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Founders Nemesis 2010 - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

892 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 892
Reviews: 502
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 211
Gots: 271 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mcann2pu on 07-29-2010)
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3.43/5  rDev -18.1%

BOTTLE: attractive blue label art. 2010 vintage. 12 fl oz brown glass. Branded pry-off pressure cap.

Courtesy of the very generous Duff27.

Reviewed live. Expectations are very high given the brewery and style (Backwoods Bastard might be my favourite barleywine). 12.00% ABV. 100 IBUs.

Served at fridge temp and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with extra vigor as slight undercarbonation is anticipated given the beer's age. Served into Mitchells of Lancaster stemware.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: One finger wide. Pale khaki colour. Consistency is great: smooth, even, thick, and creamy. Has a nice soft complexion.

Retention is good for the high ABV - about 5 minutes. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Dark brown-black. Opaque; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. Not unique or special for a barleywine, but appealing. The head is nice.

3.5

AROMA: Dark malts, cream, caramalt, schwarz malts, toffee, marshmallow, a kiss of dark fruit (mainly raisin, but maybe prune or date), and a subtle hint of oxidation - which works well here. Black strap molasses. Burnt sugars. Hints of piney hop notes. Some vanilla. Traces of resinous hop notes. A kiss of spruce on the backend, as well as a handful of mint-y herbal hops.

A pleasant aroma of mild strength.

TASTE: Fantastic. The heavy dark & schwarz malt core brings the conventional sweetness, but it's well balanced by a surprisingly assertive hop presence (at least, assertive given it's 4 years old) and touches of cream and vanilla, which mellow out the flavour profile. Faint raisin. Marshmallow.

It's well-balanced, and has some lovely flavours; the cream and the marshmallow work beautifully alongside eachother, and the subtle vanilla is lovely. The delicate hop notes lend it impressive complexity; the subtle piney, sprucey, and resinous hops fit in perfectly here. This is almost a gestalt build; it's certainly cohesive and boasts superb amplitude of flavour.

Good depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

No yeasty notes or spices come through in the taste. I quite like this.

TEXTURE: Nicely soft. Creamy. It's silky on the backend, but starts out smooth albeit lumpy. Full-bodied, with a lurking alcohol presence but no overt booziness or heat. Has sufficient weight and heft on the palate, enabling this big heavy texture to support the big heavy flavours. Overall presence on the palate is good; this texture complements the taste well. A bit overcarbonated.

Not oily, astringent, harsh, gushed, or scratchy.

OVERALL: It's a very drinkable barleywine which hits each note right but doesn't try for anything more. This seems like it'd make an excellent base for a bourbon-barrel aged beer. Hides its ABV well. It's a solid beer in the style from Founders, but Founders has done better. The marshmallow is a real highlight here. I wish this were still available. Very well done.

Huge thanks to Duff27 for the chance to try this.

High B-

kojevergas, Aug 24, 2014
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4.31/5  rDev +2.9%

Grabbed this one out of the cellar, poured into my KtG snifter.

Appeared a dark brown nearly purple color with a quickly dissipating off white head.

Immediately hit with sweet smells of plums, raisins, dates and figs and a slight hop bitterness. Very potent smelling.

Taste is quite potent as well. Definite dark fruits followed by a bit of leathery taste and almost a slight tartness. Finishes a bit bitter from the hops but when I had this a few years back I remember it being quite a bit more bitter. Time has done this one well. Not a whole lot of alcohol detected.

Barely carbonated mouthfeel and still nice and thick.

Overall, a delicious treat!

TWStandley, Aug 13, 2014
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12oz bottle poured into Founders tulip. Consumed right after Nemesis 2009.

A- Pours a dark brown that appears an opaque black in the glass, thin off-white head forms that recedes to a still top with some bubbles along the sides of the glass, carbonation level seems to be a little bit better then the '09.

S- Aromas of dark malts, licorice, cola, faded hops, and some oxidation. Not a ton going on and not overly aromatic, nothing off-putting though.

T- Slick malts, cola, heavy black licorice, light chocolate malts, finishes with cola, dark malts, and very slight faded hop presence. Hops are all but gone, there's a light bitterness on the finish but nothing too much. Overall '09 Nemesis was tastier and more complex.

M- Medium bodied, very slick feel, not overly carbonated, pretty drinkable for the abv.

O- Despite the hops having faded this has held up fairly well although it wasn't quite as complex or tasty as the '09 Nemesis. Oxidation is starting to get to this but although the hops have faded for the most part in the taste and aroma they are still acting as a nice preservative keeping the beer from getting overly oxidized. I would recommend drinking this sooner then later but it will probably hold up decently well for another couple years.

jaasen64, Jul 13, 2014
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4.86/5  rDev +16%

I've been waiting for this for awhile now, hopefully not too long - this review is for Founders Nemesis from 2010, here we go...

Appearance - Pours nearly a finger of tan mocha creamy foam which comes down to a smooth lite cap in a minute, the body is a nearly opaque deep warm brown color with garnet raisin highlights,

Smell - Ooohhhh rich malts, ripe warmed dark fruits, sweet maple, brown sugar, well done fruit cake, dates, figs, rum cake, cooked breakfast cereal like barley or oatmeal, and some very light dried grassy floral hops.

Taste - Wow... very much like the nose, the first sip begins almost an explosion of deep dark sweet fruits over the tongue - fig, raisin, dates, ripe plums, all coated in cooked brown sugar and dark toffees, there is some natural maple here too, even a small ribbon of semi-sweet dark chocolate. Then rich roasty malts enter the picture - not enough to ad bitterness, but to add depth and breadth of flavor, then the sweetness just barely begins to give way and I get anise and semi-sweet black licorice, and then comes what I've been waiting for - even after 4 years, the 100 IBU's wrestle through and begin to appear - first as dried grass, then light citrus pith, and then a wonderful flavor of pine - all of these wearing a robe of slightly sweetened dark molasses. There is a very gently heat that accompanies all of this, completely complimentary and surprisingly concealed, especially at 12% ABV.

Mouthfeel - This is a full bodied beer, no doubt. Silky smooth and mouthcoating, but not heavy. Carb is quite low, but adds a soft texture to the quaff. There is some very light and welcome tingle along the sides and back of the tongue. This is a wonderful sippe but so very drinkable that I find myself needing to make myself take my time - savoring every sip, as I may never see this one again.

Overall - I am really enjoying this. I love the dark fruits, the maltiness, and I love how well the hops still represent themselves - the mouthfeel is perfect - my only wish is that I had a time machine to try a fresh bottle to follow this one. If you come across a 2010, pick it up, and savor one of Founders finest beers, and a rich and complex barleywine that easily holds it's own after 4 years. Cheers!

blackcompg, Jul 12, 2014
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Founders Nemesis 2010 from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 892 ratings.