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RATINGS: 336   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Sampled at FOBAB í12. Rich caramel mango fruit aroma. Bitter caramel. Rich and bitter. Caramel herbs. Tasty though the alcohol is pretty strong. 8/4/8/4/15


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
John25 (562) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle. Cloudy copper. The 15% abv is very mellow which is probably due to the 2+ years of age. A little sweet bourbon shows up throughout the taste with maple syrup, caramel, vanilla, and brown sugar as well. This is a top-notch malt forward barley wine with a full body and a long finish. Really awesome overall, glad I got to try this one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
conway (1493) - - OCT 10, 2014
Bottle. Dark amber with little head. Aroma is caramel, dark fruit and brown sugar. Taste follows and adds some burnt sugar and maple syrup. Rich, thick and sticky mouthfeel. Awesome.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (4476) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 8, 2014
Bottle - Rich caramel, chocolate, vanilla and rich barrel notes. Clearcopper wit a decent white thin head. Caramel, vanilla and some light bourbon notes. Rich and nicely balanced. Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SirLimpsalot (2249) - SWEDEN - OCT 7, 2014
@ SBWF 2014: riktigt trevlig maltig doft. Smaken kommer som en bomb av malt, frukt, alkohol och rostat kaffe. Riktigt gott. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (5804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
"Being prepared for this NOT being a 100% barrel aged beer was a big help. Like with Stoic, I think this is "only" a 97th percentile beer, and not a 100, because of expectations. People expecting a CBS like barreling or a bourbon bomb will be disappointed...unless they appreciate that while the beer might not be what they were expecting, itís a GREAT barleywine. For 15%, pretty mellow. Still a big beer, with ample sweetness, but incredible balance between the caramel and oak, good dose of citric hops, and slight vanilla, bourbon, and maple sweetness relegated to the background. Aroma and flavor are 9+. Couldnít keep my nose out of the glass, and though Iím sure itís a good thing I shared, I could have drank this 750 all by myself, and loved every sip. In the top 2% of newbies in 2012. Thanks Greg, aka ggrumet, for the trade. Ironically, same score as the beer I sent you for it! "

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndyReynolds (896) - 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 (272) - 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 (3563) - 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 (564) - 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 (2333) - 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.


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