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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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
illidurit (2286) - San Francisco, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (9231) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (23363) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bmerz (741) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonhall (62) - - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2013
Bottle, pours dark reddish brown, aroma is sweety and so is flavour very sweet beer, definitely in need of a little age but overall it was drinkable and enjoyable, pretty tasty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borup (12088) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2013
Sample at CBC 2013. Dark amber colour with a white head. Aroma and flavour of alcohol, dark dried fruits, wood, malt, caramel and vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ads135 (4254) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 2, 2013
I’d be curious to know how this ages. There is fairly heavy fruit and pine coming from the hops, but I imagine they don’t keep very long and they were the real unique parts of this beer. Tried at the 2013 summer beer tasting.

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