Founders Nemesis 2009 - Founders Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev -1.2%
Bottle courtesy of badnewsbeers. Live review.
Ohh, and just for Ryan, this review is entirely droided.
The appearance is really lackluster. No bubbles, no head, no foam, nada. The color is an amber with pinkish hues.
The smell begins with lots of bourbon notes. Vanilla and oak are big, along with a harsh alcohol astringency. As it warms the beer grows exponentially in deliciousness. Maple begins to come through, though it never becomes super apparent. Brown sugar and toffee round out the aroma with a pleasant sweetness.
The taste also really benefitted from some warmth. There's a sweetness that is slightly citrus in nature, along with lovely bourbon flavors. It grows in bitterness over time, to the point where I must assume that this was heavily hopped. Additionally, wheat or no wheat I feel like there could be some rye in the grain bill as well.
Spicy orange peel and peppery alcohol lead into complex malt flavors. Vanilla is very big as is caramel and tobacco leaves.
Quite boozy, this is a sipper. I kind of wonder if Founders didn't fudge the 12% abv listing on this... very low carbonation, I was wanting at least a little more.
Overall - I finally get why everyone raved about how much better the '09 was compared to the '10. I want more.
04-29-2011 07:36:14 | More by Spider889
4.01/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
07-12-2014 23:34:01 | More by jaasen64
5/5 rDev +20.5%
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...
06-30-2014 19:15:34 | More by bladehines
3.9/5 rDev -6%
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.
06-26-2014 01:37:29 | More by rlee1390
Founders Nemesis 2009 from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 680 ratings.