Founders Bolt Cutter | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Bolt CutterFounders Bolt 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.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter. 2012 vintage.

Auburn body with copper highlights. One finger of egg shell foam that survives the first couple of sips then drops and leaves some tendrils of lace.

Orange and grapefruit hop aromas, even now! Sweet caramel malts and a hot booziness. Big like a barleywine should be.

Loads of vanilla on the palate. Hop bitterness on the corners of the tongue are resin-y with grapefruit and aspirin. Sweet caramel and orange on the swallow. Booze is noticeable but not overpowering. Warming produces more intricate dark fruit flavors, golden raisins and dates.

Nice and heavy feel on the tongue, creamy. Slightly dry from the hoppiness.

Age has allowed the sweet caramel and dark fruit flavors to become more apparent along side the booze and hop bitterness, which is still impressive after sitting on this a year. Bolt Cutter is a big and complex barleywine I would sip again.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, vintage 2012. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a garnet red/copper color with about a half inch light tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing left behind. The brew smells like dark fruit, caramel, vanilla, candied oranges, sweet spices, citrusy hops, wood, and some booze/bourbon. It tastes similar to the aroma, like dark fruit (cherries, raisins), sweet spices, caramel, vanilla, candied oranges, toffee, wood, bourbon/booze, citrusy hops, molasses and some light pine resin. It's mostly sweet tasting, but there's noticeable bitterness too. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's syrupy and coating with low/moderate carbonation. It's not as boozy as I expected for being 15% ABV. I thought this was a pretty good brew, hopefully Founders will make this again in the future.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened this up and shared with friends on a seriously cold-ass night. About a year old at this point I think.

Pour is a nice-looking blood red color with a finger or so of beige head. Thin patchy cap remains along with some good lacing, impressive for the ABV.

Smell is great, though very dessert-y as expected. Pretty much cake soaked in caramel and maple, with some cherry, earthy hop, and light bourbon/booze.

Taste is quite dessert-y as well, intense caramel, maple, vanilla, brown sugar-y bread. Noticeable but somewhat tame oak, bourbon is on the lower end as well. Good spicy/citrus hop bite and some dark fruit there as well. Very sweet and rich but oh so good.

Good full mouthfeel, well-carbonated. Obvious alcohol heat and big sweetness, but great flavors make this more drinkable than it probably should be.

I would imagine anyone who enjoys caramel and/or pancakes should enjoy this. I could see how this could be too sweet/boozy for some, but the flavors are rich and pretty much awesome.

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Founders Bolt Cutter from Founders Brewing Company
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