Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by Maxwell:
4/5 rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The beer pours a beautiful dark, syrupy caramel with terrific ruby tints. A slight ring of creamy head is present and leaves behind a light ring around the glass, but the body of the beer is dark red, bordering on black, and completely opaque. The smell of this beer is big with malty bourbon, caramel and sweet alcohol. Slight bread in the malt adds further complexity.. Peat malt is also slightly and gives the beer an ever-so-slight roasty tinge. On the taste the beer is very complex in flavor, beginning sweet and almost cloying with spicy alcohol and too sweet malts and big bourbon flavoring, but then transitions into very slight middle caramel before the finish pulls big barrel notes onto the tongue which lingers with the cloying bourbon. Mouthfeel is big and marmalade-like on the tongue, with sharp effervescence and a prickly feeling on the tongue. The mouth is left sticky but dry with very little saliva to speak of. Overall, I think I’m going to cellar the rest of this. The alcohol is a little too much in the flavor right now for my personal taste. There are some big bourbon notes which very intriguing in a sipping beer, but I’d like to get a little more malt flavor in this and less alcohol. The complexity of both the taste and the smell are superb, and show to Founder’s superb skill in brewing extreme beers, it just is not really the flavor I’m looking for. This definitely a must try for Bourbon fans, and barrel aged beers fans alike, and a superb beer, but I plan to cellar this to bring some new complexity to it. Expect a redux review in a couple months. This beer is a sipper meant to be enjoyed slowly in the evenings in front of a roaring fire, but it is definitely worth a try.
Serving type: bottle
11-04-2012 19:38:16 | More by Maxwell
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