Backwoods Monster - Big Muddy Brewing

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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 20.12%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Muddy Brewing visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 04-16-2013

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Ratings: 37 | Reviews: 7
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Photo of emerge077
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Frothy pour into a mini pint taster glass results in a sturdy head of light tan foam. Lots of lace, and lasting surface coverage. Nice dark mahogany color in the light.

Aroma is subdued, some light fruit esters of plum and dates.
Not getting much bourbon or barrel character, but it's pleasant and inoffensive.

Mellow feel, slight astringency, dry finish with a bit of woodiness. Roasted malt in the middle and a little bit of fruit ester identical to the aroma. Not much in the way of bourbon at all. Getting some dry woodiness in the aftertaste, which is fairly complimentary. Mellow and not indicative of the 10% abv at all. Pretty drinkable, but the complexity just isn't there. A decent first attempt, but not worth a premium price... this costs more per ounce than Backwoods Bastard :S

Photo of TMoney2591
2.66/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Described as an imperial brown ale aged in oak bourbon barrels. Right on. It pours a rather brackish black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises briny wood, Early Times, malty caramel (or caramel-y malt...whichever you prefer), a hint of butter, a touch of roast, and a sprig of earthy greenery. The taste brings in more of the same, though the low-end whiskey is a scenery-chewing headliner that steals the spotlight from any hopeful comer. The musty oak plays a part as well, but it's pure second fiddle. Despite the strength, I'm left doubting the existence of an actual base beer, though a little bit of seaweed (throwing my brain back to some tasty sushi I haven't had in a little while) maintains that ever-so-slight sliver of faith. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a thinly fluid feel. Overall, this beer has too much barrel, not enough beer, and not enough body to work. Even worse, the barrel isn't even a good one. This is quite the miss, here...

Photo of Tone
3.84/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, brown color. One inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, hint of nut, sweet malt, slight earthy malt, slight caramel malt, and a hint of roasted malt. Fits the style of An American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight nut, hint of pale malt, hops, slight caramel malt, and a hint of earthy malt. Overall, good appearance, body, aroma, and blend.

Photo of crow
4.04/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good. The bourbon comes through nicely.

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

poured chilled at chez buzzlitebeer

A: 3.5 solid black, poor carbonation, small head, modest lacing
S: 3.5 light traces of bourbon, booze; not much else, but inviting
T: 4.5 oak and bourbon come through brightly; plum, fig, dark fruit as a base; hopse are not detectable; very complex; lingering bitterness
M: flat; slick mouth coating; heavy
O: mouthfeel a detraction from an otherwise stellar beer; especially suitable for dessert.

Photo of MDDMD
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-dark brown color with a decent tan head and some lacing

S-toasted malt, caramel, bourbon, hints of dark fruit

T-toasted malt, caramel, nutty, bourbon, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth with some alcohol presence noted

O-decent but need more complexity in the base beer

Photo of chadkuhns80
4.12/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

They recently switched to Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels. The taste from these barrels is a lot better than the previous barrel. The bourbon flavor is more prominent now.

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Backwoods Monster from Big Muddy Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.