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Founders Bolt Cutter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,171 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,171
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.35%
Wants: 188
Gots: 700 | 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:
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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Matthewpakula

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

06-11-2013 18:58:20 | More by Matthewpakula
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goblin7704

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-11-2013 17:09:14 | More by goblin7704
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beercatbrew

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

06-10-2013 23:07:01 | More by beercatbrew
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hagbergl

Maryland

4.14/5  rDev +2.2%

Boltcutter was on tap at the Pub at UChicago this spring, somehow. This place gets way too many good beers for what it is. Awesome, dude. 10 oz. serving in a small tulip (and 10 oz. proved to be more than enough!).

Appearance (4/5): Dark red, ruby highlights when help up to the light, and small one finger bubbly off white head. This is a very good looking barleywine.

Smell (4.25/5): Some nice big, piney hop notes mingle with a caramel sweetness and a bit alcohol heat in nose. You can tell instantly that this one is a big American-style, hopped-up barleywine, since it has a lot of the typical characteristics of the style. Only a bit of barrel character is evident. Less than I was expecting.

Taste (4.25/5): Flavor follows the nose to a T. Very hoppy in the beginning with some piney, grapefruitiness going on. Big and sweet malt takes over in the middle, playing off the hop oils very nicely. Lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Bourbon barrel character does come through in the taste: subtle flavors of vanilla work their way onto the palate. But this beer is dominated by massive hop and malt presence. Alcohol is well-masked and only a steadily increasing warmth in the chest tells you this is one fierce beer.

Mouthfeel (3.75/5): Sticky, resinous, and full-bodied. The lower carbonation is appropriate to the style. This beer is a true sipper–one to be nursed for a while and allowed to warm. You'll be rewarded in more ways than one if you take this one slow. Some may find this beer cloying. I think it's great, just not the most drinkable beer ever.

Overall (4/5): Another really solid beer by the amazing brew team at Founders. There aren't too many things to complain about, though I would like to see the ABV come down a little and more barrel character in the flavor. Definitely was well worth trying. Very good.

06-10-2013 22:54:55 | More by hagbergl
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.73/5  rDev -7.9%

A: Pours a dark gold with a thin, creamy white head. Head retention is surprisingly good, though only a minimal amount of lace is present in the glass.

S: Aromas of almonds, nougat, herbs, grass, pine, juniper, toffee, caramel, vanilla, biscuits, and peppery, prickly alcohol are present on the nose.

T: Complex notes of fresh bread, caramel, biscuit, toffee, maple syrup, brown sugar, toasted almonds, nougat, vanilla bean, and butterscotch are balanced by intense flavors of lemon, lime, herbs, grass, juniper berry, pine, and pepper. The finish is fiery and intense with resinous hop and bready malt notes overwhelmed by a pungent surge of alcohol.

M: Full-bodied and sticky. Carbonation is delicate and restrained. Alcohol presence is incredibly intense. This beer must be sipped very slowly.

O: This is a solid barleywine, but it is a bit harsh and over-the-top. If the alcohol presence were reigned in a bit, this would be much more likable and easier to drink, but as is, it's a bit rough around the edges. Not a bad example of the style by any stretch, but also not Founders' most refined effort either. Worth trying at least once.

06-10-2013 18:07:02 | More by mrfrancis
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BuckTuckian

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

06-10-2013 13:46:48 | More by BuckTuckian
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.54/5  rDev -12.6%

Bottle opened on 6.2.13

A - Pours a dark orange-light brown, clear, with a small light tan head with good retention.

S - Caramel, booze, oranges.

T - Caramel, bitter orange, lots of booze heat.

D - Good carbonaiton with a medium body. Good heat and bitterness.

O - Caramel is nice, but he thin and hotness with a bit to much bitter orange.

06-10-2013 04:57:13 | More by HuskyinPDX
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MNPikey

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-09-2013 04:17:41 | More by MNPikey
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PsilohsaiBiN

New York

4.01/5  rDev -1%

Appearance: Cloudy amber with a small white head.

Smell: Maple, strawberry hard candy, figs, caramel, coconut, toffee.

Taste: Now that this has some age, the maple backbone is much more apparent. The hops have also receded from when I had first tasted it, as expected. At first, it was like a 3x IPA masquerading as a Barleywine; now it's coming into its own. I see great things happening to this thing down the road as the hops continue to recede and the malt sweetness/complexity becomes more apparent.

Mouthfeel: Not thin by any means, but on the medium side for the style.

Overall: I find it a bit odd to rate something 8/10 and call it OUTSTANDING, but this beer to me is at least/around an 8, despite all the criticism. It's just getting better, and will continue to do so with age. The hops are receding, and this is getting better every day.

06-08-2013 03:46:39 | More by PsilohsaiBiN
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MattAnderson99

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

06-07-2013 14:52:13 | More by MattAnderson99
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americ

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

06-06-2013 12:51:19 | More by americ
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POTABLE83

New York

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

06-06-2013 12:47:32 | More by POTABLE83
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-06-2013 00:36:54 | More by savagepm
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DeutschesBier

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

06-05-2013 01:21:03 | More by DeutschesBier
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riemster

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

06-04-2013 04:46:43 | More by riemster
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

06-04-2013 00:59:38 | More by rolltide8425
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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

06-03-2013 23:56:50 | More by zekeman17
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jriggins6

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

06-03-2013 12:07:52 | More by jriggins6
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Rihup

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-03-2013 02:13:47 | More by Rihup
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Nolen12

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

06-02-2013 15:55:44 | More by Nolen12
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.14/5  rDev +2.2%

Considered honey golden I saw more amber hues under a stiff off white head.

The aroma is more coconut and vanilla with a malty, alcohol or pine backdrop.

Catch a lot of coconut in this with some malty pecan. Mid palate caught creamy marshmallow and whipped cream, It ends with piney hops and a little tinge of booze.

Overall it's a solid and tasty barley wine.

06-01-2013 21:41:41 | More by KYGunner
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Jas45678

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

06-01-2013 01:23:03 | More by Jas45678
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MJCVII

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

05-31-2013 18:53:07 | More by MJCVII
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HumphreyLee

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.2%

05-31-2013 05:58:31 | More by HumphreyLee
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millelacsmark

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

05-30-2013 20:02:36 | More by millelacsmark
Founders Bolt Cutter from Founders Brewing Company
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