Beer Review: FOUNDERS 15TH ANNIVERSARY BOLT CUTTER BARLEY WINE

Beer Review: FOUNDERS 15TH ANNIVERSARY BOLT CUTTER BARLEY WINE

Founders Brewing has crafted a formidable libation in the form of the Bolt Cutter Barley Wine, designed to commemorate their 15th anniversary. This American barley wine, with its deep copper hue, boasts a potent, sweet, and malt-forward profile accompanied by a delightful spicy complexity. True to its style, this brew promises cellarability, adding to its allure. The final concoction is a carefully curated blend of beer aged in Bourbon barrels, some from barrels previously holding maple syrup Bourbon, and others from standard fermentation. Following the blend, the beer underwent maturation in bottles and kegs for several months before hitting the shelves.

Tasting Notes: A Symphony of Flavors

Appearance: The Bolt Cutter pours a luminous orange-amber, crowned with a soapy ring of white and a thin film that beckons the imbiber.

Aroma: Immerse yourself in a medley of peach, alcohol, dark sugar, and hops, creating an olfactory experience that sets the stage for what’s to come.

Taste: The palate is treated to toasted malt, complemented by notes of burnt sugar and a subtle fruitiness. The experience lingers with hop bitterness and a trace of woodiness, offering a complex interplay of flavors.

Mouthfeel: This barley wine presents itself as full-bodied, slightly sticky, with a moderate carbonation that adds a satisfying texture to the overall drinking experience.

Overall Verdict: A Masterful Blend

In summary, the Founders 15th Anniversary Bolt Cutter Barley Wine earns its stripes as a commendable barleywine. Its strength lies not just in its robust alcohol content (15% abv) but in the nuanced interplay of flavors. The barrel presence is commendable, avoiding the pitfall of an overly boozy character. A sip of this brew is a journey through layers of taste, leaving a lasting impression of craftsmanship and celebration. Cheers to Founders Brewing for delivering a damn fine barleywine that stands tall among its peers.