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RATINGS: 374   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheHOFF43 (2043) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JUL 23, 2013
Bottle shared by me, what a generous guy! Pour is dark orange, tons of booze on the aroma. Flavor is boozy malts, really hoppy, sweet and surprisingly easy to drink. A few months on this did it well, based on others reviews of it being hot. Wish I had another bottle to try at a later date.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alliance100 (1113) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2013
750ml bottle. Had this fresh 1 week after bottling, REALLY HOT and boozy. Huge barley wine. Think Iím gonna let my bottles mellow out for a few years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gorditoabd (634) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 19, 2013
Bomber shared with Justin at his place in DC. Color and foam appropriate to the style. Aromas also classic of barley wine. Taste is amazing and subdued. Awesome. Really great. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2013
750ml bottle, from Party Source for $21. Shared with DanielCoor. Mildly hazy red orange color, pretty vibrant. Thin, sort of bubbly off-white head. Lots of tiny dots of lace. Really potent nose... Interesting smell, something distinct that is sort of odd. Kind of vegetal, some cooked onions, caramel in the nose. First sip: a lot different from the smell. Pretty hoppy for a barleywine, thatís still alive. Some citrusy hop. Light caramel malt. Some bruised fruit. Light spicy pepperiness. Taste is delicious. Itís moderate sweet, but not cloying. Light bitter. Very impressive taste, for 15%. I was expecting some kind of burn, but no. Drinks like 11%. Bigger body. Smooth, creamy carbonation. Tasty, hoppy, surprisingly easy drinking barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (3243) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUL 13, 2013
bottle from Halftime Beverage. good aroma, sweet. pine, caramel/toffee/maple, moderate barrel. Dark brownish orange color, small head, spotty lace. Sweet flavor. Full body, crea,y oily mouthfeel, sweet bittter finish. good stuff, flavor was my favorite part.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DanielCoor (63) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Shared by DrSilverworm, thanks amigo! Beautiful deep orange color producing a half inch of off white head that lingers doe a while. The aroma is malty and difficult to identify. The first taste was delicious with less burn than I anticipated for a 15% beer. I wish I had a better vocabulary to describe this beer as it is very interesting. The alcohol heat comes in the finish. This is a tasty barley wine that was a real treat. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (14411) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 6, 2013
750mL bottle, pours a hazy dark golden orange with a small white head. Aroma brings out piney hops, caramel and toffee. Flavour brings out loads of piney hops, toffee, and caramel malts. The hops are still prominent after almost a year, with a big caramel and toffee forefront. The 15% alcohol is amazingly well worked in, without destroying the complexity - the alcohol is definitely apparent, but itís well-situated. Good stuff, but too hot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrodooo5 (1487) - DOVER, 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. Itís a little harsh on palate in the finish but probably should b expected at 15%. Another very good beer from founders!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2677) - Chicago, 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.

   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.

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