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RATINGS: 328   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RABinCO (1156) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Bottle. Pours copper with a slight white head that fades to a halo with pretty thick lacing. Aroma is citrus, sweet, malt and big on booze. Taste is a big bad sweet and malty barleywine with a slight citrus bite and a big boozy burn. A nice, big warming sipper.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Pouring at the Night of the Barrels at Extreme Beer Fest. Pours a clear ruby tinged amber. Warm malt, toast, crisp hops. Rather hoppy and cool, citrus with lots of sticky malt. Toasty, plums and long caramel. Toast and long malt, light oxidization and a long bitterness on the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernesto987 (3572) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Your standard well made barleywine. No barrel chacteristics. Itís ok but not for me, too sweet and boozy

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Split a bottle at Duck Fat. A: Gorgeous slightly murky golden amber. The dirty cream head looked like a beer that was 66% barrel aged - bit bubbles, spotty lacing, but substantial. Great looking beer S: Prominent resinous grapefruit citrus and sticky caramel, very skunky and pungent, which is all very nice. However, lacks complexity in this category - no barrel character, no BW fruitiness. Still, though, good aroma T: Great stuff. Incredibly rich, very sweet caramel and sticky resinous pine and grapefruit. There are slight vanilla and oak notes that I wish were more prominent - cannot detect any maple syrup in flavor, aside from assumed added sweetness. A delicious, messy, sweet caramel bomb. P: Full. Sticky. Chewy. Syrupy. Just huge, but again, kind of messy O: A really great beer! I wish they would have barrel aged the whole beer and did __ bourbon and ___ maple syrup bourbon. Have one sitting in the basement, really looking forward to what age will do. It is kind of a mess, but works. Received a lot of negative feedback, which I donít think it deserves. A great beer if you are into huge, sweet, sticky onslaughts on the palate.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MarkSachon (554) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Bomber bottle courtesy of my neighbor Bob - Thanks! Consumed with several friends at a belly dance festival all of whom were astonished at the goodness. Plenty of alcohol if thatís your thing but the best part was the bittersweet herbal taste that will creep up on your taste buds just after you think the finish is over. No perfumes evident either, which is a very good thing.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (8848) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Bottle... Pours clear and burnt-orange with a small, creamy, off-white head. Good retention. The aromatics are of toffee, fruitcake and caramel accompanied by light floral notes. Full-bodied and velvety with mild carbonation. The flavor is super malty, but is balanced nicely by acutely bitter, earthy hops and ethanol. Finishes bitter and boozy. Bottle courtesy of biggsbowler!

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Huhzubendah (2413) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 8, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2013 Shared by Paul. Thanks...sorta. The beer appears a who cares irrelevant hue with a it doesnít matter head. The aroma brings a please donít scent with a shitload of unnecessary hops and huge boozy sweetness. Just because you can doesnít mean you should. Tons of malt and hops thrown together with no sensitivity or balance. Overwhelming alcohol and sweetness. What a disappoinment. No thanks.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stumpyiliz (213) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Smell is super hoppy. No notes of the wood here. This seems like an example of what you can do with a 10%+ Barleywine taste like Bigfoot. Taste is resinous, with a warm palate from the booze and finishes with good malt and hop body backed by a little flavor from the wood.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
riversideAK (5582) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2013 Boozey feet floral orange and biscuit vodka. Pours orange golden. Thin head nice legs. Flavors of vodka oranges sweet sugars vodka. Sweet sugary vodka. Hot as fuck.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pauls_parade (340) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Clear deep golden-copper colored with just a wisp of head. Caramel malt, citrus, spice, a touch of bourbon, alcohol, and a little pine to round out the aroma. Full-bodied, but not overly syrupy. Malt-forward, but tons of hop flavor and enough bitterness to balance but not crush the palate. Very smooth and highly enjoyable. Lotís of alcohol but blends and masks the 15% ABV as well as can be. One-time experience.


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