Founders Bolt Cutter - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by dbc5:
3.53/5 rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
750 ml poured into Duchesse De Bourgogne wine glass. I had this beer on tap at the Founders 15th Anniversary party, but this is my first serving from a bottle. Thought the serving temperature at Founders was a bit too low, so I'm interested to see what I pick up with this tasting.
A: Pours an attractive amber with a 1.5 finger, off white head off a moderately aggressive pour. The head slowly recedes, but leaves a nicely, off white coating across the top of the beer.
S: Picking up a ton of caramel and toffee, as well as a present booziness. There is apparent sweetness in the nose as well. Maybe some vanilla. Hop spiciness is noticeable. Not picking up much bourbon presence.
T: Buttery caramel, booze, and a pretty strong hop presence. The alcohol is fairly present, although the sweetness offsets it somewhat. A slow sipper; I imagine it will take me awhile to work through the bottle. Some vanilla notes in the back end. As the beer warms, I'm getting some faint character from the bourbon maple barrels. Its far more muted than in CBS, but I am tasting a similar character. It definitely isn't a major player in this one, more a minor, background presence.
M: Thick and sticky. Almost an oily character after swallowing, which I attribute to the strong alcohol presence. Fairly low carbonation.
O: Being honest, this one is a bit of a letdown, as I had extremely high expectations when it was announced. I hoped the maple bourbon barrels would have a strong presence and contribute a unique character to the beer. In the end, the barrel plays a minor role in the overall drinking experience. The beer ends up primarily being a big, boozy, hoppy American barleywine. While that isn't necessarily a bad thing, it leaves me wanting a bit more. Will be interesting to see what some time in the cellar does to my remaining 2 bottles.
I do think this is one of the beers that needs to be drank at room temperature. Because some of the unique aspects of the beer are fairly subtle, they get somewhat lost when it is served too cold.
Serving type: bottle
01-06-2013 01:57:55 | More by dbc5
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4.04/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: on-tap
07-20-2014 21:49:17 | More by smcolw
3.89/5 rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A-brown orange color with a decent light tan head and little lacing
S-toffee, bourbon, oak, brown sugar, vanilla, nutty, light pine
T-toffee, caramel, nutty, bourbon, oak, little dark fruit, malty
F-medium body with light carbonation, smooth and a little boozy
O-decent Barleywine and not as much booze as I expected, but wouldn't put this in my upper echelon of Barleywines
Serving type: bottle
07-15-2014 10:57:32 | More by MDDMD
Founders Bolt Cutter from Founders Brewing Company
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