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Founders Nemesis 2010 - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Nemesis 2010Founders Nemesis 2010

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858 Ratings

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

A-dark brown golden coloring with a small off-white head and some lacing

S-caramel and fruit with some hints of yeasty bread

T-caramel and dried fruits with some malt and yeasty character and a mild bitter hop finish

F-medium body with light carbonation, smooth slightly sticky mouthfeel with an overall richness and warmth

O-a nice well-balanced barley wine

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2012 19:21:07 | More by MDDMD
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4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to have this on tap and boy does it pack a punch. The aroma is a wonderful blend of coffee and roasted caramel malts.

From the first sip you can definitely feel the alcohol, but thankfully you can't taste it. There was a surprising amount of hops in the taste as well as the sweet caramel malt and a subtle hint of fruit.

It was incredibly smooth and the flavor developed as it got slightly warmer. This might be the best I have had from Founder's so far.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2012 18:03:27 | More by JohnnyMc
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4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

10 or 12oz pour into a snifter.

A Black with a light tan, short head. Head doesnt stick around. Leaves a frothy, murky top.

S Roasty, burnt, chocolate, bready, bittersweet.

T Burnt, coffee/espresso, quite dark chocolate, sweet and spicy up front, malty in the middle, piney and burnt bitterness in finish with some bittersweet chocolate really hanging on.

M Thick, smooth, creamy.

O This was great. A lot more chocolatey than I'd expect to find in a barleywine. Very complex, well balanced and surprising and pleasant at every turn.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2011 19:30:19 | More by VoiceOfTheSoul
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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Not the usual barleywine that I'm used to. Poured a dark coffee brown, with a patchy cap of delicate bubbles. Aroma of dark chocolate, molasses, toffee, and booze. Smooth taste, sweet with caramel, molasses and toffee, dark chocolate, with a light fruitiness detectable, and a piney bitterness mixed with bourbon coming in soon after. A bit heavier than medium-bodied, smooth and velvety, and pretty drinkable for a stronger beer. Very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2011 21:14:54 | More by Rifugium
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into 9 oz snifter at TJ's 8th Anniversary Event. Pours a luscious black with a thin head that quickly exits. The nose is a rich blend of chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. Reminds me of Parabola. The taste is also very remniscent of a a bourbon barrel stout. Loaded with cocoa and vanilla with a boozy backbone. The mouthfeel is smooth as silk. Overall, this is extremely well done.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2011 16:32:36 | More by Retail1LO
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3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an essentially black body with a small-sized, light beige head. Thin sheets of lacing on the way down.

Smell: An initial note of not the expected roasted grains, but of fire-charred biscuit tops. Then, there's the coffee conveying roast, along with a bit of sweetish chocolate, booze, and a scant fruitiness.

Taste: Sharply roasted malts, though a fair amount of sugary caramel, some scarce bitter chocolate and burnt biscuits. Noted alcohol early on. Hops convey resiny pine and pithy citrus fruits. Soundly bitter. A bit more sooth chocolate past the mid-point, as well as a hint of soft serve vanilla ice cream. Finishes with a rebound of hard roastiness, more liquor, and touch of burnt almond.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: As another beer billed as a black barleywine, it's not quite as enjoyable as another, the Jack & Ken's Ale from Sierra Nevada's run of 30th anniversary beers.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2011 16:40:13 | More by ChainGangGuy
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4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This review is from the Founders Brewery after I had at least 3-4 very strong other beers so I wasn't in the best frame of mind to rate it accurately, so keep that in mind.

A- was almost completely black with little to no head.

S- barley wine smell that was VERY boozy!

T- has a HUGE barley wine taste to it. Had all sorts of flavors that I couldn't necessarily identify, but if I had to say for sure, it was mostly malt, with some licorice, some hard candy, a bit of vanilla, some dark fruit type flavor I couldn't put a finger on. It was just amazing and VERY boozy, just AWESOME!

M- very smooth, but almost like cough syrup (in a good way). Ends a bit bitter but SUPER strong

O- by far the BEST barley wine style beer I have ever had. Had it at Founders and it I was in heaven already when I ordered this beauty. Would love to have a few again someday. I can imagine it would be better after you've had a few as it is very strong and after drinking one, will pretty much end your night. Loved this beer

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2011 04:03:56 | More by FoundersFanatic
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Andy's Corner Bar in Bogota, NJ. Served in a tulip glass.

I'm told to expect anything from an amber to a dark-colored beer for barleywines, but this is just something else. Somewhere between ruby red and burnished mahogany, this is quite the pretty beer to behold. The edges of the beer are distinctly maroon, accompanied by a subdued head that leaves some crazy funky lacing that is just everywhere. From the first whiff, I'm getting a ton of dark fruit, including raisins and dates, infused with hefty notes of burnt caramel and roasted malt. Mild hints of cocoa also permeate through, with just a little bit of hoppiness too.

On the first sip, the palate is greeted with a good dose of the sweetness from the nose, both from the fruity esters and substantial malt character. There's a slight burnt sugar quality to go along with the caramel, making for a very intriguing taste. Some piney hops make their appearance soon after, contributing a bitterness that doesn't quite balance out the initial sweetness, but that's not a bad thing at all. There is also a substantial booziness lying underneath all the different layers, but I think I can safely surmise that the age imparted to this beer has mellowed it out somewhat in that department. The alcohol provides a welcome counterpoint to the all the various flavor aspects and does its part in making this a delicious brew. Color me impressed. The body is weighty to this bad boy, which is a good thing, given the clout of its ABV and how easy it is to drink. Finish is drying, leaving you thirsty for more of it, so you'll have to pace yourself. I know I tried, but it really didn't work. Oh well!

Founders is a model of consistency when it comes to producing excellent beers and Nemesis is no exception to this. It is finely crafted and only gets better with age, so I would definitely recommend this right now. Just an all-around fantastic brew.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2011 15:05:16 | More by r0nyn
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3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not knowing at first that this beers recipe changes year to year I saw last year that the Tap & Table in Emmaus had it on tap. My initial thought was that I was going to have the opportunity to have my favorite beer once again and get it on tap no less! It wasn't till I ordered the first glass and I noticed the color... It's a deep brownish black color. Instantly I knew it wasn't the same brew I had the year prior. So I did some research and saw that my favorite beer was the 2009 batch and it had been retired, it figured it'd be that way. Anyhow I proceeded to give this an honest try and I was hoping that in some way maybe this vintage would surprise me as much as the 09' batch.

It poured out as a nice black color with a tan thin head on top. The lacing was decent but nothing too great. The smell of the beer is boozy, earthy, sweet, dark fruits and malts, kind of interesting but not the Wow factor i got from the 09' batch. The taste was much more dry and earthy, there were some decent hop flavors coming through in there and plenty of malts with a dark fruit sweetness. The mouthfeel was heavy, well carbonated and slick feeling. Overall I liked it but I can't say that I loved it. I know a lot of people think the 09' batch was too sweet and they prefer this one but to me the sweetness was part of what I liked so much about it. This brew doesn't really compare at all to the other batch. They only have the same name and that's the only thing that they have in common. I'd try this one again some day if I saw it somewhere.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2011 00:12:06 | More by Knapp85
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New York

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had on tap at lazy boy saloon white plains NY 6/30/11
$8 per/small pint

Pours into my glass a deep dark brown that borders on black when you view it from a distance. A quarter inch of khaki head on top leaves some splotchy lacing as it falls. Aromas start off with dark fruits and toffee melding with some roast, coffee and cocoa. Piney, herbal hops make themselves known alongside dense malts.

First sip brings smooth, dense malts upfront with tons of dark fruits, toffee and roast. Notes of cocoa and coffee combine in as the brew flows down with a good hit of bitterness from pine resiny hops. Sweetness is there but is well balanced. Alcohol is well hidden also. Tasty dark barleywine.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with good carbonation. Pretty easy to drink considering the ABV on this one. Overall, another tasty treat from Founders and a nice twist on a standard barleywine.

waited a long time to try this and I was in no way let down

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2011 01:48:26 | More by cosmo4u
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New Jersey

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

Pours a dark mahogany color, thin ring of khaki head, leaving some sticky lacing. Scent is dominated by a strong hop presence, big notes of carmel, molasses and brown sugar as well as some dark fruit come into play. Taste begins with a strong grapefruity hop bite, covered up quickly by a big presence of carmel, molasses and brown sugar - not overly sweet however. Notes of dark fruit and candi sugar give a light belgin like feel. Light notes of roast and cocoa poweder present themselves as palate gets used to strong flavor. Medium bodied, not as thick as others in the style, good low levels of carbonation. A nice bold flavored beer, with age I could see this improving even more as the sharp hop bite fades.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2011 13:26:29 | More by rfgetz
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3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Kegs of 09 and 10 tasted side by side.

A-both are dark brown with a light tan head.

S-Both also have a pleasant malty sweetness.

T-09 has upfront malt and smoked flavor that ends with a bitter lingering.

M-Vapory alcohol end note with a smooth light body.

D-Smooth upfront but a bit of a punch that lets you know this is over 10% ABV.

O-09 is creamier and more balanced than the less aged version. Would like to let the 2010 bottle age and mellow out. The 2010 is similar but has more carbonation and provides more astringency.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2011 00:03:21 | More by deebo
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New Jersey

4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a 5.5 oz taster glass as part of a Founders tasting @ Tavern on Liberty in Allentown.

A: Pours jet black with ruby red around the edges and a mild ring of tan lacing. (Great head considering the serving glass and time it took to get to me after pouring.)
S: Vibrant floral hops and light roasted malts leading to a sweet malty backbone.
T: Very much like the smell, only a bit more complex than it suggests, as the flavors blend together perfectly and the hops aren't overly bitter. Also, the alcohol is unnoticeable for such a high ABV.
M: This is what sets this one apart from the rest at the tasting: Medium bodied, great carbonation, smooth finish.
O: I think this was a great beer on tap, and I need to revisit it in the bottle while the bottles still have some hoppiness left in them. Personally, I liked this a lot more than the CBS or KBS, as it was much more drinkable than either one, and I don't recall that being the case with this or KBS in bottle form.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2011 16:11:36 | More by stimulus
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4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served on-tap in a 10oz glass.

appears extremely dark brown, almost black, with off-white colored head. huge hop aroma.

flavors of dark roasted malt balanced against strong bitter hops. quite boozy, but not in a bad way. big bold flavors, it's not subtle.
about average body for a barleywine, medium carbonation and body, a bit sticky.

interesting take on the style, I like it, too bad the bottles of this are long gone, but glad I got to try it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2011 03:14:49 | More by jmdrpi
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4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one courtesy of the event at Craft Ale House last night. Just a 5oz serving after having the wheatwine and KBS, had to drive home.

A- Poured no head in my serving glass. A very dark brown brew with copper highlights on the edges. Looks similar to a porter. Pretty opaque in the middle.

S- Dark beer with a fruity aroma. Strawberry, watermelon, and cantelope make a very sweet bouquet on this. Hops are present, very grassy. I forget the official IBU's but I believe this was pretty high. Brown sugar, medium roasted malt and cocoa powder rounds out the nose profile.

T- A delicius beginning flavor of almonds is what I get with the first sip. Hops are present in the taste with some bite but are quickly wrestled into submission by the syrupy malt and molasses flavor. Fruit lingers in the background on the palatte, definitely not as prominant as it was in the smell. Mostly dark fruits, but strawberry does come to the forefront. Hints of chocolate make pop up appearances throughout these flavors. Fairly complex.

M- Medium bodied brew with a sticky and sweet mouthfeel. Ok on carbonation, and slightly warming in the mouth from the 12%. Otherwise though Founders continues to amaze me at how well they mask it.

O- Bricktop, one of my favorite movie characters, would ask "Do you know what Nemesis means?" Well his definition is not as pleasant as this beer was. Very complex with all thats put in this, but each flavor bit plays its part and gets recognition.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2011 23:41:09 | More by haazer
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4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 poured into a snifter at the Founders Taproom.

A - Midnight black with dark ruby highlights when held to light. One finger dark eggshell head recedes moderately fast into a substantial film. Small amounts of lacing left down the side of glass, but not surprisingly there isn't too much.

S - Nice malty aromas of roast, deep chocolate, and dark fruits (mostly raisin, some cherry) come on strong. Hop aroma is faint in the nose, but perhaps a little pine and grapefruit come through. Not very boozy smelling, just a bit on the back end, and it pleasantly comes together with the rest. I could have used a little more nose, but I'm splitting hairs

T - Chocolate and coffee roast flavors are perfectly balanced and don't overwhelm the awesome raisin and cherry flavors, great carmelized sugar flavors. The hops come through nicely as well, citrus and pine, with some pith. As it warms the candied dark fruits come out even more. Yum.

M - So smooth, a little creamy, and not too thick, allowing a nice drinkability to the whole affair without being thin. The alcohol comes through, but just like the smell it melds great with everything else.

Overall, This is a very nice American Barleywine, everything layers great and it's nice and fairly complex. I look forward to what Founders spins out under a new name.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2011 16:44:54 | More by MowryJC
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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at KBS day 2011. Served in snifter. I had this on its original release day in the summer of 2010. Thought it improved with age.

A- Dark black in the snifter. Came to me with a two finger frothy tannish head. Head becomes a thin foam covering with minimal lacing on the glass. Pretty dark for a barleywine.

S- Lots of chocolate whiffs. Some bittersweet chocolate with roasted malt. Malt smells like fresh combination of wheat and rye bread. Slight alcohol smell comes through and absolutely no hops. Surprised me due to its high IBU.

T- Bitter chocolate accompanied by a lot of roasted malt. I got strong hot alcohol taste. Some hops at the end, but predominantly chocolate with bitter.

M- Heavy syrupy body with a bit of carbonation. Left my tongue feeling heavy. Lingering bitterness that made me want to have another sip.

D- Very sip-able. I really enjoyed having it after it got a chance to age. On a cold day or night, I will reach for a bottle and enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2011 20:27:48 | More by betsona
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New York

3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The beer is very dark amber in color and poured with a minimal head.
S: There is a moderate aroma of cough syrup in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except that the flavor of cough syrup is even stronger.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly viscous on the palate with a low amount of carbonation.
D: The smell and taste of cough syrup don't make this beer one that is very easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2011 04:05:53 | More by metter98
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South Carolina

1.93/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap in a shaker pint. Near black with mahogany highlights. A bit of head, a bit of lace.

Massively sweet and boozy nose, a concoction that's obviously malty but with some odd adjunct qualities. Holy mackerel, this stuff is sweet, a wave of malted milk and lemon-lime soda. Burnt and harsh woody flavors are in direct contrast rather than providing any sort of balance. Medium-thick with a lowish carbonation that does little to keep things moving along. By far the worst beer I've had from what is normally an enjoyable brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2011 02:26:27 | More by PDXHops
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bryant Lake Bowl, Minneapolis.

Appearance: Mahogany with a small cap of rich tan foam.

Smell: Dark sweet fruits, raisins, dried plums.

Taste: Mild sweetness initially with a cornucopia of dark dried fruits; raisins, plums, figs, dates; black strap molasses and toffee. Thick, hearty, well-roasted malts appearing now to balance the sweetness very nicely. Finish is roasted malt and molasses.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, creamy, smooth.

Drinkability: A hearty, voluptuous barleywine that aged oh so nicely. Beware the ABV, it's in there somewhere.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2011 17:22:02 | More by JackieTH
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4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's in Norristown. 9 oz pour.

A- Dark black white creamy thin tan head

S- Boozey, sweet, malty, dark, hoppy. (In order of presence.)

T- Very rich, full and balanced! The most balanced barleywine I've ever tried.

M- Nice carbonation and balanced mouthfeel! Not sticky or cloying at all... however has a bit of a sweetness as indicated in the style.

D- Not so great due to high ABV... however style is on point for barleywines!

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2011 04:27:34 | More by TheSupremeAJ
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4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a taste glass at the Haymarket Founders event.

Appearance: Black, with a walnut ruby peering through most parts of the glass. Slightly transparent, but that is more than I would have thought. A modest tan head fades to a ring and leave some lace.

Smell: Roasted and chocolate malt, molasses, alcohol, spices, and some citrusy and earthy hops.

Taste: Black barleywine -- interesting. Roasted, almost burnt malts, chocolate malt, a touch of cocoa, vanilla, and tobacco all peacefully coexist. The flavor turns bitter after a dash of alcoholic bite. Coffee, with citrus and earthy hops. It finishes a bit bitter with a touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, less than I would expect at 12%. Medium carbonation. Starts smoothly and lightly wet, but the feel turns dry by the end.

Drinkability: An interesting experiment, and I liked the glass that I had, but there is a lot going on here, limiting the drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2011 18:27:08 | More by KickInTheChalice
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North Carolina

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

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a tulip glass a deep opaque black with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is a nice blend of dark malts and crisp citrus and pine hops alongside mild cocoa and coffee. The taste is a very nice complex blend of dark malts, molasses, espresso, alongside a nice amount of crisp citrus hops providing a very interesting balance. The beer is a bit on the heavy side, but just a few months has mellowed this one out nicely. This is a very enjoyable and unique beer, I'm very glad I've still got three bottles of it at home.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2010 00:22:29 | More by atsprings
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Founders Nemesis 2010 from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 858 ratings.