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Founders Bolt Cutter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,201 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,201
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.35%
Wants: 193
Gots: 709 | FT: 71
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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Photo of gcamparone
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Founders KBS goblet. Bought this in November 2012, been stored at cellar temp. since then.

Appearance - Pours a hazy nectarine-colored body with a 1 finger off-white head that reduces slowly and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell - Reminiscent of an aged DIPA - piney, heavy malt, caramel, citrus rind, and bready/grainy. Some booze on the nose, but for 15% it's not too strong.

Taste - Sweet with heavy malt upfront - molasses, honey, caramel, spices. The follow through is piney, resinous, muted, and astringent with a boozy burn. The finish is slightly roasty.. burnt toffee, sugar, char.

Mouthfeel - For 15% alcohol, it's actually kind of watery. Low carbonation.

This was my first bolt cutter.. when it first came out people complained of an unbalance, hot mess. It's not quite at that level, but it's definitely not amazing either. An average high ABV barleywine at best.

gcamparone, Jun 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Ohiovania, Jun 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Kmat10, Jun 15, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -63%

incubuscience, Jun 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

JasonHaviland, Jun 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Rborre321, Jun 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

sloelco, Jun 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

aquazr1, Jun 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

mve102, Jun 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Lovely85, May 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

nickfl, May 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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Photo of Resuin
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter. I believe this has a couple years of age on it. Reviewed from last night's notes.

Appearance: Pours a deep caramel color and leaves a finger of off-white head.

Smell: Big oak, caramel, molasses, light pine hops, dark fruits. Pretty sweet but manageable; well balanced.

Taste: Sweet caramel, molasses, dark fruits, light hops. The alcohol is well hidden. Nice balance of sweet/bitter/alcohol.

Mouth-feel: Low to medium carbonation with a medium body. Finishes well balanced between bitter and sweet, fairly smooth.

Overall: Definitely a well balanced, big barleywine. I think age has smoothed it out a good amount. Not overly sweet.

Resuin, May 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Boski, May 20, 2014
Founders Bolt Cutter from Founders Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,201 ratings.