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Founders Bolt Cutter - Founders Brewing Company

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1,210 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,210
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.35%
Wants: 195
Gots: 712 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: Thickfreakness on 11-03-2012)
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

InspectorBob, May 20, 2013
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle pours a lightly hazed copper color with a surprisingly delicate head that sticks around a good while...nice lace too.

Nose is almost all caramel...wow, like a boardwalk candy shop! Little bit of toffee and toast, smooth nose - that’s fo sho.

Taste is understatedly hoppy! Mashes sweetness, toast and caramel just about as well as any beer I have ever had. Alcohol is ridiculously smooth for a 13%'er...Impressive. I really like it. Mouthfeel is a tad less creamy than I expected, but that is a minor complaint. Founder’s can do some amazing beers and Bolt Cutter fits their profile well, though it is almost a disappointment if one of their beers fails to rock your socks off! That can be both a blessing and a curse, in this case I think Bolt Cutter is a very good Barleywine, but never quite reaches the ‘epic’ status that many of their beers seem to effortlessly obtain.

twiggamortis420, May 20, 2013
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3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

To my surprise, I saw this at the World Expo of Beer in Frankenmuth, Michigan and decided to try it out. I hope you're all ready to roll your eyes at this review and spit on your screen!

Appearance: A nice ruby-like color. No head to speak of, and no lacing either .... which I guess is to be expected.

Smell: Honestly smelled like a chlorine pool to me, for the most part ... after awhile that note seemed to fade and I just got a really odd mix of super sweet malt with hops. Unusual.

Taste: It's a barleywine. It's 15%. In the words of Ralph Wiggum, "It tastes like burning." The beer isn't overly bitter, but it burns quite a lot with a lot of alcohol in the flavor. I found that I was mainly concentrating on getting all of it down, rather than trying to pick up on flavors. I could finish my 4oz sample, but I'm not convinced I could have much more.

It's too big for me. Sweet, heavy, and copious amounts of alcohol in the flavor. Could definitely benefit by mellowing out over the course of a year or so.

Alextricity, May 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Benny3000, May 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

NeutroMan, May 18, 2013
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

BUNZILLA, May 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

smartassboiler, May 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

dan027, May 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Dan3279, May 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

iHeartMNBeer, May 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

acc88, May 16, 2013
Photo of standardcherry
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle.

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark orange/golden color with a big, creamy looking tan head.
S: Hoppy citrus aroma, sweet malts, caramel, brown sugar, woody scent. There's a sweet, almost bubblegum-like aroma at the end. Strange, but not bad.
T: Smooth malty flavor, followed by maple and a ton of citrusy/earthy hops bitterness. Fruity flavors (pineapple and citrus) mixed with caramel, maple, oak and booze. A hint of vanilla as well, but the hoppy bitterness dominates. It's ok, but I'd definitely let it mellow a bit if I had another bottle.
M: Surprisingly drinkable for a barleywine this huge. Full bodied with a sticky mouthfeel. Great carbonation for the style.
O: Glad I got to try this beer but I wouldn't buy it again. If I had another bottle I'd let it hang out for another year or two to let the hops mellow more.

standardcherry, May 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

twkirkby, May 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

HarmonMW, May 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

davesway10, May 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

hogansct, May 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

vrbulldog22, May 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Drock325, May 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

tugg407, May 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

GameOfThrones, May 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

whallgren, May 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

mikeburd1128, May 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

jacewg, May 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

opwog, May 11, 2013
Founders Bolt Cutter from Founders Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,210 ratings.