Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company
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4.2/5 rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
We pop the top and pour a brew of deep, reddish mahogany. It holds a brief, half finger tall head of cake batter colored bubbles, despite the hardest pour we could muster. This leaves dots of lacing around the glass. A bit of a head comes back with a hearty swirl, to ring the glass. There is a moderate chill haze, no sediment, and highly active carbonation. The nose is strong with huge diacetyls, big bourbon, and fusel booze. The oak mixes nicely, adding warmth alongside the alcohol, and the biting bourbon flavoring. The malts are sweet, with caramel, and a light roast. Banana esters add sweetness to the oaky woodiness, which helps to cut the massiveness of the booze. Our first impression is that that the diacetyls and bourbon are huge, and glorious. As we sip, sweet bourbon, sweet oak, melted caramel sugars, and booze hit the palate. These are quickly brushed away by a mixing from the richest buttery diacetyls. The middle peaks with more souring oak notes, helping to quickly balance the sweetness from the very beginning. Fusel booze breaks through to pull us to the finish, where the bourbon takes on a more steely, vanilla vibe, bringing some sweetness back, but also cooling the palate down a bit. Otherwise, we are nicely balanced, with strong booziness blending with sweeter grain, and rich butters. The aftertaste breathes of soured yeast and grain, strong bourbon flavoring, those same rich diacetyls, light fusel booze, and caramel sugars. The body is full, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip shows nice slurp, smack, and glug, with less cream or froth than hoped for. There is stickiness to the lips, and the belly grumbles with warmth. The mouth is initially coated with sweetness, but eventually dries with a light astringency. The abv is big, and catches up to you quickly, but the beer sips easy on account of how damn smooth it is.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the pop from the bourbon right off the bat with the first sip. Throughout the sip the flavoring stays very smooth, and relatively uniform. This is both good and bad. On the one hand, you get this great, rich, buttery, sweet bourbon flavoring for the entire sip. On the other hand, however, there are really no surprises. You’re waiting for something insane to kick in, but they kind of pull all their stops at the instant the beer touches your mouth. Really, this isn’t a complaint, as we found this beer to be delicious, and another homerun for Founders. The insane bourbon nose and flavoring makes this guy a contender amongst barreled beers, despite the style.
Serving type: bottle
11-13-2012 04:07:09 | More by TheBrewo
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