Founders Bolt Cutter 15th Anniversary Barley Wine

Discussion in 'Beer Releases' started by joshrosborne, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. well, the good news- it's been rebrewed, and it's in the barrels now.
    the bad news: I cleaned out (and drank it all) at $6 a bottle locally.

    there are still some stragglers, a case here and a case there still on the shelves, but not much. I think Nikki's has some in the back.
  2. Grabbed one in Boston today $22
  3. stouts4me

    stouts4me Savant (410) Illinois Oct 9, 2011

    If you are looking for BC in northern Illinois, Binny's Algonquin, as of 3:45 had 5, limit one at $21.99. Armanetti's in Huntley ( Umi is the Man there, great guy, tell him Fred told you he has it - he will hook you up ), same price I got 2. Check out Armanetti's Woodstock same price , it's on the shelf, limit 2. You are welcome , enjoy - share the BA love, bro's..............................................
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  4. chrisp450

    chrisp450 Savant (370) Minnesota Oct 23, 2012 Verified

    Grabbed the 2nd to last one at my local shop today! Didn't think I was gonna get my hands on one!
  5. steebo777

    steebo777 Advocate (580) Michigan Jun 30, 2009 Verified

    Have you even had Boltcutter? I guess jealousy brings out the best in people ;)
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  6. love how a 4.35 isn't very good anymore.
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  7. TheBeerDad

    TheBeerDad Savant (345) Michigan Sep 6, 2012

    I know right... only like a B+ if we were talking grade school, I'd get the belt for that...
  8. jbuddle

    jbuddle Initiate (0) New York Feb 24, 2010

    When the average beer on BA is a 3.9 and a drain pour still gets a 2.5...4.35 with 9 reviews is not all that robust.

  9. I don't disagree (although it has 13 reviews), but I didn't say anything about the robustness. Scalzo said "isnt getting too good of reviews," and on BA, that's just not right.

    Whether or not it holds up is anyone's guess, but if the rAvg doesn't go down, yes, I will be surprised.
  10. jbuddle

    jbuddle Initiate (0) New York Feb 24, 2010

    Fair enough. I opened one last night and thought it was very, very, average.
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  11. ABisonEgo

    ABisonEgo Savant (290) Illinois Jan 31, 2012

    four cases? i know plaves in wisconsin that have the higest allocation of founders and only got 6 bottles?
  12. Knifestyles

    Knifestyles Savant (465) New York Jun 7, 2005

    If I could trade all of my Bolt Cutters $4$ for the Sebago Barleywine, I would do it in a heartbeat....and I haven't even had Bolt Cutter yet. Sadly, I'll likely never fall into that particular opportunity until the next batch is released.

    It's really that good.

    However, I imagine that these are two very different beers (style classifications aside) no use in comparing, really.
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  13. szmnnl99

    szmnnl99 Advocate (740) Michigan Apr 3, 2006

    I thought it was excellent. Is the average BA rating a 3.9?
  14. digdug1810

    digdug1810 Savant (250) New Jersey Mar 1, 2011 Verified

  15. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Savant (485) Illinois May 10, 2012

    At .03c/mL.... It should be better than "average." However... why are people drinking these now? I advised everyone who bought one to wait until the end of time.
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  16. Preluderl

    Preluderl Advocate (560) Pennsylvania Sep 27, 2012 Verified

    Missed out on this one, unfortunately. Local GE had one case and it went in like an hour.
  17. SWChi

    SWChi Advocate (580) Illinois Oct 25, 2012 Verified Subscriber

    In the Chi...

  18. Tee2Grn

    Tee2Grn Savant (495) Michigan Nov 6, 2012 Verified

    Picked up a bottle today. Stopped by three stores with three different prices. $25,$27,$30.
  19. JKIRBY

    JKIRBY Aficionado (225) Wisconsin Apr 4, 2010

    Bought one today. $20.99 Hope it's good. I'm betting on the Founders folks swinging for the fences.
    Told the Beer Manager that I'd give it back if he could hook me up with a Coffee Bourbon County.
  20. Stuckey_t

    Stuckey_t Zealot (95) Minnesota Oct 29, 2012

    If anyone has a bottle of bolt cutter they would consider trading I have 2012 abyss and 2012 darkness. I would go 1 for 1 and could do a bigger trade as well if someone wanted to. I really want to try this beer but missed the window here in the twin cities for trying to score some. Let me know!
  21. krl2112

    krl2112 Advocate (670) Illinois Nov 10, 2012 Verified

    I have a couple for trade. Hit me up.
  22. Stuckey_t

    Stuckey_t Zealot (95) Minnesota Oct 29, 2012

    message sent:D
  23. jisom123

    jisom123 Savant (340) Indiana Aug 21, 2008

    Just tried some. Glad that I only bought one bottle. (Still love Founders though!)
  24. jisom123

    jisom123 Savant (340) Indiana Aug 21, 2008

    ... It better change. :/
  25. dbol

    dbol Savant (260) California Aug 19, 2007

    got one, but will probably end up trading it. i haven't been that into barrel aged barleywines as of late.
  26. So many haters
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  27. augustg

    augustg Savant (290) Illinois Sep 15, 2011

    What?! I'm seeing several people slam this beer without even trying it first. It's actually not "average" at all (just my opinion of course). Personally think it's one of the best in the Backstage series and one of the most interesting Barley Wines I've had. If you haven't tried it you should. If you don't yet have it you should get it!

    I think some people just like the attention of slamming a "hyped" beer.
  28. Grabbed one for $18.99 yesterday.
  29. nc41

    nc41 Champion (770) North Carolina Sep 25, 2008 Verified

    Jesus the prices. $15 at Bestway, 16+ at city beverage. 30 bucks is taking advantage.
  30. CosmicTom

    CosmicTom Initiate (0) Nov 6, 2012

    Yup. $14.49 at Bestway trounces any other price. The Brewer's Kettle was even charging $20 I heard.

    I'm contemplating trading mine.
  31. nc41

    nc41 Champion (770) North Carolina Sep 25, 2008 Verified

    I bought two, I'm not in a hurry to do anything with them. There's nothing I really want right now in way of trade anyway. I'll let one sit for a few months then drink it, maybe look to trade the other to a state where Founders isn't delivered. Maybe get me some IPA's from CA before July beach week.
  32. CosmicTom

    CosmicTom Initiate (0) Nov 6, 2012

    There are a few RISs that I vehemently want to try, but I do believe I should let this one age before making a move.
  33. Hobby

    Hobby Aficionado (195) Michigan May 26, 2012

    My local store has it for 30 bucks, I told him he was crazy.
  34. Did you snap your fingers at him?
  35. Tee2Grn

    Tee2Grn Savant (495) Michigan Nov 6, 2012 Verified

    When the guy at my local store said $27 I said wow. He told me " that's what they cost. The brewery was selling them for almost as much and I am having no problem selling them. "
  36. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Michigan Jan 8, 2011

    Honestly, hard to fault him for that. 5 bucks a ticket and 22 a bottle at the brewery...
  37. I paid $13.99 at Tasty Beverage Co. I was pleasantly surprised by that after reading this thread.
  38. Tee2Grn

    Tee2Grn Savant (495) Michigan Nov 6, 2012 Verified

    I agree. I told him he had a good point
  39. stakem

    stakem Champion (940) Pennsylvania Feb 20, 2009 Verified

    I opened a bottle tonight and im not that impressed. The founders 10th anniversary was amazing and i was holding this to the same standard of awesomeness.

    I guess I just prefer english barleywine. This is like a DIPA with solvent alcohol added. Not really getting much of the barrel aged portion (hidden behind the hops?) While the listed 15% and big alcohol impact suggest "age me" I dont really see aging this being a good thing. If you remove the fresh juicy hop quality, you are left with nothing much other than booze.

    Color me disappointed.
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  40. CanisMajor

    CanisMajor Savant (290) Indiana Oct 24, 2012

    Anyone see this in NW IN yet?