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RATINGS: 372   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   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.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Pours a clear copper with a off white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is malts, alcohol. Taste is sweet malts, bourbon, slightly hoppy. Medium body with dry warming finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2755) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Hazy copper orange pour, thin off white head and very light lacing .... aroma of caramel malts, oranges, boozy, maple syrup and light vanilla .... taste is very bitter and citrusy orange, maple syrup, light dry oak, caramel malts, light vanilla, rindy bitter hops and boozy .... finish is bitter warming and booxy .... definitely a brew to age .... syrupy slick mouthfeel .... complex and tasty, but definitely need to age and try again down the road

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EvilHenchman (3) - Alabama, USA - DEC 16, 2012 does not count
Pours a dark brown amber with a little head that quickly dissipates. Nose is of candy peanuts peanut brittle liquory booze. Starts sweet and boost nutty in the middle and sweet coffee bitterness left in the mouth and tongue. Very nice grape fruity hook character balances and hides the 18% very well. Overall very good beer felt lucky when I found it after reading about it. Would drink again imagine it would become magical in time.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Draft at Beer Run. Pours a clear vibrant auburn color with a thin frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of toffee, caramel, citrus hops and a mild nutty note. The taste is toffee, treacle, citrus hops and raisins. Medium bodied and a bit boozy. Nice beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Bottle thanks to billshmeinke. Clear bronze orange pour, quite viscous, very retentive off white head. Aromas are canned and caramelized pineapple, some oak tannins, bourbon, marshmallow, maraschino cherries, vanillin. Flavors: tons of caramel, crystal malt, pineapple, hoppy, apple, butter, some honey. Bitter, floral hop, sticky sweet. Alcohol is nicely hidden, but this what I hate on east coast DIPAs, sticky sweet, bitter, canned pineapple. The balance of good American barley wines are still missing. Sticky, low carbonation and warming.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernbourbon (1481) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Tap. Pour is deep clear amber with a small white head. Aroma and flavor are caramel malt with faint hop notes and light brandy qualities. A little spicy and hides 15% very well. Solid

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2012
On the Second Day of Christmas the beer gods gave to me... Nemesis 2010 anyone? A hopped up bwine that reminds me how sad I was when I drank my last 2010 Nemesis. Pours a nice burnt orange color with a gentle white soapy head. Aroma of caramel, citrus, earthiness, and alcohol. Has a nice fluffy sweet start that gives a great feel before the hop hit. Nice sweet citrus notes and stickiness on the finish. Founders please make this a more regular brew ala breakfast stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Pours deep amber, smell of citrus and barley. Tastes very much like a standard barley wine, but no barrel at all. A nice beer but a bit over hyped.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Bomber. Just avarage! Rich amber beer with a light cream colored head. Light bourbon and light malt aroma. light bourbon and light malt flavor with some light earthiness. Medium bodied. Light bourbon and caramel lingers with some earthiness. Swing and a miss on this one.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jstraw (1953) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Bomber at Jerry’s. Brilliant caramel color with decent, creamy tan head (barrel-aged) / Rich nose of fresh caramel, pine, and citrus / Full body, sweet and chewy, winey with an alcohol kick but balance with big malts and biting hops, and good bitter finish / Flavors of fresh caramel, cut pine, candied sugar, maple syrup, grapefruit, orange peel, lime, fig, cinnamon, and a hint of bourbon / Spectacular, and will undoubtedly age.


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