Sappy Slappy Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by atsprings on 11-10-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 23
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4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap at Smokin' Joe's in Pittsburgh. Had in April of 2010. Served in those weird glasses at SJ's that I'm still unsure of what they are...

A - Pours a dark amber, brown, almost mahogany color. No head to speak of, but a tan collar and some slight tan bubbles here and there.

S - Lots of woody notes here along with bourbon, maple and vanilla. Caramel and some malt come out as well. Really nice.

T - Follows the nose quite well but more buttery caramel flavors come out along with the maple and bourbon. Brown sugar and oak make themselves known as well.

M - Medium to heavy bodied beer that was smooth and creamy on the tongue. Low carbonation.

O - Really surpsied to find this one as I had never heard of it. Really nice offering from Founders!

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3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow I had no idea this was like the dirty bastard with a higher ABV.
A - Well it poured pitch black with very minimal head. As drunk the lacing came into play but really no carbonation
S - Mostly maple and bourbon but very faint. I bet nitro would have shaken it up a bit and given it more smelll.
T - Damn bourbon (or scotch?) was very present. A very slight maple or nut flavor followed but the bourbon wasn't as strong (tasting) as expected. Pretty well rounded.
M - Well it was extremely heavy but I got it down with little trouble.
D - Well as a limited experiment by founders I have mixed feelings. Obviously those complaining its too sweet must be alcoholics because I was mostly tasting straight up scotch but on the flip side it wasn't worth the rarity charge (5.85 with the dollar off happy hour charge! Goddamn!) Overall it was a learning experience since it had flavor and substance but very slight bourbon flavor for the ABV. Cool.

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4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a realy crazy beer, at times I thought it was a wine than abeer than a burbon. A realy fun and beer that over loads the scences.

A- clear ruby red with very little head. when I recieved it it was just around the edges.

S- hints of burbon wood and spices.

T- Each sip was a cocktail of flavors.

M- was medium not lite but not to heavy every thing I could wish for.

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4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Smokin' Joe's in Pittsburgh...very surprised to find this one.

A - pours a dark amber brown color without a hint of head, only a thin partial collar of tan bubbles.

S - lots of wood, nice vanilla notes, bourbon, some caramel and a tiny hint of butter.

T - taste matches the aroma pretty well. Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, sweet in a sugary way, oak, alcohol...pretty smooth overall, but a bit hot on the finish.

M - full bodied, sweet with snooth creamy carbonation. Some alcohol warmth and tingle on the tongue and sides of the mouth.

D - not completely, but tending towards being a sipper. Some warmth from the alcohol, alcohol is pretty high too. Definitely one to take slowly, but since I'm here and will probably never see this again, I will probably have another.

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2.85/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On-tap at Smokin' Joe's Saloon, East Carson, Pittsburgh's South Side.

It looked great. I found some nice scents of toasted malts, nuts and hops florals but not enough to rescue the overall enjoyment or lack thereof. There were 3 of us beer-fanatics and no one liked it at all.

It has a nice boldness to it as something in the nut-brown category, fairly decent as a Scotch Ale category but the maple syrupy effect was truly nauseating. I just couldn't get myself to finish even the 8-ounce sampler glass. It was truly nauseating, for all of us.

Slightly smoky malty notes and some hops bitters and florals were nice but buried somewhere in there under maple syrup.

It's still a much better offering in the maple category than Tommyknocker's Maple Nut Brown Ale which is probably the only other maple beer that I've had to compare.

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4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Founders. Caramelly red pour with a light tan head.
Tons of malt and sweet caramel/toffee in the aroma.

Taste is matching, but the maple and bready flavors accompany. Oak is there to keep the sweetness in check. Finishes with some drying chalky earthiness.

It was warming, but the alcohol was kept very in check. Sticky medium body that coats the mouth completely.

Outstanding, maybe the best Scotch I've had. Slightly different take than the Backwoods Bastard.

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4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewpub. Looks as if this is another in the continuing experimentation with maple syrup barrels. In this particular case, the effect is heavy and saturating, I could not imagine having too many of these.

The beer is dark copper color, clear, with almost no head at all. I definitely get the maple syrup in the nose, sweet and heavy, a little alcohol presence, also strong caramel and toffee. This smells really rich, and the taste is overpoweringly strong too. Maple syrup, toffee, ethanol, more ethanol, etc. Like several of Founders recent extreme maple barrel beers this one is rich to the point of detriment, it becomes difficult to approach more than one in a sitting.

The body is medium-heavy, very low carbonation, adding a viscous complement to the syrup flavors. Drinkability suffers a bit as a result, but really this is another great innovative beer by Founders. One of my favorite breweries in this or any country I've tried.

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4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

A hard to get beer from a growler... Of Course markwise provided it.

A: Pours a nice shade of brown with amber tones showing through. Average sized white head with very nice leggy lace noted.

S: Aromas made up of maple, caramel, vanilla, and a bit of bourbon.

T: Sweet maple, Karo syrup, vanilla, and light oak. Very sweet but pretty damn tasty.

M: On the fuller side of medium, sweet, rich, smooth.

D: Not the most drinkable due to the sweetness, but another great use of the Syrup barrels.

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Sappy Slappy Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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