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RATINGS: 378   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (6539) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle: The aroma consists of heavy caramel, toffee, fruit, and light oxidation. It pours a transparent amber with a small off-white head that quickly fades to a thin ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with a moderate-heavy caramel and toffee. The finish has fruit, aged citrus hops, and some oxidation. Overall, its good, but the price is a bit drastic


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SG111 (1654) - New York, USA - FEB 27, 2017
Bottled at Clubhouse BFD event. Pours honey color, white head. Aroma is lots of sticky cherry, bourbon, very sweet, syrup, mapley, citrus. Flavor is sweet citrus, bourbon, sticky cherry. Solid, not amazing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Johnstledger8 (1105) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 5, 2017
Bottle. Pours a clearish amber red with a quickly fading beige bubbly head. Aroma is of red fruits, strawberry, cranberry, raspberry, jam, treacle. Taste is of caramel, treacle, red fruits, forest fruits, slightly bitter, some heat on the finish. Oily mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smith4498 (3582) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2016
Bottle from 2012. Pours clear amber color with cream color head. Aromas of toffee, caramel, and toasted malt. Very sweet toffee flavor with a big dose of booze. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ahuth (492) - Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2016
2013. Bottle. Aroma is huge. The plate is thick and creamy. The taste is sweet and malty. Carmel and little fruit. Pretty awesome.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (1921) - - AUG 5, 2016
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark reddish color. Aroma and taste are bready malts, caramel, raisins, and some bourbon.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jandd1983 (4153) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - JUL 1, 2016
Bottle hiding in the back of the beer fridge. It poured a dark amber color with a tan head. The aroma was of bready malts, caramel, dark fruits and some bourbon. The taste was similar to the aroma with more caramel, dark fruits, toffee, bready malts, bourbon and some not overwhelming booze. Very tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2016
Pours a dark golden brown with fluffy head. Aromas of dark malts, hops, and light bourbon. Flavors of sweet malts, hops, and nice bourbon notes.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (6952) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 18, 2016
750 ml bottle thanks to Adrien and his deep cellar. Very nice deep ruby color, still normal carbonation. Aroma shows a good amount of pine, light floral hints, dark fruit without any oxidation.

The flavor is still bold. Toffee, pine and floral hops in the center still showing some bitterness. Also shows a light metallic hint after the swallow. Body is full with a very sticky texture. Also still has a lot of warming alcohol. I still like this pretty much although it must be a 6 or 7 oz. sample.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weihenweizen (3575) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2016
Refrigerated 2012 brown bottle poured into a snifter. Hazy Amber with white head. Aroma is caramel malt, and little lacing. Taste is caramel malt and some alcohol. Pretty heavy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (6046) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Bottle. This is a sweet barleywine. Moderstely well hopped , malt, sweet caramel. Some butter, but not in a way that it appears to be a flaw. I get a little cedar. Sweet finish with hops.


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