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Founders Nemesis 2009

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RATINGS: 408   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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


4.3
   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 (1274) - 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 (2399) - 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 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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tkrjukoff (4020) - SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2012
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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikem409 (1475) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2012
Bottle. Pours orange zero carbonation. Bourbon aroma. Taste is flat bourbon and fruity pineapple

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (2150) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 4, 2012
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

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (9999) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUL 1, 2012
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.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madmitch76 (14304) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2012
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (2875) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2012
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.


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