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RATINGS: 327   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slipstream (1994) - USA - DEC 27, 2012
This behemoth was on tap at Capone’s Thanksgiving event, where I had a sip, but given my world class beer taste sensors, I feel qualified to rate it. Very rich and boozy, as much like a whiskey punch as a beer. Molasses, tobacco, caramel, smoke, bourbon. Not really my favorite style, but worthy of respect.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign (2167) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2012
shared 750ml. pours a deep orange / ruby with a small white head. deep citrus / floral hop nose along with a thin layer of bourbon. med to full body with residual sugar, vanilla, light bourbon, light oak, caramel malts and a citrus bitterness. lingering alcohol warmth and citrus hops on the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (7638) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2012
2012-12-08. Hazy dark orange amber body, nice small beige head and lace. 3+ First sips are boozy and quite hoppy, pretty warming alcohol in the throat, mild biscuity malt has whispers of caramel woven throughout. 7++ Sweet finish balances a bitter main. Aroma is maltier then the flavour, sweet biscuity notes and pale malt, fairly alcoholic, modest hops. 7+ Smooth medium bodied palate is softly carbonated. 3+ Nice but too boozy overall. On tap at Coles, Buffalo

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Bottle, thanks Marc. Rating #94. Phenomenal stuff. Nice bit of hops followed by a ton of caramel, toffee and dark fruit. Great! (2596)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrownALEx (263) - Portland, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2012
This is one big beer. The biggest I’ve had. Small pour with almost no head. Smells of hops and booze. Taste is also that plus some small maple notes. Nice palate. Not too bad but also not my cup of tea. So glad I bought it though.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vogt5059 (30) - Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Poured out of a bottle into a small snifter Copper in color with a small off white head that quickly dissipates Nose is full of hops and a hint of alcohol As the head fades and the beer warms the malt and the alcohol come through in the nose more Taste is slightly deceived from the nose I get more malt and less hops on the palate than in the nose. Overall a great beer, a little hoppy but would be a beer that would age very nicely. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
badwhale (352) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Bottle to 10oz glass. Pours a hazy copper / orange with a sparse yellow head. Really malty, and almost wine like. Fruit flavors, and you can really tell it’s high AVB. Ok for a one try for me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ReggieDunlap (3030) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Pours a clear amber/orange with a medium tan/orange hued head...nice lacing and color. Aroma has candied fruits, maple syrup, and earthy hop notes. Flavor has mapley candied fruit with earthy hops and a hint of oak...not getting much bourbon though. Mouthfeel is medium/full...a bit sticky...and a dry earthy/oaky/fruity finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10467) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Bottle. Poured clear dark copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy sweet malt wood aroma. Moderate to full smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor to medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where met with a complex beer.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
CLevar (376) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Bottle pour. Dark copper gold, lasting head, decent lacing. Aroma is a hot mess of hops, booze, crystallized brown sugar malts. Taste is, yep, a hot mess of hops, booze, crystallized brown sugar malts. The hops really seem out of place here with as much residual sugar as this beer has....they seem an afterthought, and not one that I really enjoy. Of all the beers tonight, this is the one that I had the hardest time finishing. Unfortunately, I don’t see this one getting much better either.


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