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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeneugs (3120) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 2, 2014
750 ml bottle. It pours a very clear amber/orange color with an orange head. The aroma is ultra sweet with rum soaked raisins, orange marmalade, maple syrup, bourbon and a touch of rubbing alcohol. The flavor is kind of the same. More maple syrup and bitter orange, some cherry cough syrup, vanilla and wood. It has a very rough bitter, aspirin/alcoholic finish. Way too rough.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
koleminer20 (548) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2014 750 mL bomber into a snifter. The pour is a nice bright orangish brown color with a good light tan head and a solid amount of lacing. The aroma is big on fruit and bourbon with a nice malt character. The fruitiness is rather strong, letting the bourbon and vanilla characters pop up on the back end. The flavor is a bit more bourbony on the front end, but then a nice complexity rolls in with the fruit, malt, and a solid sweetness. The mouth feel is solid and there is a nice carbonation to accompany a good lingering boozy, yet fruity, aftertaste. Previous rating 3.7 (7, 4, 7, 4, 15) On draft at Ashley’s. The pour is very light, red, and not overly impressive. The head is thin. Filmy and fades to a spotty lace. The aroma is difficult. There are some tobacco ish hints with hot a whole lot of bourbon or vanilla to it. It’s a little grainy, and not what is expect from the beer. The flavor is similarity disappointing. There is a nice bourbony flavor to it but it’s missing a lot of the characteristics of a good barleywine. It’s not terrible, but it’s not overly impressive. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sherm1016 (1127) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2013
750ml bottle. Pours a clear, dark amber color with a thin tan head and some lacing. Aroma is caramel, nutty, oak, vanilla. Heavy and syrupy on the palate with soft, creamy carbonation. Flavor is very sweet, malty, caramel, toast, some booze, oak, vanilla, clove?, with a sweet, oaky finish. Not my favorite from Founders.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluejacket74 (1282) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2013
750 ml bottle, vintage 2012. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a garnet red/copper color with about a half inch light tan head. Head retention is good, and there’s a lot of lacing left behind. The brew smells like dark fruit, caramel, vanilla, candied oranges, sweet spices, citrusy hops, wood, and some booze/bourbon. It tastes similar to the aroma, like dark fruit (cherries, raisins), sweet spices, caramel, vanilla, candied oranges, toffee, wood, bourbon/booze, citrusy hops, molasses and some light pine resin. It’s mostly sweet tasting, but there’s noticeable bitterness too. Mouthfeel/body is full, it’s syrupy and coating with low/moderate carbonation. It’s not as boozy as I expected for being 15% ABV. I thought this was a pretty good brew, hopefully Founders will make this again in the future.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dr_Fellini (373) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Bottle to glass. Pours a beautiful deep amber light mahogany color with an off-white head. Aroma is full of complex malts, sweet, and alcoholic. Flavor is sweet, heavy, malty, caramel, alcohol. Thick and oily. Lingering alcoholic malty sweetness. Fantastic.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rodenbach99 (3097) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 23, 2013
Une grosse bouteille partagée par et avec SlovakSniper qui n’a pas fait mouche à la chasse cette année. Une grosse bière orangée ambrée avec une mousse blanche bien présente. Un nez d’une puissance déconcertante avec cette tonne d’orange amère mélangé aux autres fruits tropicaux, à l’alcool, au sucre d’orge et à cette touche de bourbon. La bouche est décadente, forte, puissante, chaude. Des saveurs bien marquées d’agrumes, de sucre et tout ce qui a déjà été dit. Une finale chaude à boire à petite lampée. Pour amateur de bière décadente.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (3297) - Nueva York, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Barcade, Brooklyn tap ($8): Pours murky brown with a beige head. Aroma is a lot of hops, loads of maltiness, whiskey, wood, and a hell of a lot of sugar. Taste is slightly boozy (not nearly as much as some other reviewers are claiming). It is also rather hoppy and bitter. Plenty of malt backbone to wash it down. This is an extremely aggressive beer. Not for the faint of heart. A good way to start my Founders tap takeover.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SlovakSniper (3048) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 21, 2013
Une bouteille partagée avec rodenbach99. Dans mon verre, une robe ambrée et sa tête mousseuse qui est presque jaune. Une dentelle qui s’enroule autour de ma tulipe. Au nez, c’est la décadence. Beaucoup de douceur avec une présence houblonnée et des vapeurs tièdes bien senties : le gâteau aux fruits confits est encore chaud, l’alcool incorpore des notes résineuses, le sucre d’orge parfume la pièce, des vapeurs de mandarine Napoléon se mettent en place et le fût de chêne est un orateur hors pair. Au goût, c’est orgiaque. L’alcool poivré et floral combat de longues et langoureuses notes maltées. Le caramel est riche sur ma langue : il est indéniablement aromatisé par des agrumes. Des bonbons de sucre d’érable roulent sur mon palais. Lorsque je retrouve mes esprits, mes papilles s’enlisent dans un sirop composé de brandy et de bourbon vanillé. En bouche, je suis loin de détester cette sensation liquoreuse. Les bulles qui adoptent un comportement modéré renforcent cette impression. En finale, j’adore la rencontre entre l’érable, le bourbon au miel et les houblons fortifiés par cet étonnant alcool qui ne fait jamais ses 15 degrés. Objectivement parlant, une bombe assez cochonne. Subjectivement parlant, un monstre charpenté pour me plaire. Et dire que je voulais échanger cette bouteille... Une solide expérience.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
harrymel (1481) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Alright, let’s see what’s going on here. Pours a fiery orange with loose soapy light tan foam scattered over a brilliantly clarified beer. Cherry, alcohol, burning alcohol, sugar, light crystal malts, some pithy hops. Not an impressive nose whatsoever. Flavor is simply sweet. Booze, malt, sugar, brown sugar, absolutely overly boozy. Medium bodied with low carb and a wet finish that actually makes me feel like I just took a shot of cheap liquor, probably one of the least desirable mouthfeels I’ve had in quite some time. I tried, but this became a drainpour for me.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaroonOrange (128) - - NOV 13, 2013
On tap. Murky amber color. Sweet grain flavor with a lemon candy finish. Deceptively strong and very smooth. A complex barley wine for slow sipping.


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