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Founders Bolt Cutter - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,136 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,136
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.35%
Wants: 173
Gots: 687 | 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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JonnyRebel

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

06-22-2014 00:02:50 | More by JonnyRebel
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harripat

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

06-21-2014 17:53:15 | More by harripat
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bleedsblu

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-19-2014 15:36:41 | More by bleedsblu
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AnitaBrewski

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

06-19-2014 02:46:00 | More by AnitaBrewski
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 ML bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style glass. Liquid comes out a nice autumn amber brown color that glows a hearty leaf changing autumn red when held up to the light; absolutely perfect clarity. There's a nice almost orange creamsicle colored head with mostly small bubbles present. Gave it a hard pour and it sticks around for a little while, even just a skimming at first. Nice lacing and glass retention.

Great smelling beer, might not be the perfect representation of the style, but I dig it; almost as if it were geared towards me. A wee bit of bourbon and a large amount of caramel malts a bit nutty, but high quality nuts like pecans and maybe even some almond. A bit of a deep dark fruits, like raisons, black cherries, apples, dates/figs, and maybe even some apricots added in. A lot going on in the smell and it's good. There's some gentle citrus hops at the end.

Taste is a slight step up. Really don't need to elaborate much on it because it's pretty similar to the smell. The nuttiness isn't quite as strong as the smell, but still present. Bourbon present, but the best parts of it. Sweet grainy and lots of caramel. Nutty again with bitterness and sweetness (like going from pecans to almonds). Again with all the above mentioned fruits; the hops are more detectable in the flavor. You can tell the hops have faded a bit, but I still think the 2 years on this brew has done it well.

Mouthfeel is pretty close to perfect. It's full bodied with a nice lingering flavor without being too heavy; the weight of it actually feels a little light. Good carbonation level, not much of a bite from that. It's not overwhelming but there is some heat from the alcohol, not a burn, just detectable heat. Nice and smooth with an appropriate bitter finish. Nice lingering flavor and a comforting warmth to it. Really nice drinkability. I think this is an under appreciated/under talked about beer (just my opinion). Quality all the way; another great beer from a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2014 00:28:51 | More by AndyAvalanche
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zachraymer

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-17-2014 22:55:55 | More by zachraymer
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Tanger112

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-17-2014 18:06:39 | More by Tanger112
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FreshZ

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

06-16-2014 17:47:45 | More by FreshZ
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ncstateplaya

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

06-16-2014 14:55:32 | More by ncstateplaya
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striker2160

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

06-16-2014 14:08:36 | More by striker2160
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gcamparone

Rhode Island

3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Founders KBS goblet. Bought this in November 2012, been stored at cellar temp. since then.

Appearance - Pours a hazy nectarine-colored body with a 1 finger off-white head that reduces slowly and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell - Reminiscent of an aged DIPA - piney, heavy malt, caramel, citrus rind, and bready/grainy. Some booze on the nose, but for 15% it's not too strong.

Taste - Sweet with heavy malt upfront - molasses, honey, caramel, spices. The follow through is piney, resinous, muted, and astringent with a boozy burn. The finish is slightly roasty.. burnt toffee, sugar, char.

Mouthfeel - For 15% alcohol, it's actually kind of watery. Low carbonation.

This was my first bolt cutter.. when it first came out people complained of an unbalance, hot mess. It's not quite at that level, but it's definitely not amazing either. An average high ABV barleywine at best.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2014 02:44:01 | More by gcamparone
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Ohiovania

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-15-2014 16:23:26 | More by Ohiovania
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-15-2014 02:36:19 | More by Kmat10
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incubuscience

Illinois

1.5/5  rDev -63%

06-15-2014 02:11:37 | More by incubuscience
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Emtcraftbeerfan


4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-14-2014 14:46:44 | More by Emtcraftbeerfan
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JasonHaviland

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

06-12-2014 00:34:12 | More by JasonHaviland
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s_currie

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

06-11-2014 13:10:02 | More by s_currie
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mpalestino

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-09-2014 23:31:53 | More by mpalestino
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IAmHollywood13

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-09-2014 18:38:31 | More by IAmHollywood13
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PG2G

California

4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-07-2014 14:58:56 | More by PG2G
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Rborre321

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

06-06-2014 20:36:36 | More by Rborre321
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sloelco

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

06-06-2014 06:59:41 | More by sloelco
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my_knew_craft

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

06-05-2014 23:40:12 | More by my_knew_craft
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aquazr1

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

06-03-2014 04:27:20 | More by aquazr1
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HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

06-03-2014 00:44:37 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
Founders Bolt Cutter from Founders Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,136 ratings.