RATINGS: 376   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borup (12930) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2013
Sample at CBC 2013. Dark amber colour with a white head. Aroma and flavour of alcohol, dark dried fruits, wood, malt, caramel and vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ads135 (4319) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Id be curious to know how this ages. There is fairly heavy fruit and pine coming from the hops, but I imagine they dont keep very long and they were the real unique parts of this beer. Tried at the 2013 summer beer tasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cbuk1013 (247) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Pours copper with a small foamy head. Smells of citrus, pine and fruits. Tastes hoppy up front. Lemon and oranges. Sweet boozy taste.. Surprisingly easy to drink at 18 percent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (10686) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Bottle thanks to a trade! Pours a clear amber with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a combination of sweet grains, toffee, bourbon and a touch of maple. Flavor has a lot of toffee and bourbon with a touch of sweet grain and maple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (4654) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 27, 2013
Draught @ CBC2013. Pours clear amber with small golden head that quickly dissipates while leaving a small trace on the glass. Smell is sweet and malty with caramel, biscuits, vanilla fudge, oak, crackers, dried apricots, alcohol, pine needles and dried dark fruits. taste is sweet, bitter, malty and fruity with caramel, biscuits, dried dark fruits, charred wood, grapefruit rinds, alcohol, resinous wood, dried apricots and cookie dough. Mouthfeel is round, soft, tiny astringent and medium to full bodied. Finish is sweet and bitter with caramel, biscuits, grapefruit rinds, dried dark fruits, pine needles and resinous wood.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
AZBennett (114) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Tasting courtesy of dschiller. Pours a lovely dark amber with zero head. Aromas are massive hops, bourbon and just a dash of vanilla and caramel. Flavors are hops, then heat, then barrel notes and the finish is bitter hops mixed with just a touch of vanilla. Palate is perfect, heavy and clinging to the tongue. Overall, this is one of the better BA American Barley wines I have tasted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (41884) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2013
From tap. Pours hazy orange with a small tan head. Aroma is dry pine and light grapefruity. Bitter and roasted malty. Sweet and bitter pine hoppy. Ends dry and bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Bottle from Rayl101! Pours a crystal clear orange mahogany and eggshell head. Aroma is sweet malts, dried fruits, alcohol

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Poured into a pint glass. 5.0 A: Nearly clear dark orange color. Two and a half fingers of beige, frothy creamy head. Retention is insanely good for a beer this big and lacing covers the whole glass. Really impressed here. 4.0 S: Quite fruity with a lot of citrusy hops. Tangy fruitiness is what Id call it as it meshes with the caramel and toffee backbone. Toasted malts with some strength. The hops also give a lot of floral aroma and perhaps a touch of herbalness as well. Peach, plum, and apple fruits from the malts. Booze is exceptionally well hidden as I cant smell any of it. Its good, but really isnt all that special. Solid hoppy BW nose. 3.5 T: Taste is good too, but its surprisingly simple for a beer this big. A lot less citrus than in the nose with a lot more of the peach, plum, melon, and apple components. Lots of sweet neutral maltiness with lots of caramel and toffee. Again a heavy toastiness, which I like. Mild to moderate bitterness from the hops along with floral and herbal notes. Booze is much more noticeable in the taste, but it still doesnt seem like 15%. 3.5 M: Heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Slightly chewy. Not a lot of creaminess. Light warming on finish. Not bad. 3.5 D: Its decent, but I probably wouldnt trade for it again as there are much better options out there. Serving type: bottle 12-15-2012 04:24:40

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
faroeviking (10295) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAY 23, 2013
Chopp. Nice amber brown colour, small off-white head. Aroma of well toasted malt with fruit, alcohol bit wood. Good mouthfeel. Sweet caramel fruity dark malty alco (pleasantly) woodish flavour with dark fruits and some vanilla to it too.

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