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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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DalzAle (2029) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Bottle sample. Rich dark orange pour, small ring of carbonation and an aroma of strong boozy hops. Flavor is extremely hot & boozy malt, super hopped up and very sweet on the aftertaste. Decent, but hope to be able to try this in a few years again. Way too hot now.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bacterial (2931) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Holy hops Batman! Pours a deep amber / red and whispy white head. Nose is thick and malty. Taste is really hops forward, hops masks the booze a bit, but wow its a beast. It would be hard to drink a full bottle of this, maybe it mellows out in a few years....

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
arminjewell (9423) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, clear orange pour with thin to no white head, aroma brought notes of maple, some booze, hints of slight celery, maple, some caramel, slight orange, hops, hints of earth. Taste is a mix of sweet maple, booze, some vanilla, oak, hints of spicy and earthy hops, finishing fairly boozy, slightly earthy. Eh.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (8358) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Big thanks to JPDurden24 for sharing this at the Annual Black Friday tasting, thanks Jon. Also a big thanks goes to the generous AshleySchaefer for trading me some Bolt Cutter in my time of need. I owe you Malcolm. So this big high shouldered 750mL bottle pours with a deep clear copper body that supports a tan head of foam. The aroma offers up pretty bold notes tossing up sugar candied pine resin that rolls into more of a citrus sensation of orange flavored hard candy and then a resiny grassiness at the end of the draw. The taste is similar with oddly sugary pine sap and then malt sweetened citrus hoppiness. This has loads of both flavor and bitter resiny hoppiness from front to back. Nice smooth bold rich stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Pours a clear copper with a off white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is malts, alcohol. Taste is sweet malts, bourbon, slightly hoppy. Medium body with dry warming finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2965) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Hazy copper orange pour, thin off white head and very light lacing .... aroma of caramel malts, oranges, boozy, maple syrup and light vanilla .... taste is very bitter and citrusy orange, maple syrup, light dry oak, caramel malts, light vanilla, rindy bitter hops and boozy .... finish is bitter warming and booxy .... definitely a brew to age .... syrupy slick mouthfeel .... complex and tasty, but definitely need to age and try again down the road

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EvilHenchman (3) - Alabama, USA - DEC 16, 2012 does not count
Pours a dark brown amber with a little head that quickly dissipates. Nose is of candy peanuts peanut brittle liquory booze. Starts sweet and boost nutty in the middle and sweet coffee bitterness left in the mouth and tongue. Very nice grape fruity hook character balances and hides the 18% very well. Overall very good beer felt lucky when I found it after reading about it. Would drink again imagine it would become magical in time.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (13146) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Draft at Beer Run. Pours a clear vibrant auburn color with a thin frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of toffee, caramel, citrus hops and a mild nutty note. The taste is toffee, treacle, citrus hops and raisins. Medium bodied and a bit boozy. Nice beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Bottle thanks to billshmeinke. Clear bronze orange pour, quite viscous, very retentive off white head. Aromas are canned and caramelized pineapple, some oak tannins, bourbon, marshmallow, maraschino cherries, vanillin. Flavors: tons of caramel, crystal malt, pineapple, hoppy, apple, butter, some honey. Bitter, floral hop, sticky sweet. Alcohol is nicely hidden, but this what I hate on east coast DIPAs, sticky sweet, bitter, canned pineapple. The balance of good American barley wines are still missing. Sticky, low carbonation and warming.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernbourbon (1575) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Tap. Pour is deep clear amber with a small white head. Aroma and flavor are caramel malt with faint hop notes and light brandy qualities. A little spicy and hides 15% very well. Solid


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