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RATINGS: 376   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sherm1016 (1273) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2013
750ml bottle. Pours a clear, dark amber color with a thin tan head and some lacing. Aroma is caramel, nutty, oak, vanilla. Heavy and syrupy on the palate with soft, creamy carbonation. Flavor is very sweet, malty, caramel, toast, some booze, oak, vanilla, clove?, with a sweet, oaky finish. Not my favorite from Founders.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluejacket74 (1936) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2013
750 ml bottle, vintage 2012. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a garnet red/copper color with about a half inch light tan head. Head retention is good, and theres a lot of lacing left behind. The brew smells like dark fruit, caramel, vanilla, candied oranges, sweet spices, citrusy hops, wood, and some booze/bourbon. It tastes similar to the aroma, like dark fruit (cherries, raisins), sweet spices, caramel, vanilla, candied oranges, toffee, wood, bourbon/booze, citrusy hops, molasses and some light pine resin. Its mostly sweet tasting, but theres noticeable bitterness too. Mouthfeel/body is full, its syrupy and coating with low/moderate carbonation. Its not as boozy as I expected for being 15% ABV. I thought this was a pretty good brew, hopefully Founders will make this again in the future.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dr_Fellini (1020) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Bottle to glass. Pours a beautiful deep amber light mahogany color with an off-white head. Aroma is full of complex malts, sweet, and alcoholic. Flavor is sweet, heavy, malty, caramel, alcohol. Thick and oily. Lingering alcoholic malty sweetness. Fantastic.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rodenbach99 (4385) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 23, 2013
Une grosse bouteille partage par et avec SlovakSniper qui na pas fait mouche la chasse cette anne. Une grosse bire orange ambre avec une mousse blanche bien prsente. Un nez dune puissance dconcertante avec cette tonne dorange amre mlang aux autres fruits tropicaux, lalcool, au sucre dorge et cette touche de bourbon. La bouche est dcadente, forte, puissante, chaude. Des saveurs bien marques dagrumes, de sucre et tout ce qui a dj t dit. Une finale chaude boire petite lampe. Pour amateur de bire dcadente.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (5767) - Nueva York, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Barcade, Brooklyn tap ($8): Pours murky brown with a beige head. Aroma is a lot of hops, loads of maltiness, whiskey, wood, and a hell of a lot of sugar. Taste is slightly boozy (not nearly as much as some other reviewers are claiming). It is also rather hoppy and bitter. Plenty of malt backbone to wash it down. This is an extremely aggressive beer. Not for the faint of heart. A good way to start my Founders tap takeover.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SlovakSniper (5315) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 21, 2013
Une bouteille partage avec rodenbach99. Dans mon verre, une robe ambre et sa tte mousseuse qui est presque jaune. Une dentelle qui senroule autour de ma tulipe. Au nez, cest la dcadence. Beaucoup de douceur avec une prsence houblonne et des vapeurs tides bien senties : le gteau aux fruits confits est encore chaud, lalcool incorpore des notes rsineuses, le sucre dorge parfume la pice, des vapeurs de mandarine Napolon se mettent en place et le ft de chne est un orateur hors pair. Au got, cest orgiaque. Lalcool poivr et floral combat de longues et langoureuses notes maltes. Le caramel est riche sur ma langue : il est indniablement aromatis par des agrumes. Des bonbons de sucre drable roulent sur mon palais. Lorsque je retrouve mes esprits, mes papilles senlisent dans un sirop compos de brandy et de bourbon vanill. En bouche, je suis loin de dtester cette sensation liquoreuse. Les bulles qui adoptent un comportement modr renforcent cette impression. En finale, jadore la rencontre entre lrable, le bourbon au miel et les houblons fortifis par cet tonnant alcool qui ne fait jamais ses 15 degrs. Objectivement parlant, une bombe assez cochonne. Subjectivement parlant, un monstre charpent pour me plaire. Et dire que je voulais changer cette bouteille... Une solide exprience.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Alright, lets see whats going on here. Pours a fiery orange with loose soapy light tan foam scattered over a brilliantly clarified beer. Cherry, alcohol, burning alcohol, sugar, light crystal malts, some pithy hops. Not an impressive nose whatsoever. Flavor is simply sweet. Booze, malt, sugar, brown sugar, absolutely overly boozy. Medium bodied with low carb and a wet finish that actually makes me feel like I just took a shot of cheap liquor, probably one of the least desirable mouthfeels Ive had in quite some time. I tried, but this became a drainpour for me.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaroonOrange (137) - - NOV 13, 2013
On tap. Murky amber color. Sweet grain flavor with a lemon candy finish. Deceptively strong and very smooth. A complex barley wine for slow sipping.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sledutah (7213) - Utah, USA - NOV 12, 2013
750ml bottle from demmbonz, thanks
Clear golden/amber with a medium sized beige head and some lacing. Aroma was malty, brown sugar and woody. Flavors of malts, sugar, some hot alcohols and pine resin
A nice BW

3.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
spence3208 (18) - Maine, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Lite amber color, tast of tobacco and a lil bit of lite chocolate. Has a little bit of hops to it. A good American barley wine. Just not my particular style.


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