Founders Nemesis 2010 - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by StoneTSR:
4.24/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
APPEARANCE: Looks more like a Brown Ale or a Porter than a Barleywine, this is very dark brown in color. The head only last for about ten seconds, but while it's there it is a dark eggshell color and about an eighth of an inch thick. There is no lacing at all.
SMELL: It actually smelled better out of the bottle than when it was poured into the glass. I have to say this was a first for me. In the bottle all of the typical, sweet Barleywine smells came through strong. When it was poured into the glass they all seemed to fade a little bit and a lot of unexpected, smoky aromas came through. It was still quite pleasant, but not as intense as I would like.
TASTE: The first thing that stands out to me is how well the hops have hung in there. This is still a hoppy beer three years in. The finish is quite bitter and the hops are supplemented in their bitterness by hints of coffee and dark chocolate. The sweeter flavors all come first though, caramel, toffee, vanilla and some sweet spices greet the palate while some banana and other dark fruits dance around in the background.
MOUTHFEEL: Someone below me said this was medium bodied. I'd have to disagree, to me it was very big. Sweet and complex throughout, but drying as it goes down. Very smooth and drinkable with a complete lack of booziness.
OVERALL: I hate finishing a Founders beer, especially since I'm in Colorado. I can't just go get another. Ultimately, this beer holds up very well and I would imagine it has a couple of good years left as long as it was treated properly.
Serving type: bottle
06-17-2013 05:40:29 | More by StoneTSR
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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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