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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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
237
Ratings:
1,344
pDev:
12.1%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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214
Gots:
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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L – Deep amber color with a 3-finger frothy, bubbly cream-colored head. Really nice retention and some lacing. Clear with a good amount of bubbles.

S – Caramel malt, some leathery notes, grapefruit and pine hops, and a big whiff of alcohol. Hops are pretty subdued but become more apparent after agitation (pouring, swirling, etc.).

T – Starts off sweet with caramel malt and molasses and rapidly progresses to bourbon heat. Vanilla and maple notes become more apparent as the heat smoothes out. Some bitter grapefruit hops come out at the finish. This is pretty lightly hopped for an American barleywine, but it seems to fit here for some reason.

F – Medium-to-full-bodied with good carbonation, a velvety and chewy mouthfeel, and a sweet and dry finish. There is a definite throat-warming sensation from the alcohol.

O – Out of the American barleywines that I’ve had thus far, this may be one of my favorites. It is definitely on the sweeter side of the scale (although never cloying) and only seems lightly hopped but, as I said before, it seems to work very well in this instance. I think it certainly tastes better than it smells and is more complex than the aroma suggests. Furthermore, I think the body and mouthfeel suit the beer well. Definitely worth trying in my opinion.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a slightly dense but clear aged copper brown body with a bubbly light tan head that sticks to the glass and sluggishly slides back into the beer.

S- the nice sweet caramel malt aroma has some candy sugar notes that come through as the beer warms and a slight spicy character with some ether hints in the finish.

T- The smooth sweet caramel malt grows as the beer warms and takes on a brassy wheat malt flavor. The finish of pungent hops and alcohol gently round out each sip.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a thick texture in the finish that is thinned by an alcohol warmth that hangs in the mouth.

O- This is a big monster barleywine with a gentle alcohol heat for 15% ABV and I was surprised at how much hops presence was in there aswell. It was a nice beer to taste but I would have preferred it without as much alcohol. This beer was a night starter and night ender in one bottle.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of ckobes
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of KevSal
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Slatetank
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was on tap a while back at Holy Hound in York, PA enjoyed chilled in a snifter.

The color and clarity are both great a brilliant copper/bronze shade with visible carbonation and thick cream cap of light beige with tight bead and nice lace formation. The smell is very good, but comes off very hop forward and high alcohol in the nose which is appropos to the style but not especially complex so just above average accept it has some nice hop pine scents. The feel is good well above average in that it is 15% and feels like 10% tops it has hop oiliness and high bitterness level but it is relatively dry for the style making it taste similar to a Double IPA with asservtive bite and pretty hard not to have alcohol effect the palate at the abv listed but it does a decent job of concealing with some moderate carbonation.

This tastes intense! as the name implies it does not tread lightly and it means business -lots of sharp hops with piney, peppery bite and slight caramel and nutty dry malt to underscore with lots of alcohol with some fruitiness on the palate. I really dug this and it is so fresh you can't help but wonder if the intense octane of a 15% can mellow with cellaring, but the hops are very tasty so I would not hold on to this. I enjoyed how smooth it was for there aren't many 15% beers I have liked as much as this, A great tribute to 15 years in business -keep up the good work Founders!

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a 50cl (17oz.) snifter glass.

Appearance: Right off the bat it pours your simple amber but you look at it has more of a cinnamon-rust color that is somewhat hazy. Head not so thick orange tinted just about 1/3" off the body.

Smell: Light alcohol scent, not crazy over it but it has a barley feel to it which is impossible to dislike.

Taste: The strong alcohol is very evident, you drink you feel. It has almost like a scotch feel to it combined with what real beer is. Barley so strong and a taste that lingers in your mouth.

Mouth: With a sweet after-taste, you feel what quality is. Not exactly smooth but just right texture combined with medium carbonation.

Overall: Made this my first beer for the year 2013 and I have to admit that I think I made the right choice on how to start the year. I lately have been taking a liking to barleywines and this one is on top of it's game. Grab a glass and lust it, Salud!

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Photo of beerguy24
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of mportnoy
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Kmccabe33
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of coz
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Supergenious
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of sjones5045
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of StPaulSuds
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Brianito
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Omensetter
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of daledeee
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was hyped up well. Had it on tap at $8 for an 8 ounce glass.

A very dark clear burnt orange with no head.

Nose was pancake syrup and hints of spice.

Taste is heavy sweetness, malty and spices. also plenty of apricots and spicy orange. I am glad l only had the small glass. This is one rich beer.

I didn't notice much carbonation but this is incredibly boozy. It was actually hard to drink. A very over the top beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Gobzilla
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a pale amber brown in color with pale yellow highlights and a thin head that left very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of malty sweetness upfront in the aroma with grassy earthy notes, booze heat, plenty of hop character and mild caramel but with slight brown sugar presence.

T: caramel sweetness was more noticeable on the palate with a good hoppy profile that was accompanied by grassy earthiness, plenty of bready malts, the booze was all up in your grill with a touch of underlying brown sugar.

M: the brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, malty, hoppy, boozy and crisp finish.

O: I honestly was a little let down from all the hype but then again it's just hype after all. It can be that I've had some AMAZING barelywines lately too. I was just decent and nothing more

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Founders Bolt Cutter from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1,344 ratings
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