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Founders Nemesis 2010 - Founders Brewing Company

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888 Ratings

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Ratings: 888
Reviews: 502
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 213
Gots: 268 | FT: 16
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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 Billolick

New York

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%

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

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


3.8/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

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


4/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

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


3.9/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

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


3.63/5  rDev -13.4%

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.

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


4.15/5  rDev -1%

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.

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


4.43/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

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


3.93/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

09-05-2010 05:27:07 | More by BierFan
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North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

09-05-2010 04:57:33 | More by silver0rlead
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4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

09-05-2010 03:06:41 | More by WYVYRN527
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4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

A - Pours a deep, deep brown which turns black in the glass, not much head but a ring sticks around and in turn leaves nice lacing.

S - I can't be sure, but this smells kind of like a piney DIPA. I guess that's somewhat to be expected. Decent hit of dark malts which impart a certain roasty smell.

T - Caramel malts followed quickly by a venerable porcupine of IBUs jumping all over your tongue on the way down. Some fruit and a touch of that roasted smell comes through as flavor, but not much.This is a strong brew in more ways than one.

M - Quite light for a 12% beer, but still coats your mouth with a sticky resinous layer.

D - Way to easy to drink this stuff if you are a lover of the enamel-wrenching hops; otherwise you might want to sit on it until the roasted characteristics reveal themselves, maybe in a year or two.

09-05-2010 02:47:45 | More by LiquidCucumber
Photo of generalnotsew


4.43/5  rDev +5.7%

Very very dark but not quite black molasses color with no head and very minimal lacing. Smell is rich chocolate and dark fruit. Kind of reminds me of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Mmmmm. All of the flavors mix very well together. The sweet chocolate, bitterness and dark fruit meld into one. You can't really pick them apart. Also note this beer is very sugary. More than most beers I know. Bitterness is nicely present as well. I admit I did not care for any Black IPA I have had but this Black American Barleywine is quite nice. Most unique tasting beer I had in awhile.

09-04-2010 18:32:17 | More by generalnotsew
Photo of MbpBugeye


4/5  rDev -4.5%

Very excited about this one. Last years was fantastic. Ive never had a black barleywine but it was the logical next step spurred from the popularity of black IPAs.

A- Poured straight into a snifter. It is indeed black. Not stout thick, but just as dark. Some light can pass creating umber highlights. Next to no head, even with a rough pour. Bubbles do form a thick collar though which stays around and leaves lots of little pearls of lace.

S- Very similar to many black IPAs Ive had. Very spicy hops come second to some molasses, caramel, roastiness, raisin and a touch of chocolate. The roastiness is light but adds to the spiciness of the hops.

T- The best part of the taste is the little flashes of chocolate that come every once in a while. Bitter and sweet is the name of the game here. Malts are sweet, fruity, sugary and roasty and hops are piney, citric and medicinal.

M- Full bodied with a creamy carbonation.

Last years was much better. This is a good and interesting beer, but just not my type of thing.

09-04-2010 16:47:05 | More by MbpBugeye
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4.03/5  rDev -3.8%

So glad I picked this up because for one thing, I need a 12%er tonite. Hence this review may be biased.

A: Black plum-molasses color, amber tinted where the light shines through the bubbles stuck on the side of the glass. Very minimal head is tan. Lacing very intense and scintillating in the lamplight.

S: Not so much getting the hops in the nose. Cookie dough, sugar, ok-raisins, a rather mild sweet aroma.

T: If hops are not in the nose for me, they're in the taste. First taste is primarily hopcentric rather than malty. Great clean mineral bitterness turns to soy-sweet malt, then a subtle honey aftertaste. Belch brings back the hop.

M: Average for the style, thick and chewy. Finishes clean, not dry, but clean

D: Sipper for the fact your body obviously doesn't want much of this fast. It's not cloying in the taste. It's just that I am content to sip, wait five minutes, sip again. Like the Nemesis has restraint built in. + points for that!

I'm a big fan of this brew; I suppose it's even worth the $4.75!

09-04-2010 02:37:47 | More by JoshRadTxist
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New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%

Pours a dark brown with amber highlights when held up to light. Has an half inch of head that fades leaving almost no lacing.

Smells of molasses, citrus (orange/pineapple), caramel, and coffee in there. No alcohol presence.

Taste is mostly citrus up front, sweet caramel/molasses in the middle and towards the end, with a gentle alcohol burn on the end. Very pleasant...want to see what happens in a few months.

Mouthfeel is full and sticky, good for a barleywine.

Drinkability is low, its a sipper for sure. Inviting but only would want to sip this one.

09-03-2010 23:58:10 | More by bs870621345
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3.98/5  rDev -5%

pours out a surprising jet black with two fingers of tan head. hey its a black barleywine! lacing is impressive. it looks like i am drinking FBS.

smell is fusel alchohol right away. hey its a big fresh barleywine, i guess i should expect it to be hot. subsides into beautiful pineapple and mango scents.

taste is big impressive pineapple hops up front! amazing unique hop profile big pineapple flavor.
then some roasted malt that is delicious and becomes more prominent as it warms. finishes hot and boozy not enough to be a huge flavor issue.

mouthfeel is lovelty big smooth, substantial, with just enough carbonation. much win here.

drinkability isnt great a big time sipper even witthout being hot and boozy. one is enough. also -

water : wicked witch = nemesis : your teeth's enamel.

09-03-2010 21:59:40 | More by pdoran10
Photo of maximum12


3.2/5  rDev -23.6%

Picked up a 4 pack of this at Dennis Bros a couple days ago & have been thinking about it ever since. The 2009 was insanely good, so I'm thinking there's no place to go but down. Right? Hope not!

Pour is a bit of a surprise, a red so dark it appears to be black until held up to the revealing light of the sun (or clouds, today). The nose is smash-mouth, roundhouse, iron-club of hops. Wow. This smells more like a IIPA than 3/4 of the IIPAs I've had. Alcohol, too, is very apparent.

Nemesis 2010 is a corrosive mix of caramel, hops, hops, & sickly malts. The caramel is a big blast out front, quickly shunted aside by a cream of hops, which are shushed & kicked by the malts...which have a weird, almost oxidized taste to them. I think it's just the high IBUs mixing strangely with the sweetness of the malts, but I'm not sure, & it throws a bit of a wet blanket over the whole experience for me. As it warms the odd taste retreats into the background a bit.

Well carbonated for a barleywine, smooth as a baby's butt in your mouth, or something. I don't think I could take more than a bottle of this, the alcohol, while not strong on the tongue, is warming the depths of my bowels like an October bonfire.

Well...pretty good. Always expect a unique angle from Founders, but unlike the vast majority of their beers, which I adore, this one missed the bullseye for me. I bought a case of the 2009, I don't see myself buying more of the 2010. Am interested to see how it ages, though. Into the cellar with you other three lads!

09-03-2010 21:50:22 | More by maximum12
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4.13/5  rDev -1.4%

You would be safe to call this a Black Barleywine. Only when held directly to a very bright light can you see the faintest red highlights. Two finger antique head head slowly recedes to a slim cap. Surprising amount of lacing is left encompassing the glass.

Dark aromas dominate the nose. This is a hoppy beer but the hops have a hard time breaking through. Roasted malt, dark chocolate and cherry aromas are strong. Booze and molasses are secondary smells but meld well with the stronger notes.

The hops may have been missing from the nose but they are assertive on the tongue. Strong pine and grapefruit pithy bitterness. Slight citrus flavors come and go through out. Deep roasted malt flavor and caramelized sugars. The complexity I anticipated was not there but I cannot complain about the flavor as a whole. Warming booziness is noted but not offensive.

Full bodied but not thick. Low carbonation is very appropriate. Creamy texture, drinks very smooth. Deep flavors and biting bitterness dig into the palate for a long finish.

This is a sipper, no doubt about it. Flavors are big and bold, not going to be pleasing to everyone. I for one am a fan. Nemesis 2010 is well constructed and delicious. May not be the easiest to drink but I will call it enjoyable. Worth the search.

09-03-2010 21:02:40 | More by kzoobrew
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3.7/5  rDev -11.7%

Fresh bottle.

Dark red/black pour. Nice carbonation. Excited to drink this.

Smells are very hoppy, piney. Sweet. Some dark fruit. Smells barleywinesque, which is expected I guess.

Tastes are sweet piney hops right away. some darker sweet fruits then appear. a bit of roasted malt goodness too. Alcohol there, not distracting however.
Nothing surprising shows up.

Thick, rich ,and a bit sticky. Enough carbonation, which is nice. Goes down pretty easy.

This is a good beer. But it's not much more than an (slightly above) average run of the mill hopped up barleywine. I don't taste any diabolical brewing either. So I don't know if it lives up to the "NEMESIS" hype.

09-03-2010 17:21:21 | More by caskstrength
Photo of TCgoalie


4.88/5  rDev +16.5%

Pours a dark, dark brown color with minimum head. Some head can be manualy created from agitation with some residue around the edges lingering. Not much lacing. The appearance is not that impressive, but decent considering the style.

The nose is pleasant with an essence of chocolate, molasses, raison, and a lot of heat. I am also detecting woody bourbon with a hint of cherries. Each smell seems to conjure a new smell which is one of my favorite nose features of a beer.

Oh yes. This is a delicious drink even fresh. I'm excited to try this again with some age under its belt. Up front is a dose of chocolate with a wonderful woody note. This transitions to some bitterness that takes the form of a coffee like taste. All the while chocolate and molasses exist as an undertone throughout. Some raison and red grape is present along with some bitter hop or coffee presence, it is hard to say. The heat that is present in the nose is hardly noticeable in the taste. You are left with a silky smooth brew which tastes like a cross between a stout and a barleywine.

The mouthfeel is a Founders like medium in the mouth. They don't seem to produce many heavy in the mouth type beers. It is smooth but should likely improve with age. A nice drying and pleasant coffee like aftertaste lingers.

This is the best barleywine I've had to date. Founder's has delivered once again making me more excited for Nemesis 2011.

09-03-2010 03:38:07 | More by TCgoalie
Photo of EricCioe


4.23/5  rDev +1%

Managed to get my hands on a few bottles of this in Chicago. It pours pretty dark into my snifter.

The nose is dark green. Not sure how else to describe it. It's hoppy but pretty subdued given the 100 IBUs.

The taste isn't super bitter, in fact it's quite balanced.

It's not super full on the mouthfeel, nothing really like Founders' stouts. It's full but not ridiculous like Breakfast Stout.

It's quite alcoholic but it doesn't really come through all that much. That said, at 12%, you're not going to be drinking many of these.

EDIT - Had this again 10 March 2012, and it has aged really well. Hops have faded a bit, lots of rum-raisins and such now.

09-03-2010 01:55:15 | More by EricCioe
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4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

In a tulip, a very dark brown color with a ruby tint to it. The head is tan and looks a hint soapy, but mostly creamy.

Wow, the hops smell amazing. Bright citrus and pineapple with sweet caramel and milk chocolate malt. A mouthwatering array.

The hops are citrusy with some ripe pineapple and a bit of pine. The malt adds some lovely sweetness in the forms of caramel and brown sugar. Their is a bit of a roast to the malt at the end too. Pretty nice complexity and the alcohol is impressively hidden for a 12 percent beer.

Velvety soft and creamy mouthfeel. Just rolls down with fluffy soft ease. Obviously full bodied.

This drinks really nicely and is a great example of the style. Can't wait to enjoy the rest of these as it develops over time. Founders is simply amazing at how they continue to crank out outstanding new beers with their continuous lineup of regular ones.

09-03-2010 01:41:00 | More by jera1350
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

I loved Nemesis 2009 and have been looking forward to this since it's oops early relase last month. Picked up a 4 pack today.

A - Deep deep brown on the edges but near black all around. A vigorous pour into a DFH Signature glass leaves a sticky beige head

S - Sugar, malt, alcohol then fruity hops in that order. The malt lingers in your nose which is remeniscent of an english barley wine.

T - Alcohol on is huge here but it mixes well with the piney hops on your toungue. There must be a huge malt backbone here but it really gets lost in the mix due to the sugar and piney hops.

M - Rich and creamy which is intruiging as it's so high in ABV. I do think this will get better with age because the body is there.

D - A slow drinker for sure. Huge sugar, malt and alcohol here.

I'm a bit disappointed in this latest offering. I visited Founders while in MI and had some tremendous barrel aged beers. I sure hope Nemesis 2011 mimicks some of those beers! This just falls short for me in the American B-wine category.

09-03-2010 00:59:29 | More by boomer31
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3.43/5  rDev -18.1%

12 bottle into my Unibroue tulip

Spotty surface head dips into a mahogany body with crimson edges when held to the light

Very sugary on the nose with a boatload of vanilla and caramel sweetness . Oddly, my first whiff was of citrus hops, but subsequent sniffs reveal far more earthy hops.

Hmmm...this beer feels quite raw and there's some real promise here, but strangely the flavors taste distinctly different rather than complimentary. There's the heavy malt base that lays the foundation with the sugary sweetness and bite of booze. At the end the hops swoop in a carry a light tingling bitterness, but the cohesion is lacking. It's like that ridiculous Stride flavor change gum where the flavors are distinct, but don't necessarily mesh.

The mouthfeel is similarly confounding for me. It starts a bit oily on the front on the tongue and finishes a bit watery and flat. Maybe puberty will help this youngster find its way into maturity, but it's just not there yet.

It's somewhat enjoyable but not particularly memorable.

09-03-2010 00:28:20 | More by BarrytheBear
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4.13/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours a deep crimson color with one finger of creamy off white head. This one needs a fairly vigorous pour.

Scent of soda, caramel, raspberries, juicy hops, dry earth and some alcohol. The alcohol is pretty subdued, but still apparent, hopefully a bit of age will take care of that.

Taste of sugar, caramel, lightly citrusy hops, a hint of chocolate, some raspberries, and a hint of alcohol. It's more fruity than I was expecting, less bitter too, but still a good beer. I am looking forward to seeing how this ages.

Mouthfeel is oily, heavy and smooth with a low amount of carbonation, magnificent.

09-03-2010 00:07:33 | More by paco1029384756
Founders Nemesis 2010 from Founders Brewing Company
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