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Founders Bolt Cutter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,156 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,156
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.35%
Wants: 177
Gots: 694 | 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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CMUbrew

Michigan

3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Founders snifter

A: Muddy varnish brown, thin film for a head.

S: Scent of general hoppiness at fridge temperature. With minor warming, alcohol, oak, and bourbon notes come through while the hops become more subdued.

T: At fridge temp it's quite hoppy. With warming much more alcohol, bitter hops throughout, bourbon, oak, and booze in the finish. No maple syrup sadly. Lingering hops and booze, with even more warming it approaches some serious fusel alcohol levels. Vodka finish at close to room temperature.

M: Viscous, oily, slick. Borders on syrupy.

O: I think the flavors were blended quite well, but alcohol just overwhelmed everything as the beer went on, especially the tasty hop presence. I'm certainly not shy when it comes to strong drinks or big abvs, but I think this beer would have benefitted from staying at 11-12% abv (although I suppose that would remove the "15" aspect from this anniversary beer).

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 03:50:21 | More by CMUbrew
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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California

4/5  rDev -1.2%

02-11-2013 19:33:46 | More by sdpaul
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Kentucky

5/5  rDev +23.5%

02-11-2013 04:26:26 | More by vodkammunion90
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

02-11-2013 03:00:27 | More by rjvanston
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

02-09-2013 21:01:58 | More by keithhansen
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thedoubler55

New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A transparent amber in color that leaves a nice fluffy off white head at the top, and very minimal lacing around the glass.

S: Lots of mape, bourbon and caramel up front, hints of brown sugar and barley, a nutty note on the tail end, for a barley wine not to much booze present.

T: Up front just like the nose, hints of vanilla and honey with slight sweetness from the brown sugar it seems, the booze is present but nothing crazy, a nice rum cake flavor as well on this one.

M: For the amount of booze it is not all that present, a warming brew, medium bodied slight carbonation and a bit of stickyness.

D: This brew was really good, I expected a lot from it and was not let down. Glad my liquor store held this one for me, very pleasant and great tasting, Thank you Founders!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 18:53:10 | More by thedoubler55
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a medium copper color with a nice creamy head that dies down fairly fast and leaves a thin and sticky layer and light carbonation.

S - Sweet caramel & toffee, hints of green apples, alcohol, bourbon, and some maple syrup presence. The aroma smells syrupy, bold, thick, and the alcohol smacks you in the nose.

T - The alcohol presence sure isn't shy and really is overpowering, especially on the first several sips until my palate finally adjusts to this big beer. Lots of bourbon, maple, and brown sugar up front with substantial burn on the way down. After several sips the throat adjusts and the burns calms down to being almost noticeable, but still present nonetheless. Lightly spicy and after a minute or so the cascades start to surface and coats the mouth with a layer of citrus.

M - The best aspect of this beer, it's thick and full bodied which is what I would expect from something this big. Sticky, lightly syrupy, slick, viscous and velvet smooth.

O - The first several sips are intimidating because the alcohol presence is so in your face, about 1/5 in it goes away and the other nuances start to come out. There is some nice complexity but the booziness can take too much of a front seat with this beer. It's also very warm in the beginning. I have a few bottles left and they're going straight to the cellar to see how this one develops in 10-12 months.

Serving type: bottle

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Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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New Hampshire

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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%

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Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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Vermont

3/5  rDev -25.9%

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Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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Founders Bolt Cutter from Founders Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,156 ratings.