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RATINGS: 332   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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jlruthven (551) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Bottle, poured into a snifter. Mahogany red, russet hints, and an impressive head, considering the ABV. Big oak/vanilla sweetness on the nose, nice punch of hops, toffee, caramel, a hint of fruitcake and booze. Thick mouthfeel, with citric hops right at the front of the tongue, segueing into a slick, maple-barrel sweetness. Bitter, long finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (4887) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Bottle shared by a friend. Pours clear amber with a medium beige head. Aroma of malt, corn, caramel, maple and some booze. Malty flavor with maple and caramel along with some dry hops before a boozy finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chuckaduck (645) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JAN 28, 2013
1/25/2013. Pours translucent green-copper with a thin white head. Aroma is hoppy, sweet, earth, dark fruit, alcohol. Taste is complex; vanilla, dark fruit, earth, grass, citrus, dry red grapes all stand out, but really there’s a lot more going on here. Well-hidden alcohol. Thick, chewy mouth feel. Low carbonation. Incredibly drinkable. Delicious, amazing and beautiful. This beer was masterfully crafted. There is so much at work within this blend, but it’s so perfectly woven together, creating this homogeneous experience. It breaks my heart that this will probably never be bottle again.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Clear copper pour with a white head. Aroma is sweet vanilla, woody, deep but light. Flavor is sweet but not cloying. Good malt balance, some great wood notes. Crisp, bright and dense. Tasted amazing. Complex well balanced. Excellent beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerathon (1184) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Yowzah! This is a great beer. Love the smooth alcohol nose and finish of this barely wine. Very hoppy, but balanced well by the malts.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmongoose (1314) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 27, 2013
on draft mid winter beer warmer in asheville. poured reddish color with white head. aroma was strong boozy and sweet with malts. some spiciness underneath. flavor was strong sweet malts on the front end..cant tell you what kind of spices were used but you can taste them blended through. the booze comes on the back end. as well as any barley wine you can put this away until next year or later...just guessing this would age very well and the flavors would only become more pronounced.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arkurzynski (1526) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Red-brown pour. Nose is fairly heavy with dank hops, deep dark fruit malt, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and booze. Flavor is dank hop bitterness upfront giving way the sticky, boozy caramel and toasted malt. Light fruitiness. Maybe catch a little of the maple syrup sweetness towards the end. Sticky, coating malt finish with hop bitterness and booze twang. Needs more time.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (4842) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle: The aroma consists of heavy caramel, toffee, fruit, and light oxidation. It pours a transparent amber with a small off-white head that quickly fades to a thin ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with a moderate-heavy caramel and toffee. The finish has fruit, aged citrus hops, and some oxidation. Overall, it’s good, but the price is a bit drastic

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Martinus (2859) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2013
Reddish brown colour, white head. Aroma of hops, resin, citrus, malts, vanilla and honey. Hop bitter flavour, quite sweet, caramel. Hop bitter finish, quite malty, some honey.
Nice.
(From 75cL bottle @ RBBWG II. Courtesy of Thirstybird. Thanks Ryan!)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hivemind (711) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Draft at VSK night at Blint Tiger back on 11/28/2013 with James, Streets, some others. Very boozy but not so much as to be a negative, which I think is what James though. Barrel aging comes through very well. Syrupy mouthfeel and a creamy body.


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