Founders Nemesis 2009 - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by Reaper16:
3.13/5 rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
12oz. bottle served into a snifter
Pours a lighter-than-expected amber/orange color that lies somewhere between Princeton orange and deep carrot orange. The body is nearly opaque. There is some yeast sediment floating throughout the body, especially when you pour the last half into the glass. The head, well, there isn't any. No foam at all at any point of the pour. Considering that beer is 12% ABV one shouldn't expect much foam. Still, compared to a wheatwine like Boulevard's Harvest Dance this offering from Founders is lacking in the appearance dept.
The nose unfurls nicely as the beer warms. Initially I get alcohol and a gloopy sort of sweetness. Then the interesting elements come out - baked cinnamon apples, pencil lead, bourbon, honey, pancakes, vanilla extract. It is a pleasant nose for a bourbon barrel-aged beer. I'm not convinced that it works for the wheatwine style. The wheat is obscured by the strong barrel smells. In a blind tasting I would smell this and call it a barleywine or a strong ale ten out of ten times. This beer smells good but I rate to style. Needs to have more discernible wheat.
Thankfully the beer tastes like a wheatwine. It has the overly-sweet honeysuckle taste that I've found in nearly every wheatwine. The maple & bourbon sure do come out of those barrels. They aren't doing the beer many favors. This beer is overly sweet. The wheat malt tastes too sweet, the maple and vanilla tastes too sweet, the boozy element is all sweetness and harshness, both too strong. It finishes with a chalky, oaky astringency that is much needed but even that is covered up by the sugary flavors of apple and syrup. You expect a sweet beer when drinking this, but I wish that all the sweetness would come together better.
No carbonation. You are left with a thick body and no carbonation. This, of course, amplifies the boozyness and doesn't help to make the cloying sweetness any less sweet. Clearly Founders wants to emphasize the sweetness here. I think that it is a mistake; too much. You can guess then that I feel the drinkability is suspect. Some people are all like "half a 12oz. bottle is enough for me," and I'm not going quite that far. I finished the bottle myself. The alcohol does get to you (as you'd expect) but the real problem is that the beer is too sweet.
I love Founders. They might just be my favorite overall brewery. But this beer is a misstep for me. How people can think that this is better than Harvest Dance is beyond me. Hopefully age can tame this beer; I'm not planning on drinking another for quite a few months.
Serving type: bottle
07-07-2010 02:53:40 | More by Reaper16
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4.01/5 rDev -3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottle poured into Founders tulip.
A- Cap comes off with a decent hiss, pours a slightly hazy with a little bit of translucency, orange brown in color with a very thin white head that quickly recedes to a still top, carbonation appears to be fairly low and there's a ton of white sediment chunks floating around even though it's been resting in my cellar for >6 months and I didn't pour the bottom of the beer in. By far not the most physically attractive beer.
S- Maple definitely still comes out fairly strong with a nice oak presence, malty with some underlying dark fruits, a slight bit of citrus that conflicts with the maple a tiny bit, a little bit of acetone. Oxidation is definitely present but overall the nose is holding up with still a strong aroma, decent barrel presence, and complexity.
T- Sweet maple balanced with a nice oak presence, fairly malty, slight bit of citrus, dark fruits come out on the finish with a nice plum presence balancing nicely with the maple. Not as much acetone or oxidation as the nose indicates, nice subtle complexities.
M- Slick, definitely on the flat side, goes down pretty easy without too much alcohol burn.
O- Besides the appearance Nemesis is a pretty good beer that is definitely still holding it's own. Once you get past the insane amount of sediment it's actually quite tasty. The maple barrel adds a nice presence balanced with malty dark fruits. I wouldn't age this much longer as I think it's already falling off but it's still definitely worth drinking.
Serving type: bottle
07-12-2014 23:34:01 | More by jaasen64
5/5 rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
A-Very Amber! Stored this bottle myself for the last 5yrs in a cellar! Lots of sediment! Beautiful color!
S-Very bourbon-esque! Malty sweetness, smells great!!!.
T-WOW bourbon!!!! Very malty as well, balanced, no alcohol after taste. So much bourbon. Very little maple left. If you did a blind taste on this you'd think it was a decent bourbon or a great bourbon with some water added.
M-Heavy body, thick, coats your throat even!
O-I love bourbon and I love this beer! I have tried one every year since I bought them and waited till now to try this one. I bought and stored all of them in a cellar the entire time so I know mine are better then most, and I pored mine in a tulip glass slow so there was very little sediment in the glass. Nice slow pour. So good, too bad it's my last one...
Serving type: bottle
06-30-2014 19:15:34 | More by bladehines
3.9/5 rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
A-Cloudy amber, not much carbonation, at all, no head either. But at 4+ years old I can't say I'm shocked.
S-Extremely malt heavy. Lots of wheat. Very slight bourbon, some sugary maple is left.
T-Malt heavy, but still balanced even this old. The sugary sweet maple is there. Not much bourbon but some oak is there. But age has left it a tad too sweet.
M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation rather thick.
O-A tad too sweet. I can only imagine how good this would have been fresh. But I am soo glad to be able to have tried it.
Serving type: bottle
06-26-2014 01:37:29 | More by rlee1390
Founders Nemesis 2009 from Founders Brewing Company
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