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Founders Bolt Cutter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,170 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,170
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.35%
Wants: 188
Gots: 699 | FT: 72
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Bolt Cutter is a cellarable barley wine with an ABV of 15%. Dry-hopped with a mountain of Cascade hops, it’s balanced by a malty sweetness and spicy complexity, resulting from barrel aging some of it in bourbon barrels, some in maple syrup-bourbon barrels and some not at all (standard fermentation only). We’ve allowed the beer to mature in bottles and kegs since July so that it would be perfect for its release next month. Bolt Cutter pours a deep copper color and is best sampled at different temperatures to allow the flavors to unfold.

(Beer added by: Thickfreakness on 11-03-2012)
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brewlover_z

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

This barreled-aged barley wine was absolutely delectable. I was surprised to find even after a solid 21 months of aging that it still had a noticeably boozy influence in the taste. Supremely brewed and with great fullness, Bolt Cutter definitely has established its place among Founders' stupendous high gravity series.

08-21-2014 04:33:42 | More by brewlover_z
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nkelley77

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

08-18-2014 23:15:59 | More by nkelley77
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shiggins22

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

08-18-2014 20:02:53 | More by shiggins22
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

08-17-2014 13:01:51 | More by thebigredone
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edhizdeid

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -1.2%

08-17-2014 02:12:18 | More by edhizdeid
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domfreego

Michigan

5/5  rDev +23.5%

08-15-2014 20:28:09 | More by domfreego
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.89/5  rDev -4%

Pours a reddish body with large head that goes away real quick and leaves a little bit of lace. Aroma is boozy at first and then there are sweet malts like caramel/toffee/sugar that hit me with minimal hops. Sticky, full-bodied, the booze is prevalent with a little bit of woodiness to help it smoothly finish. There are some dark fruit flavors and a sugary, vanilla like boozy sweetness but the alcohol in this is just a little too much and overpowers the other characteristics of the beer.

08-14-2014 16:47:35 | More by clayrock81
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CampusCrew

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

08-09-2014 19:27:44 | More by CampusCrew
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thereal_adam

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.2%

08-07-2014 17:22:01 | More by thereal_adam
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.2%

08-05-2014 19:05:14 | More by tommyguz
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Loco_Joe

New York

4/5  rDev -1.2%

08-04-2014 21:49:05 | More by Loco_Joe
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DrewRPS

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.2%

08-04-2014 02:27:37 | More by DrewRPS
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -6.4%

750ml into bubble snifter at about 45 degrees.

Pours with a very short, soap-bubble head over a chill-hazed amber body. Decent lacing. Appears still.

Aromas are quite sweet. Lots of maple syrup and bread - adult french toast. Mostly malts, but there seem to be some sharp hops still trying hard to power through. Vanilla and bourbon also show.

Taste is full of sweet - the vanilla and syrup nearly drown out everything else. Touch of rye-like spice. Hop bitterness still lingers, much as with the aroma. Altogether, seemed like a coffee which had too much artificial sweetener syrup mixed in.

Mouthfeel is thick and sticky - as expected with a 15% BW. Really lingers on the palate.

All that said, I'm a sweet-tooth, so this beer did not offend me... I enjoyed it. Not your prototypical Barleywine, but that's OK with me. Glad I cellared it for 18 mo's - may have taken the initial edge off of it.

08-03-2014 21:59:59 | More by BeerImmediately
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Robyn

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

08-02-2014 13:29:18 | More by Robyn
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Kochiss

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.2%

07-28-2014 00:47:57 | More by Kochiss
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Whalermikes

Oregon

5/5  rDev +23.5%

07-27-2014 04:20:24 | More by Whalermikes
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Sweffin

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.2%

07-26-2014 17:21:40 | More by Sweffin
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Riggsenater

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

07-26-2014 16:39:53 | More by Riggsenater
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brandonwnw


5/5  rDev +23.5%

07-25-2014 19:10:46 | More by brandonwnw
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warmbier804

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

07-25-2014 14:27:00 | More by warmbier804
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Jshari223

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

07-25-2014 14:09:00 | More by Jshari223
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CaptainPancakes

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

07-22-2014 17:35:05 | More by CaptainPancakes
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crobinso

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

07-20-2014 22:01:46 | More by crobinso
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev -0.2%

Nearly no head, and it settles to rim bubbles. Nearly no spots for lace. The color is deep amber.

Warm and semisweet malty. Very rich.

Starts subtly, but the strong malt base provides lots of alcohol warmth. There's a bitter presence that provides balance. The mouthfeel is super rich but the carbonation is not lost. Very warming.

07-20-2014 21:49:17 | More by smcolw
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jallen5076

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

07-20-2014 19:34:48 | More by jallen5076
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Founders Bolt Cutter from Founders Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,170 ratings.