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RATINGS: 1752   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 112   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 alphas used to create this monster. More IBUs 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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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
trayns (246) - Beverly Hills, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2009
Bottle. Pours a deep cloudy amber golden color with very thin head. Aroma has a sweet grapefruit smell, caramel malts, but is overwhelmed by a piney hops. Taste is resinous sweet and a great variety and complexity of hops throughout. Palate is very thick and complex, the palate evolved and got better throughout the two bottles. A mouthfeel of a true impy stout. This one really grew on me, it could have been the 13% ABV. Unlike any beer I have had before.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 6, 2009
2008 Bottle thanks motortoddhead - Pours a dk amber with a tiny off white head...aroma is sweet candy malt and floral hops...flavour is sticky sweet caramel with a lingering bitterness, creamy mouthfeel...I think my hair is on fire...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1774) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 28, 2009
Pours cloudy amber, with almost no head. Aroma is caramel and hops. Flavor is caramel, toffee, honey, hops, and fruit. Sweet, heavy sipper. Awesome.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - MAY 18, 2009
very tasty. pours a dark amber with minimum head. aroma is sweet and tons of hops, more floral then anything. alcohol is VERY present and very warming. drinks sweet and rich fruits up front and a malty pine burn finish. really nice but i couldnt drink too many at once

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2009
excellent warming malty hoppiness with a massive plethora of hops that are not too bitter- more flavor oriented. Miles-away smell. Thanks Daknole.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2009 Sampled at Dark Lord Day 09. Amber pour with some light head. Big hoppy aroma which is surprising because of the age on this one. Nice, caramel malt flavor with a big dose of resinous hops.Big, thick mouthfeel. Totally awesome. Re-Rate: Fresh bottle, 7/2/09. Dark, ruddy amber pour with basically no head. Absolutely huge nose. Insanely bitter hops. Heavy, strong caramel malt. Flavor is strong and bitter, some malt somewhere in there behind the assault of hops. Big, chewy mouthfeel. The tongue is nearly paralyzed by the bitterness of this one. Loved it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2009
Bottle. Dark ruddy honey-amber with a thin beige head that diminishes quickly but never quite subsides and leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is honey and citrus, resinous hops, extremely fruity, and caramel. Flavor is very sweet up front, fruity and citric around the sides, caramel malt, brown sugar, some vanilla, pine and grapefruit, and quite a bit of alcohol that presents itself as a sort of woodiness . Palate is visibly thick and resinous, chewy, and a bitter burn lingers significantly. Very good and very reminiscent of a barley wine.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (47148) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 14, 2009
Bottle 355ml.
Unclear medium amber orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, light beige head. Aroma is light to moderate malty, caramel, heavy hoppy, pine, orange. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20081122]

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chia (42) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - APR 13, 2009
little to know head, viscus layer of small bubbles. pours a butterscotch golden color. nose is boosy butterscotch bitter orange peel. taste lasts a little boosy flavor full bodied ipa.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2009
Self control is harder at times then others. Bottle from Feb. 08. Huge malt on the nose now more then the hops last year. However, considering how many IBUs this guy was brewed with you can still yes still taste the strong hop flavor in there. Pours a beautiful golden brown color with minimal head as I did a slow pour into a chalice to give this guy some extra air. I have noticed though now that the malt is coming out more very nice and the beer is showing more characteristics of a barleywine. Lots of fruit, hops and malt in the flavor as well as the nose. Full and fuller bodied, you can chew this if you want and stays on your palate well a very long time. Not for the faint of heart. This is aging very well and we will see how it does for years to come.


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