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Founders Bolt Cutter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,259 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,259
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 200
Gots: 708 | 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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Founders Bolt Cutter from Founders Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,259 ratings.