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RATINGS: 347   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrodooo5 (1081) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 6, 2013
I love the mahogany pour that has a white head that leaves substantial lacing. The aroma is slightly faint w/ some of the bourbon flavors mildly showing up. The taste is sweet, smooth, & finishes boozy. It’s a little harsh on palate in the finish but probably should b expected at 15%. Another very good beer from founders!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2068) - Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Hazy amber/orange color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted sweet malt, caramel/toffee, fruit, & some vanilla; Flavor of sweet malt, caramel/toffee, molasses, spicy hops, fruit, and some bourbon; Warm finish; The alcohol is present but fairly muted; Nicely balanced; Pretty good but not great.

4.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
gonzosauce (157) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2013
Amber glowing orange & gold. Almost nauseating clove, a bit of cinnamon, and yogurt - in addition to all the expecteds. Tastes like maple-y peat & blended whiskey - carbonated & watered down. The palate is very warming, and hugely satisfying if for that alone. And overall, the story says it all. Cut their locks.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8965) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear copper amber with off white head. Nose and taste of bourbon, oak, vanilla, sweet malt, caramel, toffee, sticky resin, maple syrup, sticky orange candy and candied citrus. Full bodied. Finishes with a touch of alcohol, but not as much as expected given the ABV.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
illidurit (2175) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 23, 2013
Bottle shared at the RateBeer Gallery event in SF. I found this pretty blah, just a hodgepodge of crystal and caramel malt with a muddled and one-dimensional flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6787) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 23, 2013
From bottle share at Ratebeer Gallery event. Pours amber with a thin beige head and a treacle and alcohol aroma. There is a hearty dark molasses flavor with a very boozy character.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (17658) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2013
Draft @ CBC 2013. Pours a hazy orange amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter aroma with hints of caramel. Fruity malty hoppy piney bitter caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter piney caramel finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Boozy aroma. Sweet, slick mouthfeel. Almost no carbonation. Very solid barleywine although not as complex as I would have expected given the blend profile.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bmerz (715) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Bottle drank June ’12. Pours a deep ruby orange with fleeting red tinged head and slight lace. The aroma is very rich well rounded fruity and spicy hops, a little bourbon vanilla, lots of caramel, and booze. The flavor is very sweet, moderate bourbon booze, ripe orange, woody and strong hop bitterness. The feel is thick, lively, sticky, but gritty, woody, and warming. It’s surprisingly not too much of a hot mess. Highly drinkable for being so young and so big. You wouldn’t guess 15%. It doesn’t have the dimension of a highly complex barley wine however.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonhall (58) - - JUN 6, 2013
Malty and strong. Bourbon tinged and requires sipping. Very enjoyable. Wish I had more than the one bottle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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