Founders Nemesis 2010 - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by jampics2:
4.18/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle into a snifter.
In the dictionary, several antonyms are listed for the word 'nemesis' including blessing, good, and godsend. Does that mean Founders is positioning this series of ever-changing strong beers to be the opposite of good? The first release is actually maturing quite nicely after initial booziness, will this one follow in it's footsteps?
Nemesis is dark black, opaque, with some amber highlights and a spotty light tan head. The foam quickly recedes, but that's to be expected with such a high gravity beer. There is little lace to be witnessed, more of a ring of booze like that found in a cognac snifter.
The smell of the beer is pungent and very expressive. Both the hops and malt are really discernable in the mix. The hops give some citrus and pine notes, and the malt is roasty and gives off some chocolate scents of varying darkness. There is also a bit of booze, which keeps this from scoring any higher. An expressive hoppy, malty, boozy bomb.
When I take my first sip, I swear I hear my tastebuds scream. They're blanketed in flavor and drowning in complexities. Nemesis starts off with huge sweetness from the malt, almost reminiscent of dark cherry or raisin. Then, a forest of pine and grapefruit trees slams the palate. The beer is so agressive and the malt seems to drop in and out, re-emerging as roasted coffee and chocolate. Initial sweetness, then hoppiness, the roast, then a lingering bitter taste. This is a roller coaster of flavor, ending in a huge tunnel of booze and bitterness. A beer that will make children cry and women scream.
The beer is thick with creamy carbonation, and has a great mouthfeel. Unfortunately for this batch, it's not the most drinkable right now due to the booze, but the flavors are starting to smooth a bit more than when it was brand new. Hopefully that improves as the months go by and the alcohol starts to die out.
A few years will tell if this beer becomes a legend in its own right. I'm optimistic for this - I think it's already on the way in fact. But, even if Webster disagrees, I can prove this beer is a godsend right now - after all, the word Nemesis does stem from the name of a Greek Goddess of retributive justice. So there, English majors, put that in your snifter and quaff it.
Serving type: bottle
10-05-2010 20:04:13 | More by jampics2
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4.2/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottle courtesy of Campbell. Thanks man! Poured into a Founders snifter today, 4/22/2014.
A- Medium dark caramel brown. Half finger mocha head with minimal retention as expected. Splotchy lacing.
S- Holy malt. Nice leafy hop presence is dominated by a big caramel, toffee malt presence. Very sweet but what remains of the hops is still enough to keep it interesting.
F- Caramel, toffee, coffee, milk chocolate. Sweetness reminds me a good bit of maple syrup (i.e. Better Half). The 100 IBUs on the label certainly isn't all here, but a good chunk of it is still around to keep things somewhat balanced with a good bit of piney bitterness, but make no mistake this is a malty barleywine. Very good and still complex despite how sweet it is.. I do think this is probably starting to fall apart a little bit. No off flavours.
M- Medium bodied, low carbonation, very sweet and balanced finish. No hint of the 12% ABV at all.
O- Very good aged barleywine but this is probably at its last vestiges of drinkability at this point. If you have any, drink it now.
Serving type: bottle
04-23-2014 04:12:16 | More by Stevedore
4.21/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
2010 Vintage poured into Goose Island Tulip
A: Pours a dark chocolate color with some light dusting on top. Visible carbonation rising, mocha colored small bubbles.
S: Aroma of deep rich caramel, chocolate malt and a healthy dosing of bittering hops as well as aroma hops. Some coffee and prominent licorice scents.
T: Very bitter off the bat, early hop additions, and sweet malt caramelized sugar presence. Chocolate and coffee flavors strong and licorice at the end of the spectrum. Toffee and cotton candy blend together nicely and have a very interesting blend of flavors. The one thing I get at the end is a little cardboard presence. Slight oxidation to an otherwise very flavorful beer. For a 3 year old beer, I am enjoying the flavoring hops and the oxidation seems to be the only drawback.
M: Medium to full body mouthfeel, slightly thick.
O: Overall a very good barleywine. I wonder if they will brew this again one day or if it will make it to distribution again.
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2014 17:18:01 | More by alpinebryant
Founders Nemesis 2010 from Founders Brewing Company
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