrée, mousse beige pale rapidement diminuante. Jus de houblon, pamplemousses roses, écorce amère, forte présence d’alcool. Un concentré de houblon plus intense que j’en pensais être possible. Sur les traces des houblons de la famille des C (chinook, cascade). Amertume extrême allant même jusqu’à geler l’arrière de la langue pour quelque temps. Un concours de IBU ou une manière d’en donner pour leur argent aux amateurs de houblon ? Difficile à boire pour moi en tout cas.

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