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RATINGS: 1503   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 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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - AUG 14, 2005
Thanks to Duane for this one! Oh how good this one is, and its such a California taste, coming from Michigan! I love the hop impact, and how well the alcohol is hidden. Piney, sour fruits, a great beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2005
Pours a semi-translucent caramel brown with an oily looking head. Sharp hop bouquet aroma with discernable malt support. Some wafts of cherry figs, dirty potato skins and cherry-almond Nips. Flavor rips into the palate, with the malts getting a head start to hold up the hops. Characteristics of amaretto signal a Tequila Rose liquor-like quality. Other accents of honey, maple and brown sugar spawn a barrage of flavor. At times there are strong suggestions of Christmas evergreens and some discernable alcohol. Oily and oozing on the palate, yet efficient in its entrance and exit strategy. Finishes with lilacs, honey dew and amaretto. Nice beer - thanks for sending this my way, Styles!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
adrian910ss (2387) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2005
Pours a coppery light brown color with a creamy head. Smells of intense hops, pine needles, malts and carmel. Taste has a strong bite to it. Can detect massive amouts of hops and pine needles. At first alcohol is hidden well but as the beer warms up the alcohol is more present. Very similar to a barley wine beer, yet has an IPA taste to it. An excellent IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25074) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lamas (1419) - 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 I’ve had, but it doesn’t really taste like it. The hops are well-complimented by tons of malts. For every bit of citrusy bitterness there’s an almost equal amount of caramel sweetness. Nicely done. Still, some intense stuff.

   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.

   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!

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
joergen (22274) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5319) - 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.

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