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RATINGS: 369   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
charule (1822) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Bottle from HOTB raffle. Poured dark orange with light tan head. Light bourbon aroma. Flavors of barley bourbon which is semi-smooth. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (5331) - 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 (2744) - 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 (2433) - 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 (5365) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
vodka4blood (121) - Milton, Vermont, Vermont, USA - JUN 27, 2015
A masterfully made barleywine - for such a high abv value its a very easy drinker indeed, and the cellared bottle I enjoyed had loads of bourbon flavor and a decent amount of sweet smokiness. Cant specifically taste any maple underneath all the other great stuff, though who could really expect to? Yummy late night dessert treat!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tonkun (1296) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2015
Tap. Hazy red brown pour with a small white head. Red berries, oak, hop, spice, maple syrup. Full body. Oaky and syrupy but with fruits. Nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cosmo6644 (101) - Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2015
Bottle, bourbon and sweet fruits, amazing bourbon taste mixes great with the citrus and fruits, really nice ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (14337) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2015
Bottle split at the sleepy-rapping tasting at Ronny & Alex’s pad, CBC fine tuner, 30/04/15. Lightly hazed orange amber with a moderate off white covering. Nose is rich malt, spice, toffee, dates, figs, light booze fumes. Taste comprises rich fruit rinds, spice, malt backbone, caramel, figs, fruit cake. Full bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with lightly warming booze. Decent barley wine, drinks way below the big 15% billing!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thomat (2828) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2015
Dark amber with a tiny off white head. Fruity and malty tones. Fruit, malt, spices and hops. Full body with a nice balanced finish.

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