Founders Nemesis 2010 - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by FernMaster:
3.9/5 rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from the bottle into a goblet.
I would usually pour this into a snifter, but I was feeling sassy.
Nemesis pours a very dark brown. The rim if you tip it shows a darker reddish brown color. Usually I don't expect a lot of head in a barleywine, in this there is very little and moderate lacing. This has better lacing that most, so bravo.
The smell is loud, just big. Caramel and dark fruits are definitely at the forefront. There's also this wooden smokey smell to it as well, like burnt toffee. You can also get a hint of the booze that lies in this 12% beast, which adds an unwelcome hint of heat in the nose.
Usually I'm so-so on the barleywine style, but this is one I really like. For me it's sometimes hard to get past the big alcohol taste in barlywines and the brown-sugar muskiness, like a rotted woods smell. Nemesis, like I said, I like. It's a good balance of the alcohol adding a nice touch of spice on the finish without being overbearing. There's a brown sugar, toffee, caramel flavor that's a good balance with this sort of piny raisin bitterness. It's peculiar, but very good.
The mouthfeel is nice, it's a big bold body which upholds the flavors very well. I wish there was a little less of the alcohol though as it does affect the mouthfeel a bit by burning like a bourbon. But that's my only complaint about the mouthfeel. It's else wise a very drinkable barleywine. Usually I sit and sip them, but I don't need to do that (as a survivability tactic) with Nemesis. All in all, it's a very good, bold barleywine. One I like a lot, which is a good thing considering the crazy price tag.
Serving type: bottle
01-27-2011 03:15:41 | More by FernMaster
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3.85/5 rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-13-2014 01:46:22 | More by jaasen64
4.86/5 rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
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!
Serving type: bottle
07-12-2014 03:56:04 | More by blackcompg
Founders Nemesis 2010 from Founders Brewing Company
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