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Founders Nemesis 2009

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RATINGS: 416   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (4334) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Rated in 2010 (Backlog) - Amber in color with a small off-white head. Aroma is of wheat, sugar, wood and maple. Taste is of caramel, booze, wood and maple.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Art (2430) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2013
What a treat! Thanks to StFun for throwing in this extra on a FBW contest. Drinking on 3/19/13. Bottle poured into a balloon tulip glass. Pours an orange red brown color with no head at all. There is a thin line of bubbles around the rim. At first the aroma was overpowered by alcohol/bourbon with some caramel and maybe some fig. Once the volatile alcohol dissipated I could definitely smell some of the maple. It smells glorious after 4 years. Oh my, this tastes even more amazing. The taste is sweet with a warming quality from the bourbon and a slight alcohol bite. Much of the carbonation is gone but this doesnít matter whatsoever. The palate is a bit thin for what I would expect but again, it doesnít matter. Having this beer makes me want CBS even more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
UnionBeerCzar (82) - Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2013
12 oz. bottle to CBS snifter, not sure why I dug this out of my cellar tonight but it felt right and I still have a couple more to share. Pour orangey orange with lots of yeasty floculating and no head. Nose is maple maple doughnuts and then some. Carbonation has nearly left the building and the mouthfeel is goopey. Flavors are a bizzare mix of burnt sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, and oxidation, this might be crashing over the hill but itís a wild ride and overall I enjoy it. Finish is caramel-ey and lingering, I feel like a lot of Barley Wines head this direction after 3 or 4 years, itís strange though because Iím picking up some the wheat notes in the lingering aftertaste. Ah, the short lived Nemesis series, before the backstage... How I love you.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ataraxia (420) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Reddish gold, white lacing. Sticky aroma of bourbon, toffee, maple syrup, figs, blackcurrant, plum, and charred wood. Sweet, full-bodied, and smooth. A lingering bitter finish with a good amount of booziness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
kraddel (4771) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - MAR 6, 2013
at adamjackson tasting . thnx for the share to one of the guys ! ( im sure a name will, pop up reading the ratings below) pours orange, no foam. smell is very sweet, bourbon, sugar, boozy, soft sharp carbo. taste is boiurbon ( sigh..) sweet.. getting curious on how a BW actualy taste. all the ones i had were bba, and i ONLY get bourbon in those...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrSilverworm (8876) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2013
12oz bottle, purchased from Jackie-Osí cellar. Orange color. Dark orange and hazy with all the particles inside. Really nice bourbon nose, definite maple syrup in the aroma. Surprisingly, just more of a medium body. Indeed, it must have really thinned out in 4 years. A medium body still is fine.. But pretty much no carbonation either, at the moment. Wheat malt, lightly hoppy aroma. Big bourbon barrel and maple syrup. Nice sweet taste. Light bitter. Alcohol noticeable, but pretty smooth. No burn and minimal bite for 12%, so thatís fine. Like others have said, this is past itís prime. Thatís clear. But despite that, itís still a very interesting sipper, still an enjoyable and interesting experience. The high price was easy to justify knowing it went towards helping one of my favorite breweries purchase their first-ever batch of cans. Will rerate if I ever stumble upon a fresh example

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (5900) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 27, 2013
Thx! for sharing tderoeck @ ĎThe Adam Jackson Tastingí. Bourbon BA wheat wine, interesting. 355 ml. bottle sampled / no idea as to what to expect. Pours a bright, hazy orange with only some white bubbles for a head. Sweet grapefruit and pine juice in the nose with sweet caramel, sugar, toffee, vanilla and some bourbon, oxidation is there but more contributing still than destructive. Sweet caramel, oxidation, sugar, bourbon, toffee, wheat, maple, warming, bourbon, sweet goo, orange zest quite present. Little carbonation, full body. Lovely surprise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AdamChandler (3784) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 25, 2013
12oz format at cellar temp into a tasting glass.

A - Bronze in color. No head

S - Nose is very malty, tons of sugar, wheat and bourbon with vanilla

T - bourbon and vanilla up front, maple is still very present, not faded at all! Very sweet but not over the top as expected

M - Heavy body, no carbonation

O - This is extremely sweet but could take more time in the bottle. But right now, tastes pretty awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMMillsy (1756) - Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2013
2009 bottle Poured February 15, 2013. Part of a vertical with 2010 up second. Pours cloudy orange with no head. Aroma is maple, bourbon, wet dog, some wheat funk, hints of toffee and definite vanilla caramel. Thick syrupy mouthfeel. Sweet vanilla up front, lingering caramel, a bit of fig. Bit of spice and a little citrus? Very very smooth with nearly no carbonation. Booze warms but it is mellow (this thing is 3 or 4 years old after all). Very nice barleywine that suspect hit its peak before opening.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThirstyBird (2258) - London area, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2013
Tried at the @ 1st Official Ledebronckx Barrel Aged Academie Grand Elite Tasting. Pours slightly hazy honey with minimal head. Smell is marzipan, booze mild orange zest. Taste is butterscotch ending with peppermint and a touch of heat. Mouthfeel is thick with nice carbonation. Interesting but likely a bit past prime.

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