Founders Nemesis 2010 - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by Phelps:
4.05/5 rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
In Greek mythology, Nemesis was the spirit of vengeance, dealing out divine retribution to those guilty of hubris. In beer, it's an annual offering that takes on a different form each year. For 2010 -- the year of black IPAs -- a black barleywine! This bottle was received in a generous trade courtesy of BulbMan and poured into my Bruery snifter.
A: pours from the bottle a deep brown like dark roast coffee that coalesces into an inky brown in the glass. A half-finger head of fine apricot-colored suds appears late but dissipates quickly, becoming a thin ring and leaving tattered drapes of lace.
S: caramelized oranges, sugary grapefruit, molasses, lightly chocolatey, maple syrup. It's sweet, for sure, but I likes it.
T: The flavor begins hoppy and sweet, with grapefruit, caramel and honey-tinged orange juice. I love how the roasted character then rolls in, slowly taking over with flavors of espresso, dark chocolate, maple and burnt toast that linger on through the finish. The hoppy flavors here outweigh the roast a bit, but I think that's the way it should be in a black barleywine. Subtlety is key here.
M: the body is just a shade under medium, but nicely velvety about the mouth. It expands a bit as it warms. A light, massaging carbonation flits about the mouth, and a hefty alcohol warmth is feeling nice and toasty in the chest.
D: Fairly warming; a single beer is plenty, though the flavor has me asking for another bottle. I'll resist, however; this is still more barleywine than black barleywine, and I'll be interested to see how this one ages.
Tasting notes 11-14-11
A year later, this one has undergone some interesting and agreeable changes. The hops have died down and the aroma has more of the fermented orange notes ubiquitous in well-aged barleywines. More dark fruits can be found in the nose as well: prunes and raisins blend with bittersweet dark chocolate. Might have to bump this one up a peg.
As in the nose, what was once a hoppy barleywine has become sugary, caramelized goodness. Overripe oranges in the front of the palate smoothly give way to cocoa and espresso. The body seems to have also improved, becoming bigger, creamier, better. Alcohol is definitely still there, blazing through the nose mightily.
Overall, I'd call it an improvement. The caramelized barleywine flavors of this aged brew meld with the roasted malts a bit better than they did when fresh.
Tasting notes June 2012
Impressive amount of hops still in the nose. Biting and bitter citrus, a little pine, some overripe orange. Hardly any roast. With eyes closed, you wouldn't be able to tell this was black.
In the flavor, however, the roast has now almost completely overtaken the fruitier malt flavors. Big toast, bitter dark chocolate and mocha are now the ring leaders. Caramel and just a hint of orange peel bitterness are next. Delicious.
Serving type: bottle
11-09-2010 06:55:50 | More by Phelps
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
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