Founders Bolt Cutter | Founders Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

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.

Added by Thickfreakness on 11-03-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,340
Reviews:
236
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
12.22%
 
 
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213
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Photo of rspauldi
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of scottfrie
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into tulip. 2012.

A: Pours a dark caramel/ruby color with a thin short lived cap of dark tan foam that faded into a fuzzy and long lasting collar. Spots of soapy lace was left down the glass.
S: Super sweet almost syrupy nose with notes of candy fruit and tons of caramel and leather. Very rich and potent smelling. I get hints of vanilla and a touch of spice. The booze is noticeable but not hot.
T: Super rich and potent barleywine flavors, but amplified. I get the usual notes of caramel, leather, tobacco, and raisin, but everything is taken to eleven. Very intense flavors. Flavors are also on the stupidly sweet side, to the point of syrupy, but I wouldn't say this is cloyingly sugary. Leafy hop bitterness lingers long after the swallow. The bitterness throughout pokes through the sweetness. Booze is noticeable in the aftertaste with a kiss of warmth but it's not hot. Hints of bourbon, hints of chocolate, hints of maple syrup.
M: Thick body, heavy sticky syrupy mouthfeel, super sweet and super bitter. Soft low carbonation. Sticky. Booze is actually fairly smooth. You can tell from the booze its a heavy beer but the booze isn't hot.
O: One of the most intense barely wins I've had. Flavors on the sweeter side, but overall it all kinda works well together. Just super intense overall, very potent. Bitterness is intense.

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Photo of MurphDog14
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chillin
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Red-orange in color with great clarity. No head at all, and only pencil-thin wisps of lacing.

S: Sweet malt base of bread, toast, caramel, and treacle. The hopping has faded but still holds some power as spicy and earthy aromas pull through easily. Pine and wet forest floor. Faint whiffs of bourbon and oak.

T: Caramel, treacle, toasted biscuit, bread crust. Pinch of cocoa. Still a big pull of spicy and earthy hops. Pine and bark. Faint cardboard. Fruit skins. Ever so slight tease of bourbon and oak. Alcohol rides up a bit, but never gets distracting. Long earthy and toasty finish.

M: Huge, thick body. Very chewy. Alcohol warms through and through. Still plenty of prickling carbonation.

O: Four years in the cellar and I feel this beer very easily could do double that time and then some. Though the hops have calmed down a little, they still pack a punch. Alcohol is taming itself nicely. I really wish I had another bottle. This is an excellent American barley wine that is built for the cellar.

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Photo of tim007007
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DCgolfpro
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerOps
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of PUbeer
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tykechandler
2.5/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of jmasher85
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Classic American barleywine, but taken to that super cool level that only the great breweries like Founders reach. It starts of heavy and rich, with some brown sugar, molasses, some bourbon and cognac flavors come through as well. Not much maple syrup, but it could be buried under all the other flavors. The dry hopping was well done and the hops have held up rather well after all these years, though they are very smooth, floral, and aromatic, possibly more so than they originally were (but I'll never know...). The feel is thick, heavy, almost devoid of carbonation, and still pretty hot and boozy. But this is a gorgeous sweet, semi-bitter, and incredibly complex beer that I could sit sniffing all day and never get tired of finding new dimensions to. Hope to see this one again!

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

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shawner
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cduffy201
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JVan
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jho3325
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IrishColonial
3.17/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mjpolzin
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Waited 3 years to finally crack this bottle and it turned out to be a let-down. It was sweet and very hoppy and those two components do not mesh well together. Maybe more time will allow the flavors to work better together but right now I didn't enjoy this beer.

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Photo of woodchip
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bound4er
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber, semi turbid appearance with a thin off white head that recedes quickly. Smells very complex with turbinado sugar,cinnamon, burnt straw, weed, orange pith and booze. Taste is nice but doesn't quite live up to the smell. Displays malt sweetness - almost citrus like, slight weediness and some alcoholic heat. Finishes with good lingering piney bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. This is an enjoyable Barleywine from Founders. Not sure I would have wanted to drink this upon release given that even now it is a chore to finish a half of bottle.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz from a friend's stash

Pours a hazy amber gold. Yellowish film for a head.

Aroma of aged malts, brown sugar, and grains.

Tastes of maple, brown sugar, and hints of scotch whisky.

Feels thick and viscous. Light sting of carbonation and booze on the tongue. Warms going down.

Excellent barelywine with some great age to it. Very worth having.

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Photo of Prost76
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Came out an amber and gold color, half inch of head, beigeish in color. Looked pretty.

Aroma was heat, a substantial amount of hops, honey, sweet.
Taste drove a shit ton of caramel, hops and booze into my gullet. Plenty sticky stuff. Motuhfeel brought out waves of bitterness as it warmed. Would like to try a less boozy version of this beer, or maybe some kind of adjunct or a greater percentage of barrel aging to give a little more depth here.

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Founders Bolt Cutter from Founders Brewing Company
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