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RATINGS: 352   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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Huhzubendah (2758) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 8, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2013 Shared by Paul. Thanks...sorta. The beer appears a who cares irrelevant hue with a it doesnít matter head. The aroma brings a please donít scent with a shitload of unnecessary hops and huge boozy sweetness. Just because you can doesnít mean you should. Tons of malt and hops thrown together with no sensitivity or balance. Overwhelming alcohol and sweetness. What a disappoinment. No thanks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stumpyiliz (216) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Smell is super hoppy. No notes of the wood here. This seems like an example of what you can do with a 10%+ Barleywine taste like Bigfoot. Taste is resinous, with a warm palate from the booze and finishes with good malt and hop body backed by a little flavor from the wood.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
riversideAK (5701) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2013 Boozey feet floral orange and biscuit vodka. Pours orange golden. Thin head nice legs. Flavors of vodka oranges sweet sugars vodka. Sweet sugary vodka. Hot as fuck.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pauls_parade (340) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Clear deep golden-copper colored with just a wisp of head. Caramel malt, citrus, spice, a touch of bourbon, alcohol, and a little pine to round out the aroma. Full-bodied, but not overly syrupy. Malt-forward, but tons of hop flavor and enough bitterness to balance but not crush the palate. Very smooth and highly enjoyable. Lotís of alcohol but blends and masks the 15% ABV as well as can be. One-time experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2013
On tap at Sugar Maple. Ruby red with a moderate off-white crown. Aroma of alcohol, caramel, oak, toffee and mild fruit. Taste is just too boozy with oak, vanilla, mild fruit, toffee, mild maple and a hot hot finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2013
75cl, as Founders Bolt Cutter, new exclusive American brew Anno 2012, thx to Secret Santa!, very complex brew, sweet/alcoholic and slightly fruity/woody, not too heavy, balanced, hazy, small head, very good brew, yet very expensive!, WOW!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tcane7 (1669) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Draft at Kite and Key. Pours a murky copper with thin beige head and lacing. Very boozy nose, sugary, some oak. The taste is sweet and syrupy but much more smooth than the nose would indicate. Good hop flavor with orange, pine, toasted marshmallow and sweet malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jdskinns (204) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Bottle. Pours an orange, dark amber color. Aroma is fruity, toffee, and some booze. Taste is dark fruit, sweet, toffee, brown sugar, some barrel, and booze. I didnít find this to be as hot as Iíve heard others say. A big, sticky barleywine. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bjshades (156) - Iowa, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Pours a dark red copper color, woody aroma with a sweet booze taste up front with a slight caramel finish, canít wait to see how it cellars

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CanIHave4Beers (3428) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Pours a rust color, the head is fairly nice sized and the lacing is dotted and doesnít really stick around.

The aroma is resiny with plenty of alcohol. Some orange-peel & bourbon in there as well.

The flavor is stupidly booze forward, very resiny, with a little bit of caramel. The flavor is plenty sweet & plenty bitter with an interesting but muddled and unfocused hop character.
I drank it out of an oversized snifter, and after some swishing and swirling (and warming) this got more and more pleasant, finally giving off some of the maple and oaky flavors... not fully abandoning the resiny alcoholic mess but gaining some rich toffee.

The palate is a little sticky, and the low carbonation fits a beer of this size well, but the beer is way too hot on alcohol to give a very good mouthfeel.

Iím not going to sit here and call this "garbage juice" or proclaim how awful it is... It is at worst mildly unpleasant with some decent things going on. I can see this as a beer that may be suited for long term aging, but itís initial impression combined with the $20 (minimum) price tag just keep me from testing that theory.

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