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Founders Nemesis 2009

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RATINGS: 422   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
phillybeer7779 (101) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2010
From Caponeís in Norristown, PA. Founderís has my absolute favorite whiskey taste, and it is a perfect fit for this beer.Great blend of alcohol and sweetness. Excellent beer, and looking forward to seeing what they come up with for the 2010 version.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bluejacket74 (1797) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2010
12 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a cloudy orange/amber color with about a half inch off-white head that went away quickly. However, thereís a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is amazing! It smells like bourbon, maple, vanilla, and some butterscotch. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but with some oak and caramel noticable too. Great balance between sweetness and bourbony booziness in both the aroma and taste. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, itís rich and a bit coating with decent carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good too, although this is a sipping beer (even though itís hard to sip because I like it so much). I would love to drink more than one of these at a time, but since I was lucky to get a 4-pack Iíll have to save the other 3 bottles for later. I think this is a pretty good brew, but then I like bourbon too so Iím a bit biased. Even at $21 a 4-pack, this beer is worth the price. Once again, Founders does a great job and shows why theyíre one of my favorite breweries. Definitely recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
GlyndwrScorpio (1) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2010 does not count
Aroma: Maple, brown sugar, woody, earth tones, and bourbon. Appearance: Light golden color. Taste: Medium sweetness, a slight bitter after taste, but only the sweetness lingers. Palate: Not enough experience to comment. Overall: Amazingly complex beer, would recommend to anyone.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ledzeped503 (5) - Burlington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 4, 2010 does not count
Poured from a bottle into a snifter. this beer is wonderful. upon first smell, you know youíre in for a trip with this one. Oak, bourbon, vanilla, and syrup dominate the nose. The palate is more of the same, with some sugary alcohol notes bringing it all together. This coppery orange delight is medium bodied on the tongue but is firmly anchored by a healthy abv, iím guessing 10-12 percent. There is some alcohol burn as it finishes, but its very pleasant. Certainly a sipper, but completely worthy of the hype it has received. Its a very limited release so donít let a hefty price tag deter you, this is one you have to try. its so completely unlike anything else out there right now. Iíve had other wheat wines (New Holland pilgrimís Dole comes to mind) but none of them have anything on this bad boy. The maple and bourbon really help add another dimension to this beer, whereas so often the mouthfeel of a wheat beer is a bit thin. The body of nemesis serves the style well. Drink this beer sooner rather than later!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Whoa,different,cool,strange...good!! I am surprised by this one!This bad boy tastes like a barleywine with a shot of Woodford Reserve in it!Strange orange/brown color with a rasin/port/dogfish 120min nose....The taste is complex to say the least with everything from fruit to hops to HEAVY bourbon!!!Great GREAT brew that I just canít wait to dive into again!!!!Interesting but awesome in a crazy twisted kinda way....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
allfreej (555) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Honey-colored pour, tawny head, decent lace. Nose was pineapple, bourbon, vanilla, and honey. Flavor was pineapple, sweet malt, hot alcohol, bourbon, vanilla, oak cask wood, and a spicy pepper finish. Slight bitter aftertaste, nice viscous mouth feel. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JoePeesie (924) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2011
This is my all time favorite Wheat Wine, and I am rating it as a Wheat wine. Itís style is listed as a barley wine, but I think thatís because its the closest style they could fit it in. This is pours a lovely honey to orange color, and has a nose that is sweet, wheaty, and of maple syrup. At this point the nose of bourbon and vanilla seem to have faded away. That being said their carbon footprint is still recognizable in the taste. This a a dangerously easy drinking beer at 12% with no hotness at all. The bar with which wheat wines should be measure was set with this brew IMO.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jesperhammer (4087) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2014
14-MAY-2014, bottle @Churchkey, Washington DC. Courtesy of a fantastic bartender - and free beer is always good - but this one is fantastic:-) Slightly hazy orange with lasting low off-white head. Does not look like a four year old beer. Aroma is bourbon, malt, honney, sweetness, hops too...? Taste is the same. with also nuts, alcohol, orange peel, and some hops in the form of grape fruit and pine. Sweet but never too much. Carbonation is a bit on the soft side. Perhaps that makes it seem a bit thinner than it is? Because it is not that bit thick sirupy monster that I would have guessed. But still a fantastic brew. Thanks again to a bartender that I did not get the name of:-)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Bottle pours hazy caramel color with off white head that whisps away quickly. Aroma is booze, oak, vanilla, sweet maple, and more booze. Mouthfeel is heavy is seems creamy. Flavor is sublime. Oak, vanilla, hot bourbon, sweet maple, caramel candy, and finishes hot. This is a strong beer and is really amazing. Only knock is its really hot right now. Great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
flatmatt (1442) - Northville, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours golden orange with a small off-white head. As for aroma, well, it pretty much smells like Bourbon, very strongly at first, then dying back just enough to reveal a bit of sweet maple sugar and vanilla. The aroma makes me sip it carefully at first in case, you know, it actually is Bourbon. While I enjoy Bourbon, I donít think I want a full sip of it at once. Anyway, that fear is assuaged, as the flavor features smooth bourbon character layered on top of maple syrup sweetness and subtle hoppiness. Well Founders, youíve done it! This was rather expensive, but Iím glad I picked up the whole four-pack, and Iíd seek out more if it were cheaper.

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