Nemesis 2010 | Founders Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 939 |  Reviews: 509
Reviews by nickadams2:
Photo of nickadams2
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours black with reddish brown hue when held to light. Half inch khaki head dissipates into a thick, bubbly ring. Gobs of lacing cover the glass.

S_ Hoppy citrus, pine, and sweet malt.

T_ Surprisingly well balanced. Hops upfront but don't necessarily dominate.Citrus,pine,cherry,figs,sweet malt,cream and a hint of chocolate.Slight espresso in the aftertaste. Everything comes together beautifully.Slight alcohol burn.

M_Thick and viscous. Kind of syrupy. Coats the mouth nicely.

D_Definite sipper. Very enjoyable though.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter a deep dark brown with just a tinge of amber/brown,a thin quick to fade head atop.Aromas are a mix of big sweet molasses and juicy fruit malt,and big resiny pine hops.Hefty and sweet from the onset,molasses and alcohol dipped dark fruit, with sweet alcohol,the piny hops are big but it doesnt wrestle control away from the big sweetness.Its thick and mouth coating and goes down smooth.I like it but to me its not great,it is brash I have to say.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of TCHopCraver
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes on 9/16/10.

A: Pours a black color with a reddish-brown tint and a small, dark khaki head into my very large snifter. The lacing is really sticky and appears in the form of small dots and long vertical streaks. There are some interesting bubbles developing in the film left on top of the beer.

S: Many separate, but cogent aromas drift out of the glass. Big malty aromas of dark chocolate, caramel, and brown sugar fight for the spotlight with piney and grapefruit hops, as well as the presence of anise and maple syrup. (Is this one brewed in maple barrels?) Also, my nose twinges with alcoholic heat every sniff I take.

T: This is really confusing my palate. It is very sweet and tangy right off the bat, with some astringent chocolate flavors, but it also has an undercurrent of strongly bitter hops nipping at the back of my tongue and sides of the palate. The aftertaste is a mixture of sweeter citrus flavor on the tip of my tongue and dry grapefruit right on the middle of my tongue.

M: Nemesis '10 has a cloying medium feel with a strong bite and dry finish.

D: The high a.b.v. is not very noticeable in the taste, which certainly helps its drinkability. I am certainly going to have repeat tastings of this as it matures with age.

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Photo of readicculus
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #47 (Dec 2010):

Latte foam is unwavering; the brew is nearly black as well. Nose is filled with pine sap, mint, citric peel, tobacco, ripe plums and thick caramel. So lush and creamy, a silky carbonation caresses the palate. At first, the taste buds register this as a massive malt bomb, as a thick slab of caramel sweetness is smacked down. Thankfully, the alcohol and hops had kickass duty with an estery warmth and peppery citric peel-ladened hop character. It's tough to balance a bigger beer like this, though Founders hits their mark here. Possible cellar pick, but the freshness now is too good to wait for.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into my glass a deep dark garnet brown that borders on black when you view it from a distance. A quarter inch of khaki head on top leaves some splotchy lacing as it falls. Aromas start off with dark fruits and toffee melding with some roast, coffee and cocoa. Piney, herbal hops make themselves known alongside dense malts.

First sip brings smooth, dense malts upfront with tons of dark fruits, toffee and roast. Notes of cocoa and coffee combine in as the brew flows down with a good hit of bitterness from pine resiny hops. Sweetness is there but is well balanced. Alcohol is well hidden also. Tasty dark barleywine.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with good carbonation. Pretty easy to drink considering the ABV on this one. Overall, another tasty treat from Founders and a nice twist on a standard barleywine. Borderline on the price for this one though.

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Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of marvin213
3.03/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Dark, it looks more like a stout than a barleywine. Granted this one's been sittin' for a couple years now, but there's little head to speak of. The nose is a leathery, licorice molasses. It smells like it would ooze instead of pour.

It tastes like a stout--the black licorice IS there--and it's a little figgy if ya ask me. The burn is there like a barleywine brings, but it's still more of a stout than anything else. 100 IBUs? Guess those went by the wayside these last 700-ish days. Must've saved this one in large part because I simply don't like it. Maybe it's past its prime, but this one's forgettable for me.

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Photo of megamass
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of merlin48
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a dark mahogany body with a small beige head that quickly falls into a lasting collar. Delicate sheet lacing adorns the goblet.

Interesting aroma boasts cocoa, ripe dark fruits, floral and pine hops, toasted caramel, and boozy alohol.

Medium body has a surprisingly smooth feel and a restrained carbonation. Definitely some alcohol heat here.

Taste opens with subtle dark roasty notes and dark fruits, seguing into a major league hop bitterness that is mostly pine but edged with citrus. Toasted caramel and a malty nuttiness add more depth. Alcohol warmth is obvious and adds a whiskey note.

More complex than the 2009 Nemesis but seems a lot boozier. Still, a very interesting and worthwhile experience.

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Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle acquired at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.
Pours very dark amber, dense in its intensity, firm in its conviction. Next to no head, but some fine lace dected on the glass on close inspection.
Nose of embers of rum raisin, smoke, and peat, that follows through onto the palate, tongue, mouth and throat. In the finish, more smoke, some vanilla and malty goodness seal the deal.

Tasty nighcapper, bold, flavorful and quite smooth and tasty. High quality Barlery wine.

If your local quality beer broker/store owner/beer guy can get some of this stuff, do not hesitate

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Cavie for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a brown color with a tan head. The aroma is a mix of caramel, toffee, leather and some roasted malts. I don't get much hop character in the aroma.

The flavor is chocolate, toffee, grass, pine and something that reminds me of trash. Medium bitterness. The flavor is just average, not near as good as I expected.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of 1Adam12
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I first poured this and held it to the light I actually said "woah". It's so dark! Trying to think of a darker barleywine, and I'm not sure any come to mind. Smells of lots n lots of malt, and dark fruits. Lots of fig, and..chocolate? Smells boozi as well. Obviously detection of hops. Huge nose. Taste is big as well. Very malty and figgy. Slightly hoppy. Very sweet. Red grapes, then the finishing layers are chocolate followed by coffee. Bourbon is noticeable, and well blended into the rest of the beer. Sipping isn't consistent. Some sips taste awesome, others taste like a hot mess, this is why I gave it a 4.0. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, smooth. Very enjoyable beer. Not sure I could drink a ton of it only because of how sweet it is, but very nice.

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Photo of djmitche
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

At Founders in GR. Almost as dark as the breakfast stout, but with some ruby hilights. The head is white and laces nicely as it settles. The nose is quite sweet and rich, but the flavor comes across nicely balanced - big and chewy, and certainly sweet, but with some nice citrusy hops. The flavor arc runs smoothly fromthe sweet, effervescent front to the refreshing finish with no bumps in between.

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Photo of bsp77
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Extremely dark reddish-brown with minimal head but some nice lacing lines.

Smell: Citrus, caramel, cherry and roasted barley. Smells like a cross between a Barleywine, an IPA and an Imperial Stout.

Taste: Taste mostly follows the aroma. Strong citrusy hops balance a caramel, cherry and dark fruit malt backbone. A light roasted character contributes some chocolate and coffee. Fairly bitter finish.

Feel: Low carbonation, with a full, boozy, smooth and oily body. Somewhat dry finish.

Drinkability: Interesting and fascinating beer that straddles the line between a Barleywine and a Black IPA. Reminds me of Surly Darkness or Goose Island Nightstalker but with the malt center of a Barleywine. Despite its strengths, it is not something I feel a strong desire to return to.

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Photo of jaminjohnson
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of deebo
3.57/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Kegs of 09 and 10 tasted side by side.

A-both are dark brown with a light tan head.

S-Both also have a pleasant malty sweetness.

T-09 has upfront malt and smoked flavor that ends with a bitter lingering.

M-Vapory alcohol end note with a smooth light body.

D-Smooth upfront but a bit of a punch that lets you know this is over 10% ABV.

O-09 is creamier and more balanced than the less aged version. Would like to let the 2010 bottle age and mellow out. The 2010 is similar but has more carbonation and provides more astringency.

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Nemesis 2010 from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 939 ratings