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Founders Nemesis 2010 - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

878 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 878
Reviews: 498
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 208
Gots: 266 | 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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StarlightSeraph

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours incredibly dark, practically black, with one finger of off-white head, that subsides fairly quickly. Tons of lacing.

Smell: Hops, hops, and more hops. Notes of citrus, grassy hops, and tobacco, but backed by a sweet smell of roasted malts in the background. The sweetness serves to accent the hoppy notes. Great smelling beer.

Taste: Lots of bitter hops right away. Boozy, too. The hops linger in the background for the entire sip, but the initial bite quickly fades into a caramel, syrupy malt sweetness. The sweetness doesn't overpower, but simply takes a little bit of the edge off of the hops. The beer is definitely bitter, but not so to be overpowering - the raw hop flavor really comes through. I wouldn't say it's overly complex, however - but that being said, it's a great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Nice and thick and creamy, which helps support all of the intense flavors.

Drinkability: Phenomenal beer. It is definitely hoppier than most barleywines, even for an American-style one. Some may prefer a little bit more complexity, and I would be tempted to age one, but I'm afraid it would lose the hop flavors, which are a major part of this beer. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and would have it again. Despite the high ABV, it's hard to sip this one - it's too good.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 02:01:15 | More by StarlightSeraph
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a 4-pack today, the only 2010 4-pack I was able to get my hands on (earlier this year I got nearly a case of the 2009). I'm not a fan of American barleywines but I'm also not a fan of wheatwines and Founders showed me that even those can be phenomenal. So here we are.

The beer is dark brown, not quite opaque, with burgandy edges that let light through. Light tan foam on top, large bubbles, spitty-looking lace. The beer smells like a very strong black IPA, roasted malts and citrusy hops. Actually I like the smell a lot more than most American barleywines I've had, this is more like a black DIPA. Same with the taste, the malts are presented with roasted and nutty flavors rather than sweet anti-hops. This is definitely a black DIPA in my opinion, and a very good one.

The body is thicker than water but not as thick as I thought it would be with 12% ABV. As it warms up the mouthfeel seems even more substantial, nicely coating all that it touches.

Another solid winner from Founders, although I'm not really sure it's worth $20.99 per 4-pack. KBS might be worth that amount but Nemesis 2010 is about equivalent to Black Rye (enjoyment-wise), which went for $12 per 4-pack last I remembered.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 01:19:20 | More by TurdFurgison
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pmlondrigan

New York

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

Hmmm, don't usually drink barleywines. Very dark with an off white/eggshell half finger head that fades to a thin head. Kinda sorta clings to the glass. Light ruby red, brown around the lighted edges. Strong aroma of pine, cedar, and sweet malts. Very syrupy aroma. Nice layered flavors, malts up front with hops coming in second and there is some real roasty/chocolate that is faint but there. Strong bitter component to this beer. You would never know its so strong. It would be easy to have a few of these if it were not for the alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 01:04:23 | More by pmlondrigan
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WeisGuy

New York

3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

a - pours just a shade short of black, one-finger light tan head with retention around the edges and light lacing

s - very strong dark chocolate aroma with substantial piney hop notes, light caramel, fairly hot and boozy

t - like the nose, dark chocolate and piney hops dominate the taste, lighter caramel notes, finish is rather bitter and dry with a substantial boozy heat lingering on the palate, really more reminiscent of a hoppy imperial stout than a barleywine to my palate

m - full-bodied, moderate to lower carbonation, dry finish, lots of alcohol warming

d - not overly drinkable, rather harsh on the palate and not terribly interesting, fairly boozy as well, the dry finish does help somewhat

Not one of Founders' best efforts, in my opinion. Solid beer, but not worth the $5/bottle, especially when the phenomenal Breakfast Stout can be had for half the price and less of a hunt.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 00:33:51 | More by WeisGuy
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crossovert

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.

It pours into my snifter a thick black with a foamy off-white head. The head sticks for s good while and leaves some nice lacing.

The smell is an interplay between roasty, sweet, and hoppy. The roasted chocolate character is most noticeable along with a huge sweetness and a burst of alcohol. The hops linger underneath with a bit of citrus.

The flavor is like you would expect, all of the place. I haven't had a black ipa/barleywine yet that has spoken to me. It has a huge bitterness that is more like smoky hoppy coffee than anything. There is also a huge alcoholic kick and sweetness. It is like a messy devil dancer.

If you love cloying sweetness, rauchbier, and bitter hops all together you'll like this. Too mishmashed for me though.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 22:22:20 | More by crossovert
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter.

Bottled 07/14/10

A: Pours a really dark, maple syrup brown. No light getting through except at the very edges where it was dark burgundy. 1 1/2 fingers of creamy and bubbly dark tan foam spreads out on top and sticks around for ages. Plentiful sheets and webs of lace were left behind.

S: Sharp hoppy aromas of pine and grapefruit as soon as the cap was pried off. Soon it settled into a nice groove of hops, brown sugar, roasty malt, raisins steeped in rum, and at the end, solvent alcohol.

T: Close to above but with the main exception being the alcohol. Way hotter in the taste than the nose. Not a deal breaker by any means, but very apparent. Very complex with interesting dark fruit and maybe a touch of dark roasty coffee.

M: Starts malty and sweet with some obvious hop spiciness. This spice gradually leads into more and more hot, boozy, pricklyness. Slightly oily in the middle with the hot and boozy astringency scraping any traces of syrup right off the tongue. Just when I thought the hot finish was going to be the deal breaker, it quickly shut down and left just the flavor of dark roasty malts to linger on the tongue.

D: Overall, I felt this was superior to the '09 Nemesis. Yeah I know they're like apples and oranges, but this felt like a more thoroughly realized experiment. Can't wait to see what the 2011 will be like!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 20:31:28 | More by GbVDave
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bobhits

Kentucky

2.85/5  rDev -32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It seems I missed the message that Nemisis is going to be a new beer every year. After the wonderful 2009 maple bourbon barrel aged wheat wine I was dreaming of 10 year verticals with that gem of a beer. I was rather happy to see the 2010 out so I could sample that beer once again fresh and start building towards a vertical. The problem sadly is that I fount myself opening a thick, hoppy, barley wine?

This beer is nearly black, thick, with a strong head with decent lacing (darn impressive at 12%).

It doesn't have the strongest nose but the hops and powerful malt presence are there.

100 IBU's but not all that hoppy by "hoppy barely wine" standards. Dates, raisins, dark malts, mixed with a nice bitter finish.

As one would expect thick, somewhat syrupy, low in carbonation, with an alcohol and hop bite to finish it.

This 12 oz bottle has nearly vanished so it's rather drinkable. The problem is really if that's the goal. I like a beer like this to take a bit longer to finish.

I've tried to get away from commenting on price but hell...this just isn't enough to justify the price. There's no oak aging that I can tell going on here. This is just a big beer for the price of something that's expensive to make. I simply cannot recommend this in a 4 pack...if you can get a single or find it on tap by all means give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 19:33:06 | More by bobhits
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david18

New York

3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had a small glass of this at George Keeley's on manhattan's upper west side. It's been a few months since founders was introduced to New York and ever since the brands have been pouring in. This is one I hadn't had yet and I enjoyed it very much. Very dark in color with nice carbonation. Aroma is impressive and the flavor is quite good.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2010 17:23:14 | More by david18
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jsh420

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottled 07/14/10

pours dark dark brown - held to the light you can see the ruby highlights - 1/2 finger head that faded fast and left no lacing

smells predominantly of chocolate malt with hints of floral hops

taste - i dont care what they call this it is not a barleywine - they should have called it Black Centennial IPA - to me this is their ipa with some roasted chocolate malt

mouthfeel is thin light and flat - it may be smooth but rather boring

drinkability is ok - for a 12% beer it is scary good but at $5+ dollars a bottle it falls short

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 06:20:29 | More by jsh420
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CurtisLoew

Wisconsin

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

Wow, a lot going on here.

A - Pours a dark brown with a tiny sliver of a dark cream/mocha head. Looks dark brown, almost black, and appears very dark ruby red through the light.

S - The smell is hops and barleywine, with the hops fading and the barleywine become more pronounced as it warms. In fact, it almost smells like a hoppy imperial red ale.

T - To me, the taste is very complex and great. The 100 IBU's is very well hidden, and the hops blend in nicely with the rest of the beer. I taste hops, figs, dark fruits, and dark chocolate in the back taste. Man, this beer is delicious. I would best describe it as a hoppy barleywine/imperial red/porter mix

M - Has a thick syrupy mouthfeel.

D - This is a sipper, but VERY drinkable for a 12% barleywine. As opposed to other BA reviews, I actually think it hides the ABV very well.

I really enjoyed this beer, and wish I could have grabbed more than one. If this was a yearly release, and cheaper than the $6/bottle I paid, this would always be in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 04:38:35 | More by CurtisLoew
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Bonis

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Almost looks like a stout from a distance, holding my tulip to the light offers a very dark/deep red color. Looks fairly clear, not as dense as I would have imagined. Nice finger of head holds on for a few minutes and settles to a nice eighth inch of creamy colored bubbles. One could easily misjudge this beer as a stout or porter. Very good looking brew.

S - The first smell that hits me is freshly cut strawberries. Not the kind from the store.. the kind you grow in your garden. After this is a blast of roasted malts and dark sugar. I don't smell much hops, despite the 100 ibu marking on the bottle.

T - Starts off like a barleywine, very sweet and a smack in the face with alcohol. I get more strawberries like in the smell, but this time they are accompanied by other dark fruits, plums, figs, then the cacao bean. This transforms into a stouty-porter-DIPA. I get hints of bitter dark chocolate, creating a chalkiness common in the porter and stout. Left in the mouth is the banging bitterness you see in a DIPA. Quite complex overall, and definitely one of the most interesting beers I've tasted. The 12% ABV is felt, mostly warming in the gut.

M - Not as big as I would expect. Not much carbonation. A nice sweet alcoholy bitterness covers the inside of the mouth with each drink. I'm digging the feel of this at 12%.

D - I mean, a 12% beer is never that drinkable for me. I had no problems finishing my bottle, and that does it for me.. At least for tonight.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 03:18:59 | More by Bonis
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nickadams2

New York

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours black with reddish brown hue when held to light. Half inch khaki head dissipates into a thick, bubbly ring. Gobs of lacing cover the glass.

S_ Hoppy citrus, pine, and sweet malt.

T_ Surprisingly well balanced. Hops upfront but don't necessarily dominate.Citrus,pine,cherry,figs,sweet malt,cream and a hint of chocolate.Slight espresso in the aftertaste. Everything comes together beautifully.Slight alcohol burn.

M_Thick and viscous. Kind of syrupy. Coats the mouth nicely.

D_Definite sipper. Very enjoyable though.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 03:06:18 | More by nickadams2
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.

Dark maple syrup brown body. Small, half-finger of light sandy brown head. Some lacing. Nose is rife with dirty hops. Piny, vegetal aromas signal substantial hop bitterness. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, and earthy black licorice mix in to create a slightly odd effect.

Roasted, bitter coffee up front. Sharp, herbal, minty hop bitterness follows, with roasted malts as well. Some dark fruit sweetness comes in. Woody, vegetal hop flavor and bitterness take over. Roasted malts and fruits fade into the background. Earthy tobacco notes in the moslty bitter, roasty finish. Medium-full body. Light carbonation with a slightly slick feel. Not bad, but might benefit from a little cellar age. We'll just have to see. Still, a big, bold brew and a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 02:37:37 | More by alexgash
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biga7346

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(from notes)

A: Pours flat, as the beer warms a foamy sticky head forms as you swirl the glass. A deep, beautiful dense crimson to dark chocolate color. More sticky, yeasty lacing appears on the glass.

S: The nose...is...fucking...massive. The aroma fills the air around the glass with very thick notes of brandy, chocolate, old bannanas, leather and a very distinct hoppy cedar backdrop. The gathering of these very complex aromas was probably the most impressive thing about this beer to me. As the beer warms, however, the booziness becomes a little overpowering maybe could have used some more carbonation. I suggest very strongly to use a large brandy glass or a roamy wine glass to drink this beer, it really encapsulates the smell - helps distinguish between the varying and overlapping aromas.

D/T: More brandy and chocolate up front along with sugar-coated figs, vanilla bean. For a beer with so much alcohol in the smell, 100 IBUS and 12% abv, this was amazingly smooth to drink. As if they were going for a big malt and alcohol-forward beer that you can drink more than just one of (devious bastards). The cedary hop complexity I got in the nose was pretty much absent in the taste, a little disappointing I guess but a very small blip on an otherwise wonderful fall seasonal. There was a fresh cedary hops bite in the finish and the lingering after taste.

M: Slick, warming.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 02:30:59 | More by biga7346
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LordAdmNelson

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with mahogany highlights, moderate tan head that recedes to wisps on the surface of the beer. Some lacing. Smell is a bit of a let-down, at least initially. Weak at first, it soon becomes boozy with some big sweetness, like an English barleywine. Some big moderately roasted malt notes on top of caramel and molasses. The 100 IBUs are nonexistent in the nose.

Taste is a bit different as the English-barleywine nose precedes a more American taste. Boozy and slightly sweet, caramel and rye toast malt notes give way to a long resinous hop finish. Booze is apparent, playing with the hops to give a slightly solvent-y flavor. I enjoy it, though it is far more restrained than I was hoping Nemesis would be.

MF is very smooth and velvety, going down easily. Low carbonation. Coating. Drinkability is moderate due to the booze, and, honestly, the fact that the nose doesn't really match the taste for me.

Overall, not a bad beer by far, but I am disappointed given the price I paid for it. At $12 / 4 pk. I'd buy this fairly often, but as it stands I just can't justify the $25 I paid for four of them. So far, both of the Nemesis beers have been let-downs for me (though still good beers). Please Founders, forget about this and bottle CBS!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 01:53:25 | More by LordAdmNelson
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Billolick

New York

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle acquired at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.
Pours very dark amber, dense in its intensity, firm in its conviction. Next to no head, but some fine lace dected on the glass on close inspection.
Nose of embers of rum raisin, smoke, and peat, that follows through onto the palate, tongue, mouth and throat. In the finish, more smoke, some vanilla and malty goodness seal the deal.

Tasty nighcapper, bold, flavorful and quite smooth and tasty. High quality Barlery wine.

If your local quality beer broker/store owner/beer guy can get some of this stuff, do not hesitate

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 01:13:02 | More by Billolick
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peabody

Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out very dark brown to black with 1/4 finger of tans suds that dissapate quickly. Lots of lacing here probably because of the alcohol.
Strong fig/raisin smell with with a caramel charred malt and the alcohol in tow.
Taste is malty sweet at first then a bitterness ensues and bam the alcohol! Sits hard in the back of the throat.
Aftertaste of sweet molasses and bread and alcohol. The hop biterness only comes in after the alcohol is gone from the palate.
Drinkability is not so great. Too much alcohol here.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 00:42:18 | More by peabody
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webmanspidey

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into an Ommegang chalice. This is a deep brown-black color with a slight head. Smell is extremely sweet... honey, molasses, and sugar-covered raisins come to mind. Some slight hoppiness lurks in the background as well. Taste is fairly grainy with a stronger hops presence than the smell, but still fairly balanced with some sweet honey-like flavors. Alcohol content is fairly high and this is a slow-sipping heavy beer.

This isn't as interesting to me as the 2009 variety of Nemesis, but this is still worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 00:33:34 | More by webmanspidey
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Al's.

A: The barleywine is a bold black creation, dark brown-hued so as to be black from afar. A finger plus of off-white head dissapates with little fanfare.

S: The barleywine needs some coaxing to come out of its shell. When it does, it comes with the full fury of a rich American barleywine. Citrusy hops, very strong, jump out first. They are quickly followed by thick malts, including chocolate, that have a full, fruity feel. A strong barleywine.

T: Like the nose, the hops come through first in each sip, citrusy and strong. The malts, including a bit of smokey sweetness, follow in short order. The malty body features chocolate prominently alongside the ample fruitiness that most barleywines have. A full sip, especially larger ones, bring the hops and malts together in a sweeping dose of flavor.

M: The mouthfeel, while hoppy, isn't afraid of its barleywine malt side. Both flavors, strong in their own right, pair up nicely in each sip.

D: At 12%, this beer requires limited quantity. A nice sipper, very rich.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2010 18:47:04 | More by akorsak
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Nibbley

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark garnett red with a decent 1 finger head that leaves a little lace on the glass.
Aroma of dark fruit and a bit of black licorice will big hoppy pine note, also, plenty of booze.
Mouthfeel is a little thin considering the the style.
Tastes pretty much like it smells, dark fruit, booze and pine tree.
Am hoping a few months in the cellar will bring out more complexities, we shall see.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 17:51:45 | More by Nibbley
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz growler fill in NY, wish I could do these kind of things in MA. Enjoyed after seeing The Breeders live in a Philadelphia basement, awesome. Reviewed from notes.

A- Very dark brown with a tan cap that has decent retention. A nice ring regenerates itself following every sip along with a random cloud. A very nice coat of fine lace.

S- Mainly roasty caramel malt, you know it will be a strong Barleywine. There are a good amount of citrus and earthy hops too, seems to go on and off between hops/malt.

T- A Barleywine with more roast malt than usual and a unique blast of citrus fruit flavors from the hops. The balance is unlike any other Barleywine I have had. The citrus isn't very zesty, it is mostly fruity and works nicely. I also sense vanilla, cocoa and pineapple.

MF- This beer is downright hot, it was burning my throat after about 12oz. Fairly creamy thick oily body that is moderately bitter and has smooth, fine carbonation.

DB- Unique beer, it seems like a roast Barleywine with an IPA-esque hop profile. It seems like it would age pretty well because the malt character could hold on it's own. A beastly beer in multiple ways, left my throat on fire.

Serving type: growler

09-05-2010 08:38:11 | More by cbutova
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2 - 12 oz bottles poured into multiple taster glasses with other BAs.

A - Dark with ruby red hues and brown undertones. Minimal head and retention, although there's still a bit of spotty lacing.

S - An absolute bouquet of scents including wood, oak, vanilla, thick malts, and alcohol.

T - Plenty of caramel malts up front with some bold dark chocolate flavors which move on to oak and smooth vanilla with a bite of cocoa nibs. Bitter hops pierce through the the palate along with wood and booze warmth. The taste is complex in each level, but still pleasant. Finishes with boozy warmth, caramel, leather, and oak.

M - Thick, viscous and somewhat smooth but still bitter and rich.

D - Absolutely a slow sipper but the 12% abv is masked incredibly well. Drinks way better than expected; almost to a dangerously easy level.

This is an awesome beer with many oak, booze, and heated attributes. I believe it lives up to the hype, and might even surpass the '09 release. Age might bring down the warmth, but this is still remarkably drinkable for the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 06:30:33 | More by xnicknj
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BierFan

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Half finger of khaki colored foam. Body is black like a stout.

Smell: Fruity hops with some dark malt coming through. Molasses from the malt and tropical fruit from the hops.

Taste: Mostly molasses with a little coffee from the malt. The hops give a nice bitterness with orange and tropical fruit flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 05:27:07 | More by BierFan
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with a thin cola colored head that doesn't retain well but for a beer this strong that's to be expected. The aroma is breathtaking, with notes of Grand Marnier and orange marmalade, along with juicy citrusy hops, gourmet chocolate, kona coffee, dark fruits, molasses and toffee, vanilla and some alcohol...one of the best smelling beers I've come across. The flavor is a little less impressive than the aroma but not much, with fresh hop notes upfront (citrus, pine and resin), along with caramel and toffee, vanilla, orange marmalade, belgian chocolate and spiced rum. The mouthfeel is smooth and rich and drinkability is alarmingly good. Really exceptional brew from Founders here, tastes kind of like the most delicious Belgian truffle with orange liquor filling.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 04:57:33 | More by silver0rlead
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, I don't agree with the style. This should be renamed an imperial black IPA. It's far from any barleywine I have ever tasted.

A: Deep brown to almost black, with little light shining through. The cream-hued head dissapears quickly and leaves a film on the surface. Lacing is minimal, as to be expected with a beer like this.

S: Some alcohol is present on the nose, but very faint. Resinous, citrusy and grassy notes dominate, with some roasty, burnt aromas lingering in the backround.

T: Hops dominate at first, with some pineapple, lemon peel, and fresh grass, followed by some roasted malt, chocolate, and earth. It finishes very clean, and there is almost no alcohol present.

M: Full bodied and viscous. Hops give this beer an oily feeling in the mouth that lingers for eons.

D: An excellent brew. Founders has done it again. Once again, I don't agree with the style, but then again, this is something of a different color. It's worth the price, and will surely cellar well over the next year or so.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 03:06:41 | More by WYVYRN527
Founders Nemesis 2010 from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 878 ratings.