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RATINGS: 374   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2013
Very good, but unremarkable other than being 15% and having the booze well hidden. Tastes like most american, west coast barleywines. Strong, sweet, with hops at the front and back.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DialSquare (4321) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2013
Bottle shared at Hunahpu day í13. Amber pour. Toffee and toasty malts in the aroma. Tastes are sweet molasses, sugary, little boozy, more sugary... Too sweet for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcos (1784) - Maryland, USA - APR 1, 2013
Location/Date:Bottle split with Dave on March 31st, 2013.

Appearance: Pours a nice maroon thatís nearly see through.
Aroma: Aroma of caramel and light bourbon.
Taste: Light bitterness, caramel, faint bourbon.
Palate:Medium light body, light aftertaste, covers alcohol well.

Summary: This beer was really interesting. Starting off, was scared of enjoying something 15% but it wasnít too bad. The beer tastes good and is very well made, but seemed almost too one note, even if it is a good one note.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reynolds314 (3328) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 29, 2013
This beer was pretty good. Wheres the barrel? Rich robust barleywine with some dark fruits and candy sugar and a grainy earthyness. The founders bump.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadRobin (2831) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - MAR 27, 2013
On tap 4 oz. pour at Meridian Pint in Columbia Heights, Washington, DC. Hazy, medium dark amber copper-brown with a khaki head and excellent lacing. Aroma of caramel, butterscotch, toffee, pineapple, leather, citrus, tropical fruit and earthy hops. Taste of caramel, booze, butterscotch, pineapple, leather, citrus and pine. Full/medium body and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (6029) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Bottle - 750mL crowned. Copper pour with a medium, dense tan head. Aroma is very sweet and boozy with caramel, soft vanilla, citrus notes and hop notes. Taste is sweet malt, chewy caramel, candied fruit, citrus notes, booze, hops and vanilla, Faint toasted coconut as well. Body is medium-full and chewy with some syrupy notes and sugary stickiness to it. Moderate boozy as well. Ends with more caramel, sweet malt, candied citrus, hops, vanilla notes, soft coconut notes, booze and faint maple syrup.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RABinCO (1508) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Bottle. Pours copper with a slight white head that fades to a halo with pretty thick lacing. Aroma is citrus, sweet, malt and big on booze. Taste is a big bad sweet and malty barleywine with a slight citrus bite and a big boozy burn. A nice, big warming sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9568) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Pouring at the Night of the Barrels at Extreme Beer Fest. Pours a clear ruby tinged amber. Warm malt, toast, crisp hops. Rather hoppy and cool, citrus with lots of sticky malt. Toasty, plums and long caramel. Toast and long malt, light oxidization and a long bitterness on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernesto987 (5607) - Arizona, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Your standard well made barleywine. No barrel chacteristics. Itís ok but not for me, too sweet and boozy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Split a bottle at Duck Fat. A: Gorgeous slightly murky golden amber. The dirty cream head looked like a beer that was 66% barrel aged - bit bubbles, spotty lacing, but substantial. Great looking beer S: Prominent resinous grapefruit citrus and sticky caramel, very skunky and pungent, which is all very nice. However, lacks complexity in this category - no barrel character, no BW fruitiness. Still, though, good aroma T: Great stuff. Incredibly rich, very sweet caramel and sticky resinous pine and grapefruit. There are slight vanilla and oak notes that I wish were more prominent - cannot detect any maple syrup in flavor, aside from assumed added sweetness. A delicious, messy, sweet caramel bomb. P: Full. Sticky. Chewy. Syrupy. Just huge, but again, kind of messy O: A really great beer! I wish they would have barrel aged the whole beer and did __ bourbon and ___ maple syrup bourbon. Have one sitting in the basement, really looking forward to what age will do. It is kind of a mess, but works. Received a lot of negative feedback, which I donít think it deserves. A great beer if you are into huge, sweet, sticky onslaughts on the palate.

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