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Founders Nemesis 2010 - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Nemesis 2010Founders Nemesis 2010

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917 Ratings

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Ratings: 917
Reviews: 506
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 208
Gots: 267 | FT: 14
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:
Beer added by: mcann2pu on 07-29-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 917 | Reviews: 506
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Mikesgroove for this one. Pours rich black with little head. Hoppy aromas and certainly at 100 IBU at double IPA and citrus hop bitterness, and it works. It is a black double IPA. Any sense of roasted barley and chocolate malts is there, integrated but in the secondary. Marvelous though this is high alcohol and not a session but rather a fireplace beer, to be sipped.

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Exiled for sending me this one!

Released around 9/2010 so this is at least over a year old at this point.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1 inch puffy khaki head that settles to a thin cap. Nice foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, bread, brown sugar, molasses, some dark fruits, and some citrus zest hops. This beer smells absolutely amazing. Taste is almost exactly like the smell with rich malty dark bread, brown sugar, molasses, slight dark fruits, and citrus zest on the finish. A very mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good barleywine with a well hidden ABV. I really enjoyed this beer and I am very glad I got to try one of these.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of GRG1313
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black with an off-white/tan head and a bit of lacing as it goes down. Smell is incredible with a good amount of roasted malt alongside a fairly-dominant odor of resinous piney hops. A bit of citrus as well. Everything melds really well into the taste. Mouthfeel is full yet dry. Drinkability is a bit lower, as there is some alcohol heat, which will hopefully subside with a bit of age. Really looking forward to seeing how this develops.

Photo of metter98
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.

Photo of olradetbalder
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of brentk56
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color with a modest, but tight-bubbled head that leaves some patchy lace behind

Smell: This is one of those beers that I could smell all day, with a big pithy grapefruit character with a chocolate/burnt caramel aspect underneath

Taste: Starts out with the burnt caramel flavor that by mid-palate is utterly destroyed by the 100 IBUs of pith and pine; the longer you swirl it in your mouth, the more intense it becomes, just assaulting every taste receptor on the tongue; the chocolate starts to appear underneath, as well, along with a hint of vanilla that leaves me wondering about a bourbon barrel influence; after the swallow, the flavors merge together but the tongue is so devastated that it is hard to recover

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: More like a black double IPA than a barleywine, this one just is too much for my palate; to use the byline from another brewery who might also have brewed this beer, I guess I am not worthy

Nb: Tried this beer again in Nov 2011 and rather enjoyed it. The caramel and chocolate flavors, up front, blend nicely with the piney hops (which no longer assault the tongue)

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delicious and truly malty Dopplebock. This beer religates any sweetness to a supportive role in favor of toast and malts balanced with the breadth of IPA-like IPA's.

The pour delivers a dark brown beverage with a very creamy but dense viscocity. Medium (maybe light) carbonation steadily forms a froathy tan head that retains and laces very well. Dark for a Barleywine, this beers color rivals those of Porters and Brown Ales.

True malt aromas rise from the glass and give the impression of medium toast and Whoppers candies. Heavy cream and vanilla decorate the bready base while piney hops add balance and intrigue.

Toasty and malty flavors ensue with only mild sweetness but true malt. Low on fruity esters, this allows the hop profile of earthy and resiny pine notes to transition the early toast flavor into a dry and fleeting bitterness and deeply resiny linger. Tree bark, fresh cut grasses, and a gin-like spruce note can also be found as the beer warms.

Medium, maybe high creaminess at the onset but the beer soon settles into a malty-rich mid palate and fades nicely into a toasty, malty-dry finish. It's outstanding in the way this beer goes from creamy-rich-dry without waivering in it's malt character. The hop intesity grows with each sip and assists the dryness in the end. This beer remains firm yet effortless to drink- reminds me of both Celebrator Dopplebock and Stone's Arrogant Bastard.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear dark burgundy color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of sweet caramelized malt with light toffee notes with some earthy bitter hops. Taste is also an interesting mix between some caramelized malt with some sweet notes and a bitter earthy finish. Body is above average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed though too much hops for my taste.

Photo of Knapp85
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.33/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I decided to have two more tastings before a long cutoff. This was the first and was done solo, served cold and into a pint glass, these were consumed on 11/18/2010.

I was a big fan of last years so I was hoping for similar results to be honest, but felt a bit let down. Pours out a nice light brown color with a modest head of tan across the top that fades and leaves light lacing in its wake. Aroma is hot, loads of alcohol here with hints of caramel, lots of hops and a just a biting malt nose as well. Really a very odd profile from both sides. Very hot on the palate again with minimal balance to it, just seemed like it was terribly off balance. Flavors were all over the place with hints of everything but the kitchen sink and just an very hot, hoppy, dry finish that really did not work well for me at all.

Overall I was rather unimpressed here I have to admit. I had high hopes for this, but maybe a year or so will settle it down.

Photo of womencantsail
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Charlie for sending me this one.

A: The pour is an impenetrable black color with a finger's worth of khaki colored head that dies away before too long.

S: Semi-sweet dark chocolate from the roasted malts as well as some nice grapefruit rind notes from the hops. Some brown sugar and a touch of alcohol (but nowhere near Nemesis 2009).

T: Much more heavy on the roast and chocolate than I was expecting. A moderate level of bitterness, mostly from the hops, with some perfumey citrus (grapefruit) as well. The alcohol presence is mild, but somewhat warming.

M: The body is medium with a low to medium carbonation that is fairly smooth.

D: Much easier to drink and enjoy than the 2009 incarnation. This one could perhaps use a bit of mellowing out, but it's good to go as is.

Photo of largadeer
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to brian23456 for the bottles.

Into a wide-mouthed goblet, this beer appears opaque and black, very stout-like. A finger of leather-hued head rises and then descends into a thick lingering film with scattered lacing. The nose belies the appearance, it's quite fruity and hoppy with only a hint of acidic char. The fruity aroma brings to mind raisins, black mission figs, plums and earthier fruit, while the hop profile is more citrusy and resiny. The taste took me by surprise - it's intensely bitter with a green, resiny hop character. Fruity pineapple-like esters reside behind the hop attack, along with roasted and caramelized malts and a touch of alcohol. It's rich, but not overly so; this borders on Black IPA territory, but it's got too much malt heft and barleywine fruitiness. Interesting category-defying stuff, I like it, but I couldn't drink a ton of it. The alcohol also sneaks up on you pretty quickly.

Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter a deep dark brown with just a tinge of amber/brown,a thin quick to fade head atop.Aromas are a mix of big sweet molasses and juicy fruit malt,and big resiny pine hops.Hefty and sweet from the onset,molasses and alcohol dipped dark fruit, with sweet alcohol,the piny hops are big but it doesnt wrestle control away from the big sweetness.Its thick and mouth coating and goes down smooth.I like it but to me its not great,it is brash I have to say.

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Founders Nemesis 2010 from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 917 ratings.