crosamich (431) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - OCT 13, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
finally busted one out Oct12. just a fantastic balance of sweet maple and bourbon, nothing overdone, drinks fantastic
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 2, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Poured a slightly hazy dark orange color with some floating sediment. The head was thin, off white, and dissipated within 30 seconds of pouring. Pleasant nose consisting of unmistakable bourbon and oak aromas with toffee and vanilla undertones. Medium to full bodied and slightly sweet with spicy warming alcohol rising into the nose. Bourbon and earthy oak with hints of maple, rum, and dark fruits. Not over-bourbonated. Nice stuff.
cpetrone84 (1011) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pour is a hazy golden amber. Nose is rubbing alcohol and peaches. Taste is a bit better, very sweet caramel malt with peaches and golden fruits, fair amount of grain to the feel, lots of sugars left behind, Nikolai vodka in back with a fair bit of heat and lingering boozy finish.
Huhzubendah (2159) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 4, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Original review: 04 April 2010 4 4 4 4 3.5
A: Light orange/brown colors with decent head and lace.
S: Very boozy with maple, syrup, oak, vanilla, and more.
T: This is a complex beer, but the alcohol and sweetness are masking some of the beerís more subtle characteristics, making them hardly detectable. Under the heat there are potent maple and vanilla flavors.
M: ABV very present. This beer has some nice things happening, itís just too hot right now. I think a few years in the cellar could greatly enhance Nemesis.
D: A few ounces was enough to give me an idea of what this beer is about. I look forward to trying it again in a couple of years to see how it has evolved.
Re-review: January 19, 2011 4 4.5 4.5 4.5 4
Splitting a 12 oz. bottle with matt9875 at his request.
The sweetness and heat have mellowed, making this beer vastly more enjoyable and drinkable. Vanilla, oak, and bourbon characters meld beautifully. Incredibly delicious. I am a fan of this beer now, and only wish I had more. Time changes everything.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-20-2011
tkrjukoff (3772) - SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 33 cl, tnx to Kan. Pours clear dark red mahogany with a small beige head leaving lace. Aroma is just so kice; sweet malty raisins syrup vinous fruity vanilla bourbon. Flavor is lean slightly hars barrel sweet malty and marzipan in front, vinous boozy pungent bitter fruity raisins and more sweet in middle rounding up with bitter sweet malty and still strong marsipan at the end. Finishes with a longlived bitter malty and fruity aftertaste with a nice warming alcohol touch.
mikem409 (1445) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours orange zero carbonation. Bourbon aroma. Taste is flat bourbon and fruity pineapple
johnnnniee (1821) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Received in trade from JoeyBeerBelly, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a slightly hazy deep amber orange color with a thinnish white head that disappears almost instantly. The smell is sweet and malty with lots of sugary dried fruits and a bit of spice and alcohol on the nose. The flavor is sweet up front with an orange caramel sweetness to it before a big hit of warming alcohol comes at you. A little spice finds its way in towards a sweet lingering sticky finish. Thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet syrupy mouthfeel. This is a sipper to be sure, and Iím glad I got to try it. I can only imagine how hot this was when it was fresh
bierkoning (9554) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUL 1, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Callmemickey, thanks! Reddish golden color. The tiniest chunks of yeast give a hazy shine. Vinous dusty aroma. Malty sweet flavor, dusty with dried fruit. Alcohol, oak. Floral, perfumed.
madmitch76 (12102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2012
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22nd October 2010
Hazy orange amber beer, residual white head. Amazing orange sherbet - liquer nose. Crispy palate, semi dry. Rich orange liquer flavours, with traces of Port wine and red wine. Finishes minerally and aniseedy. A little cream in the aftertaste which has more orange liquer. A pretty amazing beer. Unique and tasty.
Brigadier (2590) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle
This is a fine barleywine that has held up well for almost three years now. I canít wait to try the 2010 release soon as a comparison. Founders does not usually miss the mark and this is no exception.
Aroma / Appearance - Cloudy with a caramel hue the offwhite head looks like a dusting of slushy muddy snow. The nose is a mixture of malt balls, almonds, and creamy gentle hops that have mellowed with time into a candy filling.
Flavor / Palate - The mouthfeel is dense enough that it feels like sherry. Carrying a combination of caramel, ethanol, and malts, it warms the palate. The finish hangs on the throat for a while reminding one that this is a 12% beast. If you didnít want it when the hops were fresh try your bottle(s) now.