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RATINGS: 329   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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4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ineedbeer (695) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Aroma is dominated by caramel malt notes with complimenting vanilla and raisin. As it warms the bourbon and hops become more noticeable. The alcohol also becomes more noticeable as it warms but never reaches a hot level. Esters also become more pronounced. Pours a fairly clear burnt amber with a light tan head that quickly recedes leaving a film in the center and edges. Faint lacing with long legs. Flavor starts with some sweet caramel notes - caramel, burnt sugar, raisins and plums. Mid palate the barrel quality appears, bourbon and vanilla. The finish has some slightly astringent hop bitterness and light hop flavor. The finish has quite a bit of alcohol heat along with some residual sweetness and lingering bitterness. The finish is where this beer currently falls apart. Mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation. The astringency is moderate and fairly unpleasant. The alcohol heat is moderately high but fairly clean. For all the complaints this beer gets it is surprisingly good. As it ages the alcohol heat and the astringency should mellow out. The finish is a bit slick as well which will hopefully get a bit better. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (3197) - 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 (490) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 31, 2014
Ruby caramel. Aroma is booze, toffee. Taste is the same with a strong dose of caramel, finishing bitter. Syrupy. Don’t 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 (2165) - 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 (1798) - 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 (942) - 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 (1618) - 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 (2072) - 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 (3258) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BroSpud (1679) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Sampled during Julio’s Spring Beer Fest. Surprised to find this one had much less alcohol taste than the "lowly" 12% Sweet Repute that was tasted immediately prior. I preferred this one as it seemed to have alot more going on that just alcohol. Lots of earthy fruit notes, oak and maple.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (3817) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 12, 2014
Much better than Sweet Repute. A little too boozy but still balanced well overall. Barrel not super evident. Sweet malt and hops come out in this. Cloudy orange pour with good head and lacing. Smells sweet and liquory and finishes the same way. Tap at Founders event at Churchkey.


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