Founders Sappy Slappy Bastard - Founders Brewing Company
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Ratings: 37 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
4.88/5 rDev +12.4%
Enjoyed on tap at The magnificent Crane Alley in Urbana,
One lush finger of tan froth tops a deep muddy brown body. Light appears incapable of penetrating Sappy Slappy. Dense rings of lacing on the pint glass leave me highly impressed. The nose is rife with vanilla bean and maple syrup, while the bourbon cask permeates the beer with a dense oak, whiskey smell. Magnificent.
As good as the smell is, the flavor is even better. The bourbon cask loads the beer with a hearty complexity, while the hop flavor and texture provide a resiny, gritty flavor. This is so robust and complex, it is easy to mistake this for an American Barleywine, given the dense hops and rich malt. Vanilla bean and dark chocolate provide a sweeter finish after the bourbon-dominated first half. Extremely well balanced mouthfeel.
Overall, this was nothing short of outstanding, and I knew nothing of Founders making this. I cannot recommend this highly enough should it be available either on tap or in bottles. First rate.
11-13-2011 03:43:24 | More by Gehrig
4.85/5 rDev +11.8%
A: Pours a dark red with a nice frothy head that sticks around forever. The head looks more like cream than head it's so light!
S: The nose is bourbon, toasted maple, oak, caramel, and citrus. Wow! This beer is going to be fun!
T: Maple syrup, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, coffee, malt, pine hops, this thing has it all. If I had a growler of this, it would be trouble for sure. In my opinion, this is one of the best beers I have tasted. Probably in the top 3.
M: Mouthfeel is right where it needs to be. Comes across a bit chewy but that fits ery well.
D: Unbelievable. I could live off of this beer for at least a week. I hope that I can find more of it because the paltry glass I had was just not enough. If you can get your hands on this, give it a whirl!
12-06-2009 00:35:35 | More by beerman207
4.68/5 rDev +7.8%
On-tap at Flying Saucer served alongside Backwoods bastard on-tap in tulip glasses presented a slightly murky deep brown with almost no head. Aroma was maple syrup, dark malts and slight dried fruits. The taste was a wonderful balance of dark malts, maple, brown sugar, dried fruits and cinnamon, very complex and VERY tasty. The beer was medium bodied with fairly well hidden alcohol, although it was certainly warming. This is a very special brew, one I most certainly want more of, and one that only makes me want to try Canadian Breakfast Stout even more!
12-11-2009 02:23:12 | More by atsprings
4.68/5 rDev +7.8%
Thanks to Arp for sharing at his outstanding first beer tasting party ever. We rolled through 3 growlers of this as a team in the weeks following Cleveland Beer Week, and everyone loved this beer. Another shout out to Mr. Michael Bell for his generosity! Thank you sir!!
Pours a dark brown with a touch of redish highlights, small white head shows up after a vigerous pour from the growler into a little tasting glass.
Smells like heaven. I'm a huge fan of Backwoods, and this raises the bar in terms of the barrell smells that emerge. Coconut, vanilla, caramel (not just from the malt), and a touch of primed oak. Not a ton of bourbon in the nose (nothing compared to fresh Backwoods).
Taste is truly exceptional. A huge rush of vanilla and sweet maple syrup starts things off right. A sweetness from the malt moves things along, then a nice wood and bourbon flavor cap things off. Ends in a beautiful coconut and brown sugar taste that is so sophisticated. This backwoods bastard got a shower and a haircut and put down his axe to play nice.
A little flat, probably due to the growler thing. But perfect body and so damn drinkable. I brought a growler to a family function and drank most of it myself. Thanks to my lovely fiancee for driving home that night!!
This is one of the best beers I've ever had from my favorite brewery. Cheers and happy holidaze to the folks up north at Founders!
12-23-2009 14:56:36 | More by jampics2
4.58/5 rDev +5.5%
Poured from a growler into a 12 ounce snifter.
Picked up a growler of this from Party Town in Florence, KY.
Pours a beautiful, ruby-red color with a small, but strongly laced head on top.
The aroma is very similar to the regular Dirty Bastard...lots of malt, some caramel, oats, cinnamon, figs, crusty bread, and some maple, as well.
The taste is also similar to the standard Bastard, but has a bit more creaminess around the edges. It reminds me of Old Curmudgeon. Some whiskey notes in there, maple, molasses, tart dried fruit, oak, cranberry, cinnamon, and some hoppy bitterness to balance it out.
Overall, this is a remarkable beer...not too much different from the standard Dirty Bastard, though there are some subtle differences...mostly the whiskey barrel flavor in the body, similar to an old ale flavor. There are some maple notes from the barrels used, which lend themselves to create new depths and layers to an already great beer.
03-02-2010 00:05:48 | More by movingtrain
4.58/5 rDev +5.5%
On tap at Bukowski's, Cambridge, MA.
Appearance: 1/2 inch offwhite head that stays for a long time and leaves rings of lacing. Beer pours a very deep amber and leaves clumpy lace on the glass.
Smell: Bourbon, caramel, maple, maybe some pine lurking around, along with some plum and raisin. Predominantly boozy and rather deep. Very inviting.
Taste: So much going on here. Sweet caramel and toffee, some chocolate, subdued bourbon notes, with a hot alcohol finish. Rather malty at times, but there's definitely some sharp hop influence (piny?). Coffee ice cream, sweet yellow cake, some vanilla, fresh backed cookies, hints of raisin and prune. Tons of creamy, candy/cookie flavors and a lot of depth. Excellent.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and full-bodied. Kind of sticky and almost chewy. Starts a little watery then thickens way up. Carbonation is decent. Stickiness can almost get to be too much. Hot from the alcohol.
Drinkability: This is a strong beer in every sense of the word. It hits a bit heavily to have more than one at a time, and I think it's probably a bit too aggressive to be more than a special occasion beer. I won't pass it up if I get the chance to have it again though.
Delicious beer. Reminded me of some of the deeper, creamier offerings at last night's Night of the Barrels. Lucky find.
02-21-2010 04:58:54 | More by Pahn
4.53/5 rDev +4.4%
Many thanks for a growler of this to one of my Cincinnati BA buds who asked I not mention the hookup. It was greatly appreciated, my wife and I shared it in celebration of our 23rd Anniversary.
Appearance: Vigorous pour into a DFH snifter produces a light tan foamy head that subsides in a minute or so to a ring and surface foam. Some light lacing. Color is a deep garnet brownish red.
Smell: The smell is a quite wonderful balance of all the components I expected. Hint of bourbon, hint of brown sugar or maple syrup, and a hint of vanilla with a slight oakiness. The smell isn't really overpowering, the components are all there but none of them stand out, and it takes a little concentration to pick them out.
Taste: I've been drinking it for a while to let it warm up to just the right temperature, and the flavors have really evolved. This beer is truly lovely tasting, and that isn't an adjective I would use often to describe a beer. Really good vanilla flavors, the malty sweetness is complemented well by the maple flavor, and the bourbon flavor is just light enough to let me know it is there. Really complex, and yet, a simple melding of some of my favorite beer flavors.
Mouthfeel: I think the body of this is just right, its not at all syrupy and yet it has a thickness to it that helps it glide across the tongue. There is no booziness and absolutely no alcohol burn, it goes down real easy,
D: Simply amazing. A 10% beer that I could easily drink several of, perhaps that makes it a little dangerous. Dirty Bastard was one of my earliest favorites when I began exploring scotch ales, Backwoods Bastard was a great leap forward on an already superb beer, this is yet another leap, and I would really love to see this bottled so I could drink it more often.
03-22-2010 04:33:53 | More by unclejedi
4.45/5 rDev +2.5%
Had this on-tap at The Comet at Hopnosis. Pour is from the tap to a pint glass. This could easily be my favorite offering from Founders yet. Review is from notes taken on 12/3/09.
Appearance: Pours a well-balanced coffee brown with light hints of toffee brown to ruby red; no head to speak of, just a very thin whisp of a skim in the center of the surface; body is mostly opaque so I can't see if it's well carbonated or not; no lacing to speak of.
Smell: Definite presence of sweet maple syrup; strong whiff of alcohol that is bourbonesque; slight oaky/vanilla scents; nose is quite strong and inviting - almost making me hungry for pancakes just smelling it :)
Taste: I'm overwhelmed... Wonderful flavors of maple syrup, caramel and burnt sugary malts; elements of bourbonesque alcohol; slight hints of chocolate... flat out amazing. Presence of alcohol really begins to grow as it warms, but it's still very well blended with all of those other sweet flavors.
Mouthfeel: Body is a tad flat, but being barrel-aged it's not that uncommon; body is a little slick as well, but definitely leaves the mouth sticky; belly is left quite warm and full from this offering.
Drinkability: Absolutely fantastic flavors and smells, sits a bit heavy though and the ABV is too high for too much, and also I would imagine that the super sweet flavors would start to turn a stomach after a while, but I'm fortunate to have gotten the opportunity to try it and would gladly have another pint at some point if the opportunity presents itself.
12-07-2009 04:48:59 | More by bamadog
4.43/5 rDev +2.1%
Pours a brick colored red with a little off white head that's holds good retention.
Mainly boubon and toasty oak in the nose with a hint of maple, peat, caramel and pine.
Bouron at the forefront with maple and oak really showing through yet nothing like the canadien breakfast. Fig, dates, caramel, hints of coffee, milk chocolate and peat smoked malt. Thick chewy mothfeel gooey and nice.
12-04-2009 00:06:19 | More by mcallister
4.43/5 rDev +2.1%
Had this at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte, NC for one of their rare beer Tap Nights!
This incredible beer is a maple barrel aged version of the already awesome Dirty Bastard! It pours a brick red color with maple, caramel and pine in the nose. The complex flavor is of rich maple syrup that reminds you of gorging yourself on french toast at your grandmother's house when you were five, some oak notes, bittersweet chocolate, a hint of coffee, figs, and dates, with aromatics to match. It all combines to create a well-rounded, rich and decadent beer. This rare treat is usually only available at the brewery.
02-18-2010 07:57:00 | More by JMC_TM
4.43/5 rDev +2.1%
A-hazy deep copper brown, almost cola colored beer. The head is tan in color and quite creamy. There is little retention and a light lacing on the glass
S-the nose is pretty strong. The bourbon sets in right up front and holds lightly throughout. A big malt sweetness comes in following the bourbon aroma. Maple syrup, oak, and a nice amount of vanilla. Carmelized brown sugar and a touch of caramel accompany the sweetness. Ripe dark fruits come in towards the back adding even more complexity that is just wonderfully blended together
T-the taste is so complex and so nice. Bourbon, oak and vanilla come in first and the barrel aging is done exceptionally well. Notes of chocolate, caramel, and toffee lie in the middle showing a nice malt backbone. A subtle taste of ripe fruits come in at the finish with plums and raisins.
M-medium bodied and a little thinner than I had expected. The feel is extremely smooth with just a slight touch of creaminess. The carbonation is spot on adding body and finish allowing the thin feel to hold up throughout.
D-this is super tasty and oh so smooth. It has a wonderful complexity to it and the barrel aging was done extremely well. This is something unique and extremely delicious.
03-20-2010 01:26:52 | More by cpetrone84
4.33/5 rDev -0.2%
Pours a dark brown almost black into a tulip with no head and no lacing, on tap I dont always trust my pour, looks like wine. Smell is pretty weak but I get wood, sweet berries and malts. One of the weirdest beers I have ever tasted. Lots of wood, dark fruity flavors, extremely sweet malts and some earthy bitterness. The swertness tastes awesome with the wood. Mouth is nice and creamy, medium appropriate carbonation, a nice warmth and a coat of sweet wood. Drinkability is good, nice taste and price, would be happy to try it again and no off flavors.
11-28-2009 05:40:37 | More by cbutova
4.33/5 rDev -0.2%
Served in a tulip glass on tap at Founders. This is the bourbon-barrel AND maple aged version of the Dirty Bastard.
It is a deep reddish maroon color and smells a sweet mix of bourbon, maple, scotch, and vanilla.
Taste is a sweetened combination of whiskeys (or whiskey and whisky), vanilla, maple, caramel, and oak. Alcohol was noticeable, but I didn't think it was exceptionally hot.
02-22-2010 02:03:57 | More by webmanspidey
Founders Sappy Slappy Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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