Founders Bolt Cutter - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by JamesMN:
3.65/5 rDev -9.9%
Appearance: Blood orange color and almost translucent. A vigorous pour resulted in a small soapy off-white head.
Aroma: Orange citrus hop character and thick caramel/amber malt. Not really getting any alcohol which is surprising.
Taste: Starts with a slow building of bitterness that results in a fruity gummy candy hop character. Not sure if the fruit flavors are coming from the hops, malt, yeast, or barrel aging but they are numerous and very present in the flavor. Peach, grapefruit, and caramel coated apricot. Almost a Scotch Ale quality at times but definitely more in the Barleywine category. The malt bill is a tad unassuming with hints of caramel and amber malt. There is a hint of alcohol but overall none of the 15% ABV is present. Very smooth finish. Not super complex or outstanding but decent.
Mouthfeel: Feels like medium in body which is pretty thin for what I was expecting but makes it less of a meal to drink. Average carbonation and pretty good drinkability.
Final Thoughts: I wasn't expecting to be blown away by Bolt Cutter and it basically met my expectations. The hop character and flavor is interesting but a little too sweet at times. Would I drink it again? Probably not, but obviously it was just a one time release.
04-01-2013 00:56:17 | More by JamesMN
More User Reviews:
3.81/5 rDev -5.9%
Great to get this beer,one of my favorite breweries from the home state.Poured into an imperial nonic a deep burnt orange with a thinner but tightley formed off white head atop.A mix of alcohol dipped dark fruits and cake in the nose,not much hop presence,almost like a CHRISTmas fruit cake to me.Sweet with alot of fruitiness on the palate,raisin/prue to go along with alcohol dipped cherries with a decent earthy dryness and leafy hops in the finish.It's big and chewey and the drying hops seem to come more into play as I drink more,this is all of the 15% it says it is.Iam going to bed early tonight.
07-06-2013 00:22:42 | More by oberon
4.08/5 rDev +0.7%
Pours an amber-copper color, sort of cloudy and hazy with an off-white head that settles quickly after a hard pour, no real lacing to mention. Aroma is heavy and thick; sweet toffee, burnt sugar, rosey fruits, plums, figs, juicy dates soaked in booze, light vanilla, oak, a touch of wood. Taste hits hard up front with sweet, burnt brown sugar, booze drenched raisins, figs, plums, some backwards woodiness. Creme brulee comes to mind with the burnt sugar and slight vanilla hints. Butterscotch in the background maybe, too. Hop profile is a bit ashy and dry with a light perfume aroma to them, adding a reasonable amount of bitterness to make sure the sweetness isn't cloying (which it's not). The booze profile is mostly reminiscent of bourbon-whiskey; it's warming and relevant and noticeable, slightly warm and a little more so as the beer approaches room temp, but it's never too hot to drink. I would imagine this would mellow out a bit and become excellent with some more time on it. Thick, sticky, heavy body, low carbonation.
Surprised by how good this was, reviews were pretty mixed so I didn't know what to expect. While it was pretty tasty, I think it might mellow out a bit more with some age. Unfortunately, the price tag on this one is a little much for what you're getting.
12-31-2012 22:19:50 | More by tectactoe
4.43/5 rDev +9.4%
On tap at When Pigs Fly. The first time I had it, I was overwhelmed. I went back on four consecutive days just to make sure I liked it as much as the first time. I did; a wonderful beer!
To begin with, it's a very pretty beer. In a snifter it was a beautiful chery amber color, very vibrant. The rather small tan head left a good deal of lace.
The aroma was some sweet fruit and citrus. Pretty boozy.
Lots of figs in the taste, other dark fruits noted. A bit of orange. Nicely hopped.
I expected it to be boozy, with an ABV of 15%, but I thought the alcohol was well-hidden, and didn't think the alcohol was too intrusive.
Loved this beer. Wonder how it would age.
12-15-2012 20:53:26 | More by lordofthewiens
4.26/5 rDev +5.2%
Bottle courtesy of @heatwave33. Amber brown in color with hints of deep red. Cream colored head, faded into thin wisps and a craggy medium collar. Aroma is of molasses, earthy burnt wood, tobacco, and some earthy spices. Taste is spiced and tobacco up front, faded earthy hops, woody and a touch boozey at the very end. Nice toffee/molasses flavor running throughout too. Nice full body and low to medium carbonation.
04-23-2014 04:50:29 | More by mverity
3.98/5 rDev -1.7%
We have to stop comparing the backstage series beers to each other.
Smells like cotton candy, maple syrup and an enjoyable booziness.
Very limited barrel flavor, and limited maple.
Hint of Belgian trip yeast flavors. Doesn't mesh well.
Not worth the price. Too much going on in the wrong departments, too little going on in the right departments. Still a good beer. not great.
11-22-2012 03:04:56 | More by jisom123
Founders Bolt Cutter from Founders Brewing Company
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