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RATINGS: 374   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jar72404 (426) - USA - NOV 2, 2012
Amber with thin cream head. Aroma is apricot with notes of maple and oak. Flavor is apricot, orange, grapefruit with some maple, vanilla, and bourbon in the finish. Very interesting barleywine. Would like to acquire some bombers to see how it ages. Think it will be even better when the hops fade.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (1921) - - AUG 5, 2016
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark reddish color. Aroma and taste are bready malts, caramel, raisins, and some bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jandd1983 (3866) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - JUL 1, 2016
Bottle hiding in the back of the beer fridge. It poured a dark amber color with a tan head. The aroma was of bready malts, caramel, dark fruits and some bourbon. The taste was similar to the aroma with more caramel, dark fruits, toffee, bready malts, bourbon and some not overwhelming booze. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2016
Pours a dark golden brown with fluffy head. Aromas of dark malts, hops, and light bourbon. Flavors of sweet malts, hops, and nice bourbon notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (6301) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 18, 2016
750 ml bottle thanks to Adrien and his deep cellar. Very nice deep ruby color, still normal carbonation. Aroma shows a good amount of pine, light floral hints, dark fruit without any oxidation.

The flavor is still bold. Toffee, pine and floral hops in the center still showing some bitterness. Also shows a light metallic hint after the swallow. Body is full with a very sticky texture. Also still has a lot of warming alcohol. I still like this pretty much although it must be a 6 or 7 oz. sample.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weihenweizen (3182) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2016
Refrigerated 2012 brown bottle poured into a snifter. Hazy Amber with white head. Aroma is caramel malt, and little lacing. Taste is caramel malt and some alcohol. Pretty heavy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (5808) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Bottle. This is a sweet barleywine. Moderstely well hopped , malt, sweet caramel. Some butter, but not in a way that it appears to be a flaw. I get a little cedar. Sweet finish with hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with tangerine hues and a two finger frothy off-wife head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting cap. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Sweet, slightly leathery malt aroma with a complex hop profile balancing out the boozy sweetness. Citrus/tropical notes of pineapple, tangerine and grapefruit followed by resinous pine, grass, leathery malt, caramel, toffee and biscuit. There’s a touch of alcohol in the nose but more subtle than expected. Full chewy body with a huge blast of bitter, earthy hops that linger over the sweet and earthy/leathery malts. Dank, bitter and resinous with an earthy/grassy hop bite followed by sweet caramel malt backbone and subtle heat. Sticky pine needle flavor along with grapefruit and orange peel sweetness countered by caramel malt and toffee toward the finish. Really well balanced and smooth with the high abv excellently masked. Would never have guessed that it was 15%. Another solid entry in the backstage series but not worth the exorbitant price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (3558) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 11, 2015
April 30, 2015. Bottle, vintage 2012, shared by madmitch76, thanks!
Hazy amber with a small white head. Aroma is sweet caramel, dark sugar, figs, notes of bourbon alcohol, vanilla and citrus. Taste is sweet, sticky caramel, toffee dried fruits and medium bitter with citrus pith notes. Sweet sticky finish with hints of warming alcohol. Medium bodied, sticky texture, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5940) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2015
Bottle: Poured a clear light copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of residual sugar notes with light toffee and caramel notes is very nice. Taste is also dominated by residual sugar notes, with some light toffee notes and light caramel notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and light warming alcohol. I was expecting sugar bomb but while this is still a sweet beer I thought it had enough attenuation for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jacobrm (39) - - JUL 1, 2015
Very good blonde barley wine. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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