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RATINGS: 372   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Steasy66 (1115) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Amber with 1 finger white head. Aroma has a malty toffee background with a good amount of fruity hops, bit of banana in there as well. Opens extremely sweet, middle has some dark fruit and bananas, and the finish is fairly bitter with a bit of fruit. This isn’t bad, but its far from good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 25, 2014
750ml bottle pours a bright orange amber with a thin off white head. sweet malt bourbon and maple aroma. taste is the same

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2014
750ml served in a Tripel Karmeleliet tulip because I just knocked my snifter off the counter shattering into a thousand pieces. Sad. Vintage 2012 Anniversary! A - Pours a hazy garnet amber with a yellowish sudsy head. The head forms a razor thin cap with speckled lacing left on the glass. S - Candied barley, sweet citrus, caramel, toffee, bourbon barrel, spicy grains, maple syrup, orange alcohol. T - Thick toffee malt, spicy barley, orange cream, confectioners sugar, maple syrup, honey drenched grain, grapefruit rind, the citrus hops provide good flavor and medium bitterness against this heavy handed malt. Notes of bourbon soaked wood, a peppery spicyness becomes more pronounced as it warms. The spicyness comes from the alcohol but seems to trick the palate into thinking it’s from a spicy grain. Finishes malty, spicy and slightly bitter. M - Thick syrupy body, low creamy carbonation. Fuller body for the ABV. Gets slicker as it warms. This is big all around. It still has a good amount of grapefruit hops which it needs to combat all that sweet malt. I like this better now than when I had it 4 months ago for some strange reason. As sweet and as high as this ABV is, I found my self talking bigger drinks. This beer is very smooth and for the amount of malt this puppy packs there is a good supporting cast with the wood and hops. I’ve had beers in this ABV range and most can’t pull it off. This one does. I wouldn’t set on this one too much longer. The remaining hops are what saves this beer from being an ultra sweet diabetes overload. Drink it now. Serving type: bottle 11-17-2013

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerfest5 (1207) - Cloneen, IRELAND - JAN 17, 2014
Ok with 15% abv, its past the point of trying to hide the booze in either the hops or malts. This is a sipper, preferably after a large meal, and sharing it with several people. Even when all the objectives are met, this is still a tough one. Some redeeming factors, the maple syrup came through well, not cloying like I expected, but I don’t think Ill be coming back for seconds

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeneugs (5442) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
koleminer20 (2106) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sherm1016 (1271) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluejacket74 (1768) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dr_Fellini (1020) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rodenbach99 (4060) - 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.

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