On Wednesday night Sarah and I headed to The Gate on Fifth Avenue in Park Slope with our friend Caitlin for the release of Nemesis 2010 from Founders Brewing. Thanks to Brew York, New York’s Nemesis post on Wednesday I stopped at Bierkraft first and snagged two bottles of the beer (there is a two bottle limit) for aging before heading to the bar. This year Founders pulled out a barleywine for Nemesis. Its 2009 version was a wheatwine. It is described by the brewery as “5 malts and … a pleasantly bitter booming flavor.”
The beer poured nearly black with a bit of a ruby red hue. At 100 IBUs it was definitely bitter but I was most struck by the sweetness behind it which tasted of molasses and really balanced out the bitterness. Despite the 12% ABV there was a subdued hot alcohol flavor. Our love of Founders beer continued with Nemesis, top to bottom their beers are consistently delicious and well balanced. Definitely worth the try even if you don’t usually go for barleywines.
Sorry about our unintended hiatus — we recently moved to Brooklyn and didn’t have internet access for almost three weeks. But we’re back!