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Founders Bolt Cutter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,149 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,149
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.35%
Wants: 175
Gots: 690 | 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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h77nate77

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

01-31-2013 01:33:01 | More by h77nate77
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jsanford

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

01-30-2013 02:57:45 | More by jsanford
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a warm red-orange color with a thin collar of manila foam. Looks quaint in the Church Brew Works taster tulip.

Weird soapy yeasty aroma that caught me by surprise. Light caramel, hint of woodiness, and citrusy hops. Very mellow. Not a good start.

Woah. Grapefruit hops, barrel wood, whiskey notes, and the mildest of caramel notes. Of course, I forgot a big solvent-y booze note that I'm not fond of. Not very sweet, but it is decently medicinal. Hints of stone fruits, but I think that's hop-related, too.

Tuned-up way too high. Booze-forward, majorly. Body is pretty thin for the style, too. Not a good feel.

What a disappointing beer! I'm never this harsh on Founders, but c'mon! A slightly above-average American Barleywine, at best.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2013 20:26:47 | More by thecheapies
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adamant1912

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

01-29-2013 19:26:17 | More by adamant1912
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -1.2%

01-29-2013 06:01:49 | More by GRG1313
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hxcmomma

Maine

3/5  rDev -25.9%

01-29-2013 02:53:07 | More by hxcmomma
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DmanGTR

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

01-28-2013 16:29:05 | More by DmanGTR
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GVJoemomma

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

01-28-2013 12:54:02 | More by GVJoemomma
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.2%

01-28-2013 03:27:41 | More by DonFrap
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pawpaw

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1.2%

01-28-2013 00:01:33 | More by pawpaw
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dave122382

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

01-27-2013 21:53:31 | More by dave122382
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Auror

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

01-27-2013 19:09:32 | More by Auror
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Petevocals

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

01-27-2013 17:24:50 | More by Petevocals
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LynnHomeBrewer

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

01-27-2013 16:54:04 | More by LynnHomeBrewer
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eawolff99

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

01-27-2013 15:10:06 | More by eawolff99
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jvillefan

California

4.61/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: A deep orange/yellow/amber color the an ivory white head that disappeared quickly.

S: Suprisingly, there was a lot of hop character present in this beer. There was subtle toffee in the background.

T: Bitter on the front end and the back end. The middle is composed of rich caramel and toffee.

M: Very heavy with great carbonation which was a pleasant surprise given that it was a 15% beer.

O: One of the best barleywines I've had. It is up there with King Henry, Mother of All Storms, and Abacus.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 06:56:01 | More by jvillefan
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itsthepleats

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

01-26-2013 22:58:24 | More by itsthepleats
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EL48823

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

01-26-2013 22:00:41 | More by EL48823
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Jlang2012

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

01-26-2013 21:28:06 | More by Jlang2012
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SLeffler27

New York

4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fills a snifter with a translucent copper that radiates light, while thin fine white foam drifts above. A nice webbing of lace coats the glass, building rings with each sip, while the head itself slowly diminishes throughout the session.

Fresh hop citrus reaches out from the glass, drawing one into a sweet lusciousness, without betraying the floral freshness. Some caramel and some pine sap are also detected. Somewhat between the hoppy American, and the Malty English styles. Warms to reveal some of the ABV, while retaining the fresh aromas of earlier.

Follows the nose, with the bitterness expected from and American style, emphasizing tangerine, but allowing the dark dried fruits to play against the bitterness. Some toasted qualities too. Sweetness is in check, but still more than anticipated form the American version. Warms well, as a sipping beer should, accentuating the nuances of the flavor profile, rather than adding to it. The finish is unusual in a pleasant way. Lingering and not subtle, but not overbearing either.

Full body and smooth. Alcohol is a primary component, yet less than one might infer from 15% abv. Prickly carbonation and a tad syrupy.

An excellent sipping beer to enjoy while conversing in a light hearted manner, as loving eyes peer deeply back into ones soul. I enjoyed this after a meatloaf benedict with béarnaise sauce, on a bitterly cold sunny afternoon, in the “city.”

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2013 20:38:46 | More by SLeffler27
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mfavoino

Washington

3.29/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

750 ml bottle shared with Treebs.

A: Bright ruby color with a small head that retained well. Sticky lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: Some pine and citrus hops on the nose. Booze definitely comes through in the nose and is dominant.

T: Initially I got some piney hop flavors, candied sugar and caramel malts, but then the booze just took over. Hot and detracted from the rest of the beer. I had to ask my buddy if this was a barrel aged beer because I wasn't getting any of the barrel that I would expect.

M: Medium body, syrupy, and too much booze heat.

O: The booze took away from a lot of potential. I'm not even sure I would characterize this as a barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 18:55:48 | More by mfavoino
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emerge077

Illinois

3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

In a highball glass, this beer pours a tawny brown, frothy foam around the edges and a decent skim across the surface that lasts for awhile.

Sticky sweet, heavily malty aroma with a significant dose of dried fruit. Pretty average for the style, nothing out of the ordinary.

Flavors are smooth and malt driven, plenty of dried fruit, some apricot and sultana. Sticky sweet though not cloying. Smooth feel with a fairly well disguised abv. Medium to full body, with a light level of carbonation. Fairly straightforward barley wine, enjoyable enough, though glad I was able to pay less than retail. Happy 14th to Four Moon... here's to many more.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 06:46:26 | More by emerge077
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arniepnminne

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

01-25-2013 23:57:34 | More by arniepnminne
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Azrael


3/5  rDev -25.9%

01-25-2013 06:30:03 | More by Azrael
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OleDixie

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

01-24-2013 23:25:00 | More by OleDixie
Founders Bolt Cutter from Founders Brewing Company
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