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RATINGS: 1742   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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dmac (5827) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2007
12 oz bottle purchased at Capones. Poured a deep reddish/amber with a light tan tan huge frothy head. Aroma was tons of citrusy hops yet still had caramel maltiness coming through and only a slight bit of alcohol despite the 13%. The palate on this one was just perfect for the style with a full mouthfell, noticable but not overpowering carbonation and a bitter finish. Flavor was tons of hops, think citrus not floral, slight alcohol and a long bitter finish. If your not a true hop head stay away from this monster but for those that love hops say hello to your new friend.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2007
Bottle. Huge sweet and piny aroma. Lots of hops for sure. Alcohol presence shows as it warms. Pours a rich amber with an off white head and sticky lacing all the way down the glass. Doesnt quite taste like 200+ IBUs, 90, maybe. Anyway... Lots of candi sweetness, hops and alcohol. Some caramel and toffee. Bright, grassy and earthy (wood) hops. Flavor is big, but kind of all over the place. Good, but off balance (its probably supposed to be that way).

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2007
From the tap at the brewery. Probably the best beer that I have ever had. Great aroma - almost worth it right there. Smooth taste with just the right amount of hops.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
undsioux7 (872) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2007
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy copper/brown with a thin off white head. Strong aroma of sweet candy sugar with some citris fruit behind it. Taste inundates you with malty candy sugar sweetness, alchohol and bitter hops. Definitely more like a barley wine. Too cloying. Has the hop biterness but is missing the flavor of the hops to balance the sweetness. Then it would be awsome.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - AUG 7, 2007
12 oz bottle via trade (thanks to whoever sent this..i wrote it down but cant read my own writing!). Pours a semi hazy reddish brown with an average head that quickly dissipates and leaves lots of webby lacing...or is it lacy webbing..anyways....nose is sweet pineapples, orange, with some woody undertones. Taste is sweet syrupy candy with some vanilla and earthiness that quickly finishes with some spicy hops..I would guess-Centennial, Simcoe, Magnum and 7 more perhaps? The alcohol warmth is there, but is smooth for 13% abv..i have had 9% barleywines that were much rougher than this..oh, they call this a Triple IPA..200 ibus? I dont think so..maybe when bottled, but this is more like about 50 ibus now, wish i knew how old this bottle is, but i am guessing at least a year....but whatever lol. Tastes like a nice smooth barleywine to me. Body is full, carbonation medium...Nice work, Founders!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3383) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 3, 2007
12oz bottle shared with my buddy Cheyne, traded from someone in many trades...Pours murky amber with a tan bubbly head. The nose is huge malty and makes me feel more like an old ale or a Barley Wine. Taste is strong but amazingly hides some alc with so much kick in the end. Pretty damn awesome.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JUL 30, 2007
12oz bottle. Aroma is lovely hopps and fruit. Notes of pineapple and resin. Small off-white head that mostly diminished. No lace. Nice red/orange hue. Flavor is initially sweet and heavy bitters on the long finish. Palate is full and oily flat. Heavy astringent on the finish. Too bitter on the finish but alcohol is well concelled. Lovely brew but too much ick on the finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sunevdj (4011) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2007 Big thanks goes to axilla for trading me this one. (And a little thanks to MIBRomeo who sent me another bottle that didnt make it, but gave me the urge to get another one.) Pours a clear red with some particles. Off-white foamy head. Smells of abricot and alcohol. Quite bitter with heavy hops aromas of pine, grape fruit and resin. Strong alcohol notes. Tiny hints of grapes, liquirish and pepper. Full bodied. Fizzy soft carbonation. Bitter finish. Yum Yum.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 24, 2007
Bottle shared with MrRomero. Aroma is hop incarnate, with some sweet medium malts, and alcohol. Taste is full of amariillo hops lots of pineapple and pinecone. Alcohol is not as dominate in the taste, the dominate flavor is HOPS. Decent brew but very one dimensional.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUL 23, 2007
12 oz bottle: poured half clear and half slightly cloudy orange/brown with a thick medium sized beige head. Huge hop aroma. Lots of pineapple, sugary sweet, some spruce and pine. Very full bodied, thick. Lots of hops in the flavor. Gave me a slight bit of heartburn after the first swallow. Sweet midway on the tongue, drying out after the swallow leading to a bitter finish. A very big beer with a ton of flavor but not something I could drink much of.


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