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RATINGS: 327   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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
craftycarl21 (2204) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Draft at Churchkey. Pours a slightly hazy orange copper with smallish white head. Nose and flavor are rife with candied orange, hints of sweet pink grapefruit flesh, vanilla sweetness and boozy heat, pine, and maybe the slightest touch of maple. Definitely citrus forward, but with that little touch of booze, bourbon, and maple. Palate is definitely aggressive, not hiding the 15% all that well, but I for one am just fine with that. Tasty and awesome to try, but not overly complex. Still, yummy.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (1671) - 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 (903) - 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 (1568) - 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 (1964) - 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 (3220) - 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 (1666) - , 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 (3567) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
jmagnus87 (2330) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Bottle sampled at a friends house. Loads of oak, pine, caramel, toffee and citrus.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gendv138 (973) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Draft at ChurchKey, thanks solidfunk! Pours caramel brown with off-white head. Aromas of caramel, pine, toffee. Tasting notes of caramel, pine, citrus, toffee. Medium body with a dry finish. Light syrupy mouthfeel. Haven’t had this fresh but it seems to have aged nicely.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wheresyourball (481) - El Cajon, California, USA - MAY 8, 2014
Bottle to tulip. Pours a clear amber color with off white head. Nose is caramel, alcohol. Light bodied with caramel, maple, wood. Booze is noticeable and the finish is bitter with some burn. Interesting but nowhere as good as Alpine Great or Bourbon County Barleywine.


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