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Founders Bolt Cutter - Founders Brewing Company

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1,222 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,222
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.35%
Wants: 193
Gots: 710 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

mickgeo, Apr 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

rodkin, Apr 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

888, Apr 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

rsuske, Apr 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

buzzy, Apr 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

cadaugherty, Apr 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

RayOhioFelton, Apr 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

TastyDelicousness, Apr 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Invictus, Apr 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

bigsquirrel, Apr 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

AlphaKingKegger, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shared bottle. Very high ABV cannot be hidden. While I'm not hit in the face with the full 15%, this is, nonetheless, a bit too boozy for me. The high ABV comes in a very flavorful brew, which suggests various fruits and fruit brandy. Excellent hop/malt balance.

M: Rather full bodied, with excellent (low) carbonation.

chinchill, Apr 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

BeerBucks, Apr 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

billab914, Apr 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

penguinstout, Apr 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

lpayette, Apr 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

DanGeo, Apr 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

bootdown21, Apr 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

JMurphy41, Apr 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

wmobley, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of HattedClassic
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just randomly found a bottle hanging out on the bad side of the shelf surrounded by BMC. Fortunately, I saved it by buying it.

The beer pours some fairly light white creamy and bubbly head that dissipates partially but leaves a film on the top of the beer. Also, a bit of lacing but not much. The beer itself is a hazy, almost opaque copper brown. The beer smell has strong caramel malt sweetness notes. Some fruit sweetness notes exist but are very faint compared to the caramel notes and a tiny hint of alcohol. Other notes include maple oak and slight hints of pine hops that barely noticeable. The taste is extremely sweet with a bit of balanced complexity. The taste shares many of the same notes from the smell. The malt sweetness is the strongest with a molasses taste as well. Light pine hops to balance out the sweetness. The mouthfeel is heavy bodied with low carbonation. The beer is also a bit thick going down but feels pretty good. Overall, a fairly good beer.

HattedClassic, Apr 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Atomicskis5, Apr 07, 2013
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4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Review 150!!!

On tap at farmhouse to sniffer (2012)

A: redish brick to brown in color there is no head but is translucent as can be and looks pretty clean

S:actually a fairly nice aroma of both bourbon and maple syrup mixed together and I have a very highly sensitivity to bourbon that being said you can can most definitely tell this is a barleywine as there is also a distinct malt aroma

T:first of all surprisingly there is no hint of alcohol at all it's not super fresh but impressive for a barleywine. It has a smooth malty flavor the maple bourbon is pretty evident as there is a maple sweetness that blends well with the natural malt sweetness

M: there is a slight alcohol burn but its more like a warming Then a burning and does not effect the taste. It goes down really smooth and easily for such a high abv but on the other hand it is fairly thick and syrupy though not sticky

O: I usually am not a fan of barleywines but I really like this one the maple undertones really cut the malt flavor and do it for me plus the fact that its 15% and doesn't stinky anywhere close to that doesn't hurt. I definitely think this one is worth a try.

Pinknuggets, Apr 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

Saviorself, Apr 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

ThirstyHowellthe3rd, Apr 04, 2013
Founders Bolt Cutter from Founders Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,222 ratings.