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Founders Bolt Cutter - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Bolt CutterFounders Bolt Cutter

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,264 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,264
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 205
Gots: 708 | FT: 75
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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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very hazy copper amber color with a 1 finger foamy beige/sand tan head that was full of little bubbles and faded slowly, leaving very good mostly spotty foamy lacing as well as rings clinging to the sides.

Smells of booze like rum and sweet malt up front, with caramel, molasses, brown sugar, syrup, cinnamon, orange peel, citrus hops, dark fruit like cherry and plum, apple skins, raisin, biscuit, grains, bread pudding, pear, light spices and fruity candy; the booze is heavy and the sweetness intense, but this beer manages to stay complex and fruity with what seems like some hop balance even though it’s quite strong in every way. Bold and sweet may describe it best, but it was still enjoyable to inhale and relatively tame considering 15% ABV.

Tastes like it smells with booze and sweet malt up front, followed by caramel, molasses, brown sugar, dark rum or bourbon, syrup, cinnamon, orange peel, mango, citrus hops, dark fruit like cherry plum and raisin, buttery biscuit, wet grains, bread pudding (seriously, it tastes like bread pudding drizzled with hot caramel), pear, fruity candy like Skittles or Razzles, red wine, toffee, yeast and floral hops or mild spices; there is no hiding or denying the alcohol as it is present in every moment of every sip, but it is complementary to the rest of the flavors and works well in this brew. This is like belly warming booze meant for slow sipping, but it is not so offensive that it ruins the beer and remains very sweet in every sip.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, with a bisque like consistency that is thick and boozy, and meant really to sip and savor. There is light carbonation, a heavy body and an ever present alcohol bite that is a cross between a merlot and a dark rum which keeps your blood flowing and the heat churning like internal combustion; halfway through this bomber I feel flush and quite buzzed as the ABV kicks the door down and says hello, then kicks you around like a soccer ball. This is not a session beer, and most certainly one that should be shared among friends, so please avoid drinking the bomber alone like I did. Glad I drank this at home so I didn’t have to drive afterwards.

Overall I thought that this was good, but a little bit over the top; it was really strong, really sweet and really malty, but I still tasted the hops and caramel sweetness that was part of the complexity and balancing act (if you will…). This was very powerful and very strong, yet for those who like a Barley Wine Ale it may have been perfect. I’m glad I tried it and would have it again if I were sharing/splitting the bomber as it did cover up most of the ABV quite well with nice flavor so that was nice. Congrats Founders on 15 years of making great beer.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter glass. Brilliant copper color with a ruby red tinge and wonderful clarity throughout. Shows of some lazy carbonation in the beer. Topped by a sticky, sea foam like head, cream colored. Lacing on the glass too.

Smells heavily of citrus, specifically tangelos, or others that are rich and ripe, with lots of sweetness. Sweet malts are laying underneath, with a rock candy quality. As it warms, the alcohol can be smelled throughout. Sherry notes linger.

This is a massive barley wine. Full bodied, rich, and soft on the palate. On the front end, citrus hop bitterness prevails, and it is quite clear after that point that the massive malt quantity takes over. Fusel alcohol is easily detected on the exhale and swallow. In the aftertaste on can pick out the sweet caramel malts. It's nothing too complex, but a simple American Barleywine that has a good flavor, and represents the style well. Residual heat.

I'm finding this to be a good, not great beer for its style. I think the beer could use more age, but I wouldn't be willing to shell out $40 for this beer. Nor if it was $20.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thank you to Steasy66 and Mrbubbler for each sending me a bottle of this! Two awesome traders.

Appearance. Pours a hazy, deep amber-orange with a finger of thick off-white head that has a slight orange tint to it.

Smell. Big caramel and citrus hops with some brown sugar, a touch of pine, and a good hit of booze.

Taste. Brown sugar, caramel and a bit of maple followed by some citrusy hops and some pine resin. Crazy abv is hidden way to well (though there is a bit of booze).

Mouthfeel. Full body, low+ carbonation.

Overall. Planning to solo this one. It's a sipper but shouldn't be a problem to get through this whole bottle as far as drinkability goes ...that abv may be a different story. Hopefully won't be yelling at my neighbors in my underwear or some shit later on.

Founders Bolt Cutter from Founders Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,264 ratings.