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Nemesis 2010 by Founders Brewing Company

Beer #99, Nemesis 2010, is my last beer from a fellow blogger from the midwest, Scot (http://blog.twobeerdudes.com/).  Nemesis is brewed by Founders Brewing Company (from the great state of Michigan) in the style of an American Barleywine with a whopping ABV of 12%.

I broke out the Starr Hill pint glass (I need more glasses…I know) and gave it a pour.  It was nearly black but when held up to the light it had some nice deep dark red hues to it.  It was capped off with a small tan head.  Up to the nose went the glass and there were aromas of molasses, dark roasted malts, chocolate, and a bit of booze.  I took a sip and there was a ton of dark roasted malts, caramel, and chocolate here but the sweetness of some sort of fruit, almost like fig newtons or raisins, also comes through loud and clear.  The mouthfeel was bordering on heavy with a smooth and creamy feeling.  The drinkability for me is rather low with the high alcohol content and a sweetness that is just a bit much.  That sweetness is almost sickening to me.  I took my time with this one, probably far longer than I should have.

I have said in the past that barleywines are not my favorite style and I think it has to do with the fruit sweetness I get in them that just doesn’t sit well with me.  That being said, it was the best barleywine I have had to date.

Rating: B

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