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Founders Nemesis 2010 - Founders Brewing Company

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THE BROS
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Ratings: 858
Reviews: 497
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%


Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mcann2pu on 07-29-2010)
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

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
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gatornation

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled 070610
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
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Seanniek91

Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Crooked Stave tulip. Vintage 2010 obviously. Cellar temp.

Appearance- Black with one finger of sticky bubbly mocha head that lasted about a minute and left some nice lacing.

Smell- Strong presence. Don't even need to lift it to my nose to smell it and I have a cold while writing this. Sweet bourbon and cherry, caramel malts, oak, vanilla, light cocoa. Reminds me of Adam.

Taste- Ok the hops are still there. I imagine they were real aggressive when fresh. Light vanilla, coffee, oak, muted earthy hops. No booze taste, but heat is there. The hops really linger.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, moderate carbonation, medium booze heat, and hop lingering dryness at the finish.

Overall- Was this beer fantastic three years ago? I bet it was. Is it past it's prime now? Maybe. Not a bad beer, but I imagine it was far superior fresh. The hops that remain are quite astounding actually. A unique beer that people should try if they can find one.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 04:00:54 | More by Seanniek91
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ehammond1


4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (2010)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, 1noa!

(Aged for 3 years)

Nearly black in color, though truly a very dark brown. Small to moderately-sized dark brown head of moderately sized bubbles. Decent stick, especially for the age and known (somewhat) high ABV.

I really like the aroma on this quite a bit. Lots of dark malts, a touch of coffee, definite oxidation, but complementary, just a hint of a licorice character, and some raisin. All very nice and appropriate for a 3-year old black barleywine.

The flavor is nice, as well, with the dark malts, oxidation, raisin, and very mild licorice character combining nicely. The lingering finish is very nice. Though there's a little bit of a char character, there's also some chocolate candy bar and mild roast that seems to go real nice together that just lingers on and on.

Medium to close to full in body for the style. Somewhat chewy. Moderate carbonation for the style.

Very tasty. I wouldn't want to sit on this any longer. Drink now if you're still holding on to bottles.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 02:16:21 | More by ehammond1
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imscotty

Massachusetts

4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sept. 2013 Update. Enjoyed my very last bottle for my birthday. Still great but I would say it is on the other side of peak. Drink now.

March 2013 review below:
A: Pours a slightly translucent reddish black. Little head or lacing but fairly well carbonated.

S: Malt, caramel, alcohol, vanila, fig, cherry, some earthy tones.

T: The taste has smoothed out since I had it fresh two years ago. The hops are mostly gone and now the deep malty caramel tastes stand out. Not sweet, this has aged quite nicely, I do not see it improving any more with age so enjoy one now. There is a nice bitter roast finish to this beer. Deeper, subtle earthy tones linger on the tongue.

M: Still nicely carbonated, medium bodied.

O: This is a great beer with big bold flavor. I would not call this a classic style American Barlywine, more of a hybrid beer. Whatever its designation, I could drink this everyday. If only I could, I wish I had stocked up when I had the chance. A great, bold, complex and balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 01:13:46 | More by imscotty
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter style glass. While pouring it, the liquid looks to be a cherry cola brown color. When it settles the beer looks dark brown like a hearty porter or stout. When held up to the light it's got some deep amber red highlights and you can slightly see it in the middle as well. What you can see through, there's some pretty good clarity. Nice thick frothy head off white tan color it's mostly small bubbles on the lower part of the about two and a half finger cap but larger bubbles towards the top. Goes away after a little bit with mediocre lacing.

Smell is good. Maybe some dark dehydrated fruits, brown sugar, ripe grapefruit peel, hops and maybe some hints of chocolate with a strong roasted malt grain. All good and well blended.

Taste is good, probably a slight step up from the smell. Tastes a lot more roasty and malty. Some figs maybe with some citrus hops, blood orange and grapefruit zest. Brown sugar and a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is pretty good for the style. Certainly full bodied, big and bold. Hop bitterness is there even though this is a 2010 beer. Sweet, and smooth start with slightly dry somewhat earthy finish. Well balanced and a quality all around brew from Founders.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 20:07:22 | More by AndyAvalanche
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StoneTSR

Colorado

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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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 12 oz. stubby bottle I have kept in the cellar for a couple years. Decided to open this up recently so I chilled this down. Poured into my Kate the Great tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours almost zero head. Surprisingly lack of carbonation. Dark brown in color but some light does get through.

Aroma: Nice earthy pine tones from the hops. Definitely a pretty strong hop presence given the age. Chocolate and caramel backing with almost no oxidation.

Taste: Pine, light citrus and a strong earthiness really take hold and dominate. The malt comes through nicely and lends a slight cocoa bitterness. Lots of chocolate and brown sugar. Hides the ABV really well.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is definitely noticably absent. Not flat persay but close. Medium bodied.

Overall, a really nice tasty black barleywine with some nice hop character. Nicely balanced. The lack of carbonation (not sure if it just this bottle?) does not hurt this too much at all.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 23:47:32 | More by Gosox8787
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KFBR392

Illinois

4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A local micropub sat on their keg of this until today when they unleashed it.

Appearance: Very dark, almost pitch black. No head to speak of, beside a very thin lacing on the edges of the glass. Above average lacing on the edges of the glass with each drink.

Smell: Very subdued overall. A lot of strong booze/bourbon, vanilla, hops, and barley. The barley comes off very potent.

Taste: The front is a silky vanilla bourbon booze ride. The body evens out and shows off the strong accents of barley. Finish is medium dry alcohol bite. There is some decent complexity here but overall nothing outstanding.

Mouthfeel: Cleans off the palette, almost dangerously drinkable. Good thing my girlfriend was with me to drive, this one went down awfully quick.

Overall: I was so excited to hear about the Founder's take over which included this great brew. Definitely had the feel of a well aged barleywine. I will definitely be going back for some more.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2013 02:54:43 | More by KFBR392
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Ego

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

happy to find this little gem hiding in my cellar... if I remember correctly I picked this up in the outer banks... ah, good times.

eyes...
a small head pops up but quickly quiets down to an o-ring, legs are apparent given the booze in this puppy, dark brown hue with some ruby highlights, a few columns of marching bubbles encircle the bottom of the glass, everything is in line for the style

nose...
hops in the distance, mellowed booze, wafts of subtle chocolate, sweetish prunes, that tangy barleywine thing is going on, hard to quantify it, I remember the first time I sniffed a Bigfoot (the beer, not a sasquatch ya putz), it reminds me of that minus the hop grenade shoved up my face snatch

taste etc...
smooth with subtle carbonation, not quite silky, the carbonation bites a touch too which is nice, the flavor is pretty subdued 3 years out but there is still a twinge of hop punch in there, mostly in the after glow, the alcohol is not hidden but is not harsh, you know it is there. there is a slight ashen flavor in there which makes me think this is not aging all that well, you get the sweet prune flavors, the hops, and a nice full mouthfeel.

verdict?
3 years out this is pretty mellow but still packs a punch, a quality beer that still holds up.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 04:35:47 | More by Ego
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a brown almost black pour with a finger of beige head which dissipated slowly. nice lacing. smells of tons of barley, slightly boozy, sweet raisins, vanilla, brown sugar. flavor has such a subtleness up front but then it kicks you right in the chest.. lots of boozy warmth, sugary plum/raisin sweetness, vanilla, oak, burnt caramel.. this is such a complex grain bill it's hard to even understand it by the time the pour disappears. it's like a less sweet quad. yeah, that seems about right.

full body, low carbonation, rich and sweet. a ridiculously sweet and tasty barley wine. nutty like the english style, but harsh enough to show its true american style. like a nutty, quad, without as much sweetness as that style would usually get.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 03:04:01 | More by facundoCNB
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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I got one bottle and decided to sit on it as some of the early reviews noted a bit of sharpness, so now is the time, I guess.
Poured into SN tulip - wanted to capture some of the aroma.
Still a good loud pop upon opening. Smallish dense tan head. Darker color for body than many of same style, with a dark red highlight.
Stronger malt aroma with faded hops. Malt is not very sweet with a slightly toasted bread.
Flavors are much more intense than aroma and absolutely fills the mouth with flavor, finishing with the lingering hops and soft bitterness cutting the heavy malt and some of the sweetness, nah more richness of the malts. Flavors are mixed with a general tendency towards rich malt and strong bitterness. The blending of these are quite nice. This must have been a hoppy beast when young, because the hops are still quite prominent now. Tasty sweetness up front. For a 12% drink the alcohol is blended rather well. No heat or booziness, although the sense of a substantial drink comes closer to the bottom of the glass.
Body is still heavy and full. Just enough carbonation. Definite experience of coating the teeth with malty/hoppy delight.
This is quite exceptional for style. Not as complex as some, but all are interesting. This 3 year old ale shows no signs of oxidation at this point. I think my wait was worth it. This is drinking fine right now.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 03:11:02 | More by garymuchow
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2010 bottle poured together with a 2009 on Feb 15, 2013. Pours dark brown and sits pitch black in the glass with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet molasses, bit of booze, dark fruit, and toffee. Flavor is a dry spicy rye and chocolate, with figs and dark dried fruits galore. The 100 IBU is of course not present but more bitterness than the 2009. Light carbonation with a medium heavy slickness on the palate. Very interesting and complex. Not a flavor profile I have had before. Booze is present but subdued. Nice beer. Wish I had tried a fresh one too.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 03:44:35 | More by BMMillsy
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CharlatanSin

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle into a stemmed new Belgium glass. Been hanging onto this for a couple years, figure now that I'm snowed in is as good a time as any to enjoy it. 2010 vintage, enjoyed 2.10.13.

A- Pours a dark cola brown with red. Fizzy as it pours, but not much head to speak of. A little ring.

S- Mostly dark fruit. A little vanilla.

T/M- I remember this being hop-forward when fresh, but hardly any hops left, unsurprisingly. It's aged very nicely, though. Dried fruit, raisins and cherries. Brown sugar. Vanilla. A little bit of booze on the finish, as it warms. All in perfect balance. Despite the fizzy look as it poured, almost no carbonation, with a medium mouthfeel. It definitely has a port-like quality.

O- Wonderful. I remember liking it fresh, but I love it three years in. A perfect sipping beer. One of those "better than the sum of its parts" situations. I wish I had more! (ISO...)

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 23:38:28 | More by CharlatanSin
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Leftovers from the Founders Tap-Takeover at D's 6-Pack.

Damn. Another accidental pint pour! And, topped-off, too.

Pours purple-y, brown-black. Some sudsiness on top. Looks hefty.

Smells of rich toffee, dark caramel, grape, and an earthiness from what was heaps of pine/herbal hops.

Following the nose with more toffee and grape notes. Still has a pine-like hoppiness that is much more subdued compared to how I remember it fresh. Dark roasty malts have started to caramelize and sweeten a bit. Flavors are more delicate. A rounder profile.

Drinks almost with a full body. Carbonation is light-medium. Alcohol is pretty well-masked.

Glad to be able to re-experience this barleywine after over two years. Thought I might never get to revisit it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2013 20:25:43 | More by thecheapies
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beagle75

Iowa

3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque, dark brown color showing some light penetration at the edges. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Malt is rich, treacly, with underlying tones of butterscotch and booze.

T: Begins very off-dry, with heavy crystal malt and volatile alcohol that far outdistances any hops flavors. Roasted qualities emerge during the middle, where flavors are sufficiently spirituous as to suggest at barrel-aging. Flavors slowly dry out by the finish, where charcoal-affected bitterness is strong.

M: Thick viscosity, slightly acidic and warming on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: Whether this is truly a barleywine or rather an imperial porter, this is a very big beer in terms of abv and flavor intensity. Bitterness is surprisingly present, over two years after production, although other hop-derived components sensory experience have fled. What remains is the richness, lending an inherent decadence that demands slow savoring or pairing with something equally potent.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 02:27:37 | More by beagle75
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azdback

Arizona

4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bruery tulip. Very dark caramel brown color. Head is a small half finger of light cocoa color and on the thin side of creamy in appearance. Lace is minimal but I'm not surprised with this being so high in abv.

Smell is rich, sweet, light caramel and some brown sugar or maple. Hard candy and alcohol. Quite nice.

Taste is not as sweet as the nose but does taste like those red almost clear hard candies. Some toffee and light caramel. Not as good as the nose.

Mouth is on the bright side with medium carbonation. Body is kind of thin with a long wet finish that leaves a bit of alcohol burn in the throat.

Overall I didn't think this was half bad but I think I waited too long to crack it. I received this as an extra in early 2011. Should have cracked it then. It tasted a lot like the Third Coast batch 8211 I cracked about a month ago, way over it's prime. This is my fault not the beer. I will grade accordingly.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 05:11:23 | More by azdback
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siege06nd

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours a deep, dark tobacco brown/black. Good finger and a half of tan colored head that falls rapidly to a lazy quarter finger ring. Lacing is solid.

S. Classic American Barleywine...lightly piney hops, fig, cherry, slightly burnt baking chocolate, caramel, and stone fruits. Very nice.

T. Brown sugar, caramel, bitter, citric, and piney hops, drying booze presence, ashy flavor from oak char, dark chocolate, raisin. There is a pronounced burnt toast characteristic to this, presumably from the barrel. The finish, as a result, is very drying, with the hops adding a heavy dose of bitterness. A lot of nice characteristics, but they don't tie together as well as they should, with the brew lacking balance.

M. Full bodied and moderately carbonated. The front and the mid are pleasantly sweet but the finish is awash with a bitter hop blast and charred barrel character. Unfortunately, these characteristics clash, with the drying finish dominating the overall experience.

O. A solid American Barleywine. With a more balanced flavor profile, this would be a top notch example for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 21:58:49 | More by siege06nd
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - darker than I expected, a standard pours erupts a half finger of head that fades in a minute or so

S - alcohol and bourbon hit first, then some truly wonderful oaken and vanilla aromas, which have me grabbing the bottle to see a mention of barrel aging, but there is none. I would bet there is, or maybe the bourbon is just that strong.

T - The bourbon and alcohol more than make themselves known, big and strong, super great even, a big beer without the ego, a barleywine through and through

M&D&O - its a big beer, that much is very clear, you may not expect it at first, but it can sneak up on you, because its bigger than you imagine. and two years on this Barleywine was plenty, tastes great

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 20:09:06 | More by sinstaineddemon
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top, nice label. This is the 2010 (i.e. the final) vintage. I THINK a 4-pk of this went for about $20, but they were sold out before I could get to the store. Thanks, Sanford, for hooking me up with one of these! Into a Chimay chalice.

Appearance: Almost black in the glass (this was characterized, I think, as a 'dark barleywine' when it came out?) but shows nice clarity and a beautiful antique walnut finish when held up to the light. Beige cap with pretty good retention.

Smell: Lots of dark, toasty caramel, herbal, slightly piney hops, and well-incorporated alcohol/dark fruit (maybe macerated figs?).

Taste: Whereas the booze is a pleasant hint in the aromas, all 12% comes roaring through here. When coupled with 100ish IBUs, this still is pretty ballsy even after two years. Bitterness doesn't feel that high w/age, but it's still quite strong, with strong herbal flavors. What does surprise me a bit is the lack of the rich, sticky dark caramel flavors so apparent on the nose. Just a hint of pleasing roast, but nowhere near 'stout' levels. Just a ghost of dark caramel on the finish, but again, not as rich/caramelly as suggested by the nose. As this hits room temperature, a bit of figgy/port sweetness, along with some burnt sugars. If I'd waited for this to hit room temperature, I might have enjoyed it more along the way.

Mouthfeel: Boozy, fairly rich.

Conclusion: Nothing offensive here, but if I was to see these sitting on a shelf in some oft-overlooked bottle shop (even under good conditions) I'm not sure I'd pick up another one. I love Founders, but this isn't one of their better brews, IMO. I think this might have been great at closer to 80 IBUs and 10% abv? As it is, it's fairly tasty (and much better at room temperature), but it'd be hard to cough up $5 for another 12oz bottle.

80 B-

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 02:36:09 | More by BedetheVenerable
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marvin213

North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Dark, it looks more like a stout than a barleywine. Granted this one's been sittin' for a couple years now, but there's little head to speak of. The nose is a leathery, licorice molasses. It smells like it would ooze instead of pour.

It tastes like a stout--the black licorice IS there--and it's a little figgy if ya ask me. The burn is there like a barleywine brings, but it's still more of a stout than anything else. 100 IBUs? Guess those went by the wayside these last 700-ish days. Must've saved this one in large part because I simply don't like it. Maybe it's past its prime, but this one's forgettable for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 20:13:32 | More by marvin213
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claspada

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep, clear brown, actually pretty much black as far as I can see. Head.. minimal. Lacing, decent.

Aroma is very rich and complex. Very sweet but simplistically mellow at the same time (never syrupy/cloying). This beer has a balance of dark fruits, malts, sugars and earthy, minimal resinous, yet non-abrasive hops. Also has a surprising underlying large amount of roastiness.

The tastes begin with a dark fruity malty sweetness before becoming drier and more roasty as it moves back across the palate. Flavors initially leaned toward the roasty malt, almost bitter chocolate like stout, but as the beer warms a pleasant ripe fruitiness takes over. For a claimed over 100 IBU's there isn't much bitterness, (maybe the age) particularly nothing like some other over the top American Barleywines which can't even be put in the same category as this gem.

Mouthfeel is great; an insanely thick, smooth and chewy body with slowly emerging fine bubbles of carbonation. Finish is substantially long lasting, and seemingly different each sip, bouncing back and forth between resiny hops, candied fruit sweet and roasty malt.

Overall, I'm very impressed with the drinkability of this beer, especially after the year or so of age. This is insanely smooth and balanced, with a robust and complex style-crossing body and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 11:32:40 | More by claspada
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rfbenavi80

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle was given to me by a very generous person. Glad I get to try this. Poured into a snifter with an aggressive pour.

A- Pours a deep, dark, brownish hue with lighter brown and ruby highlights around the edges. It has a tan head that didn't amount to much and didn't hang around very long. The head retreated quickly to a ring around the edge of the glass.

S- Huge aroma. Smells very boozy. Rich maltiness, with dark fruits, vanilla, and caramel, sweetness.

T- Rich dark chocolate hits first. Sweet, rich, malty goodness follows. I think the 100 IBU's in this beer have faded. I'm not getting much of a hop bite. Warming feeling from the 12% ABV. Very complex and interesting. Hints of smokiness, and rich nuttiness.

M- Full bodied thickness. Not too much carbonation here. Seems like the perfect amount for the ABV.

O- Wow. Glad I got to try this one. I have no idea how it tasted fresh, but this one is good with 2 years on it. A wonderful sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 06:40:50 | More by rfbenavi80
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from JoeyBeerBelly, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a solid dark brown with beautiful ruby highlights when held to light. A smallish beige head quickly dissipates to a smattering of bubbles on top. Smells rich and malty with lots of dark and burnt sugars and a pleasant dark fruit element. Hints of roast and earthy spicy hops provide lots of balance. The flavor is a bit sharp with roast and dried dark fruit up front. Some sweet maltiness breaks through before a healthy bit of warming settles on the palette. The finish is a bit drier than I was expecting with a long lingering roasty almost ashy finish. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this one, me so than the 2009 nemesis which was a bit too sweet for me. Dark a bit roasty and a big beer, if you stuck it into a bourbon barrel you'd have beer geeks worldwide fighting for a taste of it.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 22:18:52 | More by johnnnniee
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Jamesthebrit

Michigan

4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish brown. Very dark with little head.

S: barley really comes through. Surprisingly the alcohol doesn't really take too much away from the other notes. Sweet. Oaky. Complex and well balanced.

T: Oaky sweet, smalt comes through which is surprising it wasn't dominated by the high ABV. Complex and very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Sits with good body and no overpowering flavors.

Overall a great beer. It reminded me a lot of JW Lees harvest ale but this one was a little more balanced. And it was cheaper. :)

Great showing again from Founders.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 13:52:32 | More by Jamesthebrit
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Founders Nemesis 2010 from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 858 ratings.