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RATINGS: 422   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
The 2009 release of Nemesis is best described as a Maple Bourbon barrel aged wheat wine holding 12% abv and 70 ibus. The barrels have been resting deep in the mines of Grand Rapids for nearly 9 months and have been most effective in developing a great product. The Bourbon barrels we used in this creation were once used to age Maple syrup from northern Michigan, then emptied, and procured for our use in aging this beer. The combination of American oak, Kentucky Bourbon, Michigan Maple syrup and our golden/tan wheat ale has provided a delicious malty sweet ale distinctive of strong vanilla and bourbon notes.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Bottle. Pours a very clear, light amber with no head. Aroma of caramel, light bourbon, some malty sweetness. Taste was similat with even more complexity - oak, light bourbon and vanilla, sticky sweetness. If I didnt know this had been aged in maple oak barrels, Im not sure I would have been able to tell that the some of the sweetness was maple, but all of the complexities of the beer mesh together nicely. Creamy, smooth, slightly boozy, some more bourbon - a very complex finish. The finish of this beer is really special - everything that is good about this beer just comes to life in the finish. Overall, very tasty beer. Too bad Ive only got 1 more bottle to drink!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (1921) - - JUL 18, 2016
Bottle. Pours a hazy reddish color. Aroma and taste are sweet maple, bourbon, toffee, and oak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (6171) - Wauwatosa, USA - JUL 11, 2016
Hazed amber to orange in color liquid. A few fish food flakes floating about. A moderate head of tight, ecru colored bubbles. The initial quick sniff brought scents of tropical fruit. Further sniffing brought out the spice and whiskey scents. Wood and sour mash start to work their way into the aroma. I dont catch enough malt base in the aroma. Sweet, very sweet from the start. A Jack and coke sweetness. Whiskey seem to dominate throughout the quaff. Fairly average feel, with low carbonation and a bit of bite from the alcohol. Stomach has a small fire starting. If you like whiskey, you should like this one. Not overly complex, but a strong ale with a bourbon kick. 6/10

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
stevoj (4845) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 21, 2016
12oz bottle thanks to Jake65, share on 6/11/16. Nice medium amber body, small airy head. While this is all barley wine through and through, the barrel aging makes adds the right amount of sweetness and smokiness to this brew. Hints of vanilla, marshmallow, licorice and molasses add to the complex tastes. Slow, pleasant burn caps this off. Spectacular!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IndianaRed (4402) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 11, 2016
Bottle shared from Jake hazy redish Amber great maple barrel flavors. Dry and bitter

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (7354) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 11, 2016
12oz bottle thanks to Jake65. Pours out a crisp copper color topped with a small head. Nose is nice maple barrel lots of sweetness booze spice anise. Taste is more of the maple syrup sweetness bourbon barrel vanilla brown sugar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
onceblind (9165) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2016
Aged 6 years! Slightly hazy honey copper hue with no head. Lovely sherry aroma with maple, oak, honey, and boozy fruity tones. Big boozy flavor with loads of earthy honey, halls, fruity booze, maple, oak, and a boozy earthy sweet woody finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (14520) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2015
Bottle poured a clear orange amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of bourbon, toffee, spice and light oak. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of toffee, bourbon, oak and spice with a smooth dry lingering bourbon finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fraternie (1011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2015
An absolutely rollicking aged blonde barley wine, with equal parts caramel malt and red wine and barrel nuances. Hints of wheat linger with sharp heat through the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (7045) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 3, 2015
12 oz. bottle thanks to Willrunforbeer via dmac for free beer week, thanks men! No head on a muddy river water brown color. Aroma does show oxidation (cardboard like) oak barrel, bourbon still exists and light maple sugar.

The flavor shows moderate bourbon upfront with a light maple sugar through the center. Mild hints of dark fruit more of a plum or raisin with a very weak hint of (cardboard). But the mild oxidation doesnt affect the enjoyment level I am sipping right now. Mild warming from the bourbon after the sip. Still all in all nice drink. Real surprised how well this held up... Fine brew but drink it if you got it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillRunForBeer (2591) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 3, 2015
12oz bottle from dmac for Free Beer Week. Thanks, Dave! Michigan rate #100! 2/3/10 bottle date. Pours murky orange brown with no carb. Aroma is bourbon, molasses, maple. Flavor is molasses, raisin, maple and bourbon. Bourbon carries through to the finish.

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