RATINGS: 378   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
Made to Celebrate Founders 15th Anniversary, Bolt Cutter Barley Wine is an American barley wine that pours deep copper color and is strong, sweet and malt-forward, with a spicy complexity. Typical of the style, it is very cellarable. The final product is a blend using beer that was aged in Bourbon barrels, some from aged maple syrup Bourbon barrels and some from standard fermentation. After blending, the beer was allowed to mature in bottles and kegs for a few months before releasing.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2013
To my surprise, I saw this at the World Expo of Beer in Frankenmuth, Michigan and decided to try it out. I hope youre all ready to roll your eyes at this review and spit on your screen! Appearance: A nice ruby-like color. No head to speak of, and no lacing either .... which I guess is to be expected. Smell: Honestly smelled like a chlorine pool to me, for the most part ... after awhile that note seemed to fade and I just got a really odd mix of super sweet malt with hops. Unusual. Taste: Its a barleywine. Its 15%. In the words of Ralph Wiggum, "It tastes like burning." The beer isnt overly bitter, but it burns quite a lot with a lot of alcohol in the flavor. I found that I was mainly concentrating on getting all of it down, rather than trying to pick up on flavors. I could finish my 4oz sample, but Im not convinced I could have much more. Its too big for me. Sweet, heavy, and copious amounts of alcohol in the flavor. Could definitely benefit by mellowing out over the course of a year or so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (8882) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 8, 2013
Draft. Pours amber orange with a thin beige head. Bourbon sweetness, hints of oaky woody notes, toffee and crystal malts, some spicy and grassy hops, and faint citric notes. A little boozy, and Im not a huge fan of the malt profile, although its pretty standard for barleywines. Either way, this is strong and aggressive, while still maintaining some semblance of balance. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 4, 2013
Pours with a short lived off white head even with a fairly aggressive pour... the brew is clear dark orange... only random dots of lacing... I keep looking for legs in the glass. The nose is nostril coating malty with thick vanilla and maple essence... the bourbon is more than present and the malty sweetness is only balanced by a decent piney hoppiness. Flavor mirrors the aroma and shows brown sugar and something that I associate with candied pecans... bitterness is thankfully still fairly present after all this time so is a piney/grapefruit zest hoppiness... could use more hops though. Medium/big bodied with a light carbonation that only accentuates the thickness on the palate... pretty damn hot even after at least 10 months in the bottle. A bit of a mess at this point, but a bit more refined than when it was first released... I have a couple more but would like to get some to put away for the long haul... I think this one is going to be muddy for quite a while and then emerge a better beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joet (2596) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Bristly hops honey pepper anise fennel little sweet honey very lightly tacky.light heat. Deep golden color without much tan head

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (47622) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2013

Draught @ CBC 2013 [ Red Session ]. - Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013, Sparta Hallen, Gunnar Nu Hansens Plads 11, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark

Clear medium amber orange colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is light heavy malty, caramel, dried fruit, alcohol, moderate hoppy, dusty. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, dried fruit, alcohol. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20130504]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tkrjukoff (4333) - SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2013
CBC 2013. Pours clear beautiful orange with a small off white head. Aroma is raisins sweet almonds marzipan boozy. Flavor is bitter almonds sweet asrtingent a bit harsh to say.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BVery (10128) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Bomber. Rich gold pour. Toffee and caramel sweetness. Some hop character. Rich, alcoholic, and awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (13343) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2013
CBC 2013. Amber witha small white head. Rich maltyaroma with toffee and dried fruit, and a vineous touch of alcohol. Sweet toffeemalty flavour with vineous alcohol and a quite bitter finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
EvanFriend (561) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2013
Heavy notes of dried fruit, malty sweetness is very well balanced by pine resin hop flavor. At 15% alcohol, its not boozy at all, the alcohol is very well hidden. Not sure it was worth $30 for the bottle, but this is a very good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (9729) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Wood, vanilla bourbon, maple sugar and suave caramel come together ever-so-elegantly onto this Barrel-Aged Barley Wines rising hop resins.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam decorates the translucent amber.
-Alcohol is well concealed (for a 15%, that is).
-This is sweet, as most brews in the sipping category tend to be, but its flavor profile is tight and very engaging.
-I have no idea how this one fares in the bottle, but I can tell you this kegged version at Novare Res was brilliant from appearance to aroma to finish.

On tap at Novare Res.

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