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Founders Bolt Cutter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,257 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,257
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 199
Gots: 709 | FT: 72
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:
Beer added by: Thickfreakness on 11-03-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When turning fifteen years old, you either go big or go home. Founders charges into triple nickle territory with this massive American barleywine with a balanced, complex, and strong palate throughout.

Much like brandy, the tawny caramel beer shows good clarity with amber and orange highlights. A swirl of the glass shows as much brandy legging as it does beery froth. Carbonation patiently layers the surface with off white creme and never brings lacing into the conversation.

A strong whiff of bourbon and caramel gather in the nose, along side of hearty-sweet notes of brown sugar, pecans, toasted almonds, and maple. Fruit character accompanies the sweet scent with cherries, apricots, grapefruit, and oranges. Pine and vegetal hop notes allow for an earthen balance to the fruit and sweetness. My mind keeps returning to notions of peanut brittle, fruitcake, and bourbon.

Equally strong, a thin syrup and honey taste satisfies the sweet tooth while a quick rebuttal of citrusy hops rise to nearly balance the sweet. Sharp hop bitterness grows alongside of the emerging alcohol to eventually control the finish over that of malt and fruit. Marmalade, peppery alcohol and cherries are the lingering taste even as the beer turns to resinous pine-like bitterness to finish.

Full bodied, however the beer shows incredible dryness, for both the good and bad. There's enough sweetness to become a carriage for carbonation that provides creamy textures early on. But the malty-dry middle palate allows the immense alcohols to dominate the finish, making the hops seem harsh and the esters tasting like children's cough syrups. Moderately fusal, you must live the sheer taste of ethanol to fully appreciate this barleywine.

With it's overall hot temperament, the beer seems "green" or under-matured. And like many other strong beers of Founders, I'm sure this anniversary ale is destined for greatness with proper cellar conditions. But right now the malt richness doesn't properly balance the fifteen percent strength, the hops are raw- as if it's trying too much to garner imperial IPA-type taste.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml into a snifter.

A: Nice bright amber with a decent off-white head.

S: Smells of slightly aged hops, caramel, a bit herbal, strong alcohol.

T: Bitter citrus and pine, dank earthiness, mild cidery sweetness, faint maple, palpable booze.

M: Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation.

O: Honestly, this tastes like an overly bitter, overly boozy American barleywine to me. Not much barrel character to speak of, and the hops and alcohol together give the beer a slightly astringent feel. I don't think aging this will improve it, but who knows.

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1/5  rDev -75.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to LaChupacabra for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a very sweet flavor and a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but I think it tastes better than it smells.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml capped bottle into Delirium Tremens Snifter. 1st review of Bolt Cutter 12/2/12. Thanks to my wife.

A. Pours 2+ finger head. Big head for a Barleywine. Thick lacing. Excellent retention. Color is dark amber. Good looking beer. 4.5

S. Brown sugar, spice, caramel, has some hop bitterness, a bit of alcohol heat. Get quite a bit or raisin, and brown sugar as it warms. Smells like a pretty tasty Barleywine with a bit of hop punch. Smells a tad hot at this point. Slightly reminescent of Devil Dancer. 4

T. Brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, oak, raisins, a bit of alcohol heat, a punch of hops at the back provides some bitterness on the back of the tongue. The 15% is remarkably not very apparent. I was enivishioning Devil Dancer on the tongue, but this is pretty smooth. Some age should only smooth it out even more. 4.5

M. Full bodied. Finishes with quite a bit of sweetness and a bit of bitterness.

O. Impressive. Has the potential to be great. Was impressed at the smoothness of this beer being 15% and being young. I also thought that not all of the flavors had married together yet. Very interested to see what time does to this Anniversary creation.

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3.06/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a golden amber color with a small tannish cap ich quickly reseds leaving a minimal lacing and minor lacing clinging to the glass.

S: Booze soaked toffee, light vanilla and honestly...that is about it sadly.

T: The flavor is boozey and sweet upfront with a load of toffee, some btterscotch, faint maple, lighter fruits with a modest Earthiness. The finish is rather hot, sweet, thin and dry yet slightly sticky.

M: Medium-bodied,hot, slightly sticky feel. This beer needed more body. Th alcohol can sometimes give the appearance of thinness and this is also my major complaint against Mother of All Storms.

O: This beer has great potential., While I think the booze sting will subside leaning toward fuller a body and mouthfeel in the future I feel this beer was just to much to soon and to young.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Founders Bolt Cutter from Founders Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,257 ratings.