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Founders Nemesis 2010 - Founders Brewing Company

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910 Ratings

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Ratings: 910
Reviews: 504
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 213
Gots: 271 | FT: 16
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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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of klipper
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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

Pours black with a nice tannish head. Smells strongly malty - a little less sweet than a doppelbock, but that gives you the idea. The hops have faded in the taste to meld nicely with the strong sweetness of the caramel and dark malts. I didn't like how hoppy this was fresh, but I think it is fairly close to balance now. The mouthfeel is a bit heavy with medium carbonation. Overall, this beer is pretty good. Glad I set a few down. The last one will be enjoyed down the road, but now might be about the sweet spot.

Photo of drpimento
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Whoa. I let this bottle warm some out of the fridge. With an aggressive pour I got a small to medium sized light tan head that soon subsided to a light cover, an island, ring and some lace. Color is a clear, very deep, dark red. Aroma has a boatload of things going on: yeast, roast, cocoa, old leather, hop, toffee, malt, caramel, dark ripe fruits, etc. forever. Flavor's the same as nose but with the pronounced bittersweetness all over and through it all. Body and carbonation are faultless for the style; can't imagine improving on them. Finish is like flavor with good legs and lots of warming. This sets the standard. What a pleasure.

Photo of mdvatab
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as a generous extra from cosmonick. (Cheers!)
Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter.
2010 Vintage

Aroma: A big toffee-like maltiness, some chocolate cake batter, a bit of vanilla, and some floral hops. Definitely a brew that kept me smelling for a while before tasting!

Appearance: 1/2 finger, light tan head hangs around for a bit (especially for the style). Nice lacing as well. Body is a dark brown, with decent clarity relative to the color.

Flavor: An interesting smoky note up front. Very strong, well-carmelized brown sugar supported by an extremely hoppy foundation. (There's no mistaking that this is an American barleywine...) The malt puts up a fight near the beginning, but quickly succumbs to the bitter hops, which grab and hang on through the finish. I also noted a bit of bubble gum-like phenol, more smokiness, and some alcohol toward the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, medium carbonation. Hops are somewhat drying. A bit of pepper from the alcohol.

Overall: Definitely worthy of its reputation. I think I learned with this one, though, that I definitely prefer the fruitiness and complexity of a British barleywine more that the American style. Nonetheless, I won't keep trying. At some point, I may grow to find some things in this style that I'll increasingly enjoy. Please give it a try for yourself! Definitely a great brew!

Photo of Marty30
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to my man Steve for this! 12oz bottle Poured into A Jackie O's snifter at 58 degrees.

A. A extreme dark brown when held up to the light,otherwise black body. A small half inch tan head than disappeared quickly. Spotty lacing stuck on the snifter.

S. At first I'm getting some sweet figs and prunes. Kind of in the middle of that I am picking up some black licorice. In the end I getting some grain and a touch of booze.

T. To me this doesn't match with the nose. In the beginning I'm getting some Licorice,roasted notes and some chocolate. A slight bit of coffee. Some dark fruit in the end. This is still kind of hot,I can really taste the alchohol although it's not to bad.

M. Good creamy medium feel. Leaves a dry hoppy roasted after taste. Still a little hot.

Overall this is a very tastey beer. I had this on draft at Founders at the 2011 KBS release and I remember it being a little better on draft. Still very good,I am definately going to try for more. Get this if you can!

Photo of johndoe8
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: roasty, little raisin/sweetness to it... some alcohol comes out through the nose.. you can tell this is a strong beer.
Appearance: Is a solid dark brown, almost black, with moderate carbonation for a 1 year old bottle. Still some lacing.
Taste: Great taste. Nice smoky, bitter, the heat is not as apparent as when this beer was fresh, which is good. There is a nice roast to it, the dark malts coming through pretty well still.
Mouthfeel: Tiny bit of heat to it still, little syrupy compared to other black IPAs (i've had, although this beer is supposed to be more of a black barleywine?).

Overall: Enjoyed this beer. I definitely was able to chug through 12oz of this without even flinching or stopping to think how much alcohol was in this beer. A nice surprise at 1 year old!

Photo of FoundersFanatic
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This review is from the Founders Brewery after I had at least 3-4 very strong other beers so I wasn't in the best frame of mind to rate it accurately, so keep that in mind.

A- was almost completely black with little to no head.

S- barley wine smell that was VERY boozy!

T- has a HUGE barley wine taste to it. Had all sorts of flavors that I couldn't necessarily identify, but if I had to say for sure, it was mostly malt, with some licorice, some hard candy, a bit of vanilla, some dark fruit type flavor I couldn't put a finger on. It was just amazing and VERY boozy, just AWESOME!

M- very smooth, but almost like cough syrup (in a good way). Ends a bit bitter but SUPER strong

O- by far the BEST barley wine style beer I have ever had. Had it at Founders and it I was in heaven already when I ordered this beauty. Would love to have a few again someday. I can imagine it would be better after you've had a few as it is very strong and after drinking one, will pretty much end your night. Loved this beer

Photo of srandycarter
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Damn close to black. Very little head, ring only, tan. Some spot lace.

S - Wow! Big Barleywine malt, vanilla, cooked dark fruit, licorice, tobacco, cocoa and booze.

T - Big flavors match smell. Lots of sweet big malt, some anise, burnt coffee and cocoa.

M - Medium to heavy, great carb and good balance considering.

D - I LOVE this beer!

Photo of DCon
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a 1-year aged, 12 fl oz bottle of this w/ hawksfan82 @ the iTap House in Chesterfield, MO (price unknown). Poured from the bright blue colored bottle w/ 2010 labeled on it into a 12oz Snifter Glass. No freshness date to be found.

Aroma- Has an extremely rich barley aroma with tons of licorice. Is very boozy and has a maltiness thats I'm not sure I've ever smelt. Very strong all around (probably got more intense with age).

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger head that is off-white and stays for a minute. Has the dark brown colored body with possibly highlights throughout. Definitely has legs and tons of viscosity while swirling it around in the snifter. Leaves sudsy lace.

Flavor- Extremely intense and has an unreal amount of complexity to it! Strong malts, nice and boozy but then has a sweetness that is present through the whole drink. The hops are medium and may have a bit of caramel throughout times of drinking but not strong.

Mouthfeel- Full Bodied, Low-Medium Carbonation, Chewy, tons of alcohol strength, and then leaves a boozy/dark fruit finish with barley.

Overall Impression- I was very happy to have had this one again but aged this time! It did get more complexed and enjoyed it thoroughly. Had good hops in here and while it was viscous, you could still get tons of character in the taste and aroma. Try to find this one for yourself and keep in your cellar for a year or so.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

picked up a growler of this earlier this week. thanks to mike for always having such an amazing selection on the growler taps.

a - through the 32oz growler looked a deep ominous brown or black, or possibly even purpleish. dense as night. filled my founders snifter. the brew settled brown with a thin white/cream colored head that hung out for a spell with nice bubbles on the surface that also weren't easily phased.

s - toffee hops. vanilla. oak. grapes. quite nice. i first had this beer just about a year ago and it seems to smell pretty nice compared to my original review from the bottle. my palette has also changed a lot since then so take it for what it's worth.

t - hits pretty hard with a strong bitterness. finishes with thick chcoclate and coffee type of a malt. heavy, boozy, sweet. tangy. hops are still pretty present after a year.

m - pretty full bodied. ends bitter.

o - overall a good american barleywine and I've heard that founders will be brewing it again which is nice. i wouldn't go crazy looking for this one as there are a lot of better barleywines out there, but this one isn't bad and worth seeking out if you dig barleywines.

Photo of Kegatron
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of beerbully
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Looks like a glass of coca-cola.Dark no head mild lacing

S-some hops with malty sweetness maybe some molasses and caramel

T-sweet.tastes exactly as it smells. Some citrus hops but very sweet. hops hit immediately and then the sweetness comes. mild oakiness. molasses flavor.

M-no carbonation. feels like a flat soda.

O-very good beer but not spectacular would be better if it didn't feel so flat

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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!

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Founders Nemesis 2010 from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 910 ratings.