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RATINGS: 352   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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Made to Celebrate Founders 15th Anniversary, Bolt Cutter Barley Wine is an American barley wine that pours deep copper color and is strong, sweet and malt-forward, with a spicy complexity. Typical of the style, it is very cellarable. The final product is a blend using beer that was aged in Bourbon barrels, some from aged maple syrup Bourbon barrels and some from standard fermentation. After blending, the beer was allowed to mature in bottles and kegs for a few months before releasing.


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4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Pours a clear orange into snifter with a one finger head that quickly fades, the aroma is very citrusy and fruity there is just so much going on. The taste is hoppy up front with grapefruit and orange citrus followed by malt sweetness some caramel and vanilla, there is a slight burn on the way down but wow the alcohol is well hidden i cannot tell this is a 15% abv beer at all. To sum it up I am very impressed. This is one to try and seek out, very limited and expensive but i think it was worth it!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (3954) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Shared bottle. Pours clear copper with creamy off-white head. Aroma is brown sugar, bready malts, light alcohol spice, toast, and some faint dark fruit notes. Flavor is boozy malt character, medium hop bitterness, light toast, and some barrel character. Medium/full body and medium carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4209) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2015
Clean sharp copper pour with one finger of khaki tan head. Dense and rich aroma with burnt sugar, toasted grain, piney hops, resin, alcohol. Strong in the mouth, touch of mint upfront with burnt sugar and alcohol. Medium full bodied and warming finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kkleu357 (427) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 9, 2015
I really enjoyed this beer. It was brewed back in 2012, so 3 years old. Not sure what it was like 3 years ago, but today it was fantastic. Sweet bread yeast aroma. Big malt taste with a log of fig raisin flavor. Excellent.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2747) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2015
Pours thick unclear copper amber with a smaller sandy white head. Aroma brings sharp but pretty clean sweet malts, not resiny or biting at all. Do it mellowed a bit and nicely over a few years, almost herbal honey. The flavor brings sweet and smooth boozy honey spring fresh notes that go pretty smooth with just a bit of heat warming and nice.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
48FanInCali (772) - California, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Bottle - nothing very good about this one. Faint hop bitterness. Sudsy pour with a somewhat funky nose. Little sweetness with a mild booze finish. One dimensional. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
merc7186 (2334) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Aroma: Caramel, Bready Malts, Raisins Appearance: Amber Hue, Passes Mild Light, Mild Head Ring, Some Lacing Taste: Boozy, Caramel, Sweet Bread, Raisins Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Sweet, Mildly Boozy

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
teorn88 (3421) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2014
75cl bottle via trade, thanks to Tim! Shared at Chriso’s Christmas tasting, London. It pours a rich golden color with a medium white head. Aroma is, sweet, rich and fruity, with notes of caramel and ripe apricots. Taste is again sweet, fruity and boozy. Really intense on the sweet boozy side. Overall, tasty but a real sipper

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Lukaduke (2444) - Portland, Maine, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Pours a deep burnt umber color with a hint of mahogany on the edges and a finger of eggshell foam. Nose is burnt sugar, leather and booze. Palate is just disjointed. Weird medicinal aspirin notes backed by sweet caramel, boozy bourbon and some rancid butterscotch. Wasn’t feeling this bottle at all.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
JBPortland (1003) - Portland, Maine, USA - DEC 18, 2014
750ml bottle pours semi clear rusty red brown with small head. Nose is weird peanut, marshmallow, old vegetal greens, sweet pancake syrup, bread. Taste is unpleasant with all the elements of the nose and a sticky rounded sweetness. Finish is rotten fruit and greens, sweet, stale bread, artificial caramel. Total mess.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mR_fr0g (4391) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2014
Bottle shared at chriso’s winter tasting 7/12/2014. Reddy amber coloured pour with a lasting thin white head. Aroma is sticky toffee, caramel malts, big alcohol nose, Flavour is sticky toffee, caramel, burnt sugars, spicy liquorice and some Carmel. Palate is sweet and sticky, smooth but some hot alcohol. Long lingering burnt toffee. I like it..


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