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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

1,257 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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Photo of scoand
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of JdoubleA
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served into a Maudite snifter

Appearance - Clear golden amber like red gold. Beautiful when lit. Small head that disapates quickly.

Smell - Boozy caramel with some oak notes.

Taste - Acohol, caramel, and Oak. Fairly straight-forward and not insanely complex. Mild bourbon and oak overtones. Becomes richer as it warms.

Mouthfeel - Slick and rich, yet thin due to the alcohol. Average carbonation tingle, appropriate to style. Coats the tongue a bit.

Overall - Glad to have it and look forward to opening up my other bottle in a few years.

Photo of barnzy78
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL shared with a friend
A - deep ambe body, frothy ivory head, excellent retention & lace
S - fruity aroma, pineapple, caramel, vanilla, maple, oak, booze
T - fruity again with pineapple, mango, very sweet, caramel, honey, maple, grapefruit, vanilla, oak, bourbon, faint pine
M - full body, alcohol prickles the tongue but is well concealed especially for 15%
O - incredible complexity, craftsmanship, and quality, but one shared was definitely enough. Fun to experience.

Photo of Hopswagger
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

P: Pours a beautiful clear ruby red copper body with a bubbly off white head that fizzles to wet bubbly lacing.

S: Rich roasted caramel malt, loads of barley, peppermint candy, caramelized sugar, and astringent booze becomes full force once warm.

T/M: Rich roasted malts and spicy barley continue in the flavor. Spicy bourbon booze that covers the palate with apple peel in the dry finish. Once warmed the sweet maltiness fades to the upstaging spicy barley and heavy booze profile. The finish is much dryer and leaves a resinous pine film behind with butterscotch and faint coffee on the end. Full sticky body with moderate carbonation.

O: Wow this is big time. Booze, spice, barley and great sweet melts. Complexity that changes with different temps and becomes a powerhouse once warmed. Even though the booze erupts in the warmth it's still smooth and refined.

Photo of Sparky44
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of SwG237
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of KJ2013
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of dnb128
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of hansgruber
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of traviswhillier
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of minnemts
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of beerme626
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of mwgroove23
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. For my good friend Tim Villard, may this bolt cutter open up the gates of heaven for you.

A: Pours a clear copper brown with a dense off white head. Hard to see any visible carbonation, either very small bubbles or none at all. Laces the sides of the glass nicely.

S: For being bottled around a year ago, the malts smell like they are still in the fermentation tank. Neither bready nor fruity, but still a serious malting. Hops are present with a hint in the background. Bourbon and maple syrup arent very distinguishable but do add a sweet oaky aroma.

T: Fantastic barley wine flavor with a compliment of oak. Real nice blend of malt and hops that really shines with its complexity. Very balanced mix of the bourbon and maple barrels that dont overwhelm but instead add depth. Touch of sweetness in the finish, lingering malt aftertaste.

M: The beer hits the tongue with a creamy full body that has low carbonation. Finish leaves some stickiness as expected with the flavors this beer holds. Alcohol has settled down a good deal since I had it last year. Certainly something you want to sip on.

Overall a very well constructed brew that I feel is under-appreciated. Sure it has bourbon barrels and maple barrels and those flavors dont overwhelm your senses. Instead it is about a smooth complex blend that is; easy drinking yet serious, mild yet complex and strong but tame. Glad I set down this bottle, again Rest In Peace my good friend Tim Villard who thoroughly enjoyed strong barleywines.

Photo of drewfull
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of PieOhMy
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A. Oakish amber. Not transparent. Half inch head fades away.

S. Caremel. Burnt sugar. Toffee. Rich roasted malt.

T. Sweet. Malty. Caremel. Honey. Has an earthy resinous flavor. Ends with a big sweet/bitter punch.

M. Full. It's very rich. A honey milkshake!

O. What really stands out is how little booze is present in the flavor of this big bastard. Sugars and malt is what you get here. Very nice.

Photo of MNBeerGeek
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Thishops4u
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Phramboise
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Casey3236
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of PaulyB83
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into a snifter

A- Bright burnt orange with a small off white head that quickly dissipated. Swirling the glass you can see the alcohol of this thing as it coats the glass and lingers on the sides.

S- Giant sweet malts of toffee, not much in the way of hops.

T- Again big malts, with a noticeably high level of alcohol, still even with that the perfect malt sweetness of this thing that I love in great barleywines and old ales makes me crave more.

M-High viscosity, very smooth, not a lot of carbonation

O- I found this to be a great beer and was happy to find a local restaurant that had bottles of this. One bad thing though was I was alone and had to drink the whole bottle by myself. Needless to say by the end of my meal I had to sit in my car for a good hour before I could drive home, and the next day wasn't very fun. I've only ever gotten that drunk like 2 or 3 other times in my life and wouldn't have this time if I hadn't had to drink the whole thing. Anyway, many seem to say this beer is too hot and I had about 8 months after bottling and didn't find the alcohol to be too dominate. Definitely try this if you get the opportunity.

Photo of TheRealDBCooper
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of pharts
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Cazlo
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Bakker
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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