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RATINGS: 1755   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 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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3.6
theisti (4114) - Kansas, USA - JUL 2, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2009 12 oz bottle purchased at Lukas in Kansas City, Missouri. Pour is reddish golden orange with nice settling and a 1/2 inch off white head. Sticky lacing left behind as the beer falls. Very unique color, I can’t remember a beer that looked quite like this one. Aroma of big resin pine hop bitterness, along with an earthy peanut shell aroma. Some citrus sweet and light alcohol in the back. Really fresh smelling. Actually pretty subdued for such a ginormous beer. Taste is big resin hops, though not nearly as bittering as I was expecting from the nose. The fruit sweetness is honey apple, and is strong and dry. Behind the fruit sweetness is a warming and lingering alcohol presence. It really doesn’t stick out too much, but is evident. Very much in the background is some toasty malt. Balance is way towards the hops in this one. The palate is medium to heavy, coats the mouth yet is dry and clean in the finish. More of the dry hop resin lingers with the alcohol in the finish. Alcohol really comes out as it warms. The honey really never cloys. Well constructed beer, I suppose, just not entirely my thing.

4.2
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2009
Hell yeah, finally saw it again back on the shelves in Ohio. Extremely hoppy aroma, tons of grassy, piney, resin aromas. Flavor is strong as hell. One of the hoppiest beers I’ve ever tasted. This one is unique, and stands out from many other IPAs. Has a nice sweet and malty backbone to back of the extreme hops. Reminds me alot of Hopslam, minus the honey. Very nice.

3.9
waolsen (1376) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JUN 28, 2009
bottle. thanks tim. deep copper pour with thin soapy head. fragrant aroma of rich papery malts, and earthy hops. rich maltiness, apricot and pear, syruppy bitter finish. one big hoppy monster.

4.4
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
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
zathrus13 (1776) - 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
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
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
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
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.


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