Founders Nemesis 2010 - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by bluemoonswoon:
3.9/5 rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Saw this almost by accident at Lundeen's in DeKalb. Figured I couldn't pass up a chance to purchase an entire 4-pack.
A: Pours pitch black into the glass, looks like a stout as no light could possibly escape this one. Head begins decently thick, resting a couple inches above the beer itself, then slowly melts away into a cap while leaving behind some scant lacing.
S: This is a bit weird. Loads of hops certainly but also loads of bitter chocolate and maybe a touch caramelized brown sugar (if you imagine it to be there). Give the glass a swirl or two then take a sniff and a fruitiness escapes from this rather dense cloud of bitter chocolate, can't really put my finger on it but it is nice to see something break trough the cloud. All things being equal though, I am not ready to fall in love with the aroma.
T/MF: Somehow I got honey and nuts before being taken over by a slowly creeping hoppiness. The deeper I get into this beer to more the chocolate begins to take over with a bracing bitterness that holds on to the back of your tongue and refuses to let go.
Serving type: bottle
09-24-2010 03:59:23 | More by bluemoonswoon
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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
93 out of 100 based on 883 ratings.