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RATINGS: 355   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jblauvs (1350) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JAN 19, 2013
On tap at Strangebrew Pours a glowing orange. Aroma is boozy, sweet dried pinneaple, pear, caramel, vanilla, and brown sugar. Quite hot and boozy with pleasant flavors of simmering caramel, vanilla, pear, maple syrup, and a flutter of oak. An overly sweet sipper for sure, but not unpleasant. This will most likely improve with age.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drfabulous (4411) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 18, 2013
22 ounce bottle from Shenanigans. Light orange looking body. Medium carbonation in pour that settles. Big alcohol presence in taste and aroma. Sweet. Toffee. Some vanilla. Maple syrup. Lot of criticism of this, and Iím not sure why. A sweet sipping barley wine. I have 22 ounces of a 15% beer, and two hours before bedtime. I think I can do it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (2635) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Bottle on Christmas Eve. Pours out an attractive, clear reddish amber color with a small head. Aroma is of sweet toffee, caramel, fruit, oaky barrel, alcohol and some light hop bitterness. Taste is lots of upfront sweetness, oak, vanilla, toffee, alcohol, some light earthy notes, more booze, sweet burnt sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (13021) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2013
Bottle shared at CBC - Clerkenwell, London - thanks to Seth for sharing this beer (although, Iím positive he couldnít come close to drinking this beer by himself). Pours clear gold with a fine, white cream head. Big sweet melon aroma, hints of ripe citrus, faint pine. Monstrously sweet flavor, big melony sugars, ripe citrus fruits, big white bread, alcohol, ripe orange. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Sweet and warming finish - stupidly sweet, I should add - with further melon, mango, more ripe citrus. Very, very sweet. Not an outstanding barley wine by any means. As a humorously sweet crunk sauce (if an expensive one) it isnít bad stuff. Itís been enjoyable watching the hype arch of this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Complex and changing aroma and taste of bourbon and malt, with an amber appearance and lingering mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (3395) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Lighter copper. Thin white head. Tropical fruit hops. Citrusy. Sweeter, raisins, malty. Hefty.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WanderinCelt87 (191) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Has avery very subtle aroma with a sweet malty taste. Pours a beautiful amber brown with a white head. Has avery little bit of bite but doesnít over power sweetness of the malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blackflag321 (546) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Bomber pour to snifter. Burnt orange with slight foamy head. I was a bit apprehensive with the initial taste--bold and suggesting a mixed up syrupy bomb. However, the maple syrup and bourbon was nicely done on the palate and aftertaste. It does remind me of Nemesis (credit to Chalskís review). I look forward to the second bottle that I plan to open in about a year.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jackl (5343) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle. Thanks to Seth for providing this! The pourís deep amber with a small head. The nose is full with huge malty aromas. Loads of sweet caramel popcorn. Peanut butter, toffee, maple syrup and shoe polish. Big, sweetness. This aroma made me prime the nearest EpiPen. The taste is so, so sweet. Full of caramelised apple, maple syrup. Candy corn. French toast. Heavy, sweet boozy treacle and vanilla. Woody bourbon accents. The bodyís full, sticky, hot. This is so sweet that itís tough to drink. Overall, sure, thereís loads of flavor here. But this beerís completely unbalanced and not all that enjoyable. Itís like a funhouse mirror abstraction of a barleywine. So yeah, this is a bit garbage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Serving: Draft at Fire Works Leesburg. It pours a deep amber-red with a decent light tan head. The nose is bourbon and maple syrup. The flavor is a mix of pine, bourbon, maple, caramel, oak, toasted malt, marzipan, fusels, obvious alcohol, and long, lasting bitterness. This brew is all over the place. Full bodied with too much sweetness and a bitterness that not only doesnít pair well, but lasts way too long. Given the high ABV, Iím sure it will hold up well over time. I hope the flavor improves. This one is a mess as is.

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