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Founders Nemesis 2010 - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Nemesis 2010Founders Nemesis 2010

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Reviews: 505
Hads: 923
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 209
Gots: 264 | FT: 13
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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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
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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Photo of brentk56
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
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)

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.56/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
3.83/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black body, a reddish topaz around the edges in the light. Two fingers of tan foam that dwindles to one, and then down to a broken skim eventually. Not much lacing.

Fresh green hops and toffee first thing. Some sweet toasted creme brulee aroma too.

Rich and sweet, drinkable without getting cloying. The wet hops give it a deeply resinous hit of greenery, bittersweet roast coffee and tobacco traces in the aftertaste, with a little citrus rind from the hops. Smooth and pleasant, more of a nightcap than anything. Alcohol is perceptible now and then, but doesn't overshadow. Enjoyed it thoroughly.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #2000

On tap at Sycamore in Columbia, MO - $7 for a 10oz pour. Thanks, Sanford!

A - Poured an opaque, jet black color with a small, light brown head of bubbly foam. It had some decent retention and left some sticky trails of lace.

S - It smelled of sharp, spicy hops - a little piney. Good roasty malt aroma with a burnt toast nose.

T - Good bitter hop bite upon first sip. Some pine and citrusy hops. Roasty like a porter with chocolate notes and a burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A full bodied ale with a warm alcohol punch.

D - This is really good. It blurs the lines between barleywine and black ipa.

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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
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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Photo of mikesgroove
3.33/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lighter fizzy head covering that at least sticks around for a while, over the super dark molasses brown color with hints of maroon rosy light sneaking through. It has a bit of legs running down the sides of the glass as well.

Nose brings on plenty of dark malts, sweet syrups, molasses, caramel, toffee, plenty of heavy crystal malts and a bit of reddish malts, as well as some rich fruit, bit of a plum and very slight raisin, a bit biscuity, a bit of chocolate hidden way in there that comes out with some warmth, a bit of earthy hops, and hint of booze round it off. There is also a light soft aged malt aroma, delicate and hard to get, need to wait for my nose to acclimate to all the other bigger aromas first, and let it warm as well.

Taste starts rich and very malty, again loaded with crystal malts, some light roast, a bit of chocolate too, reddish malts, little biscuit, chewy raisins and plum fruits, lots of earthy bittering hops come through now, a bit of a grassy and spicy hop flavor too, it gets fairly bitter thanks to the heavy hops, and a bit from the scorched malts I think too. It's fairly sweet and a bit syrupy, some caramel, molasses, toffee, and almost a berry fruit syrup, all come through. A bit boozy, but not too bad, some warmth and hint of boozy flavor. Finishes pretty bitter still, which seems to ramp a bit as the flavor lingers, and really comes through on the finish as the malts and sweet syrups dry, a bit of lingering dark and reddish malt flavors, bit of earthy chewy hops, and some light syrups, then a little minerality comes through. A slight bit of a coffee syrupy sticking to the mouth very late, with more lingering hop bitterness.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, little syrupy, some booze, and decent carbonation.

Overall pretty good. THis has gotten better with the age as I didn't like it as much fresh, and I still think I prefer the '09, but I'll have to do a side by side later. A little boozy, but expected for 12% and nothing over the line, a little sticky but dries a bit, fairly hoppy and bitter but that's what they were going for. Not sure how well it will age long term with the hops in it, but we shall see.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a snifter. 2010 Edition.

Pours black (maybe a very deep brown), topped with a very thin head of mocha colored foam. This throws up a moderately rich cascade of lacing, which sticks to the sides of glass with light spotty froth and a thin film of light brown oils. The aroma smells warm and sticky in the nose, with notes of cocoa, burnt molasses, ripe green citrus, a touch of coffee flavor and some light fusel alcohol spice. I’m glad to find that there is even still has a bit of a fresh zip left to it after a year in the bottle. This is rich and complex in the nose.

The taste is also quite robust, with a mélange of chocolate, burnt roast, and then finally molasses flavor across the back. There is also some leafy wet tobacco notes that work their way in here and like the nose, I’m pleased that there is a still a bit of ripe citric bitterness present as well. That big ABV adds some bold alcohol character to this as well, finishing this dry, warm, and spicy, with a final smack of lingering roasty sweetness on the lips. The mouthfeel is full bodied; with more of a sharper feeling carbonation that sits on top of a thick underlying chewiness. The alcohol has some strength but isn’t stinging in any way, instead adding bold flavors and an all around attitude to the flavors. This does show a bit more warmth as this warms but the aging here as done this well.

This is one that I’ve been waiting a year to get into and after finally doing so; I must say that I’m actually quite glad that I did! This is drinking awesome right now, with robust, complex, and well integrated profiles, including that high alcohol presence which has now added smooth flavorful warmth to this. I wish that I had gotten a hold of a lot more of these last year, as I’d love to see how it continues to develop. This is a really fantastic American Barleywine here. I wouldn’t expect anything less from Founders.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a GameWorks shaker pint glass.

Big thanks to blackhawks87 for this bottle!

Because of Dan, I was able to share a bottle o' this with my boi VDubb86. It pours a very dark, ruby-highlighted brown topped by a very short bit o' foam. The nose comprises blackened pretzels, flowers, caramel, toffee, oak, and chocolate powder. The taste begins with maple syrup-coated caramel and then moves into a more hoppy realm, with notes of orange rind and stinging daisies. The body is a solidly thick medium, with a light carbonation and a syrupy feel. Overall, a very nice b-wine, though not necessarily as spectacular as I expected. I can't wait to see what some age does to this brew...

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Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -16.7%

BOTTLE: attractive blue label art. 2010 vintage. 12 fl oz brown glass. Branded pry-off pressure cap.

Courtesy of the very generous Duff27.

Reviewed live. Expectations are very high given the brewery and style (Backwoods Bastard might be my favourite barleywine). 12.00% ABV. 100 IBUs.

Served at fridge temp and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with extra vigor as slight undercarbonation is anticipated given the beer's age. Served into Mitchells of Lancaster stemware.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: One finger wide. Pale khaki colour. Consistency is great: smooth, even, thick, and creamy. Has a nice soft complexion.

Retention is good for the high ABV - about 5 minutes. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Dark brown-black. Opaque; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. Not unique or special for a barleywine, but appealing. The head is nice.


AROMA: Dark malts, cream, caramalt, schwarz malts, toffee, marshmallow, a kiss of dark fruit (mainly raisin, but maybe prune or date), and a subtle hint of oxidation - which works well here. Black strap molasses. Burnt sugars. Hints of piney hop notes. Some vanilla. Traces of resinous hop notes. A kiss of spruce on the backend, as well as a handful of mint-y herbal hops.

A pleasant aroma of mild strength.

TASTE: Fantastic. The heavy dark & schwarz malt core brings the conventional sweetness, but it's well balanced by a surprisingly assertive hop presence (at least, assertive given it's 4 years old) and touches of cream and vanilla, which mellow out the flavour profile. Faint raisin. Marshmallow.

It's well-balanced, and has some lovely flavours; the cream and the marshmallow work beautifully alongside eachother, and the subtle vanilla is lovely. The delicate hop notes lend it impressive complexity; the subtle piney, sprucey, and resinous hops fit in perfectly here. This is almost a gestalt build; it's certainly cohesive and boasts superb amplitude of flavour.

Good depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

No yeasty notes or spices come through in the taste. I quite like this.

TEXTURE: Nicely soft. Creamy. It's silky on the backend, but starts out smooth albeit lumpy. Full-bodied, with a lurking alcohol presence but no overt booziness or heat. Has sufficient weight and heft on the palate, enabling this big heavy texture to support the big heavy flavours. Overall presence on the palate is good; this texture complements the taste well. A bit overcarbonated.

Not oily, astringent, harsh, gushed, or scratchy.

OVERALL: It's a very drinkable barleywine which hits each note right but doesn't try for anything more. This seems like it'd make an excellent base for a bourbon-barrel aged beer. Hides its ABV well. It's a solid beer in the style from Founders, but Founders has done better. The marshmallow is a real highlight here. I wish this were still available. Very well done.

Huge thanks to Duff27 for the chance to try this.

High B-

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 9/21/2010 at The Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ, served in a large flute glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a large beige head that fades very slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains chocolate, dark fruit, caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out a little sweet with flavors of chocolate, dark fruit and caramel. Then a strong but complementary hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a very good balance. It seems like the perfect marriage of hoppy and malty. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easy, slightly filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, this is an excellent stronger beer that is worth drinking for as long as you can handle it.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap @ Al's of hamden, served in a 12oz ale glass.

The color is deep coffee brown and the clarity is translucent w/ thick pale tan cap and ring bead. The aroma is of raisin and bitter herbs with slightly toffee aroma and mild citrus notes. The mild cocoa is pleasing in the aroma

The feel is great w/ bitterness and carbonation full on entry and slowly succumbing to the malt w/ very mild warming and slight malt sweetness coating the palate, very balanced overall - a masterful combination of textures

The flavor is great with the sweet raisin and mild citrus notes that are hinted at in the smell with bitter cocoa and mild pine in the fresh hop flavor the taste carries a nice low-key roasted which seems muted by the fresh american hop flavor. There is a slight candied currant type flavor with subtle spice and dark sugar complimenting. The drinkability is smooth as any 12% beer wishes to be, an awesome American Barleywine with Founders I am convinced fresher is always better especially when the hops are involved -this beer has a lot of fresh hop flavor.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mad props to dondeez21 for including this as part of my Fantasy Football haul, cheers Don!

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Nice vicious look to this, good lacing & head retention

S: Breadyness & figs & noticable booze as this warms

T: Follows the nose & then an onslaught of woody, hebal piney hops is upon me! There's also a bit nice warming boozeyness up front. A touch of dryness as this warms, more herbal hops, figgyness & a touch of treacle as well. Finishes with much brown sugar, more woody hops, dryness & a touch of booze

MF: Chewy, low carbonation & good balance

Great drinkability, this would be a tough one to have more than one, but I would welcome the challenge! Once again, greatness from Founders...

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears like a pitch black hue, when held toward to the light it picks up some deep cola brown ruby highlights. Head is light tan forms thick with fine bubbles coating the sides of my chalice with each sip.

Aroma has dark ripened fruit plums raisins, dark chocolate roasts blended. Evident booze in the nose with herbal spicy hop character standing out amongst the malts.

Intense rich sweetness, wrapped with dark chocolate and hop bitterness. Quite a nice package with some honey like tones in the center with those deep ripened fruits coming off caramelized. It really does pull of a dark roasted malt driven hoppy as hell, Great Lakes barleywine.

This year's Nemesis pulls off the drinkability vibe that 2009 just couldn't work for me. Big malty a bit viscous on the palate, carries itself well with moderate carbonation and slick traces of hop oils.

Drinkability overall is dangerous I can actually gulp this beer in enjoyment, most higher alcohol beers are sippers this is a perfect cigar beer but it feels like you could session it. Until you realize the punch it's packing.

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3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap tonight at the Galaxy Hut in Arlington.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of wheat, dark fruits, sugar, and a hint of roasted malts. Not as strong smelling as I was expecting..

t - Tastes of dark fruit, sugar, bitter citrus hops, and alcohol. Also some sweet fruit malts and roasted malts.

m - Medium to full body and moderate carbonation.

d - I thought this was an ok barleywine that tastes pretty sweet and the full 12% ABV. I know it is a different style, but I liked the 2009 Nemesis much better. This isn't a bad beer by any stretch, but I found it having a lot of sweet fruit and alcohol, and not as balanced as some others did. Would give another shot, but not going to kill myself to find bottles when it hits the shelves.

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Founders Nemesis 2010 from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.