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Founders Bolt Cutter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,174 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,174
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.35%
Wants: 188
Gots: 700 | FT: 73
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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Braden

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

04-11-2014 16:02:18 | More by Braden
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Claytonbrewsby

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

04-10-2014 22:03:00 | More by Claytonbrewsby
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ricecracker420

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

04-10-2014 20:11:10 | More by ricecracker420
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afsdan

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

04-09-2014 04:38:26 | More by afsdan
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zrab11

Indiana

4/5  rDev -1.2%

04-09-2014 02:34:47 | More by zrab11
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StoutItOutLoud

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

04-06-2014 01:32:19 | More by StoutItOutLoud
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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +4.4%

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled in July 2012. Pours slightly hazy deep orange copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown sugar, molasses, raisin, plum, fig, orange peel, light pine, clove, oak, light bourbon, light vanilla, floral, grass, herbal, and oak/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of deep malt, fruity yeast ester, and moderate oak barrel presence; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, maple, brown sugar, biscuit, molasses, raisin, plum, fig, orange peel, light pine, oak, clove, light vanilla, light bourbon, herbal, floral, grass, and oak/yeast earthiness. Some minimal earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, maple, brown sugar, biscuit, molasses, raisin, plum, fig, orange peel, light pine, oak, clove, light vanilla, light bourbon, herbal, floral, grass, and oak/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of deep malt, fruity yeast ester, and moderate oak barrel flavors; with zero cloying sweetness or booziness on the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light-moderate warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barelywine. All around great balance and complexity of deep malt, fruity yeast ester, and moderate oak barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

04-05-2014 19:03:02 | More by superspak
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dleiner

New York

4/5  rDev -1.2%

04-05-2014 16:01:42 | More by dleiner
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JOrtt

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

04-05-2014 02:19:40 | More by JOrtt
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Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

04-04-2014 16:30:00 | More by jemarent
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Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

04-04-2014 01:27:20 | More by Dactrius
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Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

04-03-2014 19:14:44 | More by MattXT
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Michigan

5/5  rDev +23.5%

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Alberta (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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California

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.2%

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California

4/5  rDev -1.2%

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Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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Maryland

4/5  rDev -1.2%

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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.2%

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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +19.3%

Super-surprised to pull this off the shelf! It's redemption for me; I left this on the shelf back before I knew what it was, and have been kicking myself ever since I found out what I passed over.
Poured into fluted snifter; deep, rich brown-ruby with a fluffy off-white head that fades quickly leaving sticky lacing everywhere.
Smells great; nutty toasted caramel malt, lighter notes of candied fruit. Barely any alcohol in the nose, the age has mellowed this well I'm sure (granted it aged on a shelf rather than a proper cellar)
Taste is perfect for a barleywine. As soon as it enters your mouth, it is everywhere. Sweet hearty nutty caramel malt, like thick sweet bread, candied fruit and warming alcohol. This beer is modest in its perfection; it does what it does well, without being over-the-top about it.
Mouthfeel is big, thick and sticky, although the finish isn't cloying
Overall, this is the best barleywine I have had to date. I'm so glad I managed to find one of these sitting on a shelf. It is perfect for the style, while also being a massive beer, while still being modest. Perfection.

03-24-2014 03:22:19 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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Michigan

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Founders Bolt Cutter from Founders Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,174 ratings.