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Founders Bolt Cutter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,222 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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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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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

VALIS666, Feb 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

otrejo, Feb 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

BugTownPub, Feb 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

DangerDawg, Feb 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Hugonaut13, Feb 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

mrsandman35, Feb 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Texasfan549, Feb 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

JimGlonke, Feb 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

kjkinsey, Feb 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

sliks96, Feb 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

yokken, Feb 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

00chris, Feb 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

nathanjohnson, Feb 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

TonyTalon, Feb 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

atone315, Feb 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

waltonc, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of jjveverka
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Out of the bottle, into a goblet glass.
The first thing I notice in the color is a light caramel hue with a small quickly fading head.
The aroma is sweet and inviting with hints of honey and syrup.
The taste starts out light and caramelized but then ends with light hoppiness and pronounced syrup and bourbon nodes.
This beer is high in alcohol but surprisingly sweet and medium bodied. Very drinkable for the barrel aging that it has gone thru.
Overall this beer is excellent, with a great amount of favor. This beer is very complex with lots of different flavors coming at you, caramel, bourbon, syrup, alcohol, and even some dark fruits. I got this beer as a gift but if I can find this brew again I will definitively be making a purchase.

jjveverka, Feb 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

popery, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

one of the best barleywines of the year. not cheap, but damn good. it pours a sticky honey color with just a finger or two of white lace on top. the nose is crazy, sweet and strong, like a homemade spirit or something, its got notes of scotch, toffee, brown sugar, and orange peel. that first thing I think of when I taste this is, wow, if gummy bears were liquid, this is what it would taste like. its sort of got that artificial fruit flavor sweetness from all the malt, but it works here, and the alcohol is just ridiculous, especially when this gets up to room temperature, its downright hot. not much hops in here that I can pick out, but a lot of big flavors competing for attention, so its probably just as well. mouthfeel is thick and gooey, not much carbonation, which makes this a slow sipper. the alcohol content makes sharing the bottle must, as does the sugar, which gets tiring. still, this is what a barleywine should be, and founders has pulled this off wonderfully.

StonedTrippin, Feb 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

nataku00, Feb 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

To start off, this is a very very good American barleywine, maybe even great. The aroma is almost all hops: pineapple, citrus, even a little bit of pine. But still has a very strong malt presence. Flavor is along these lines, nice balance between hops and malt with a good level of bitterness. The alcohol is well hidden, maybe too well. Founders was right, this is definitely ready to drink now; though, I don't think age will hurt it at all.

The problem with this beer is that it purports to be a partially "maple syrup bourbon barrel aged" barleywine, and yet the barrel is completely absent. I detect almost no bourbon, barrel nor maple syrup of any sort in this beer. I drank this through many temperatures (fridge to room temp), and still cannot find any barrel. Maybe I drink too many bourbon barrel aged beers to detect it, but this does not at all drink like a barrel aged beer. If you were looking for a bourbon barrel aged barleywine along the lines of King Henry or Abacus, look again. While I acknowledge that I might be giving this a lower rating because it was marketed as a barrel aged barleywine, I would probably consider this to be better than most, if not all, the other non-barrel-aged american barleywines I have had.

millertime416, Feb 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

JDizzle, Jan 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Devi0us, Jan 31, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

h77nate77, Jan 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

jsanford, Jan 30, 2013
Founders Bolt Cutter from Founders Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,222 ratings.