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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,176 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 5,176
Reviews: 1,420
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 626
Gots: 1,522 | FT: 141
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Scotch Ale aged in bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: CortexBomb on 01-30-2007)
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a murky dark brown body hosting a creamy tan head that stands at one finger but fades quickly to just a skim leaving no lace. Right up front on the nose you are greeted by huge bourbon tones wraped around dark fruit, coco, and carmalized malt. Oh wow! is all I can say after first sip, this is so right. Take Dirty Bastard, mellow it out, perfectly develop all the flavors and then add a pinch of Bourbon. Creamy on the mouth are a mix of flavors including hot buttered rum, toffee, dark fruits and bitter chocolate. A bitter bourbon hint shows off a hop profile as well as aged bourbon on the end of the palate. Bourbon is big on the finish and the mouthfeel. This is a wonderful sipper that should be savored. Definitely for bourbon fans.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 16:34:12 | More by SPLITGRIN
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rallison

California

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown with a light head that mostly dies but leaves some lacing.

Smells of sweet vanilla, oak and bourbon. Very nice.

Taste is definitely overwhelming oak and bourbon characteristics. Unfortunately, the complexities of the beer are kind of lost against the barrel aging of this beer. I'd be curios to try a non-BA version of this. Regardless, this has a lot going for it.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are noting too special.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 12:27:18 | More by rallison
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Floydster

California

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with Sephiroth, thanks for picking up this brew for me, split with my girlfriend last night, poured into my Duvel tulip glass

A-Deep brown with some red tint, 1 1/4 inch slightly off white head that stuck around for two minutes, some retention, no lacing

S-Oak, bourbon, booze, chocolate, caramel, figs, lots of caramel, toffee, sweet malt, vanilla, various dark fruits, and some brandy

T-Big chocolate taste at the beginning, some sweet malt and booze in the middle, big bourbon finish, lots of oak in the aftertaste as well, much stronger tasting than Dirty Bastard but not that much of an ABV differential at all, got sweeter as time went along and the whiskey settled down, still warmed a bit going down though, nicely balanced and the malt was just right, in other words not too sweet, enjoyable and easy to drink for its style

M-Medium to full body, chewy, boozy, and spicy mouthfeel, warming in the bottom of my stomach, taste did not linger as I wanted it to

D-Could have drank another bottle of this, alcohol percentage is pretty high but hidden well, smooth, not heavy on the stomach

I am a big fan of wee heavys and really wanted to try a barrel aged one, my bottle said 8.7%, nice first experience, would drink again, noticeably better than Dirty Bastard in my opinion, recommended

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2008 23:19:36 | More by Floydster
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dirtylou

Washington

4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, onbtained in some bif or another...missed its limited distribution in madison

appearance: garnet-mahogany body in my bells tulip, khaki cream head with fairly strong retention...definitely a sexy scotch ale here

smell: caramel and chocolate, bourbon and brandy, sweet malts, brown sugar and dates

taste: lovely big scotch ale, caramel, milky chocolate, raisin/plum/date

mouthfeel: thick, creamy, boozy

drinkability: woooowee

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2008 00:41:10 | More by dirtylou
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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A_ Thin tan head on a cloudy brown body with some amber hues in it.
S- Big bourbon and oak up front in the nose, vanilla, earthy, hints of cherries, light grass, toffee, roasted barley, and one other thing I just can't seem to pick up all blend together nicley in the nose with the bourbon being the main thing to jump out.
T- Wow, a interesting blend of roasted, burnt, and lightly toasted barley all with a nice solid wood backing with bourbon trickling over it (not over powering though like the aroma suggests). Grass hops make a slight appearance leaving a nice light bitterness on tip of tongue. Some fruits are found covered with a nice subtle earthy notes all over it.
M- Full chewy body with low carbonation and almost a hint of creaminess.
D- Love it! Maybe one of my favorites. Just wish the smell wasn't so dominated by bourbon. Thanks Hoppymeal for these!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 06:33:53 | More by BlindPig
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seaoflament

California

3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to northertimber for this one!

Pours a dark amber color, a bit muddy. Not too much head, maybe a quarter inch but it quickly recedes to the skinniest ring. It also pours a little like syrup.

Lots of caramel and dark fruits with hints of vanilla and oak in the background. I'm picking up some scents of raisins soaked in rum, ripe figs, dates, and lots of toasted bread. The beer seems a bit too cold so I'll let it warm up a few more minutes and I should be able to pick up more aromas. The fruit aromas intensify as it warms up as well as some brown sugar, hints of red cherries, and caramelized fruits. The bourbon works very well with the malt profile and tying together the caramel and fruits.

A little hot in the first sip but not too bad. Raisins and dried plums are intense with a sugary residue in the finish. The toasted malt and caramel quickly follows with a lactic sweetness as well. Vanilla and oak finish with hints of diacetyl and butterscotch. Slight smoky flavors in the aftertaste as well as a dry grape flavor and a bit of chocolate.

Fairly creamy texture with a good amount of carbonation but just a tad of a numbing sensation on the tongue and some alcoholic heat in the finish.

Quite a good beer actually. This is not a style I'm too fond of but the oak bourbon ageing gave this one some more dimension.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 20:58:06 | More by seaoflament
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WeisGuy

New York

4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to nflmvp for throwing this in as an extra in our trade.

a - pours a deep dark brown with burgundy highlights, one-finger creme head with retention around the edges, decent lacing

s - caramel, toffee and oak on the nose, hints of booze

t - caramel maltiness up front, some dark fruits, raisin and plum on the midpalate, finish is where the bourbon makes its appearance, nice booziness, lingering taste is almost like that of a bourbon and coke

m - medium-bodied, medium carbonation, nicely balanced on the finish

d - not overly harsh on the palate, though there is a pronounced booziness on the finish, more drinkable than I thought it would be

Nice beer overall, though it's not as "intense" as I would have expected. This is a good use of bourbon barrels. The bourbon flavors really add another dimension to the beer without overwhelming the caramel and toffee flavors.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 02:42:49 | More by WeisGuy
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shit, I completely forgot who I got this beer from. If you're reading this, let me know so I can edit the review!

12 oz. stubby bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a foggy dark mahogany with a tan colored two finger head that quickly dies down to a thin frothy layer of bubbles. A good amount of lacing remains on the sides. Smell is dominate by the bourbon aromas with a good amount of chocolate and caramel malts. Lots of vanilla sweetness and dark fruits, mostly fig and raisins. Some faint woody scents find their way in the nose as well. Smokey malt flavors with a creamy coffee bitterness up front. Molasses and carmelized almonds on the tongue as well. Aftertaste is actually pretty dry and woody, more than I expected for the style. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fair amount of bubbles. I had a difficult time drinking this one because of the dry aftertaste and boozy flavors. Founders still does a great job once again though. A nice warm feeling left in the tummy after this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 03:01:53 | More by BeerTruth
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby brown in color with no head. Smell is exactly what you'd think, a scotch ale with bourbon, oak, and rum notes. They must have used the same barrels as for their curmudgeon, this has many of the same characteristics. Taste is bourbon, oak, and some fig. The mouthfeel is medium and very smooth/creamy. This is an easy drinker, but you get a hit of the alcohol warmth in the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 22:21:26 | More by FtownThrowDown
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I found a 4-pack of this at Stimmel's in Bowling Green Ohio. Tonight my wife and I are drinking it, poured into Sam Adams glasses. The beer's appearance is 50% perfect: hazy dark brown color with loads of fine floaties but absolutely no head. I can feel the carbonation when I drink it but really no foam on top.

The aroma is strong, bourbon and malt, maybe you could guess it was even a rum and coke. The flavor is way complex, rum, coke, bourbon, sweet and roasted malts, unreal. Alcohol is really evident as well, which limits the drinkability for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 03:52:02 | More by TurdFurgison
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grees20

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this baby up in a recent NEPA case split. Thanks guys.

I went with an aggressive pour and all I got was as a decent, but thin head. It has a dark amber color with nice good carbonation forming many bubbles.

A nice malty aroma with hints of bourbon, some vanilla and dark fruits (maybe raisin?).

A little thinner in the mouth than I expected. Has a sweet, malty start and a wonderful bourbon finish.

The bourbon aroma and taste is just right, it's not overpowering. Overall, a drinkable beer that I'm sure will get better with some age.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 03:28:28 | More by grees20
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

biegaman was nice enough to share this one. thanks jan!

12oz bottle. sampled feb 17/08 while watching the NBA all-star game.

pours deep ruby red with a touch of haze. a whisp of dense tan head clings to the edges and leaves a few spots of lace.

aroma is great. bourbon and vanilla. light alcohol. dark fruit. caramel. big bready malt. touch of dark chocolate. bit of smoke.

taste is great. bourbon and oak. vanilla. big bready malt. biscuit. caramel. light alcohol. bit of smoke. light toffee. some dark fruit. low bitterness level. love the malt depth in this one.

mouthfeel is excellent. low carbonation level. medium-large body. silky smooth.

drinkability is great. alcohol is dangerously well hidden. i could drink this all night. perfect balance. great malt profile. excellent balance of the barrel character against the base beer too. this is good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 19:46:35 | More by grub
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this one was an anomaly to me. I had heard about it several times before, and received it as an extra from a BIF that I cannot remember, but that I do know contained tons of Founders at the time. This is a 2007 Vintage twelve-ounce bottle, that I do know and I have had it in the closet for at least a few months, so it has had a bit of time to relax. I am not sure what kind of concoction I am getting myself into over here; however, it looks intriguing to say the least. Retrieved the bottle from the fridge and let it warm up a few minutes, before serving it into a Sam Adams fluted pint glass.

A - Poured this one very hard into the glass, trying to elicit as much out of it as I possibly could. What I got was about a finger worth of tan head across the top, and this quickly faded before my eyes, and left behind only a thin film of lace and bubbles across the top to carry on the foam. This then faded rather quickly, and then really all that was left after that was a thin line of bubbles across the top. There was a very nice color to this, a deep hickory brown with a very cloudy and hazy consistency to it. Not bad overall, I could see some carbonation, barely making it out through the haze. Very nice looking indeed.

S - The aroma was full of bourbon and alcohol, absolutely ripe with it from the first smell I could take in. I t was really coming across quite heavy. Once I let it warm up a bit it started to take on much more character. A very nice deep malty backbone was starting to push through. Lots of sweet notes taking over on this one, with hints of caramel, vanilla and nice earthy grains starting to come to the front. Definitely, some wood somewhere in its history as the aroma of oak was huge on this one. I would really pick up the bourbon barrel clearly, and knew this was going to be a big one.

T - The flavor was a touch hot to be honest. Loaded down with alcohol a bit more then I thought it would be, and it took a good few minutes to really mellow out before I could appreciate it for what it was. Once the alcohol mellowed, some lovely sweet notes started to mingle in. Lots of caramel and vanilla starting to take shape here, really lightning it up and make it that much sweeter. Next up in the lineup was a full on assault of the oak and wood flavors that were coming through earlier. Strong hints of oak and bourbon dominating it here, really giving it a deep flavor and pronounced presence. Definitely some more alcohol in the finish now, no doubt about that, as I was left with a long drawn out flavor of rich bourbon and caramel, with the ever so slightly dry hop finish. Really quite complex and very nice indeed.

M - The feel on this one was a bit tricky to be honest. It was quite nicely nestled in the medium-bodied ale category with a nice rich profile and really complex finish. Good carbonation stayed with it till the end never letting it get dull or boring in any way. Definitely not thing, but it was a little slick to be honest. Still very nice, and smooth.

D - I could definitely have gone for another one of these when all was said and done. It was definitely a sipper due to the strong nature of it, however it was really quite complex, and the warmer it got the better it was received. Not something you would drink all night, but one or two would be no issue.

Overall, this was a really nice and quite complex wee heavy. I have had ones strong then this, but this was almost borderline on a old ale. It was just full of alcohol and really sweet tones. Very nicely crafted and definitely a quality brew. I look forward t having another one day.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 15:18:30 | More by mikesgroove
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.43/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A slightly vigorous pour produces only enough head to cover the beer for a half second, what is there is a amber tinged tan color. The beer is a dark plum / dark amber color that shows a lightly hazy, cranberry red hue when held up to the light. At the first, the aroma is a nice mix between rich malt notes and oak aromatics. Deeper inspection yields much the same with competing aromas of ripe, bright, concentrated berry notes, some spicy bourbon, soft butterscotch, a touch of molasses, deeply caramelized malt, lightly toasted grain and browned biscuits.

Somewhat sweet, though this beer drinks much richer than the sweetness would suggest. The body of this beer is downright chewy, viscous and mouth-coating. Flavors of berries, hugely caramelized grain and a rich malt character slowly yield to spicy, oak and Bourbon influenced flavors that linger on in the finish. The buttery notes from the oak and Bourbon character really shows through in the finish and it adds a nice compliment to the up front malt focus of this beer. Peppery oak and a bit of hot boozy Bourbon notes provides a sharpness, almost harshness as the beer warms up a bit.

I really like that the malt character plays a slightly bigger role in the flavor profile than the bourbon barrel does; this keeps the integrity of the rich, Scotch ale style, but with an offsetting bourbon component that helps to offset / balance the thick malt character of this brew. Having said that, bourbon barrel aged beers seem to be a bit hard for me to get behind; there is something about the Bourbon notes that add a harshness the beers aged in the barrels that just doesn't quite work for me. As the beer warms up from its initial 50°F / 10°C it picks up more of the sharp, hot, Bourbon flavors which pull this away from being balanced. This is not a bad brew, but the Bourbon character is a bit much, especially as the beer warms up a bit.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 03:38:28 | More by Gueuzedude
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joepais

Maine

3.58/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass produced a fingers worth of tan head that goes to lace sitting on top of a dark brown body

Alcohol, malt and bourbon aromas fill your nose

Tastes of sweet malt, bourbon, you get the barrel flavors as well

Medium smooth mouthfeel

Very big beer, good drinkablity will drink this one again. one per sitting though

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 01:12:00 | More by joepais
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown, nearly opaque with a bit of a ruddy hue at the edges, a little muddy. Little foam, just a smattering of fine, beige bubbles that produced a bit of spotty lace. Vanilla and bourbon aromas up front, with toffee and a bit of smoke in the background. Low bitterness relative to malt, same characters as in the aroma. There was a bit of fruity raisin to start, plus cocoa notes in the middle and finish. Bourbon character was more pronounced and it had a warm, alcohol finish. Really good stuff. The texture was rich and malty with light carbonation. Founders hasn't let me down yet.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 02:51:04 | More by DrJay
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. twist-off bottle; this version has an 8.7% ABV. Poured to a pint glass.

A: Warm cherrywood/auburn coloring, a little hazy with a fine suspended sediment. A few larger flecks of darker silt resting on the bottom. Almost no head, just a slight film and slim light tan ring. Few carbonation bubbles.

S: Smells fairly strong in the 'bourbon barrel' department - oaky, steeped cherries, alcohol. Sweeter notes of toffee and vanilla.

T: Dark fruit, butterscotch, drops of vanilla - all front a slightly tart, slightly dry bourbon/oak flavor. The flavors imparted by the barrel-aging are both boozy and tannic. A little earthy peatiness creeps in toward the finish, as does a bit cough syrup-like medicinal cherry.

M: Early fusel heat warms across the tongue and hugs the cheeks. Beyond that initial alcohol toasting, I found this one a little thin, even bordering on dull. Feel is light and velvety, carbonation low.

D: A good sipper with interesting aroma and flavor. Probably not one I'd want regularly; those 'barrel' qualities just get annoying after a while, almost too strong to enjoy after more than a few ounces. Glad I tried the Backwoods Bastard; it's worth grabbing one to try if you get the chance...

Thanks to hoppymeal (Derek) for sending...

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 06:42:11 | More by msubulldog25
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of NEPA BC split #12.

Pours a garnet color, somewhat hazy with only about one finger of creamy light beige head. What it lacks in head it makes up in retention, keeping a very nice thin lace and leaving a bunch of stick, too.

Smells like sweet bourbon. It's interesting because even though it smells strongly of bourbon it's not a "boozy" sort of smell. I'm not getting a lot more beyond that, but it's definitely on the sweeter side so it must be some sweet malt, just indistinguishable to my nose at the moment. Ah wait there's some vanilla.

Taste is also strong on the bourbon but again it's a very nice flavor and not an alcoholic flavor. Sweet, candy like flavor goes along with it, as does some vanilla. Again like the smell it's not a distinguishable malt flavor. A bit of a fruity flavor, too, but the bourbon is the primary yet very pleasant flavor.

Mouthfeel is close to full bodied and is quite creamy and chewy. Soft carbonation makes it soft on the palate.

Kentucky Breakfast Stout is an awesome beer and I've even rated it more highly than this one, but I actually like what the bourbon does for this beer more than what it does for KBS. It's too dominant in KBS, in my opinion, where here it is just a perfect complement to the brew. Really tasty beer that is most certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 00:00:17 | More by number1bum
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jasonjlewis

Texas

3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to deuane for the sample

Pours a nice 1 1/2 finger head that stays for a while. Full dark brown color.

Smell is of chocolate mint licorice and raising with an undertone of plum

Taste has a raisin undertone throughout. STarts off with a chocolate sweetness with undertones of mint and licorice. Bourbon barrel aging adds a nice complexity. Citrusy bitterness cuts through the sweetness. Slight booziness is the only fault of this beer.

Smooth and slightly creamy mouthfeel. Slight astringency from the alcohol.

A viry nice scottish ale, but it is a little boozy and is a sipper for sure. A nice drink that would make a nice nightcap.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 09:16:52 | More by jasonjlewis
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csmiley

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a medium brown color with a small amount of haze. Very little head that was gone after a few seconds. Lacing was good.

S - Aroma is sweet and candy-like. There are hints of bourbon but that main aromas that I got were butterscotch and sweet malt. Alcohol is also in the backround.

T - Follows the sweet smell with butterscotch and caramel. There might even be some vanilla in there as well. Alcohol stands out much more in the flavor.

M - This one is full bodied. Carbonation was good.

D - This one is a very sweet brew but that is balanced with a strong alcohol presence. Drinability is good but the abv puts the limit at one per sitting.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 20:49:31 | More by csmiley
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz stubby bottle from a case split with my good friend Deuane. Last time I had this, it was Dark Lord day from a growler.

A: The ale is a dark tawny color, a few shades browner that a nice port. The darkness of the ale makes discerning the clarity difficult. A finger of head did muster out of the glass but it doesn't stick around.

S: The aroma is bourbon, with vanilla and pepper notes, oak and just a wee hint of smokiness. The bourbon is definitely the star of this part of the show.

T: The sip is rather interesting, with strong bourbon up front before transitioning to a rather focused malt body. The barrel has done a number on the beer, overtaking the entire front of the sip, adding oaken bourbon and vanilla notes. The back end of the beer has a green grape-like tartness, not sour tart, but concentrated grains tart. The flavor is not as strong as the nose or the front of the sip would suggest. In fact, it quickly leaves the palate behind.

M: The mouthfeel upfront is glorious in the bourbon revelry. The back end drops off too significantly, dragging the overall feel down.

D: The abv is too far to make this a go-to beer. If you like the punch of a bourbon aged beer, this is worth a visit. The bottle is not as powerful as I remember the growler being, but that could just be the passage of time.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 03:39:06 | More by akorsak
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tayner

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle sayd 8.7% not the 9.2 listed on here

Poured dark brown with a very little head, leaving just a ring around the edge

nose was strong bourbon, some woody oak, and dark malts

I expected taste to be dominated by bourbon, but surprisingly it was a little less than the smell which indicated a bourbon bomb. this was more balanced than that.. sweet malt, bourbon, mossy oak, figs.

Thick and coating, not too carbonated.

Pretty easy to drink even for the high abv. think it would be too much to have more than one or two, like drinking a beer and a shot of bourbon, but i could drink one every day.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2008 03:05:37 | More by tayner
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a clear, dark reddish color with a short, dark tan head. The bubbles are very fine and the head falls away to a thin cover with almost no lacing.

The smell is clearly the bourbon from the barrel with dried figs, vanilla and a hint of alcohol.

The taste is very sweet, smokey malts, the bourbon and a number of dark, dried fruits. The alcohol stays fairly hidden in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium and smooth, quite nice.

It's very drinkable but more of a one bottle sipper. It takes some thinking about it for me.

This is an entertaining beer. I wonder what would happen after aging it for a year or two, I'd be curious to read about this later.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2008 02:17:59 | More by meatyard
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bennetj17

Arizona

3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No head after the pour, just a pencil thin ring. Carbonation appears pretty weak. Deep scent of plum/raisin and caramel, although not very roasty and not very alcoholic.

Fruity alcohol taste with raisiny caramel and a hint of burnt malt. Sort of a brown sugar or German Chocolate cake-like sweet flavor. It almost has a bit of a fruity spice to it. The alcohol is much more perceived in the taste. In fact the finish has almost a bourbon or whiskey character that gets more medicinal as it warms. Medium thickness, healthy carbonation that is quite tingly on the tongue.

This has a decent drinkablility and is definitely worth a try...

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 07:48:43 | More by bennetj17
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MDekker

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

For Christmas, from my wife, through my brother.

Into a tulipish goblet this brew pours out very dark brown with some orange edges. A little bit of head, but what's there is thick. Not bad.

The aroma is nice: caramel, milk chocolate and notes of the oak barrels. It tastes wonderful, of syrupy bourbon, ripened berries, some alcohol, and a perfectly complementing finish. The mouthfeel is very smooth, with tiny bubbles of carbonation, but I wanted it to be slightly more harsh, less watery. Still good, though. That said, it went down so easily and was a most pleasant drinking experience. I look forward to finding this one again.

Serving type: bottle

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