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RATINGS: 1649   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 112   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimgraz (11) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2012
This beer is not for everybody. A very different product that manages to interplay heavy malts up front with bittering hops on the back end and nice floral notes throughout. Drank from a 12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass. It poured a nice copper to red color with a thin, white head that lingered through most of the beer and excellent lacing. Big, sugary malt backbone moves into citrusy and piny hops. All of the malt and hop flavors are very foward and very potent, though they stay short of a medicinal or syrupy chracter. What was most impressive was that, despite the potent flavors, there was not a harsh aftertaste. Though some may disagree, I think this finds a unique balance bewteen malts and hops that is worth a try. Very pricey for a store-bougth bottle of beer, though and my wife and I split a bottle as an appertif and were both very pleased with it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hermod (6248) - Vantaa, FINLAND - JUL 28, 2016
Draught @ Bishop’s arms, Västerås. Poured amber clear with a thick white head. Dark fruits, hops, caramel, toffee. Intense. Flavor has glueish notes, pine, hops, caramel, toffee. Warming, booze pushes through a little, as it should when 13%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Linnet (1630) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - JUL 28, 2016
alcohol, caramel, leaves, citrus, spruce, grapefruit, strawberry jam, plums, lightly vinous. Ruby colour, big off-white head, lacing. Massive bitterness, massive sweetness, alcohol, whisper of salt? ABV well hidden, potency is there, but not boozy at all, lots of resin. Fullbodied, soft carbonation, thick feel, long resinous finish. Yet again a world class brew from Founders.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TychoJames (1012) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JUL 28, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2016 Flaska systembolaget. Tappad 10 maj. Eldig rödorange kulör. "Mogen" doft. Barr, lite knäck och torkad frukt. Möjligen lite mandelmassa också. Kraftfull smak med rejäl maltbas och tjock humlehinna. Barr, spannmål, löv, trä och koda. Bra tryck i beskan och fyllig munkänsla. Möjligen något för bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
mambossa (276) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2016
Pours a deep, royal red with hefty off-white head. Nose heavy with peaches, cherries, red apple, tangerine, lemon skin, fresh foliage, pine, soft sage, sweet malt. Flavor is initially stonefruit-forward, then becomes blinded by soapy, grandiose bitterness. A bit harsh between the alcohol and monumental amount of hops used to support the flavor. Not for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mjp12 (1370) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2016
Luscious golden orange colour, strong boozy hop aroma, but very well balanced flavour, not extremely bitter, and relatively easy drinking for its abv.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NordicV (1916) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - JUL 25, 2016
Rödbrun öl med ett större gulorange skum. Både doft och smak är söt med Frukt, karamell och alkohol. Balanseras av stora mängder humle som ger beska och tallbarr i smaken.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (7722) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2016
Bottle@Bishops Arms (Savoy), Malmö (09/07/2016) - pours orange amber with a white head. Aroma and taste comprises sweet tropical fruits, prominent grapefruit, tangerine, citrus peel, with good malty backbone, caramel, resinous hoppy, pine needles, bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gyllenbock (7305) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2016
Bottle from Systembolaget. Dark amber with a white head. Sweet with caramel, hops, resin and some fruit. The finish was bitter and with warming alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
polo_marco (301) - milton, Vermont, USA - JUL 24, 2016
Smells of Strong malts with pine resin some mango pineapple and paypya. Slightly cloudy amber color small off white head with a bit of lacing. Nice sweet malt start with huge fruit hop flavor with hint of booze some stomach warming. Fullish body with life like carbonation. Not bad but a bit bitey for me along with the booze. Had better triples but not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
neongolden (1147) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 23, 2016
(355ml bottle from Systembolaget, ~2 months old) Pours clear ruby-amber with a decent size doff white head that fades with lacing. Aroma of intense mix of sweet caramel malts and candied fruit notes - pineapple, apricot, citrus, resin, pine, light bread, an aromatic woody note. Flavor is also intense, that quite sweet caramel malt core has some bready layers, and then there is a fair hit of hop resin, quite pine-heavy. Some dried fruit notes but nothing really jumps out. Pine resin, needles, earth and citrus pith join booze in a fairly dry, aggressively bitter finish. A bit of menthol in the dry aftertaste. Medium bodied, average carbonation. Feels like something between an IPA and a massively hopped barleywine thanks to the sweet malts and more piney, bitter hops. Pretty intense, perhaps not extremely drinkable.

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