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RATINGS: 379   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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ineedbeer (2152) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Aroma is dominated by caramel malt notes with complimenting vanilla and raisin. As it warms the bourbon and hops become more noticeable. The alcohol also becomes more noticeable as it warms but never reaches a hot level. Esters also become more pronounced. Pours a fairly clear burnt amber with a light tan head that quickly recedes leaving a film in the center and edges. Faint lacing with long legs. Flavor starts with some sweet caramel notes - caramel, burnt sugar, raisins and plums. Mid palate the barrel quality appears, bourbon and vanilla. The finish has some slightly astringent hop bitterness and light hop flavor. The finish has quite a bit of alcohol heat along with some residual sweetness and lingering bitterness. The finish is where this beer currently falls apart. Mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation. The astringency is moderate and fairly unpleasant. The alcohol heat is moderately high but fairly clean. For all the complaints this beer gets it is surprisingly good. As it ages the alcohol heat and the astringency should mellow out. The finish is a bit slick as well which will hopefully get a bit better. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


4.1
Lager43 (46) - Watertown, Connecticut, USA - JUL 18, 2017
A very strong barleywine. Somehow it disguises the alcohol . I find storing creates a really smooth beer. I waited several Yeats to have it again and it was really much more rounded in flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
SG111 (1821) - 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
Johnstledger8 (1194) - 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
smith4498 (3646) - 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
Ahuth (590) - 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
Mark_Eck (1948) - - AUG 5, 2016
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark reddish color. Aroma and taste are bready malts, caramel, raisins, and some bourbon.

3.9
jandd1983 (4330) - 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
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
AirForceHops (7233) - 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
weihenweizen (3825) - 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.


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