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RATINGS: 338   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.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (11085) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
libertine (215) - 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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3371) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012
[5003-20121208] Tap. Cleaner orange aroma. Hazy, amber orange body with a quick foamy head. Boozy wood orange skins flavour has a long sweet grainy booze aftertaste. Full body is heavy with booze. Packs a punch, glad it’s a sample. (7/3/6/3/13) 3.2
(@ Cole’s, Buffalo, NY)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (3789) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Sample at the Blue Christmas tasting. Near clear orange pour with small amount of light tan head. Pretty much all the typical bw stylings, Smoother than I had expected. Not too sweet, with a little bit of heat on the tail side. Found it to be fairly balanced between the spicy hops and boozy sweetness. Pretty good. And does a good job of making 15% abv seem like 10%

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Pours red. Nose is spicy hops, nuts, complex caramels, vanilla, wood, light spicy bourbon. Flavor is toffee, nutty, caramels, equally sweet and bitter. Rich bourbon flavor. Fully body. Light carbonation. heavy and warming. Slightly lacking balance but enjoyable.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
574deadzone (1057) - North Central, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Pours a mostly clear yet dense flaming crimson with a creamy toffee-khaki head full of larger bubbles that settled to produce some sticky lace. Complex nose of brown sugar, maple, toffee, fruitcake, sticky buns, vanilla, booze, and candied fruit with some minty and herbal hop tones. Taste is super sweet with a fair bitterness to balance. Warm with alcohol, syrupy, tingly, creamy, heavier bodied. A big and boozy barleywine with a lot going on. A slow sipper for sure. Most enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (2342) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Pours a slightly hazy burnished copper with a huge frothy whit head that persists forever. Aromas of sweet sugary malt, brown sugar, pine and earthy hops with a touch of alcohol and a hint of dried fruit. The flavor is sweet rocket fuel. Sweet sugar, molasses, prunes and cherries with a solid shot of earthy pine hops. The alcohol is present enough to remind you that this is a big beer, but I’ve had more obtrusive alcohol presence in smaller beers before. There’s a solid shot of hop bitterness I would assume to counter the huge malt bill that this must have. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation, and a sweet syrupy resinous lightly hot mouthfeel. I enjoyed sipping on this for most of the night. It is a touch hot, maybe that will mellow with time, but I enjoyed it.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcmd (314) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Pours cloudy amber orange decent off-white head. aroma brown sugar, maple syrup, caramel, booze. Taste is sweet bready malt, maple syrup, subtle bourbon, but of harsh alcohol finish. Needs time but will be great in a few years.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5570) - Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Bottle sample. Pours a hazy dark golden amber color with a small off white head. The aroma is sweet malts, caramel, maple, herbal spicy notes, wood, with only a hint of the bourbon. The flavor is sweet malts, caramel, woody, mild fruits, herbal with some alcohol heat. Moderate bitterness to the finish. Maybe this will mellow and the parts will start to blend together with time.


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