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
Reviews by unclejedi:
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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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Photo of huggsbrews
1.84/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sampled this beer at Founders own tap room.
The beer was way too sweet. Taste was less impressive as it warmed in the glass. The malts from the stout style could not overcome the maple and and sweetness from the high gravity. I did not finish the beer. That rarely happens, I almost never orphan a beer. Founders has many beers that are excellent, this was not one of them.

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Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of Bung
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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Photo of CaptainNomihodai
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of DrDemento456
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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Photo of cbutova
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of TCgoalie
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of movingtrain
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of portia99
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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Photo of amrozga
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of KAP1356
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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Photo of bamadog
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of mcallister
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of klipper
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of waiting4lunch
3/5  rDev -30.7%

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

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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
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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Photo of cogitodp
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Tippler
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of strohme2
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of therica
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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Photo of webmanspidey
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Sappy Slappy Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 37 ratings