Bolt Cutter | Founders Brewing Company

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Bolt CutterBolt Cutter
1,350 Ratings
Bolt CutterBolt Cutter

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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.

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,350 |  Reviews: 239
Photo of julielynndubee
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of McMatt7
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of brock125
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Norseman
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of hopazoid
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of TypsiYpsi
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Homebrew
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of memphischas
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Immortale25
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of MaximumYuks
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of ChicagoNick
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a reddish amber color with decent clarity on the first pour. Subsequent pours add some yeasty sediment, as this sample has spent much of its life cellared or in the fridge. The aroma is sweet, sugary, and malty. It hides the booze well, but there is some bourbon and clean alcohol to the nose as well.

The flavor has layers of sweetness, going from brown sugar, to molasses, and finally maple. I did not initially know this was a maple bourbon barrel aged beer but as I drank it, the characteristics became obvious. The beer has mellowed a bit with age I am sure, it drank like 10-11% ABV beer, not 15% + ABV beer. Nice sweet flavors and a modest alcohol bite.

Overall, this is a nice beer and one that may not have even peaked yet. Founders has at times retired beers only to produce them years down the line. I will hold out hope for this one.

 863 characters

Photo of ThurmondTX
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Mikeyson4
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of ttylicki
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of DCLAguy11
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Wowcoolman
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of dheldman
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of apasternak
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of PlayitAgain
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of wellsnb
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of griffey123
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Grateful_Head
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of j_flynn
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Bolt Cutter from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1,350 ratings