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Founders Nemesis 2010 - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 896
Reviews: 503
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 211
Gots: 270 | FT: 15
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of Flux
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Too imaptient- poured straight from fridge into a snifter. Trying to slowly sip this...

A- black cherry color, clear/no haze. Mocha colored head. Head didn't last long, but the lacing on edge persists.

S- dark and roasted malts, mild hop notes and dark fruits...fig?

T- roasted malts, burnt caramel/ molases. Just at the brink of being too cloying but the presence of hops balances it out. Not too boozy but it's still detectable in the back. The more I drink this the more I want brie cheese...

M- slick and viscous. full bodied low carbonation with tighter bubbles.

Overall a pretty good beer. Not much else in the market for black barleywines but this one is right at that fine line of almost being too much between the roasts/ hops/and sweetness. Good perhaps in smaller doeses. Otherwise, perfect for cold autumn nights!

Two Nemesis's brewed in 2010. This is the latter.

Flux, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of slentz
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at 50 degrees into Deschutes tulip.

A: Generous pour down the center of the glass leads to an off white super creamy head that slowly dissipates creating wonderful lacing. When held up to a bright light this beer is a super dark cherry colored. Looks beautiful in the glass 4.5

S: Smells of chocolate, caramel, a little roasty, slight hops. Getting slight hints of coffee and a lot of brown sugar and molasses. No hint of the 12% abv in the nose. This beer smells pretty damn good. 4.0

T: Taste is of strong bitter hops, chocolate, brown sugar, a little coffee....a decent tasting beer but the taste just doesn't deliver what I expected from the nose. This one is still super hoppy. Taste doesn't really hint at the 12% much. All in all pretty decent but not mind blowing. Wondering if these hops will ever fade? 3.5

M: Super creamy and thick. This one is definitely a sipper and goes down slowly. 4.0

O: Overall this is a good beer. I think it still has time to develop as the hops are still super strong and at the forefront. Definitely enjoying this one. 4.0

slentz, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of mattboyer182
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours to a dark dark brown. It's almost black. Very thin tan head that dissipates quickly.

S - taste is sooo good! Super hoppy but not bitter ( as it's a year later ) hops and barley! So good!

T - a nice sweet malt up front then an amazing hop and earthy flavor. Some bitterness at the end.

M - heavy body and light carbonation.

O - such a good barley wine. I think this has become a favorite. Sadly it's gone for now.

mattboyer182, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of r0nyn
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.

r0nyn, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of engisch
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep dark dark brown, almost black with a tiny tan head that doesn't fully stick around. Looks very porter-ish, even though I know it isn't from the smell. Can smell malts and a bit of earthy hops with alcohol.

Tastes sweet and hoppy with a little carmel and roastiness. A little thickness with a nice lacing down the glass, regardless of that the head isn't that think.

Great bomb at 12% that masks the alcohol. Not necessarily my favorite American barleywine, but a good beer.

Founders, keep them coming!

engisch, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of joefuzz
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

Pours dark dark brown with a small off white head.

Smells of caramel and chocolate with some nice dark fruits and a little hop presence and some alcohol burn.

Tastes like a great barleywine should lots of toasted brley with some plums and a sweet sugary taset with some hops coming through.

Mouthfeel and carbonation are pretty spot on medium carbonation gives this beer a great mouthfeel.

Overall amazing one of my favorite from founders.

joefuzz, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of Wadsey
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Nemesis 2010 

Served in DFH signature glass

A: Pours dark brown with clear, deep amber highlights and a creamy-looking two-inch head. Some light, haphazard lacing sticks to glass. 

S: Citrusy and flowery hops still dominate smell. Chocolate and roast come next, followed by lighter notes of caramel, cola, molasses, and teriyaki. 

T: Taste follows smell rather faithfully. Not too surprisingly, profile moves from sweet to bitter. Additional flavor of light smoke is detected. Alcohol is expertly buried. This beer reads more like an innocent American Dark Ale than a Black Barleywine. 

M: Heavy body and medium carbonation thankfully pump brakes on drinkability. Sticky mouthfeel but a little drying on then backend. Not particularly warming for a 12 abv beer.

O: Two knocks on Nemesis 2010: a little two sweet and taste does not quite measure up to smell. Otherwise, this beer is packed with interesting notes and doesn't tell its giant abv. It will be interesting to revisit this beer over the years, but I bet it will peak within a year. Recommended. 

Wadsey, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

vfgccp, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of kbuzz
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

kbuzz, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of iadler
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

iadler, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of rlee1390
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

rlee1390, Aug 19, 2011
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.

Knapp85, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of 1Adam12
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

1Adam12, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

HuskyinPDX, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of Gushue3
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Gushue3, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of litheum94
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

litheum94, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of mntlover
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

mntlover, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of kawilliams81
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

kawilliams81, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of Janderson91
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Janderson91, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of kiddynamite920
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

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.

kiddynamite920, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of OakedCanuck
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

OakedCanuck, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of rye726
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

rye726, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of camil1mj
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

camil1mj, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of dcloeren
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

dcloeren, Jul 08, 2011
Founders Nemesis 2010 from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 896 ratings.