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Founders Bolt Cutter - Founders Brewing Company

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1,175 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,175
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.35%
Wants: 189
Gots: 701 | FT: 73
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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4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

Picked this up in a great trade with Evan! Crystal clear copper-mahogany pour with a one finger creamy off-white head with decent retention and crazy lacing. Deliciously sweet malty nose with hints of resiny, citrusy hops, pine, butterscotch, wood, and booze. The taste is rich and complex with a strong, boozy, malt forward sweetness with hints of vanilla, tobacco, maple, caramel, dark fruit, tea, oak, and butterscotch. The mouthfeel was really boozy up front, but as it came to temp, it became almost creamy. Still thick and syrupy, but really smooth with a nice warming, bitter finish. Overall, this is one complex and flavorful beer. Would love to see what cellaring does for this one.

03-22-2013 19:51:50 | More by beerdrifter
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North Carolina

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
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

04-11-2013 01:39:01 | More by DanGeo
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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
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

07-04-2014 02:31:47 | More by SkiBum22
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

01-12-2013 22:59:29 | More by sabitu
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

04-21-2013 16:03:56 | More by supa0525
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

08-10-2013 06:20:40 | More by danthehopslamman
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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
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

12-14-2013 02:36:53 | More by thetommo
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

03-01-2014 03:10:40 | More by DaftPatrick
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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

Great mouthfeel.

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
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-07-2013 01:40:30 | More by VernonKell
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

07-30-2013 14:28:58 | More by Dbrulet
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

12-08-2012 16:57:03 | More by bierdabbler
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

01-13-2013 06:27:58 | More by megamass
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

03-17-2013 23:20:34 | More by Jason
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

12-05-2012 05:03:55 | More by mctizzz
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

06-03-2014 04:27:20 | More by aquazr1
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

03-10-2013 21:08:29 | More by Shankopotamus
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

05-12-2014 20:38:45 | More by fenlop54
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-29-2012 21:07:49 | More by 1Adam12
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-24-2013 13:00:18 | More by Mattco
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Founders Bolt Cutter from Founders Brewing Company
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