Founders Bolt Cutter - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by jondeelee:
4.49/5 rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Bolt Cutter opens to an intensely sweet, hoppy aroma that is instantly reminiscent of syrupy pink grapefruit juice with a dash of pine resin, lemon, and dandelion stem, and below that, a thick sugary base of Candi sugar, brown sugar, and a heaping spoonful of fruit esters, including orange, berry, and cherry, as well as light touches of fig, raisin, and plum. Smatterings of biscuit, whole wheat dough, and light toast crust add an earthy base. As a whole, the nose is very nice, geared toward the sugars as is typical in Barleywines, but nicely balanced and heavily aromatic, the interplay between brown sugar and fruit ester especially nice.
On the tongue, the beer proves darker than the sugary nose let on, the initial flavors being full of dark, rich fruits, including fig, prune, plum, black cherry, and raisin, with touches of berry and blood orange adding slightly lighter notes. These are joined by a heavy alcoholic overtone, the 15% ABV coming in strong, but blending nicely with the massive fruits in a dessert-like fashion. The combination of alcohol and fruits is reminiscent of wild ports or cognacs, with a touch of bourbon thrown in for good measure. The hops add a nice thick layer of syrupy pink grapefruit, as well as lighter lemon and faint pine notes, which help keep the sugars in check. Brown breads, yeasty rising whole wheat dough, toast crust, and biscuit form an earthy base, and the entire beverage is threaded with strong vanilla bean, and lighter caramel and toffee, with even some molasses and black pepper. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main mouthful, but here the booze becomes overly obvious, and the late stages of the aftertaste take on a vodka-like overtone that somewhat mars the presentation. Mouthfeel is a syrupy, viscous heaviness that is reminiscent of agave nectar in feel, and carbonation is light.
Overall, this is fantastic beer, and while the nose was good, the flavors are excellent, and paired with a perfect mouthfeel. Only the strong alcoholic aftertaste proves jarring; the rest of the beer is sweet, sugary heaven.
Serving type: bottle
09-07-2013 00:19:01 | More by jondeelee
More User Reviews:
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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