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
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 851 ratings.