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
More User Reviews:
3.85/5 rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A-pours a mahogany /black color with some amber hues nice 1 finger khaki head that settles but leaves clinging lacing looks great after 3.5 years
S-hops still with licorice, coffee,charcoal,wood and dark fruits
T- citrus hops are still here its now alot sweeter not as pronounced with the malts but has fig and raisin with licorice and charcoal tastes
M-sweet creamy still hoppy with very little Alcohol heat
O- i should have bought more this held up outstanding was really surprised at the hop presence its nice to see a brew hold up so well like this
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2014 19:16:16 | More by gatornation
Founders Nemesis 2010 from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 853 ratings.