Founders Nemesis 2010 - Founders Brewing Company
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3.63/5 rDev -13.4%
A – Porter like appearance. Black with cherry-cola highlights. Light tan head with a mixed bubble structure.
S – Super sweet. Molasses and brown sugar. Vanilla. Nutmeg. Kiss of bourbon.
T – Huge flavor up front; almost oppressively so, but incredibly complex. Brown sugar, molasses, bourbon, oak, oats, and vanilla all at once. A chocolaty and bittersweet center reveals itself as the chaos dissipates. The 100 IBU’s say hello on the backend, clawing through the sweetness to bring out a pleasant bitter, woody finish.
M – Full bodied and bold. Slightly syrupy, but not horribly so.
O – A solid foundation, but this is ambitious beer. It’s aggressively sweet and drips with concentrated flavor. I’ve got 3 more sitting in my cellar at the moment, and I plan to give them another 2-3 years before cracking another to see if they settle down.
09-04-2011 18:26:57 | More by vfgccp
4.43/5 rDev +5.7%
Poured into a standard pint glass.
A: poured a dark, thick nearly opague color, with slight ruby red tints at the bottom of the glass when held up to the light. About a two finger, thick frothy khaki head that started to settle by the time I finished typing this...still about a half finger head with plenty of lacing all the way up the glass.
S: Wow, lots going on in the aroma. Toasted sinnamon raison bread. Lot of sweet dark fruits - prunes, raisins, figs. Some burnt sugar and toffee notes. Roasted coffee. Bitter chocolate. Many, many different notes form this nose.
T: A very roasty start...dark bitter coffee...then the dark fruits - heavy raison and some plums. A little cinamon and vanilla. Some alcohol burn in the back of the palette along with a lingering chocolate flavor, but not a ton considering the ABV on this...still very much a sipper. Surprisingly, not a ton of hops character despite it being 100 IBUs. Perhaps some spicy hop notes pull through at the very end, but that's it.
M: Thick, thick oiley mouthfeel. This is a heavy drinking beer without a doubt.
O: This is a pretty freakin brilliant beer...a fantastic representation of an American Barleywine and one of the better ones I've had. Definitely a winter beer...a ton of dark roasty and chocolate malts. Some hop kick, but not a lot. Just a slow drinking, super tasty beer with layers and layers of fantastic flavors.
09-03-2011 01:52:08 | More by kbuzz
4.2/5 rDev +0.2%
Poured into a tulip glass. Has about a year of aging on it.
A- Dark brown with a reddish hue that creates a one finger tan head that leave some spots of retention
S- Roasted malt, rum-soaked dark fruits, toffee, orange zest, banana, brown sugar, bittersweet chocolate and some floral hops.
T- Rum-soaked raisins, plum, fig and cherry, toffee, coffee beans, brown sugar, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, orange and grapefruit zest and pine. Has a bit of heat at the end, but for the 12% ABV, it is practically unnoticeable.
M- Low carbonation and medium body. Finishes slightly sweet with a hint of booze.
O- Didn't have the opportunity to have this fresh, but this really turned out nice with a year on it. The hops are still present, but the dark fruits and toffee are prominent in the aroma and taste. Very little sign of booze which makes this quite drinkable, but still a sipper.
08-19-2011 04:57:02 | More by iadler
4.2/5 rDev +0.2%
A-Deep red when pouring, looks black in the glass, not much carbonation, some tan head.
S-Coffee, chocolate, hops and some alcohol
T-Very bitter, sweet chocolate, coffee and roasted malts
M-Medium bodied, smooth, no carbonation though.
O-A unique barleywine in the sense of the chocolate I was picking up, liked the bitterness, would love to have tried it fresh though to have the hops at full force.
08-19-2011 03:24:21 | More by rlee1390
3.68/5 rDev -12.2%
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.
08-18-2011 00:12:06 | More by Knapp85
4.22/5 rDev +0.7%
When I first poured this and held it to the light I actually said "woah". It's so dark! Trying to think of a darker barleywine, and I'm not sure any come to mind. Smells of lots n lots of malt, and dark fruits. Lots of fig, and..chocolate? Smells boozi as well. Obviously detection of hops. Huge nose. Taste is big as well. Very malty and figgy. Slightly hoppy. Very sweet. Red grapes, then the finishing layers are chocolate followed by coffee. Bourbon is noticeable, and well blended into the rest of the beer. Sipping isn't consistent. Some sips taste awesome, others taste like a hot mess, this is why I gave it a 4.0. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, smooth. Very enjoyable beer. Not sure I could drink a ton of it only because of how sweet it is, but very nice.
08-08-2011 20:54:14 | More by 1Adam12
4.08/5 rDev -2.6%
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A - Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Some slight lacing left on the glass.
S - Malty, bread, slight hops.
T - Bitter chocolate, heavy roasted malts.
D - Low carbonation, heavier body, some hop bitterness.
O - Sweeter, but different. Malty with some hidden hop bitterness.
08-07-2011 04:55:26 | More by HuskyinPDX
4.28/5 rDev +2.1%
Got as an awesome and huge want extra from surlytwinsfan in the Math Trade Quad Lazer. Much thanks!
A- Pours from the bottle into my snifter dark brown and has a nice 1 finger light brown head. medium retention, about a minutes later there's a 1/4 inch left. Looks Pretty much cant see through, only the top when held to bridge lighting. Very dark brown /mahogany body. Decent lacing after i swirl it in the glass. Very nice looking but odd for a barleywine.
S- Big stinky malt, hops and an alcohol sting on the first whiff. Darker fruits and light chocolate make this smell very nice. Smells like a hoppy stout.
T- upfront the malt is big and inviting while some hop bitterness come forward in the middle. Both flavors fade on the finish with a decent bitter lingering.
M- Feel feels very creamy. With a medium to lighter feel and lower on the carbonation, this seels silky smooth.
O- Overall this beet was great. Cant say much bad about it! I bet this was mind blowing fresh
08-05-2011 20:46:27 | More by Gushue3
4.22/5 rDev +0.7%
12 oz bottle. Vintage dated.
P: Deep, brown body, almost black, with garnet edges. Tiny brown head, leaves a ring on the glass.
A: Strong apple brandy alcohol aromas. Caramel, toffee, figs, oak and orchard fruit sweetness. A touch of leafy hops.
T: Loads of dark fruit sweetness, mostly figs and plums. Very bready, but more like bread pudding. Raisins and toffee. Light hopping on the finish, especially for the IBUs. Leafy, with a touch of alcohol bite. There's an earthiness almost akin to a Belgian yeast. Very low carbonation, with a slightly syrupy texture. Some alcohol bite develops, with a touch of solvent flavors. The hops actually start coming out as it warms, giving an orange rind citrus sourness to the finish.
Deeply complex, but drinks so easily. I can't believe how good this is, and so happy I have another bottle to age.
08-04-2011 04:26:28 | More by litheum94
4.2/5 rDev +0.2%
Many thanks to merlin48 for this bottle.
Pours a deep mahogany color with a small tan head falls to a ring with some spotty lace.
Aroma is rich in malts lots of caramel, toffee, brown sugars hints of earthy peat. Some dark fruits and deep citrus hop notes underneath it all with some spicy alcohol notes rum like.
Taste is wow big chewy malts loads of caramel, rich molasses, peat smokey some fruits. Hops even after a year are there deep citrus mingled with pine. Some light alcohol to add flavor but not distract at all. Very complex and wonderful brew.
Mouthfeel is big chewy smooth with mellow carbonation, very easy drinking for the ABV.
Overall very nice complex brew, be nice to have a few of these laying around for winter.
08-02-2011 03:40:17 | More by mntlover
4.45/5 rDev +6.2%
Served in a 16 oz snifter.
A- Dark cola color, with a 1 finger foam that fades quickly. Large bubbles left on top and on the edge of glass.
S- Bourbon, molasses, vanilla. Pick up on the abv in the nose as well.
T- Sweet malts, bourbon, vanilla, oak, and you get a good amount of pine bitterness at the finish.
M- Medium bodied and fairly smooth for 12%.
O- Extraordinary blend of flavors with a nice bitter finish. Can't wait to try another bottle in 6 months or so.
07-16-2011 02:53:51 | More by kawilliams81
4.28/5 rDev +2.1%
Big thanks to aaronwhit for this one! Bottled on 07/14/10, enjoyed on 07/14/11, figured I'd celebrate the birthday of this beer.
A - 12oz bottle poured into a goblet at cellar temperature. Pours a thick very, very, very dark red color. Almost looks black at some points. A very small head forms and goes away just as quickly. Leaves little to no lacing, excellent legs on it.
S - Wow, this beer is serious. Huge caramel and alcohol. Very fruity, plums, raisins, figs, toffee. Still some hoppiness present after a year in the bottle as well.
T - All the descriptions from the nose apply here. Not overly complex, but the flavors all blend together quite well. Caramel, dark fruits, toffee, chocolate, alcohol. Finishes with a hop bitterness that's still hanging around and some caramel sweetness. Lots of alcohol burn as well.
M - Mouthfeel is quite good. Creamy and thick with very little carbonation. Suits this beer quite well.
O - Overall, this is another excellent beer from Founders. These guys are quickly becoming contenders for my favorite brewery. Great stuff.
07-15-2011 03:24:28 | More by Janderson91
3.98/5 rDev -5%
Last of my 2010's. Into a Chimay goblet.
A: Pours a very dark mahogany color, the head is a nice khaki color. Leaving some sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.
S: Aroma is beautiful with loads of sweet malts, toffee, a good deal of citrus and some nice sweet chocolate. A bit of alcohol still, not nearly as much as when it was fresh. Surprisingly still has some nice dark fruits.
T: A bit of burnt sugar, still quite hoppy and boozy. Still has the smoky, peaty flavor that it had fresh. The malt sweetness along with the very bitter hops and smokiness works well.
M: Mouthfeel is the big winner for me, excellent palate filling barleywine. You can really taste how many calories you are indulging on. Finishes sticky and caramel-y with a lingering bitterness.
O: Not sure if I saved this too long, or too little. Still tastes relatively like the fresh beer. I understand American barleywines are more hop forward, but this is hop in the front, middle and back. I suppose I look for more malt in a barleywine.
07-13-2011 05:58:22 | More by kiddynamite920
3.45/5 rDev -17.7%
12oz bottle into cervoise.
A - Pours a grayish brown with decent light brown head formation, stuck around for a minute or two then disappeared.
S - Lots of caramel malts, brown sugar, plums, currants, rum
T - Much the same as the smell. Lots of caramel sweetness, molasses, and toffee. There is a certain dry pine hoppiness to it but you can tell it is a bit faded. Certain roastiness to it, not coffee, but more along the lines of charred wood.
M - Thinner, alcohol burn, slightly tacky.
O - An interesting beer, good flavour arrangement. Pretty average. Gonna revisit this one in a year or two.
07-12-2011 20:51:38 | More by OakedCanuck
4.03/5 rDev -3.8%
Up for review is the new Nemesis from Founders, 2010. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Dark mahogany with a tan head. Nose has sweet malts and big hops. Taste has some smoked malt which is nice. Medium to full body, well carbonated. Decent brew, may age well.
07-12-2011 00:05:17 | More by rye726
3.7/5 rDev -11.7%
Poured at cellar temp into my Founder's snifter.
A: Deep, dark brown. Almost as dark as an imperial stout. Very little head and almost no lacing.
S: lots of deep, roasted malts with a hint of hops in the background.
T: Malt bomb that gives way to an alcoholic sweetness.
M: Very viscous with medium carbonation.
O: Glad to have tried it and I commend Founder's for the effort. However, I would not go out of my way to hunt this one down.
07-10-2011 00:57:28 | More by camil1mj
4.7/5 rDev +12.2%
Poured a very rich translucent deep mahogany with ruby edges. Produced 2 fingers of foamy khaki colored head that receded slowly and left solid webs of lacing. A very enticing beer to say the least
This is one BOLD ass beer for sure! Rich citrus notes (mainly oranges), sticky pine, brown sugar, dark chocolate covered cherries, dark fruit (raisins and or plums) and rich caramel roasted malts.
The taste of this beer is even bolder than the smell! Rich dark chocolate covered cherries along with bold citrus hops (just like the nose, predominately oranges) pine hops, with rich roasted caramel malt and notes of raisins/plums
Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Thick and chewy! Pleasantly sweet semi drying citrus/pine hop aftertaste that absolutely coats the tongue with each sip. Definitely giving off some heat from the 12% abv but it only enhances the beer
HOLY SHIT this was a great tasting barley wine! To my memory this is the best one that I have had to date. Everything about this beer was fantastic. Bold, rich, chewy, decadent and hot! I will be making a point of finding more of this. Consider me ISO Nemesis 2010!
07-08-2011 00:28:23 | More by dcloeren
4.2/5 rDev +0.2%
12oz bottle poured into a Founders Tulip Glass.
A - Pours a dark cola-brown with a thin khaki-colored head that fades to a slight haze and very thin ring.
S - Dark, complex nose of roasted malt, molasses, caramel, raisins, and chocolate with a good amount of resinous hops. Lot of things going on in this beer.
T - Again, very sweet, with lots of "dark" flavors of roasted malt, caramel, molasses, caramel, and chocolate with a substantial grapefruit and pine resin hop presence. I expected the hops have mellowed by now, it's amazing how well they're holding up in this one. Just a big, dank Barleywine.
M - Big and creamy, with a full mouth-feel and medium-low carbonation. I don't get to use it often, but "chewy" is a viable term to describe this.
O - An excellent take on an American Barleywine, I'll look forward to seeing how the rest of my bottles age!
07-03-2011 05:11:22 | More by jsanford
4.35/5 rDev +3.8%
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
07-01-2011 01:48:26 | More by cosmo4u
4.15/5 rDev -1%
Rum soaked raisins, caramel, toffee, burnt sugar; malt forward with definite HUGE sugar notes and very faint ABV.
Chestnut brown body, two fingers of meringue-like off-white foam.
On the taste burnt sugar toffee fades to slight dark chocolate and roasted hazelnut flavored coffee (emphasis), alcohol (not hot but warming). Medium to high carbonation, with a frothy and oily mouthfeel; light on the tongue. Very easy to sip as the alcohol is surprisingly mellow.
The flavor is varied and complex enough to remain interesting, while being extremely drinkable.
06-25-2011 19:02:36 | More by TheJollyHop
4.25/5 rDev +1.4%
A - pours a pitch black with an inch of tan foam that quickly faded leaving some sticky lacing around the glass
S - boozy nose, i'm picking up molasses, roasted malts, caramel, raisins and a slight burnt aroma
T - The booziness is mostly gone, I get alot of molasses and some roasted coffee, there is a caramel sweetness to it as well, and maybe some vanilla. The alcohol heat shows up later on but not everwhelmingly, just a nice well balanced barleywine. You definitely can't tell that its 12%
M - smooth and creamy with only a mild amount of alcohol heat in the finish, its medium bodied with refreshingly lively carbonation.
D - The only thing that makes this not as drinkable as it is, is the 12% abv. Really nice brew all around.
06-24-2011 04:25:45 | More by mikereaser
4.22/5 rDev +0.7%
I was hoping to try this one eventually, thanks to cbutova for sharing this.
Pours dark brownish red. Beige head retains decently, some lacing left.
Good mix of fruity hops and stouty malts, some pine/dankness there too. Nicely balanced between both.
Taste is great, unlike most "black" hop-forward beers this has great balance and many present flavors from both sides. Loads of grapefruit, pine, pineapple and some more tropical hops. Caramel, roasted malt, some chocolate malt. Still surprisingly hoppy.
Good mouthfeel, maybe a bit thinner than expected. 12% is very hidden.
Awesome beer, leave it to Founders to make a black barleywine and have it be this balanced. A 12oz solo might be a bit much, but I don't think it would be much trouble.
06-23-2011 21:11:42 | More by Chico1985
3.95/5 rDev -5.7%
12oz bottle into a snifter
A: Pours a dark brown with a slightly redish hue along with a nice creamy off-white head that fades to a ring and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass as it goes down.
S: The nose is bready malts, caramel, toffee, and earthy hops. The hops don't overpower the other aromas like some other American Barleywines.
T: The taste shows more hops than I was expecting but it's still got a lot of bready and sweet malty flavors like caramel and toffee. The earthy hops definitely are at the forefront though. Typical for the style and pretty tasty.
M: The feel is big and chewy with a nice creaminess from the carbonation.
O: This is an above average American Barleywine and one I'm glad to have tried. Don't know if I would search it out again but I'd love to try it with a few years of age to see if the malty flavors are more pronounced.
06-23-2011 05:03:55 | More by GregSVT
3.5/5 rDev -16.5%
drinking the 10 nemesis right after having the 09. Thanks to one of my best bros aasher for another quality brew.
Pours a dirty dark brown with foam head that is not worth about talking about.
Smells the same as the 09 nemesis without the spiciness. I think this one is gonna be better. Straight molasses without too much else
tastes like dark fruit and smoke without hops. Beer is dirty.
It helps that ive had a couple beers before this bc this beer was not near what i expected it to be
06-22-2011 08:21:03 | More by zep9865
4.2/5 rDev +0.2%
A wonderful find still on the shelf in Altoona, PA in June 2011, 11 months after its release.
A: Poured into my Founders Brewing Company glass with a small off white head. After about a minute only a fine ring around the rim of the glass remains, lacing nicely as I drink. When I had the beer on tap back in the fall, however, the head was full and bubbly, that has certainly gone down a bit.
S: The smell is still pretty boozy, roasted malts underneath. Caramel, molasses, raisins, and perhaps some chocolate mixed in as well.
T: The taste really shines through with this one. The caramel and molasses start the taste off, but get curbed by the boozy taste that follows. A big hit of roasted malts rest on the palate for a significant amount of time. Very much like a combination of a nice stout and a good barleywine. More impressed with every sip I take.
MF: Light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation left over. The booziness warms you as you drink, and the roastiness of the malts keeps you sipping.
O: I really liked this beer fresh when I had it on tap at Zeno's a few times, and now that I'm finally getting around to reviewing it I like it even more. Really exciting to see what this does with another year on it!
06-17-2011 19:12:39 | More by russwbeck
Founders Nemesis 2010 from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 888 ratings.