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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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

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 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 TurdFurgison
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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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 tpd975
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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3/5  rDev -30.7%

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 atsprings
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of jampics2
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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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 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 klipper
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of Gehrig
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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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 Pahn
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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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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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of beerman207
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

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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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