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RATINGS: 416   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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ďThe 2009 release of Nemesis is best described as a Maple Bourbon barrel aged wheat wine holding 12% abv and 70 ibuís. The barrels have been resting deep in the mines of Grand Rapids for nearly 9 months and have been most effective in developing a great product. The Bourbon barrels we used in this creation were once used to age Maple syrup from northern Michigan, then emptied, and procured for our use in aging this beer. The combination of American oak, Kentucky Bourbon, Michigan Maple syrup and our golden/tan wheat ale has provided a delicious malty sweet ale distinctive of strong vanilla and bourbon notes.Ē


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jesperhammer (3496) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2014
14-MAY-2014, bottle @Churchkey, Washington DC. Courtesy of a fantastic bartender - and free beer is always good - but this one is fantastic:-) Slightly hazy orange with lasting low off-white head. Does not look like a four year old beer. Aroma is bourbon, malt, honney, sweetness, hops too...? Taste is the same. with also nuts, alcohol, orange peel, and some hops in the form of grape fruit and pine. Sweet but never too much. Carbonation is a bit on the soft side. Perhaps that makes it seem a bit thinner than it is? Because it is not that bit thick sirupy monster that I would have guessed. But still a fantastic brew. Thanks again to a bartender that I did not get the name of:-)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
umich03jm (2767) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2014
Bottle thanks to Jeff for sharing. Aroma is mostly anise/licorice with dark fruits, caramel, and wheat. Tastes like an anise bomb now. Pretty crazy how this beer has developed. I never wrote down my review when I had this fresh but I know I loved it. It just didnít age very well. Itís still got a nice mouthfeel and thereís a touch of booze in the finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LoFi (1678) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2014
Bottle from trade with tstockstrom, cheers! Hazy to opaque reddish orange, small beige head. Aroma: lots of bourbon, toffee, vanilla, floral. Taste: bourbon, honey, sweet licorice like Bassetís Allsorts, vanilla, some pine, sweet and malty, dried fruit. Full-bodied. Awesome!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tectactoe (3118) - Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2014 [Bottle / 4 years old] Thanks for the nice extra, Corey! Pours a murky-ish, burnt orange & amber shaded color with no real head... just a few stray bubbles occasionally coming to the top. Aroma has plenty of maple left; also getting notes of flowers, wood, sweet butterscotch, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, wheat-y esters, & a strong blend of mint, anise, & licorice. Taste has more butterscotch & maple syrup with a mellowed out bourbon character. More licorice, again, with a back-end, minty/anise feel to it. Sweet fruit in the aftertaste... A weird plum/pineapple combo; dark-fruity & almost tropical at the same time. Boozy finish. Thick, swampy mouth feel with low carbonation. Itís simply decent, but itís not great. No real oxidation taking place yet (at least on this bottle), but at this point in time, Sweet Repute is far better. Perhaps a little harsh on my rating because I was let down... This was supposed to age better!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4403) - Indiana, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Rated on 3-05-2010 Fort Wayne, IN Gathering. This beer forms a small off-white head with a short retention, no visible carbonation and no lacing. The aroma is wheat, maple, fruity, and some alcohol. The taste is sweet, light hop bitterness, maple, wheat, and somewhat boozy. This beer is tingly on the palate and is medium bodied. Overall, this is a sipping beer, worth trying and a beer I would drink again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
demmbonz (666) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Clear copper orange. Aroma is very boozy and sweet. Tastes boozy and sweet. Hot alcohol burn that dissipates as it warms. Delicious.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olr1984 (1325) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 7, 2014
2009 12oz bottle pours a hazy orange with zero head. Vanilla bourbon aroma. Taste is the same with a bit of a alcohol finish.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2013
This bitch rolls out tawny and thin, small bubbles rise infrequently to an etched surface. I could smell booze as soon as I cracked the crown, plenty of alcohol, vanilla, oak, more booze, butterscotch and a hint of peppermint in the background. Flavor is sweet with plenty of toffee character and marshmallows. Vanilla and spicy mint in the background (this is intriguing). Reminds me very little of a Wheatwine, and accordingly, I find myself enjoying this one a bit. The body is medium with moderate on low carb. Would have liked a bit of a simple syrup consstency, but hey, canít have it all. Overall, and interesting beer, the mint nuances threw me off, and the ethanol is poorly shrowded, Iíd drink again, but itís a mood beer for me I think. Serving type: bottle 05-31-2012

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
italarican (1526) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - SEP 30, 2013
Bottle shared by Mike. Clear auburn pour. Interesting profile of marshmallow, butterscotch, and slight pickle. More in the front and finish than in the middle, as tough it were watered down a bit. Likely past peak.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (5806) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Bottle @ The Croydonia tasting. Cheers to whoever brought this along. The pourís reddish amber with a small head. The nose is toffee, cocoa, a bit of toasted grain. The taste is more toffee. Rich malts. Slightly hot, boozy on the finish. Orange peel. Full body, light carbonation. Overall, fine.


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