Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by jpro:
4.23/5 rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottle from a 4-pack I picked up a few months ago (bottled on 10-5-12). Poured into a mini schooner.
A: Pours a deep mahogany, with some brighter, red highlights on the edges; about a pinky's worth of almond hued head tops the brew and dies down to nothing fast, leaving no lace - not really a surprise for the style and abv.
S: Bourbon notes are very prevalent and definitely in the forefront; vanilla; oak. I had one of these right after I bought it, and it seemed to be much heavier, bourbon-wise. The aroma seems to be subdued compared to that first one, but is still there, for sure.
T: Nice and oaky; sweet, buttery bourbon; peaty, caramel-toffee malts; some brown sugar notes, as well. A touch of alchohol on the end, but no indication that this is 10%+ beer.
M: Full bodied; low to moderate carbonation; has quite a dense feel; hearty; just the slightest indication of alcohol heat at the finish.
O: I've found that while I'm not the biggest fan of Scotch Ales, I really like barrel-aged versions - mainly because the dry, oakiness of the barrel cuts the malt sweetness. For the huge abv, this is a great bourbon barrel Scotch Ale - the bourbon aroma and flavor is there, but not so huge as to completely take over. Its a great sipper, and the nuances of the barrel, along with the base beer make it enjoyable, especially as you give it time to warm.
Serving type: bottle
04-29-2013 02:34:10 | More by jpro
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3.89/5 rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours out a burnt caramel with a thin ring of bubbles for a head. Barrel is overwhelming in the nose: oak, vanilla, char. Flavor is a good marriage of the base beer and the barrel aging. The bourbon notes tone down the overbearing esters of Dirty Bastard. Toasty caramel malts work very well with the oaky vanilla tones. Finishes sweet. Aftertaste has a lingering dried fruit bourbon thing going on. Mouthfeel is chewy, thick, and smooth. I'm usually not a big fan of bourbon barrel aging, but this is a solid example of when it goes right. I don't even care much for the base beer, so I'm surprised at how the barrel improved the original product, whereas normally I see it as detracting from the base product.
Serving type: bottle
07-06-2014 00:05:57 | More by goochpunch
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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