Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company
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4.45/5 rDev +2.8%
Fresh 2012 vintage, poured into an oversized Piraat tulip at room temperature, though this is closer to 60 than 70 as my house is pretty cold.
A - Pours a deep amber/brown with a half-finger of ivory head, which quickly subsides to a thin ring. Hints of ruby red shoot through this brew when held up to the light. No lacing to speak of, but nevertheless this is a beautiful pour.
S - Bourbon, oak, and vanilla strong up front, somewhat masking the burnt caramel and slight smoke of the base beer. The combination is reminiscent of scotch. Excellent aroma, though a bit weak for not being poured into a snifter, which I really recommend for this beer.
T - Again bourbon, with the base beer coming through a bit more in the flavor than in the nose. The malt is perfectly balanced with the bourbon to produce a wonderful bourbon/butterscotch flavor that is not too sweet and hits all the right notes. This a ridiculously good beer, though it benefits from a bit of age.
M - Silky smooth, absolutely perfect for the flavor profile. Low carb which dissipates rather quickly, but this coats nicely and has the most exquisite aftertaste. The mouthfeel seems to be one that is fairly unique to bourbon barrel-aged wee heavies, and this is the best of them. This is a real pleasure to drink.
O - This is one of my absolute favorite beers, though from prior experience I'd say it is definitely better after a few months, when the bourbon subsides a bit and the subtle smokiness of the base beer comes through. The flavor takes on more of a scotch note than a bourbon note, and this becomes a truly sublime beer experience. Even fresh, though, this is an absolute treat, worth seeking out and drinking as much as possible.
11-10-2012 17:13:10 | More by kdb150
4.29/5 rDev -0.9%
A - Mahogany colored brew with light brown head.
S - Superb smells of bourbon and light scent of molasses.
T - Very bourbon forward, wonderful taste! Medium taste of molasses and light caramel taste as well.
M - Solid carbonation at the start but loses carbonation rather quickly. Would prefer more lasting carbonation with this beer. The alcohol burn on this is really nice though! Leaves a pleasant burning sensation in the mouth. I always yearn for thicker scotch ales, and that includes this one as well.
O - Overall I love this brew! I'm immediately going to the store to buy more. Such a robust taste and smell! I wish this beer were available year round.
11-10-2012 15:58:23 | More by josephwa
4.03/5 rDev -6.9%
Thanks to ncketchum for the bottle...(2012 vintage) Poured this into a CBS snifter and drank at room temperature.
A) Pours out looking like a thin maple syrup. Deep brown with some red tone. There was no head, and no lacing. Some alcohol feet.
S) That American oak is very present. This is pleasantly woody, with vanilla, caramel, roasted malt, and certainly some bourbon. Very nice aroma.
T) A good amount of malt flavor. Again, nice and woody. Vanilla and caramel are also noted, but this is not overly sweet for my tastes. Definitely some alcohol, and the accompanying warmth one would expect.
M) A medium body, and really not much carbonation at all. Kind of a sweet sticky feel. It's smooth, but I really felt it would be a bit heavier. Finishes warm and a little dry. Nice aftertaste...
O) This is very good, but honestly, I found myself just slightly disappointed. This is likely because my expectations were sky high, based upon anything barrel aged I've had by Founders, which have been amazing. Having said all of that, I will gladly revisit this offering.
11-10-2012 03:33:51 | More by RoamingGnome
4.7/5 rDev +8.5%
Appearance: Dark copper color, minimal signs of carbonation, minimal traces of lacing.
Smell: Malt, caramel, oak, vanilla.
Taste: Vanilla, oak, bourbon flavor that lingers on tongue, burnt sugar. This is absolutely amazing.
Mouthfeel: Thick, malty, burn of alcohol that stays on tongue, dry
Overall: I absolutely adore barrel aged beers, and I buy a six pack of every pack I can find. I also do a lot of home brewing and throw oak into nearly every batch. However, this surpassed anything I have purchased or made. It is worthy of the Founder's label, and I cannot recommend this highly enough to any big beer lovers.
11-10-2012 00:11:12 | More by HeavyMetalBrew
4.73/5 rDev +9.2%
Pours almost black, or a deep deep red when I held it up to the light. Almost no lacing and no head.
The rest of my review will be best for people who have tried Dirty Bastard, founders normal wee heavy scotch ale. This beer tastes like a smooth and creamy version of their normal Dirty Bastard. Backwoods is easy to drink, very smooth, and it does a great job of covering up the high alcohol content. The first sip and the smell reminds me of a typical wee heavy, but the finish is so easy and smooth. This stuff could be very dangerous if it was a bit cheaper. I could see myself accidentally putting down a 4-pack and blacking out.
Really a great beer. Wish it was a year round. It could have been a bit cheaper, but that's typical of my area. If it's priced correctly it sells out way too fast.
11-09-2012 08:43:46 | More by HarrySTruman
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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