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RATINGS: 372   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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3.1
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 20, 2013
Bottle generously picked up for me (and paid for) by my friend Nate. Pours a bright copper with a thicker than expected yellowish beige head. Nose is huge vanilla, wood, and maple. Some bourbon-like notes. Smells sweet, slightly spicy, but Christ this is sweet and boozy.

3.6
beerbaaron (1998) - Arizona, USA - APR 19, 2013
Sort of a light burnt orange color. Frothy off-white head. Malty, hoppy, fruity, citrus, caramel, bourbon, Full body, sticky. The middle is interrupted by a big spicy bite of alcohol that really threw me and was tough for me to get passed and kind of ruined the beer for me.

3.8
Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2013
Bottle; Pour is fairly clear mahogany in color with a fine bubbled one inch white head in this glass. It has a very nice appearance, though retention is on the average side, with sticky and spotty lacing present. The nose is hop forward; some pine, light citrus, light earthen notes, caramel and toffee, and perhaps a bit of vanilla. I thought this one could have used a heavier barrel treatment than it provides, and that aspect reveals itself quickly for me. It’s initial bitter, with a bit of cream, moving to the pine and grapefruit, toffee, caramel, and into the barrel treatment : vanilla and light earth, heavy on the sweetness (maple syrup) - but lacking a bit of heft. Which is surprising, this being a 15%er - anyway - I really enjoyed this one - but I think they could have done more with this.

3.6
Padge (1) - Virginia, USA - APR 15, 2013 does not count
Definite yeasty nose with complex esthers found in other high rated barleywines. Very sweet with bitterness not over pronounced. The complexity was in the nose, not in the flavor profile. Not much to say about an overpriced barleywine.

3.6
chinchill (5226) - South Carolina, USA - APR 14, 2013
Shared bottle. Very high ABV cannot be hidden. While I’m not hit in the face with the full 15%, this is, nonetheless, a bit too boozy for me. The high ABV comes in a very flavorful brew, which suggests various fruits and fruit brandy. Excellent hop/malt balance. M: Rather full bodied, with excellent (low) carbonation.

3.7
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2013
Very good, but unremarkable other than being 15% and having the booze well hidden. Tastes like most american, west coast barleywines. Strong, sweet, with hops at the front and back.

3.3
DialSquare (5122) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2013
Bottle shared at Hunahpu day ’13. Amber pour. Toffee and toasty malts in the aroma. Tastes are sweet molasses, sugary, little boozy, more sugary... Too sweet for me.

3.9
jcos (1851) - Maryland, USA - APR 1, 2013
Location/Date:Bottle split with Dave on March 31st, 2013.

Appearance: Pours a nice maroon that’s nearly see through.
Aroma: Aroma of caramel and light bourbon.
Taste: Light bitterness, caramel, faint bourbon.
Palate:Medium light body, light aftertaste, covers alcohol well.

Summary: This beer was really interesting. Starting off, was scared of enjoying something 15% but it wasn’t too bad. The beer tastes good and is very well made, but seemed almost too one note, even if it is a good one note.

3.8
Reynolds314 (3470) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 29, 2013
This beer was pretty good. Wheres the barrel? Rich robust barleywine with some dark fruits and candy sugar and a grainy earthyness. The founders bump.

4
MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2013
On tap 4 oz. pour at Meridian Pint in Columbia Heights, Washington, DC. Hazy, medium dark amber copper-brown with a khaki head and excellent lacing. Aroma of caramel, butterscotch, toffee, pineapple, leather, citrus, tropical fruit and earthy hops. Taste of caramel, booze, butterscotch, pineapple, leather, citrus and pine. Full/medium body and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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