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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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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

12-27-2012 02:49:58 | More by salinasa
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PopnLoads

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

12-27-2012 00:02:23 | More by PopnLoads
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CSQ1111

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-26-2012 20:57:20 | More by CSQ1111
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infi

New York

4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-26-2012 18:33:09 | More by infi
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webmanspidey

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a golden amber color with a light head. Smells are very sweet honey and malt with some crisp hoppiness. Taste is a mix between a sweet bold malt and crisp hops. The alcohol blends in pretty well for being this heavy. There are also some nice hints of vanilla and oak.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 02:40:25 | More by webmanspidey
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TimRoss41

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

12-26-2012 02:07:11 | More by TimRoss41
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captainbearcat

Illinois

5/5  rDev +23.5%

12-25-2012 19:13:02 | More by captainbearcat
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

12-25-2012 06:22:43 | More by mdillon86
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gabedivision

New York

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce to a snifter glass

A- crystal clear ruby red, minimal carbonation, 2 finger slightly off white head that forms a tight white bubbled lace around the top of the glass

S- toffee and caramel up front, citrus hops shine through, grapefruit, mango, sweet toasted malt, booze soaked dark fruits.

T- brown sugar, sugary Malts, big toffee, earthy notes from the hop bittering, cherry wood, very aggressive with an alcohol at the end

M- very big and bold in body, very sweet, smooth like bourbon, finishes dry

O- wow, big huge complex barley wine, great hop flavoring, extreme mealtimes, great all around, the alcohol is hidden very well also.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 03:29:23 | More by gabedivision
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JPortillo

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-24-2012 15:55:43 | More by JPortillo
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gratefulbeerhead

Indiana

4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-24-2012 12:28:10 | More by gratefulbeerhead
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FanofHefe

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Clear, dark amber body with strong red tint and a one-finer tan head. The head dissipates very quickly and leaves a smattering of lacing.

More impressed by the aroma than I thought I would be. The hops definitely jump out early with a combination of citrus and light tropical notes. Solid caramel malt aroma blends with the hops nicely.

The flavor is a little stronger on the caramel malt side than the original aroma. But, enough of hop presence to make for a solid barleywine mix.

Surprisingly, very little notice of the alcohol for such a strong abv. This is one of, if not the best, barleywines I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 00:17:59 | More by FanofHefe
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Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-23-2012 04:11:34 | More by CummingsK21
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Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

12-23-2012 02:09:05 | More by pcarney8
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color, not much of a head though and no lacing.

Smell has huge sweet malt aroma, caramel being the most dominant, some toffee, decent citrus hop presence at first but soon is pushed out of the way by the malt, can pick up some alcohol which isn't that surprising considering its strength.

Taste is very malt heavy yet the citrus hops are surprisingly strong and help balance the flavor from being too sweet, also surprising is the lack of heat, the alcohol is definitely there and present but much tamer for a young 15% barleywine than I would have thought.

Very tasty and normally I would recommend aging barleywines but the current citrus hop presence ages a lot and will only fade with time.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 22:51:16 | More by deltatauhobbit
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Michigan

4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-22-2012 21:27:57 | More by Hoptologist
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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

12-21-2012 21:06:56 | More by dtx00
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theGlasstronaut

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -25.9%

12-21-2012 20:29:24 | More by theGlasstronaut
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, November 2012
The Bruery tulip

A: Pours a slightly cloudy deep orange/amber color. Initially about a full finger of slightly off white head. Actually sticks around a while. Some lacing bits. Seeing some alcohol feet.

S: Getting big hop notes. Big citrus and some piney hints. Then big caramel and toffee underneath that. No bourbon at all unless it comes up later. It does smell sweet on the nose.

T: Up front, you do get some hop bitterness. Some of that orange marmalade, other citrus, etc. Getting nice bready malts. Some slim caramel and toffee. I get that maple sweetness....which I guess is from the barrels. Lots of booze does so its face later as you start.

M: Big medium bodied here. Not as thick as i thought it would be. Some booze.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 16:13:40 | More by inlimbo77
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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

12-21-2012 14:43:36 | More by lilredrocket
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Michigan

5/5  rDev +23.5%

12-21-2012 05:25:49 | More by sennin
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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Illinois

5/5  rDev +23.5%

12-21-2012 01:09:41 | More by Wamba
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Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

12-21-2012 00:12:54 | More by johunnic
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Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

12-20-2012 03:05:14 | More by BeerThursdays
Founders Bolt Cutter from Founders Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,149 ratings.