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RATINGS: 345   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ebone1988 (262) - Wyoming, Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Aroma is sweet, hoppy, malty. Appearance is hazy orange, small head. Taste is very sweet, like sugary rock candy, piny aftertaste. Mouthfeel is sticky and pretty nice. Overall, the booze is very well-hidden, and I’m pleasantly surprised with how it turned out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Bottle shared amongst friends at a recent tasting. So I keep saying that barely wines aren’t really my thing but it’s hard to deny when you’ve had an outstanding one like this. Maybe I need to re think the whole barely wine thing,haha. This was so damn tasty and didn’t even drink like a 15% ABV beer. Incredibly smooth and full of flavor, going back for seconds was a must!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Clear brilliant red pour with a non existent head. Very dirty oxidized malts and unbalanced booze- dark fruit and hop spices follow. I was super uninspired by this brew. Good thing the rest of the Founders line up is out of this world...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (2296) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 6, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2013 Bien balancé, très facile à boire pour sa grosseur. Dans une soirée trop bien arrosé, j’y reviendrai pour les détails de la dégustation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2013
750 ml bottle served in a Hofbrau tulip. A: Semi hazy dark cherry color. A light tan head forms on the pour with great retention. Sticky webbings of lace are left down the glass. Looks a lot like Devil Dancer. S: A little pine with some citrus zest. Some candied sugar with a hefty dose of bready malts. I’m not picking up any barrel notes and it doesn’t smell anything like a barleywine. More like a big and boozy DIPA. T: A little melon up front with some candy sugar and a ton of alcohol. A little maple with some citrus and bitter pine. Bready malts with a hot and boozy finish. M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Pretty hot with a ton of booze on the finish. O: This isn’t close to a barleywine. Too big and boozy and not really well made. The barrel is not existent. A bigger let down that Frangelic Mountain Brown. Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Draft at Capone’s. Pours translucent orangy copper with minimal head. Nose is bourbon, cognac, orangy, woody. Tastes very hot and fuselly, with a big bourbon hit, a lot of tropical citrus, hops, and an astringent finish. Didn’t get much maple in this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Served in a Founders tulip. Really sweet and incredibly boozy. Not near the level of what Founders barrel aged beers normally are.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (11529) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Murky copper colored pour with a white head. Nose is sweet brown sugar, caramel, and apple. A weird nutmeg spiciness, grapefruit, pine, and alcohol. The flavor is really no better. Overly sweet and oddly spiced. Candy-like sweetness, brown sugar, and caramel. Apple, grapefruit, and pine, alcohol, and no bitterness at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
libertine (227) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2013
pours copper with a beige head.lots of lacing in my glass.aroma is toast,caramel,dark fruit,burnt sugars,oak,and the bourbon is slight.flavor of dark fruits,grapefruit,sweet molasses,bourbon,hard candy and wood.slightly boozy but balanced.full bodied with a syrupy mouth feel.finish is slightly dry and bitter.a lot of flavor going on with this one.all the flavors are so well balanced.very pricey but very nice barley wine

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3399) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2012
25.4 oz bottle. Hazy brown with beige froth. Nose is caramel, maple and wood. Medium body with a tingle. Taste is caramel, burnt maple, raisin, faint bourbon and green hops. Could use another year to mellow.

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