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Founders Bolt Cutter 15th Anniversary Barley Wine

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

  1. EasyReader

    EasyReader Savant (445) North Carolina Mar 30, 2009 Beer Trader

    The ABV of Mephistopheles has varied from batch to batch. It got label approval for NC during a year it was under 15%, so we have continued to get it.
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  2. EasyReader

    EasyReader Savant (445) North Carolina Mar 30, 2009 Beer Trader

    I have heard this also.
  3. Shadteks

    Shadteks Aficionado (100) Illinois Apr 21, 2011

    I don't know if you guys made it official on here didn't read every comment,I asked founders on instagram a few days ago if it was barrel aged they said yes it is. Can't wait.

    ROBSTARR Savant (425) Michigan Aug 31, 2009 Beer Trader

    Agreed. The label also has a wooden background which could also support the fact that it might be barrel aged.
  5. ajfa531

    ajfa531 Savant (365) New Jersey Jun 2, 2007 Beer Trader


    I thought Founders had stated that the next two Backstage Series beers would be not barrel-aged after Better Half. Maybe they changed the schedule as I think they also said the 15th Anni beer was part of the Backstage Series.

    - Joe
  6. imfrommichigan

    imfrommichigan Advocate (515) Michigan Jul 12, 2012 Beer Trader

    So my roommate works at Founders and he brought home a low fill of Bolt Cutter. It feels beautiful.
  7. JohnB87

    JohnB87 Savant (370) Michigan Mar 14, 2011

    Pics or it didn't happen. :D
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  8. raymo55

    raymo55 Advocate (510) Michigan Oct 3, 2011 Beer Trader

    Stop feeling it...and maybe you should TASTE it!!
  9. imfrommichigan

    imfrommichigan Advocate (515) Michigan Jul 12, 2012 Beer Trader


    Plus an insurance screenshot of this thread.

    The employees get treated very well there.
  10. chanokokoro

    chanokokoro Advocate (600) Illinois Jan 31, 2012

    I really can't wait for this one. Has anyone heard whether this is an English-style or American-style Barleywine?
  11. Steimie

    Steimie Advocate (590) Michigan Jan 7, 2012

    Even better...its RARE style.
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  12. Patrick

    Patrick Initiate (0) Massachusetts Aug 13, 2007

    Canadian style.
  13. chanokokoro

    chanokokoro Advocate (600) Illinois Jan 31, 2012

    There's nothing like the strong taste of RARE in the midpalate!
  14. Jealous!
  15. KevSal

    KevSal Advocate (710) California Oct 17, 2010 Beer Trader

    have you guys cracked it yet? any tasting notes?
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  16. trginter

    trginter Savant (425) Michigan Dec 1, 2008 Beer Trader

    This might be the first time someone demanded "pics or it didn't happen" and proof was shown. That's awesome, haha.
  17. imfrommichigan

    imfrommichigan Advocate (515) Michigan Jul 12, 2012 Beer Trader

    No I'll be tasting this beer when I buy one myself. My roommate doesn't drink the specialties. He just keeps the bottle.. full. I'd call it a mild hoarding problem.
    Hey I'm new around here. Got a reputation to hold up!
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  18. JohnB87

    JohnB87 Savant (370) Michigan Mar 14, 2011

    Well, if he doesn't care about the contents, I could borrow them if he's not going to use them....
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  19. imfrommichigan

    imfrommichigan Advocate (515) Michigan Jul 12, 2012 Beer Trader

    Kind of how we should have borrowed the contents of his CBS that he lets roast in his 85 degree bedroom? Yeah.. it's like that and it saddens me.:(<----like that.
  20. JohnB87

    JohnB87 Savant (370) Michigan Mar 14, 2011

    Yep. And tell him that it's just a "borrowing" program. I will be sure to fill it back up after I'm done with the contents.
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  21. I see you're new here. All new people from GR are required to share a limited, not-yet-leased, beer with me. I will give you 4 BA rep pts worth much respect here and your career moving forward.
  22. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Champion (870) Michigan May 8, 2006

    Did the say it was part of the series or was it going to be distributed like the Backstage series? I have seen mention of the latter, but not the former.
  23. I emailed founders and was told its part of the backstage series.
  24. Agold

    Agold Advocate (530) Pennsylvania Mar 13, 2010

    Any info on an approximate release date. I know they are letting them age a bit in the bottles, but is there any new news?

    Impressive what a little bit of research can do. Release in late fall, likely in november. Will be released there, but that release will be separate from the anny party (where the beer will be on tap).
  25. Anyone know what barrels it was in? Was thinking of this yesterday that maybe they're trying to pull a KH type deal and aging it in barrels previously used for CBS. A guy can dream right? Hope it's not as hard to get as KBS around here but I have a feeling it will be.
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  26. chronie

    chronie Aficionado (215) Illinois Aug 1, 2011 Beer Trader

    I hope they don't use the same barrels. KH was in Pappy barrels, a second use of the maple barrels would, in my opinion, harbor little taste. As for the rarity, I think it will be similar to KBSx2.
  27. Hoppedup616

    Hoppedup616 Aficionado (165) Ohio Aug 1, 2011

    Still no news about the actual date yet?
  28. founder26

    founder26 Savant (470) Michigan Sep 9, 2009

    trying to keep the hype down
  29. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Advocate (670) Michigan Jan 8, 2011

    I had a conversation with a young lad from the GR area earlier this weekend whose brother works at Founders, and happened to bring home a half filled bottle, similar story to the gent above...(possibly he IS the brother? B. Riley?) and the word on the barrels were that Bolt Cutter has been sitting in them for 8 years...so no re-used maple crap. We shall see how much fact is involved with this.
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  30. MarkIntihar

    MarkIntihar Advocate (700) Michigan Mar 17, 2010

    Oh good, at least that should keep the hype down... :oops:
  31. dsal89

    dsal89 Advocate (505) Indiana Jul 6, 2008

    ^^* 8 years ...holy crap. Call me skeptical but i want a bit more than a guys word.

    but still, if there is any truth to that then that is awesome
  32. I'm sorry but I highly doubt they've been in there for 8 years. While Founders is one brewery I give all the credit in the world to, I doubt they (1) had the intuition to predict the obsessiveness of BA beers at this stage, (2) could afford to sacrifice that much room in their brewery for 8 straight years, (3) could possibly make all their money back for the loss of time the space/barrels could have been used for other product, and (4) would have the patience to wait 8yrs before deciding now is the time. I'm not saying this is 100% false, but rather stating that I'd place my bets on the fact that this is bogus speculation.
  33. Creetoper

    Creetoper Aficionado (225) Ohio Jul 7, 2011 Beer Trader

    Will people need to check their bottles for splinters? 8 years seems dubious.
  34. TheSevenDuffs

    TheSevenDuffs Champion (905) Ontario (Canada) Jan 20, 2010 Beer Trader

    I heard that the only tear that Chuck Norris has ever cried was added to the barrel 8 years ago.
  35. 8 months sounds more reasonable.
  36. 8 years in a barrel for barley wine = oxidized mess
    8 years in a barrel for geuze = interesting
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  37. raymo55

    raymo55 Advocate (510) Michigan Oct 3, 2011 Beer Trader

    I don't care what barrel it came from....just excited that a barrel aged barleywine from the great state of Michigan is finally getting bottled AND distributed!!

    Side note:: Yes, Kuhnhenn BBBW is second to none (except KH :confused:)....so it will be interesting to see how it stacks up to it!
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  38. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poobah (1,080) California Jan 31, 2005 Beer Trader

    "Would you like some Bol?"---"YES!!!"
  39. BrewTangClan

    BrewTangClan Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2012

    To your number 2 point look up where they store their beer for barrel aging. Its a huge underground mine/cave. If there is one thing they are not short on its storage space
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  40. Pahn

    Pahn Champion (850) New York Dec 2, 2009 Beer Trader

    lol at in the barrel for 8 years. i hope that's accurate just for the absurdity... that is a ton of beer to be sitting in barrels wayyyyyy past when it should come out.

    p.s. now that founders is in CT, i'm putting on my hunter's cap when this beer drops. she will be mine.
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