Founders Nemesis 2010 - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by tewaris:
4.15/5 rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle (released September 2010) poured into a New Belgium snifter on 10/28/2010, a little short of two months from the release.
Pours in a clear, silky looking brown stream, with a big tan colored head. Good head retention and excellent lacing, typical of a hoppy beer.
Upon smelling with a blindfold on, I would have guessed this an American IPA: fresh smelling piney, citrusy, and maybe grassy notes. No roast or sweetness from the malts is perceptible in the smell initially, although some sweetness shows up later. I am surprised that I don't smell the alcohol.
Taste has a different story from smell: fruity sweet, with fruitiness leaning a wee bit towards the darker kind (think raisins). The hop bitterness doesn't seems to bother initially and it might appear the hops are there only to balance the malts, with no significant presence taste wise. This, however, is wrong. Right before the finish the enjoyable fruitiness gets its ass kicked by intense hop bitterness and worse, roast. What remains after the sweetish finish is a lingering abrasive bitterness and alcohol warmth, that combine to give a burning sensation in the throat. However, over a quick sip, the impression would be of a flavorful hoppy ale that has notes of dark fruit with some (appropriate) bitterness, and a long roasty bitter finish. Given some time for the beer to attenuate and for the malts to come forward in nose, this beer would taste really good, provided the roast doesn't interfere negatively.
Low carbonation, silky feel, and medium body: the mouthfeel on this beer is just right.
Fresh as it is, it's not all that "hot". The 12% is well hidden, and the drinkability is affected not by the alcohol, but by the astringency of roast.
Serving type: bottle
10-28-2010 09:34:12 | More by tewaris
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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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