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Founders Nemesis 2009

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RATINGS: 414   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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“The 2009 release of Nemesis is best described as a Maple Bourbon barrel aged wheat wine holding 12% abv and 70 ibu’s. 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.”


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Advocate_Ames (491) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Hardly any carbonation. A nice aroma. There is a sweet scent from the maple bourbon barrels. I picked up on the vanilla and caramelized malts too. The flavor is impressive. The bourbon is just right with intensity. Its sweet but not too sweet and very smooth. The malts and vanilla blend nicely. Now there is a wheat character to the drink that is mild but noticeable and very pleasant. Overall this was a solid beverage. It does affect the palate and leaves a warm alcohol, bourbon, and malty taste in your mouth.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Billicus (289) - @RED BHUT JOIKIAS!, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Bottle from Lushawn Thx aroma, maple sryup esters, burbon whiskey esters color, meduim hue, no hwad very low carb taste, sweet, frontal maple sugars, burbon smoothness, whiney sugars overall, nice brew, different my palate doesnt do this beer justice

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JStax (3548) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Gold copper with no head. Leafy, anise, minty and a little woody. Herbal. Sweet and minty. Bitter and drying finish. Lots of licorice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (5794) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2013 23/XII/12 - 12 Fl. Oz. bottle @ 1st Official Ledebronckx Barrel Aged Academie Grand Elite Tasting (OLBAAGET) - BB: n/a - 2009 vintage (2012-1395) Thanks to ThirstyBird for sharing the bottle!!

Clear orange beer, lots of sediment floating around, small aery off-white head, unstable. Aroma: sugary, honey, almonds, liquor, mandarins, marzipan, bit dusty, peppermint. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body, thick syrupy texture. Taste: bit sweet, sugary, honey, marzipan, peppermint, alcohol, peppery, spices. Aftertaste: peppermint, alcohol, sugary, orange peel, pretty bitter.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4187) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 14, 2012
Bottle at a recent bottle share... Poured clear, amber/orange with a thin head. Noticeable maple and malt on the nose. Smooth drinking, rounded out nicely with age. Still a hint of booze and warming alcohol. Sweet malt, sweet maple goodness. Wood, bourbon. Everything worked nicely here.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (8695) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 4, 2012
12 oz. bottle, sent from javit (thanks a lot, Adam), pours a cloudy dark orange / amber with lots of sediment. Aroma brings out strong vanilla and bourbon notes upfront, with secondary notes of maple syrup, wheat, woody oak, and some berries. Flavour is very barrel-heavy, with loads of bourbon barrels, maple syrup, vanilla and alcohol characterizing this one. I generally find wheat wines to lack body / depth, but this has one surprised me with its relatively very round body, due to the expertly executed bourbon barrel again, giving it complexity without sacrificing drinkability (i.e. it’s not a boozy or sugar bomb). All in all, extremely well-crafted and highly enjoyable.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crosamich (431) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - OCT 13, 2012
finally busted one out Oct12. just a fantastic balance of sweet maple and bourbon, nothing overdone, drinks fantastic

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 2, 2012
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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cpetrone84 (1658) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2012
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (2823) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 4, 2012
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 beer’s 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, it’s 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


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