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RATINGS: 331   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.


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (4820) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle: The aroma consists of heavy caramel, toffee, fruit, and light oxidation. It pours a transparent amber with a small off-white head that quickly fades to a thin ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with a moderate-heavy caramel and toffee. The finish has fruit, aged citrus hops, and some oxidation. Overall, itís good, but the price is a bit drastic


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndyReynolds (888) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Man, this is complex. I guess it better be with the price tag. I am pretty impressed with the overall character of this beer. It is delicious.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jamesthebrit (266) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 5, 2014
Had this fresh at the brewery when it first came out and it was gross. Hereís a bottle. Aroma is oaky. Sweet. Subtle bubblegum note. Caramel. Color is red. Little head. So red. Like ruby red. Taste is amazingly balanced. Boozy, oaky, a little floral. Malty. Sweet. Very complex. And smooth. So smooth. Much better than at the brewery. A stunning example of a barley wine. Palate is perfect. Boozy but with a super smooth finish. A great beer and a great barley wine . Like the only style made better through age.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (3430) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Draft. Brown pour with tan head. Sweet fruit and malty tones, alcohol not there but do expect it in the flavor. Darker malt tones, some sweetness, not too hot, at least when cold.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stoutnick (533) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 31, 2014
Ruby caramel. Aroma is booze, toffee. Taste is the same with a strong dose of caramel, finishing bitter. Syrupy. Donít get much of the barrel character here sadly. Overall, still a good barleywine but not up to many other Founders releases.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (2293) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JUL 18, 2014
Small taster at Zeebra. The beer has a deep copper orange colour on the body, crystal clear, with a small off-white head on top. Good retention, light lacing on the glass. Aroma is quite hoppy, with the cascade hops obvious, with mandarines, cookie dough, clear malts, light alcohol, prunes. Taste is more on the malty side, with the alcohol very well hidden actually, notable only by a warming feeling on the body. The cascade comes on the aftertaste, again with its mandarin/orange peel. Dark fruits also present, prunes, maybe some raisins, sugars. Medium body, good carbonation. Sticky palate. Great sipper.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (1887) - USA - JUL 5, 2014
Caramel orange, fruity caramel aroma... Lots of tropical fruits, slightly boozy, light hops... Great beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrFecesious (960) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2014
Hog shack bottle share. Hazy burnt orange and thin cap. Aroma of toffee, licorice, wood, booze, candied sugar. Taste is very sweet and tangy, with a big punch of bitter. Very sticky.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rbrazell (1654) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Shared at Proof. Deep amber pour with a small white head. Sweet aroma, burnt sugars, caramel, toffee, vanilla, raisins and barrel. Similar sweet flavor that bordering cloying with notes of booze. Not really my thing.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chudwick (2146) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Bomber into snifter - I get rye in the nose. Sip adds citrus, brown sugar or some other sweet ingredient, and wood. There is a lot going here, out of my league. Super sweet and somewhat boozy. Fairly hoppy still for a super sweet barley wine. Simply too much going on for me.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrChopin (3288) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 19, 2014
hazy red amber, puffy ring. Light skunky grass as orange up front in nose, accent burnt sugar booze aspects. hot flavor is light grass and cardboard oxidation, moderate orange and mango hop presence mid before thin, grassy light BO hop finish, slick palate.


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