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Founders Nemesis 2010 - Founders Brewing Company

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880 Ratings

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Ratings: 880
Reviews: 500
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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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 04:26:28 | More by litheum94
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 03:40:17 | More by mntlover
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 02:53:51 | More by kawilliams81
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 03:24:28 | More by Janderson91
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 05:58:22 | More by kiddynamite920
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 20:51:38 | More by OakedCanuck
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 00:05:17 | More by rye726
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 00:57:28 | More by camil1mj
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 00:28:23 | More by dcloeren
Photo of jsanford


4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Founders Tulip Glass.

A - Pours a dark cola-brown with a thin khaki-colored head that fades to a slight haze and very thin ring.
S - Dark, complex nose of roasted malt, molasses, caramel, raisins, and chocolate with a good amount of resinous hops. Lot of things going on in this beer.
T - Again, very sweet, with lots of "dark" flavors of roasted malt, caramel, molasses, caramel, and chocolate with a substantial grapefruit and pine resin hop presence. I expected the hops have mellowed by now, it's amazing how well they're holding up in this one. Just a big, dank Barleywine.
M - Big and creamy, with a full mouth-feel and medium-low carbonation. I don't get to use it often, but "chewy" is a viable term to describe this.
O - An excellent take on an American Barleywine, I'll look forward to seeing how the rest of my bottles age!

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 05:11:22 | More by jsanford
Photo of cosmo4u

New York

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

had on tap at lazy boy saloon white plains NY 6/30/11
$8 per/small pint

Pours into my glass a deep dark brown that borders on black when you view it from a distance. A quarter inch of khaki head on top leaves some splotchy lacing as it falls. Aromas start off with dark fruits and toffee melding with some roast, coffee and cocoa. Piney, herbal hops make themselves known alongside dense malts.

First sip brings smooth, dense malts upfront with tons of dark fruits, toffee and roast. Notes of cocoa and coffee combine in as the brew flows down with a good hit of bitterness from pine resiny hops. Sweetness is there but is well balanced. Alcohol is well hidden also. Tasty dark barleywine.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with good carbonation. Pretty easy to drink considering the ABV on this one. Overall, another tasty treat from Founders and a nice twist on a standard barleywine.

waited a long time to try this and I was in no way let down

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2011 01:48:26 | More by cosmo4u
Photo of TheJollyHop


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

Rum soaked raisins, caramel, toffee, burnt sugar; malt forward with definite HUGE sugar notes and very faint ABV.

Chestnut brown body, two fingers of meringue-like off-white foam.

On the taste burnt sugar toffee fades to slight dark chocolate and roasted hazelnut flavored coffee (emphasis), alcohol (not hot but warming). Medium to high carbonation, with a frothy and oily mouthfeel; light on the tongue. Very easy to sip as the alcohol is surprisingly mellow.

The flavor is varied and complex enough to remain interesting, while being extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 19:02:36 | More by TheJollyHop
Photo of mikereaser


4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a pitch black with an inch of tan foam that quickly faded leaving some sticky lacing around the glass
S - boozy nose, i'm picking up molasses, roasted malts, caramel, raisins and a slight burnt aroma
T - The booziness is mostly gone, I get alot of molasses and some roasted coffee, there is a caramel sweetness to it as well, and maybe some vanilla. The alcohol heat shows up later on but not everwhelmingly, just a nice well balanced barleywine. You definitely can't tell that its 12%
M - smooth and creamy with only a mild amount of alcohol heat in the finish, its medium bodied with refreshingly lively carbonation.
D - The only thing that makes this not as drinkable as it is, is the 12% abv. Really nice brew all around.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 04:25:45 | More by mikereaser
Photo of Chico1985


4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was hoping to try this one eventually, thanks to cbutova for sharing this.

Pours dark brownish red. Beige head retains decently, some lacing left.

Good mix of fruity hops and stouty malts, some pine/dankness there too. Nicely balanced between both.

Taste is great, unlike most "black" hop-forward beers this has great balance and many present flavors from both sides. Loads of grapefruit, pine, pineapple and some more tropical hops. Caramel, roasted malt, some chocolate malt. Still surprisingly hoppy.

Good mouthfeel, maybe a bit thinner than expected. 12% is very hidden.

Awesome beer, leave it to Founders to make a black barleywine and have it be this balanced. A 12oz solo might be a bit much, but I don't think it would be much trouble.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 21:11:42 | More by Chico1985
Photo of GregSVT


3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a dark brown with a slightly redish hue along with a nice creamy off-white head that fades to a ring and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass as it goes down.

S: The nose is bready malts, caramel, toffee, and earthy hops. The hops don't overpower the other aromas like some other American Barleywines.

T: The taste shows more hops than I was expecting but it's still got a lot of bready and sweet malty flavors like caramel and toffee. The earthy hops definitely are at the forefront though. Typical for the style and pretty tasty.

M: The feel is big and chewy with a nice creaminess from the carbonation.

O: This is an above average American Barleywine and one I'm glad to have tried. Don't know if I would search it out again but I'd love to try it with a few years of age to see if the malty flavors are more pronounced.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 05:03:55 | More by GregSVT
Photo of zep9865


3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

drinking the 10 nemesis right after having the 09. Thanks to one of my best bros aasher for another quality brew.

Pours a dirty dark brown with foam head that is not worth about talking about.

Smells the same as the 09 nemesis without the spiciness. I think this one is gonna be better. Straight molasses without too much else

tastes like dark fruit and smoke without hops. Beer is dirty.

It helps that ive had a couple beers before this bc this beer was not near what i expected it to be

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 08:21:03 | More by zep9865
Photo of russwbeck


4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful find still on the shelf in Altoona, PA in June 2011, 11 months after its release.

A: Poured into my Founders Brewing Company glass with a small off white head. After about a minute only a fine ring around the rim of the glass remains, lacing nicely as I drink. When I had the beer on tap back in the fall, however, the head was full and bubbly, that has certainly gone down a bit.

S: The smell is still pretty boozy, roasted malts underneath. Caramel, molasses, raisins, and perhaps some chocolate mixed in as well.

T: The taste really shines through with this one. The caramel and molasses start the taste off, but get curbed by the boozy taste that follows. A big hit of roasted malts rest on the palate for a significant amount of time. Very much like a combination of a nice stout and a good barleywine. More impressed with every sip I take.

MF: Light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation left over. The booziness warms you as you drink, and the roastiness of the malts keeps you sipping.

O: I really liked this beer fresh when I had it on tap at Zeno's a few times, and now that I'm finally getting around to reviewing it I like it even more. Really exciting to see what this does with another year on it!

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 19:12:39 | More by russwbeck
Photo of augustgarage


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

Thanks to ShogoKawada for this one. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Spirit Sippers snifter.

Rosewood liquid, nearly opaque with very faint garnet highlights. A rich beige collar persists, ringing an eery surface slick. Fine even lacing and lightly viscous legs.

Figs, prunes, stewed fruit, leather, brandy, and more emerge in the nose. Packed with esters from the alcohol, though there is no sharpness or solvent quality.

Moderately bitter palate entry followed by a cavalcade of flavors similar to the aromas. A touch of hibiscus, orange blossom, and other floral/tea-like notes come forward as well. Rich, medium-dry finish with hints of licorice and saffron. Hops contribute flavor, but they become part of the whole so much that it is difficult to pinpoint their individual contributions.

Slick, medium-bodied, moderately carbonated, and gently warming.

An excellent example of the style, which skirts the line between English and American versions.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 03:22:01 | More by augustgarage
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany color, thin ring of khaki head, leaving some sticky lacing. Scent is dominated by a strong hop presence, big notes of carmel, molasses and brown sugar as well as some dark fruit come into play. Taste begins with a strong grapefruity hop bite, covered up quickly by a big presence of carmel, molasses and brown sugar - not overly sweet however. Notes of dark fruit and candi sugar give a light belgin like feel. Light notes of roast and cocoa poweder present themselves as palate gets used to strong flavor. Medium bodied, not as thick as others in the style, good low levels of carbonation. A nice bold flavored beer, with age I could see this improving even more as the sharp hop bite fades.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2011 13:26:29 | More by rfgetz
Photo of nova009


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

Picked this up back in september and its been aging in my beer fridge since then

Poured from a bottle into a snifter

A- pours a dark mohogany with a slight red tint, very small off white head appears and quickly dissipates down to a small ring, nice ring of lace left

S- dark fruits and candi sugar are the most prominent of the smells, raisins and figs, molasses, roasted malt, slight chocolate and vanilla notes mixed in, very faint hop presence as well, slight hit of alcohol as well

T- dark roasted malt, black coffee, bitter chocolate, later sips encounter the dark fruits, the sweet molasses mixes in nicely to smooth out the bitterness, slightly hoppy but not overly so, only a slight alcohol burn which is nice at the 12%

M- heavy body, nice balance of carbonation, oily and slick on the palate, a slight alcohol burn at the end of each sip

O- definitely a sipper, but this is a pretty solid american barleywine, flavors compliement each ofther fairly well, the taste was better than the smell, overall nice choice for the Nemesis selection

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 00:01:51 | More by nova009
Photo of harrymel


3.13/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottled: Aug, 2010

A: Pours a dark, dark , ruby ale with near excellent clarity. Little head formation and a thin sheet of light latte sits atop the ale. Spotty lacing. Darker the barley, the better IMO.

S: Malt, caramel, toffee, bitter hops. Reminds me of Pike Brewing Barley Wine. Hopefully the hops don't over power the sweetness the malt offers. Hints of vitamin smells.

T: Bitter and alcoholic. Plenty of malt, but much more bittering hops. Seems like there may be some anise/licorice in there. The alcohol is poorly addressed. A salami flavor as well.

M: Medium body with high carb for the style. needs lowered carbonation. Dry finish.

O: This beer needs time. Additionally, I'm unsure the time would offer much more than polish for the alcohol flavors. The nose is nice, but the flavor is dominated by too much chemistry from the hops and alcohol for my preferences. It's called a Barley Wine because the barley should dominate - here the beer doesn't do itself justice.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 15:50:15 | More by harrymel
Photo of buschbeer


4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It pours a dark ruddy brown. It is capped with an inch of tan head.

S - It has a nice citrus aroma with a solid caramel malt backbone.

T - Very well balanced. Neither the malt nor the hops are overpowering. The alcohol is well hidden. It is noticeable with a warming sensation as I swallow.

M - Moderate leaning towards thick. Perfect

O - Delicious

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 01:27:59 | More by buschbeer
Photo of plumcrazyfx


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

This is such a good beer/barleywine. It pours a very dark brown, almost black. Very sweet smell with hints of molasses and brown liquor, mixed with hops and alcohol. The taste is great. Yes, you get a punch of hops with sweetness and every once in a while a chocolate or brown sugar note pokes through. The alcohol shows itself but mostly through the palate/nose as you swallow - by no means does it dominate. It's very balanced for as big as is it. It's a sipper but very smooth. The mouthfeel is slick and lightly sticky. This almost limits it to a sipper more than hoppy flavor or alcohol level. This is a great beer. It was one of the first "out there" brews that I went and sought out but I'm not sorry each time I come back to it. If this is the last of the Nemesis series it is definately worthy of the name and a treat.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 22:55:32 | More by plumcrazyfx
Photo of djeucalyptus


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

pours a brilliantly dark amber with woody undertones... blocks much light yet still crystal clear. a thin caramel colored head fades but leaves a frothy collar that deposits sheets.

aroma of dark malt, caramel, citrus grapefruity hops, port. hints of leather and sherry. smells amazing.

taste is sweet, malty, and intensely hoppy all at once. alcohol isn't hiding here. the 12% is pretty damn apparent. but that's not a bad thing. dark fruit, golden raisins, dried figs and dates. very fruity... as it warms, it's apparently more fruit and less pure sugar. which I'm digging immensely. definitely a bit fresh, hot, and green for my tastes. pleasantly earthy and fruity.

mouth is solid... very full but not slick with pleasantly soft carbonation. a lingering lightly drying finish is solid.

All in all, a pretty impressive barleywine. for my tastes, it could use a year or two, but it's certainly drinking good right now.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 19:00:33 | More by djeucalyptus
Photo of Paulydeets

New York

4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep dark brown, almost black. Has very little head, but seems to just hang around on the edge of the glass throughout the drink.

Smells of roasted malts, maybe a little smoke, toffee, some hops and a malty sweetness Can definately smell the alcohol (you know what i mean) and I like 'em strong so bring it on.

Tastes just like a barley wine should.. roasted malts, followed by sweet molasses, toffee. The finish is some sweet malts, with a underlying hop bitterness, and a nice sweet alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel is smoothe and creamy, just right. The alcohol is there but is well balanced and not harsh at all.

Overall an excellent barleywine that I would love to have all the time. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 00:31:06 | More by Paulydeets
Founders Nemesis 2010 from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 880 ratings.