Nemesis (2009)
Founders Brewing Company

Nemesis (2009)Nemesis (2009)
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From:
Founders Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
Wheat Beer - Wheatwine
ABV:
12%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.14 | pDev: 12.8%
Ratings:
711
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Nov 18, 2020
Added:
Feb 06, 2010
Wants:
  179
Gots:
  123
SCORE
92
Outstanding
Nemesis (2009)Nemesis (2009)
Notes: Maple bourbon barrel aged wheat wine.
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Photo of bret27
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by bret27 from California

Bottle courtesy of acurtis.
Probably well past it’s prime.
Sweet fruity notes but not really drinkable.

Nov 18, 2020
 
4.24 by Richter525 from Michigan on Aug 07, 2020
 
4.71 by eawolff99 from Minnesota on Dec 28, 2019
Photo of dafla67
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Drank December 2019. Smooth.

Dec 20, 2019
 
4.02 by nwhittin from Indiana on Feb 26, 2019
 
3.82 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania on Dec 23, 2018
 
4.5 by StormAles from Canada (ON) on Sep 13, 2018
 
3.69 by ScottP from New Hampshire on May 28, 2018
 
3.06 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire on May 28, 2018
 
4.06 by midlifec from Michigan on May 06, 2018
Photo of buschbeer
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by buschbeer from Ohio

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours a hazy blood orange color with amber highlights. It doesn't have much head.

It has a date, fig and molasses aroma.

I get the dates and fig in the flavor along with a little alcohol. There is enough bitterness to keep it from being too sweet, although it does lean towards being sweet.

Thick, syrupy, sticky mouthfeel with low carbonation

It has held up well over six plus years. There is a little oxidation, but it still is pretty tasty.

Jan 29, 2017
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4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by clayrock81 from Florida

Poured a thick brown body with minimal head. Bits of booze and wood come through but really dark fruits like prunes and raisins in the aroma. Thick body and slow-sipping, this beer has a sticky sugary sweetness from maple syrup but is smooth thanks to barrels, and has an intense dark fruit taste akin to black cherries, figs, prunes & raisins. Finishes real sweet and booze hidden throughout.

Jan 29, 2017
 
4.5 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin on Jan 01, 2017
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4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by stevoj from Idaho

12oz bottle thanks to Jake65, share on 6/11/16. Nice medium amber body, small airy head. While this is all barley wine through and through, the barrel aging makes adds the right amount of sweetness and smokiness to this brew. Hints of vanilla, marshmallow, licorice and molasses add to the complex tastes. Slow, pleasant burn caps this off. Spectacular!

Jun 21, 2016
 
4.02 by SveNss0N from Massachusetts on Apr 04, 2016
 
4.56 by Beastcpa from Pennsylvania on Oct 21, 2015
 
3.8 by iRun2Beer from Minnesota on Sep 01, 2015
 
3.75 by jrob21 from Georgia on Jul 29, 2015
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4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by SPLITGRIN from Kentucky

This review is from notes that I found dated 2-20-10.

A near perfect amber tone of a body that nearly glows on the edges when held to light. Head is a very light tan with tight bubbles that reach almost two fingers then fades to just a skim in about two minutes. No real lace is noticeable. Nose is beautiful as it screams rich hop buttered toffee and true butter rum, this is just so unique and lovely. As I take first sip it is just so creamy and rich with a pretty close following to the nose in terms of the buttered rum. Sweet but not heavy as hops do play nicely on the back half of the palate to balance the beer. I absolutely do not get a huge or over the top bourbon presence as some have noted, and I am a big bourbon fan. Alcohol is slightly hot on the back end of this one. A couple of years in the cellar will do it well. Mouthfeel is played more by the hops than by the heavy sweet notes. Drinkability is nice but the alcohol will sneak up on you.

Jul 27, 2015
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4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by larryi86 from Delaware

Huge thanks to garymuchow for this, did not see this coming!
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A clear amber with a lot of floaters with a small off white head.

S- Maple, bourbon, sweet, oak, dark fruits, tart cherries?, mint, oxidation, some complexity that I'm having trouble describing but it is great.

T- Maple, bourbon, earthy spice, sweet malts, raisins/figs, hints of grapefruit rind, brown sugar, smooth, great complexity.

M- Smooth, medium to full body, low carbonation

O- I have not tried this fresh but I have tried fresh Sweet Repute and this is better. Complexity is great, very smooth, almost no alcohol. If you can get a hold of a bottle, get it!

Jun 29, 2015
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4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ClePaul from Ohio

Founders Nemesis

Look 9/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 16/20

Overall 87/100

Summery: Nice big barley wine. Not a huge fan of the style. So for me it's about as good as it gets~

May 23, 2015
 
4.45 by kwgduke from Pennsylvania on Mar 26, 2015
 
3.66 by mj81 from New Jersey on Mar 19, 2015
 
4.04 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland on Jan 18, 2015
 
3.84 by SocalKicks from California on Jan 06, 2015
 
4.5 by Tracker83 from Michigan on Dec 15, 2014
 
4 by olradetbalder from Sweden on Dec 01, 2014
 
4.25 by a77cj7 from South Dakota on Nov 21, 2014
 
4.5 by chcfan from California on Nov 14, 2014
 
4 by Wolberjs from California on Nov 09, 2014
 
2.5 by nrs207 from Pennsylvania on Oct 19, 2014
 
4.25 by dataylor21 from Kentucky on Oct 17, 2014
 
4.75 by DarthGuitarHero from Minnesota on Oct 02, 2014
 
4 by iL0VEbeer from New Jersey on Sep 14, 2014
 
3 by mmars010 from Virginia on Sep 12, 2014
 
4.25 by MarkyMOD from Colorado on Aug 21, 2014
 
3.75 by DrBier from Pennsylvania on Aug 13, 2014
 
5 by OB1 from Ohio on Aug 07, 2014
 
3.25 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania on Aug 02, 2014
 
4.75 by avalonct from Michigan on Jul 31, 2014
Nemesis (2009) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 711 ratings