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Founders Nemesis 2009

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RATINGS: 420   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olr1984 (1500) - 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.

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
italarican (1539) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (6782) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (4551) - 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 (2999) - 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 (473) - 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 (5767) - 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 (9672) - 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

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