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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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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


cakanator's rating

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 4, 2012
12oz bottle. Popped on a whim, pours out a medium golden hue, good carbonation, white head. Aromas from what I remembered when fresh died down a bit. The vivid tropical coconut sweetness was mellowed out in the nose, seemed a bit hot. Palate was pretty well put together, some malty sweetness up front and a sugary backend that was hot with alcohol. I thought the bourbon was holding this one together in the finish, but even after roughly 2 years, this could still use some time to mellow out.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (4172) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 3, 2015
12 oz. bottle thanks to Willrunforbeer via dmac for free beer week, thanks men! No head on a muddy river water brown color. Aroma does show oxidation (cardboard like) oak barrel, bourbon still exists and light maple sugar.

The flavor shows moderate bourbon upfront with a light maple sugar through the center. Mild hints of dark fruit more of a plum or raisin with a very weak hint of (cardboard). But the mild oxidation doesnít affect the enjoyment level I am sipping right now. Mild warming from the bourbon after the sip. Still all in all nice drink. Real surprised how well this held up... Fine brew but drink it if you got it!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillRunForBeer (1240) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 3, 2015
12oz bottle from dmac for Free Beer Week. Thanks, Dave! Michigan rate #100! 2/3/10 bottle date. Pours murky orange brown with no carb. Aroma is bourbon, molasses, maple. Flavor is molasses, raisin, maple and bourbon. Bourbon carries through to the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (3338) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 28, 2015
Bottle received in trade. Thank you much umich03jm! Pours hazy reddish golden with a rather small goldenish offwhite head that leaves some sparse spotty trace on the glass while quickly dissipating. Smell is malty and herbal with sweet, white bread, caramel, toffee, charred wood, toasted nuts, pepper mint, hay, soil, bourbon alcohol and hints of cardboard. Taste is sweet, bitter, malty and tiny herbal with sweet white bread, caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, charred wood, maple syrup, bourbon alcohol, coconut milk, brazil nuts, caramelized almonds and hints of cardboard and peppermint. Mouthfeel is soft, round, tiny astringent, boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is sweet and bitter with caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, charred wood, brazil nuts, caramelized almonds, bourbon alcohol, peppermint and hints of cardboard. Clearly oxidized, especially in the smell which is a pity, but this still puts on a malty nutty show. Iíve tried to catch this for some time now and Iím sad I didnít succeede until now. Most likely much better a few years ago.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marsiblursi (3045) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 28, 2015
(Bottle) Pours hazy orange red with a small head. The aroma holds efter eight chocolate (mint and dark, tart chocolate), oxidized leather notes, syrup, some wood and fairly deep malt. The flavour is medium sweet, medium bitter and tiny acidic with nuts, caramel, mint, alcohol, light wood, syrup and bitter hop. The mouthfeel is numbing and clean, yet somewhat soft with a light to medium carbonation. Medium to full bodied.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homer321 (2549) - Melboring, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2014
Bottle from the rotter via trade. Pour is nearly flat with only a very tiny head that dies quickly. A maple like booziness that reminds me of marshmallows and booze. A honey malt sweetness to the aroma underneath. Holy wowsers. Taste is initially moderate vanilla and honey then a touch of boost Unfortunately, then the malt kind of falls flat with a light peppery finish. Iím afraid this is just past its prime, but still a very good treat nonetheless. Papery oxidation is low to medium unfortunately, which I think is why the malt dies out. overall glad I drank it and Iíll finish the glass :)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ed5388 (2481) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2014
12oz bottle generously given to me by dmac! Thanks bro! Pours a hazy burnt orange color with almost no head. Aroma of strong boozy bourbon, caramel, maple syrup, and candied oranges. Taste of dry oak, bourbon, caramel, grass, with a maple aftertaste, and light oxidation. Held up nicely! Glad I had the opportunity to try this!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (4251) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 9, 2014
Bottle courtesy deyholla - thanks! Pours cloudy rich amber with tons of clumpy protein floaties. Tiny mostly secondary beige head lingers as a brush on the surface generating some lacing. Aroma is rich malty, butterscotch, bourbon, perhaps a touch of cardboard. Flavor is malty and rich, fully sweet, light finishing bitterness, butterscotch, salt water taffee, bourbon, vanilla. No real maple left, but I think it influences some of the unidentified easter candy notes I am picking up. Fullish body, creamy mouthfeel, Fairly hot. Some oxidization for sure, but pretty tasty after all this time.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryanfolty (2017) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2014
May 19, 2014 - bottle via trade. Brownish orange pour with limited head and some sediment. Aroma was sweet maple, bourbon, caramel and some vanilla. As it warmed, then the wood came out in the aroma. Taste still had quite a bit of sweetness, but also was very woody. The bourbon was strong in the aroma, but was rather tame in the taste. Little bit of dry alcohol in the finish. Smooth drinking and full bodied.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jesperhammer (3368) - 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:-)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
umich03jm (2550) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2014
Bottle thanks to Jeff for sharing. Aroma is mostly anise/licorice with dark fruits, caramel, and wheat. Tastes like an anise bomb now. Pretty crazy how this beer has developed. I never wrote down my review when I had this fresh but I know I loved it. It just didnít age very well. Itís still got a nice mouthfeel and thereís a touch of booze in the finish.


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