Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by jlindros:
4.72/5 rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Thanks to Portia99 for supplying this baby on the 08, now time to review the 09. Poured into Allagash tulip glass.
The new 2009 release, and I have refined my reviews and palate a lot since my last review.
A: Rich thick 1 finger head that doesn't seem like it wants to leave at all, and I don't blame it. Super dark molasses brown color that barely lets light through, but when it does it leaves a slight reddish hue with lots of haze.
N: Wow bourbon up the wazzoo! Also lots of oak aromas to dominate the nose. I start to get some brown sugar and molasses or some sweet syrup like aroma behind it, but heavy on bourbon and oak. Judging from my last review I didn't mention the bourbon and oak, so I wonder if it ages by lessening these aromas. I have more 2008 of this so I will have to compare them soon. Also on the nose is slight vanilla and a little alcohol. Then there are some creamy heavy malts, but way on the back side.
T: Taste starts with some rich creamy malts, very delicious malts though, wow! Then adds some interseting fruits like raisin and perhaps fig or date. After that comes the bourbon, which is still adding to the tastes. Next up is oak and vanilla, which round off the flavors well. Its really rich and complex. The vanilla seems to creep up and get stronger as the taste lingers and as the beer warms. Then some burnt brown sugar really takes a punch to this beer. I almost get a slight cream soda like taste. A slight alcohol taste as well, but very light. The flavors are dancing around in my mouth like ecstacy.
M: Pretty thick, almost syrupy, slightly velvety, some alcohol warmth and burn, decent carbonation.
F: Finishes slightly dry but still semi sweet. The alcohol leaves a fresh clean feeling in the mouth like you just finished mouthwash. The vanilla and oak also seem to stick around for a little while adding some nice lingering tastes in the memory. The bourbon also remains, but much less than before. It adds some bitter qualities that seem to stem from some possible hops. The creamy feel and taste also lingered for a little bit. Some oak esters stick around your tongue, or my tongue since I'm the one tasting it dammit. Damn this is such an awesomely awesome beer!
Serving type: bottle
08-21-2009 22:18:08 | More by jlindros
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4.39/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Refrigerated but served after sitting on counter for 40 minutes. Poured into Spiegelau tulip from 355 ml bottle. Best before date on bottle 09/17/2014.
Middle of the road pour, not too gentle or aggressive. Very minimal head. Collar maintained throughout the drink. Very deep ruby red in colour. Very murky.
Smells like oak and bourbon. With a very deep inhale, I feel a burn in the back of my throat. Very oakey.
Tastes very oakey from the barrel aging. Oak is very prominent I the flavour profile. Bourbon flavours very present. Boozy. Slight caramel flavoured sweetness.
Carbonation is a bit biting which enhances the alcohol burn. Slightly astringent.
Overall, while Scotch ales are not my favourite style, this is easily the best of the style I've had to date. Glad I picked up 4, hope I can get my hands on more eventually.
Serving type: bottle
03-14-2014 02:14:32 | More by KrisDLSmith
3.48/5 rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Founders Backwoods Bastard - 10.2% ABV - 2012 Vintage, consumed November 17, 2013
Pours a dark ruby-brown hue with a sliver of tan froth and a few dots of lacing on the snifter. Head subsides after a couple of sips. Smell and taste are oak barrel, bourbon, slight smoke, cocoa, apple, ethanol, brown sugar, caramel and molasses-like sweetness, earthy-peaty notes, dark pit fruit, and a warm booziness to end. The nuanced aromas appeal to me but the flavour is a little too sweet and boozy for my liking. Mouthfeel is full side of medium-bodied, lush and silky middle, low carbonation, some alcoholic warmth going down. Not nearly as robust and full-bodied as you would expect for the style and weight. Overall, this was fun to try but I wouldn’t seek it out again.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2014 01:18:22 | More by cratez
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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