Monday, September 17, 2012

Beer Re-Review: Nemesis 2009

Re-reviewing the Nemesis 2009 from Founders Brewing Company. The Nemesis 2009 is a wheatwine aged in maple bourbon barrels.
Score: 78

Bottled 02/03/10. Served in a Three Floyds teku glass and enjoyed on 09/04/12.

Appearance: Pours a sediment-laden translucent glowing amber-orange color with a finger of creamy tan head. Excellent lacing, good retention. If not for the army of ugly sediment flakes floating around in the beer, this would be a nice looking brew. 3.5/5

Smell: Piney malt, faint maple, wood, wheat, a little cardboard, mild coconut, distinctive black licorice Twizzlers (where the heck is that coming from?), and a little spiced whiskey. Some stale hops too. 3.5/5

Taste: Super sweet caramel malt, wheat grain and a hint of maple. The finish has some cardboard flavor and oxidized "hotness" on the back of the tongue. As the beer layers, however, a delicious caramely bourbon malt flavor aftertaste develops. A little boozy still. 3.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-light carbonation. Oily, malty mouthfeel. 4/5

Overall: Has not improved any since I had it in December; to the contrary, the maple has almost entirely fallen off. The degree of maltiness present, plus the oxidation, made this one a sipper.

Recommendation: Not worth seeking out at this point in the beer's life.

Pairings: Steak.

Cost: $17.99 for a six pack.

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