Founders Nemesis 2010 - Founders Brewing Company
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4.86/5 rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
I've been waiting for this for awhile now, hopefully not too long - this review is for Founders Nemesis from 2010, here we go...
Appearance - Pours nearly a finger of tan mocha creamy foam which comes down to a smooth lite cap in a minute, the body is a nearly opaque deep warm brown color with garnet raisin highlights,
Smell - Ooohhhh rich malts, ripe warmed dark fruits, sweet maple, brown sugar, well done fruit cake, dates, figs, rum cake, cooked breakfast cereal like barley or oatmeal, and some very light dried grassy floral hops.
Taste - Wow... very much like the nose, the first sip begins almost an explosion of deep dark sweet fruits over the tongue - fig, raisin, dates, ripe plums, all coated in cooked brown sugar and dark toffees, there is some natural maple here too, even a small ribbon of semi-sweet dark chocolate. Then rich roasty malts enter the picture - not enough to ad bitterness, but to add depth and breadth of flavor, then the sweetness just barely begins to give way and I get anise and semi-sweet black licorice, and then comes what I've been waiting for - even after 4 years, the 100 IBU's wrestle through and begin to appear - first as dried grass, then light citrus pith, and then a wonderful flavor of pine - all of these wearing a robe of slightly sweetened dark molasses. There is a very gently heat that accompanies all of this, completely complimentary and surprisingly concealed, especially at 12% ABV.
Mouthfeel - This is a full bodied beer, no doubt. Silky smooth and mouthcoating, but not heavy. Carb is quite low, but adds a soft texture to the quaff. There is some very light and welcome tingle along the sides and back of the tongue. This is a wonderful sippe but so very drinkable that I find myself needing to make myself take my time - savoring every sip, as I may never see this one again.
Overall - I am really enjoying this. I love the dark fruits, the maltiness, and I love how well the hops still represent themselves - the mouthfeel is perfect - my only wish is that I had a time machine to try a fresh bottle to follow this one. If you come across a 2010, pick it up, and savor one of Founders finest beers, and a rich and complex barleywine that easily holds it's own after 4 years. Cheers!
Serving type: bottle
07-12-2014 03:56:04 | More by blackcompg
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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