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:
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Reviews:
237
Ratings:
1,342
pDev:
12.1%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of mdillon86
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of gabedivision
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce to a snifter glass

A- crystal clear ruby red, minimal carbonation, 2 finger slightly off white head that forms a tight white bubbled lace around the top of the glass

S- toffee and caramel up front, citrus hops shine through, grapefruit, mango, sweet toasted malt, booze soaked dark fruits.

T- brown sugar, sugary Malts, big toffee, earthy notes from the hop bittering, cherry wood, very aggressive with an alcohol at the end

M- very big and bold in body, very sweet, smooth like bourbon, finishes dry

O- wow, big huge complex barley wine, great hop flavoring, extreme mealtimes, great all around, the alcohol is hidden very well also.

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Photo of JPortillo
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of FanofHefe
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Clear, dark amber body with strong red tint and a one-finer tan head. The head dissipates very quickly and leaves a smattering of lacing.

More impressed by the aroma than I thought I would be. The hops definitely jump out early with a combination of citrus and light tropical notes. Solid caramel malt aroma blends with the hops nicely.

The flavor is a little stronger on the caramel malt side than the original aroma. But, enough of hop presence to make for a solid barleywine mix.

Surprisingly, very little notice of the alcohol for such a strong abv. This is one of, if not the best, barleywines I've ever had.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color, not much of a head though and no lacing.

Smell has huge sweet malt aroma, caramel being the most dominant, some toffee, decent citrus hop presence at first but soon is pushed out of the way by the malt, can pick up some alcohol which isn't that surprising considering its strength.

Taste is very malt heavy yet the citrus hops are surprisingly strong and help balance the flavor from being too sweet, also surprising is the lack of heat, the alcohol is definitely there and present but much tamer for a young 15% barleywine than I would have thought.

Very tasty and normally I would recommend aging barleywines but the current citrus hop presence ages a lot and will only fade with time.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, November 2012
The Bruery tulip

A: Pours a slightly cloudy deep orange/amber color. Initially about a full finger of slightly off white head. Actually sticks around a while. Some lacing bits. Seeing some alcohol feet.

S: Getting big hop notes. Big citrus and some piney hints. Then big caramel and toffee underneath that. No bourbon at all unless it comes up later. It does smell sweet on the nose.

T: Up front, you do get some hop bitterness. Some of that orange marmalade, other citrus, etc. Getting nice bready malts. Some slim caramel and toffee. I get that maple sweetness....which I guess is from the barrels. Lots of booze does so its face later as you start.

M: Big medium bodied here. Not as thick as i thought it would be. Some booze.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of assman79
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of VaTechHopHead
2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Founders Bolt Cutter from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1,342 ratings
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