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Founders Bolt Cutter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,038 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1038
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.59%


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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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Founders 15th Anniversary Party, into a snifter.

Redder brown, with a very small offwhite head that only leaves some whisps of retention. Nose of bourbon, maple, sweet caramel and malts. Some peripheral citrus, alcohol and cotton candy even perhaps. Taste has some maple, bourbon, white raisin, alcohol, sticky caramel and bitter citrus. Alcohol is well hidden but not completely disguised. A tasty American Barleywine, but not mind-blowingly awesome.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2012 18:08:26 | More by liamt07
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haazer

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty much the first beer ordered by everyone at the Capones black friday event. Served in a minature 5.5 ounce snifter.

A- The beer is quite a beautiful maroon/amber color. Lots of dark red accents throughout but when put to light this thing glows. The head was a light tan, and suprisingly some lace did appear for this big abv bad boy.

S- The nose presents toffee, caramel malts, and some bourbon highlights that you would expect from this barleywine. There is also some sweet fruits in here which I'm betting come from the cascade hops used.

T- Sweet hard candy, jolly rancher flavor. Not cloying though, but sweet enough. Theres some tofee flavors mixed in. There may actually be more heat from the hops in here than the booze. Booze is felt but its not overbearing. The fruity flavor is there too with a big bitter bite.

M- Full bodied and highly carbed. Very warming body.

O- This is a very good barrel aged barlewine. Definitely let this thing warm up or else you'll taste booze. Founders had this kegged and bottled for about 3 months before releasing, but I'm real curious to see what a year or more would do, as this probably has infinite shelf life.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2012 00:23:25 | More by haazer
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes taken on 11/30/2012.

poured into boltcutter tulip glass.

Appearance: Copper orange bodied beer with a huge 2 fingers of thick and fluffy white head. Thick lacing coats all over the glass.

Smell: Pine hops. Really sweet pinaapple upside down cake with cherries. Almost a sherry or brandy sweetness in the nose of this beer.

Taste: Pineapple hops start this beer off. Tropical fruits, candied sugar, butterscotch. This beer is really sweet, but it got a bigger hop profile than I would like in an English Barleywine that adds balance. Maybe a little maple and bourbon, you really gotta work to find it though. Its got a bit of a booze kick that you can taste as a touch of astrigency.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Well carbonated beer, but its surprisingly still a little syrupy. Warming booze that slides down you throat.

Overall: I think the is a really good Barleywine. Its leaning more towards an American Barleywine, too much hop presence to be an English Barleywine. Its a really aggressive beer that a little rough around the edges right now. I do feel that this is going to be great with a few years on it. Age this beer and I think this will become alot closer to an English Barleywine in a few years. I wish the barrels had more presence that was the biggest dissapointment from this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 14:59:56 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I hope this beer kicks it up a bit after warming. As it is right now, it's somewhat one-dimensional. It's nice and smooth with good malty tones. Bit of an alcohol burn on things. Overall, it's pretty nice. Too bad I don't have another to lay down to see how it ages. Regardless, happy anniversary Founders. Here's to the next 15 years.

(And it is opening up nicely, just so ya know.)

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 00:50:32 | More by RblWthACoz
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Kinsman

California

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First review in a few months and not a bad beer to start back up with. Fills the glass with a beautiful coppery red color and a nice tan head on top.

Beautiful vanilla and oak notes up front with a caramel/toffee undertone. Notable alcohol aroma and even a bit of spice in there to round things out. First sip builds on the nose with a wave of sweet and heat. Bourbon and vanilla along side a healthy kick from the 15% makes for one hell of a barleywine. Definitely a slow sipper. Heavy mouthfeel as expected. Wish I had more to cellar as it's a bit too boozy right now but the price tag will keep me from doing that.

Overall, one can pretty much expect greatness from anything Founders puts out and Bolt Cutter is no different. Not a bad way to spend a quiet Friday evening.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 01:32:51 | More by Kinsman
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chanokokoro

Illinois

4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Founders Brewing Company 15th Anniversary/Bolt Cutter branded goblet

Pours a deep golden amber capped by a cream colored two finger fluffy head. Above average retention, especially for a BA brew, fair amount of splotchy, sticky lacing. Deep aroma of dates, hints of brown sugar, toasted oak, and light background notes of bourbon. Dried apricot, figs, and dates dominate immediately holding down some piney hops. Brown sugar and caramel midpalate joined by vanilla and toasted oak. Aggressive, piney hops surface, but are quickly rounded out by toffee and caramel malt which continues through the finish and are joined by pleasant bourbon and warming alcohol. Huge full body, smooth and syrupy with gentle carbonation. A very enjoyable brew and one that can be expected to improve with age.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 04:31:02 | More by chanokokoro
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Pinknuggets

Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Review 150!!!

On tap at farmhouse to sniffer (2012)

A: redish brick to brown in color there is no head but is translucent as can be and looks pretty clean

S:actually a fairly nice aroma of both bourbon and maple syrup mixed together and I have a very highly sensitivity to bourbon that being said you can can most definitely tell this is a barleywine as there is also a distinct malt aroma

T:first of all surprisingly there is no hint of alcohol at all it's not super fresh but impressive for a barleywine. It has a smooth malty flavor the maple bourbon is pretty evident as there is a maple sweetness that blends well with the natural malt sweetness

M: there is a slight alcohol burn but its more like a warming Then a burning and does not effect the taste. It goes down really smooth and easily for such a high abv but on the other hand it is fairly thick and syrupy though not sticky

O: I usually am not a fan of barleywines but I really like this one the maple undertones really cut the malt flavor and do it for me plus the fact that its 15% and doesn't stinky anywhere close to that doesn't hurt. I definitely think this one is worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2013 23:07:36 | More by Pinknuggets
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Considered honey golden I saw more amber hues under a stiff off white head.

The aroma is more coconut and vanilla with a malty, alcohol or pine backdrop.

Catch a lot of coconut in this with some malty pecan. Mid palate caught creamy marshmallow and whipped cream, It ends with piney hops and a little tinge of booze.

Overall it's a solid and tasty barley wine.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2013 21:41:41 | More by KYGunner
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hagbergl

Maryland

4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Boltcutter was on tap at the Pub at UChicago this spring, somehow. This place gets way too many good beers for what it is. Awesome, dude. 10 oz. serving in a small tulip (and 10 oz. proved to be more than enough!).

Appearance (4/5): Dark red, ruby highlights when help up to the light, and small one finger bubbly off white head. This is a very good looking barleywine.

Smell (4.25/5): Some nice big, piney hop notes mingle with a caramel sweetness and a bit alcohol heat in nose. You can tell instantly that this one is a big American-style, hopped-up barleywine, since it has a lot of the typical characteristics of the style. Only a bit of barrel character is evident. Less than I was expecting.

Taste (4.25/5): Flavor follows the nose to a T. Very hoppy in the beginning with some piney, grapefruitiness going on. Big and sweet malt takes over in the middle, playing off the hop oils very nicely. Lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Bourbon barrel character does come through in the taste: subtle flavors of vanilla work their way onto the palate. But this beer is dominated by massive hop and malt presence. Alcohol is well-masked and only a steadily increasing warmth in the chest tells you this is one fierce beer.

Mouthfeel (3.75/5): Sticky, resinous, and full-bodied. The lower carbonation is appropriate to the style. This beer is a true sipper–one to be nursed for a while and allowed to warm. You'll be rewarded in more ways than one if you take this one slow. Some may find this beer cloying. I think it's great, just not the most drinkable beer ever.

Overall (4/5): Another really solid beer by the amazing brew team at Founders. There aren't too many things to complain about, though I would like to see the ABV come down a little and more barrel character in the flavor. Definitely was well worth trying. Very good.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2013 22:54:55 | More by hagbergl
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml served in a Tripel Karmeleliet tulip because I just knocked my snifter off the counter shattering into a thousand pieces. Sad.
Vintage 2012 Anniversary!

A - Pours a hazy garnet amber with a yellowish sudsy head. The head forms a razor thin cap with speckled lacing left on the glass.

S - Candied barley, sweet citrus, caramel, toffee, bourbon barrel, spicy grains, maple syrup, orange alcohol.

T - Thick toffee malt, spicy barley, orange cream, confectioners sugar, maple syrup, honey drenched grain, grapefruit rind, the citrus hops provide good flavor and medium bitterness against this heavy handed malt. Notes of bourbon soaked wood, a peppery spicyness becomes more pronounced as it warms. The spicyness comes from the alcohol but seems to trick the palate into thinking it's from a spicy grain. Finishes malty, spicy and slightly bitter.

M - Thick syrupy body, low creamy carbonation. Fuller body for the ABV. Gets slicker as it warms.

This is big all around. It still has a good amount of grapefruit hops which it needs to combat all that sweet malt. I like this better now than when I had it 4 months ago for some strange reason. As sweet and as high as this ABV is, I found my self talking bigger drinks. This beer is very smooth and for the amount of malt this puppy packs there is a good supporting cast with the wood and hops. I've had beers in this ABV range and most can't pull it off. This one does.

I wouldn't set on this one too much longer. The remaining hops are what saves this beer from being an ultra sweet diabetes overload. Drink it now.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 00:50:58 | More by StaveHooks
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GuyIncognito

Maine

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a thick, sweetish, boozy beer. I've never had a 15% ABV beer before, so it's tough to compare. It was not as overpoweringly boozy as I had expected, and the sweetness surprised me for such a strong beer. I enjoyed it, but it is a one and done for me.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2012 00:11:31 | More by GuyIncognito
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours crimson/chestnut with 3 fingers of fluffy tan head. Insane lacing & above average head retention

S: Some pine & citrus, some boozey cakeyness as it warms

T: Brown sugar, pine in spades, a touch warming booze & woody hops up front along with dryness. Pineapple & grapefruit as this warms with a touch of cakeyness & more pine, just a hint of fruit cake there as well. Finishes with pineyness, backed up by treacle, dryness & pineapple upside down cake (like the kind they had in MREs) , plus a little booze sting

MF: Much chewyness, fairly firm carbonation, skews very hoppy

I liked this, would love to age some, but I suspect all the hoppyness would fade quickly. A sipper. Pricey, but I didn't feel cheated

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 03:12:17 | More by russpowell
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gabedivision

New York

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce to a snifter glass

A- crystal clear ruby red, minimal carbonation, 2 finger slightly off white head that forms a tight white bubbled lace around the top of the glass

S- toffee and caramel up front, citrus hops shine through, grapefruit, mango, sweet toasted malt, booze soaked dark fruits.

T- brown sugar, sugary Malts, big toffee, earthy notes from the hop bittering, cherry wood, very aggressive with an alcohol at the end

M- very big and bold in body, very sweet, smooth like bourbon, finishes dry

O- wow, big huge complex barley wine, great hop flavoring, extreme mealtimes, great all around, the alcohol is hidden very well also.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 03:29:23 | More by gabedivision
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened this up and shared with friends on a seriously cold-ass night. About a year old at this point I think.

Pour is a nice-looking blood red color with a finger or so of beige head. Thin patchy cap remains along with some good lacing, impressive for the ABV.

Smell is great, though very dessert-y as expected. Pretty much cake soaked in caramel and maple, with some cherry, earthy hop, and light bourbon/booze.

Taste is quite dessert-y as well, intense caramel, maple, vanilla, brown sugar-y bread. Noticeable but somewhat tame oak, bourbon is on the lower end as well. Good spicy/citrus hop bite and some dark fruit there as well. Very sweet and rich but oh so good.

Good full mouthfeel, well-carbonated. Obvious alcohol heat and big sweetness, but great flavors make this more drinkable than it probably should be.

I would imagine anyone who enjoys caramel and/or pancakes should enjoy this. I could see how this could be too sweet/boozy for some, but the flavors are rich and pretty much awesome.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 02:20:36 | More by Chico1985
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep copper color and is strong, sweet and malt-forward, with a spicy complexity. Typical of the style, it is very cellarable. The final product is a blend using beer that was aged in bourbon barrels, some from aged maple syrup bourbon barrels and some from standard fermentation. After blending, the beer was allowed to mature in bottles and kegs for a few months before release. I have a bottle remaining in my cellar and am interested in seeing how it ages. I thought it had a rather boozy finish to it, but the complexity made up for it.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 16:41:04 | More by CuriousMonk
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter. 2012 vintage.

Auburn body with copper highlights. One finger of egg shell foam that survives the first couple of sips then drops and leaves some tendrils of lace.

Orange and grapefruit hop aromas, even now! Sweet caramel malts and a hot booziness. Big like a barleywine should be.

Loads of vanilla on the palate. Hop bitterness on the corners of the tongue are resin-y with grapefruit and aspirin. Sweet caramel and orange on the swallow. Booze is noticeable but not overpowering. Warming produces more intricate dark fruit flavors, golden raisins and dates.

Nice and heavy feel on the tongue, creamy. Slightly dry from the hoppiness.

Age has allowed the sweet caramel and dark fruit flavors to become more apparent along side the booze and hop bitterness, which is still impressive after sitting on this a year. Bolt Cutter is a big and complex barleywine I would sip again.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 05:41:27 | More by Pintofbrown
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Beerdregs

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bolt cutter release party at St. Paul Pizza Luce.

A: Opaque copper orange color. Almost no head at all. A few swirls in the snifter glass brings up a minimal white head.

S: This is the bright spot with this beer. The work that the brewery did with this beer really shines on the aroma. I get a heavy hop aroma, maybe peaches and rich maltiness with the alcohol wafting up into the nose. I just don't smell the bourbon.

T: I don't taste the bourbon or the maple syrup. I was expecting a little more sweetness from the malt to balance the alcohol. The hops definitely play a strong role here especially in the finish with the bittering hops. Very boozy. I actually taste more of a canadian whiskey with this beer. As the beer starts to warm I do perceive a little bit of vanilla.

M: Very dry mouthfeel with mild carbonation and heavy alcohol burn that swirls up into the nasal passages.

O: This beer really teased me with the aroma and so I was kind of let down with the taste. I was expecting more from the bourbon and hoping for some maple syrupiness. The alcohol just kind of hijacked the attention for the beer. I think 15% is too much for me in a beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2012 02:58:29 | More by Beerdregs
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Slightly hazy ruby-copper pour with a thick ringlet of white foam; decent retention and a bit of lacing. Aroma was sweet and malty, toffee and butterscotch, and a hint of naphtha-like booze. Taste was pretty nice, but seemed to fade after the first couple sips for some reason. More malty goodness, toffee, butterscotch, dried maraschino cherries, some boozy heat, and a markedly bitter hop finish. The toffee sweetness faded as it warmed, otherwise my taste rating would possibly step up a notch. This wasn't quite a full-bodied beer, but on the upper end of medium, fairly mellow considering it's still pretty young, but will probably be a nice sipper in a year or two.

Hence I will save my bottles until then.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2012 03:14:34 | More by Rifugium
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mdfb79

New York

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 11/28/12 notes. Had this on tap at the Blind Tiger VSK event in NYC. Had a sip from a friend and then an 8 oz. pour.

a - Pours an amber-clear reddish color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident. Looks as expected.

s - Smells of bready malts, bourbon, oak, toasted malts, alcohol , caramel malts, toffee, and light vanilla. Good, but much more bready than I was expecting, and a decent amount of alcohol.

t - Tastes of bready malts, toasted malts, graham cracker, bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel malts, dark fruits, toffee, alcohol, butterscotch, and biscuit. Again, tons of bread and toasted malts, but more dark fruit and caramel here than the nose. A small step up from the nose for me, but the alcohol is still there too.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty thick and nice body, and some alcohol heat.

o - Overall I found this to be a good BA barleywine, but not great. While it does not taste liek it is necessarily 15% ABV, it is strong and the alcohol is there. Tons of bready and toasted malts, and some nice bourbon, I have one bottle of this and will hold onto it for a year or two to see if it mellows out a little bit. Good but not as good as some of the other Founders special beers.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2012 15:40:23 | More by mdfb79
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spartanfan

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a clear, deep amber color with a small off-white head that quickly fades to a ring. Minimal lacing is left behind.

S: aromas are of sweet caramel, brown sugar, and mild citrus.

T: sweet tastes of caramel balanced by citrusy hops. Not quite as much hops as I was expecting, and this reminds me more of an english style barleywine than american. When cold alcohol is practically not existent, but as it warms the alcohol becomes more apparent.

M: Full mouthfeel with a perfect amount of carbonation. As the beer warms the alcohol becomes a bit too hot.

O: A very solid, very strong barleywine. I'd like to try it with some age on it and would buy it again if I ever get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 17:46:44 | More by spartanfan
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webmanspidey

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a golden amber color with a light head. Smells are very sweet honey and malt with some crisp hoppiness. Taste is a mix between a sweet bold malt and crisp hops. The alcohol blends in pretty well for being this heavy. There are also some nice hints of vanilla and oak.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 02:40:25 | More by webmanspidey
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jaxon53

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served this a bit below cellar temperature, letting the beer evolve some as it warms. Served this in an oversized snifter, from a 750ml bottle. A Founders brew is always worth a shot...

Appearance: Bolt Cutter pours out a crystal clear deep copper color, that is quite brilliant when held to a light. A somewhat gentle pours brings about a solid inch of creamy tan foam. Pretty decent head retention. Thick foamy lace was left clinging to the glass. A really pretty beer in my opinion.

Smell: Big, sweet nose on this beer. Seems to be a pretty healthy dose of hops in there. Sweet malt really seems to be the center piece, along with some sweet candied fruit. Raisin and plum come to mond first. Hints at fine pipe tobbacco. Toffee is there but is slightly hidden. Booze is there, but is quite subtle...

Taste: Full flavor packed into Bolt Cutter. Again big, and quite sweet. Strong dark fruits, similar to those found on a holiday fruit cake. Hops are in there but are overpowered but the sweet malt base. A bit of a boozy bite but the 15 percent ABV is quite well hidden. A little sweet but not bad.

Mouthfeel: Wonderful, full bodied mouthfeel. Pretty smooth considering its big size.

Overall: Not a bad drink, the sweetness started to get to me though. One glass is really enough for me. Alcohol is well hidden but will bite you. A sipper in my opinion. Not my favorite brew from Founders, but not bad...

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 20:34:55 | More by jaxon53
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zac16125

South Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

750mL bottle into a small snifter

This beer hit the market and was hot shit, 2 months later its getting killed on reviews and the BA forums. I was excited to get a hold of a bottle to try for myself.

A: Pours a very dark amber with some reddish hues when held to light. One fingers width of very light tan colored head dissipates down at a fairly quick rate. Leaves a good amount of spotty lacing.

S: Smells sweet, but like a hoppy citrus sweetness. There is a rather non-descript sugary sweetness, a melon character that is rather unique to the barleywine style, some faint hints of bourbon and vanilla-oak from the barrel, and some booze. Its unique, but I like.

T: Hops and burnt sugary sweetness are the first tastes I notice. Initially it is very reminiscent of DFH 120 Minute. Then some other notes come out including caramel and toffee, with bourbon and booze on the finish. There is some hop bitterness on the finish too. Im not sure where all the cloying sweetness comments are coming from, this beer isnt even on the higher end of the sweet spectrum in my opinion. It actually reminds me a lot of DFH 120 (although I may be biased as this was suggested to me by someone before I even tried it) with the addition of bourbon barrel notes. I love 120min, but I dont particularly like how the bourbon characters mesh with the flavor profile of the base beer here. I like the taste a lot, but Im deducting points for the aftertaste which is a bit odd at times.

M/D: This beer has an absolutely delightful mouthfeel. Full bodied, manages to stay away from becoming syrupy, a decently heavy carbonation, and a very smooth mouthfeel. The drinkability on this thing is dangerous. Great in this aspect. 4

O: Overall, this one kind of put me through a roller coaster of beer-motions. Im a whore for big boozy beers, and this is certainly one of those. I also think it has a great mouthfeel and drinkability, and I appreciate the unique qualities... BUT I just dont think barrel aging did this one much good. I love BBA beers, but barrel aging doesnt go with everything. I would be interested to try this just as a base beer. Either way, I did thoroughly enough this and highly recommend it to anyone who loves big boozy beers. This certainly isnt for everyone though.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 01:40:35 | More by zac16125
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 22:19:50 | More by tectactoe
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes from Saturday night. A good beer to celebrate a friend's birthday.

A- Shared between about 5 glasses from the 750ml bottle. Somewhat hazy red body with a creamy white cap. Decent head retention and tons of lace clouds everywhere from a frothy ring.

S- Big deep caramel malts and the cascade hops are noticed instantly. Some spicy raisin and some oak. Not getting a ton beyond that in the aroma specifically.

T- A ton more opens up here compared to the nose. Maple is nice and just a bit sweet atop the big caramel, raisin, dark fruit and spicy notes. Oak and bourbon are subdued but balanced in very nicely. Dry hopping lends a citrus floral feel that actually works nicely with the rest of the flavors. Slight alcohol hints.

MF- Body is creamy and somewhat silky but not as thick as I would expect. Alcohol warmth and some bitterness.

Big but very dangerously drinkable. Awesome balance of huge barrel and barleywine flavors.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 03:23:21 | More by cbutova
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