Beers Similar to Backwoods Bastard

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by ChristopherShain, Apr 6, 2014.

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  1. szmnnl99

    szmnnl99 Pooh-Bah (1,782) Apr 3, 2006 Michigan

    My wife and I did a Wulver vs Backwoods, one of our only split decisions. I liked the variety of flavors of Backwoods, my wife preferred the deeper flavor of the Wulver. I could see anyone preferring either.
  2. psnydez86

    psnydez86 Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Voodoo Tenacious Wee aged in Eagle Rare barrels. Kills backwoods bastard. While harder to come by, any of the Voodoo BA beers will blow your mind.
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  3. FATC1TY

    FATC1TY Initiate (0) Feb 12, 2012 Georgia

    I don't think we were discussing levels of barrel flavor, more or less finding a beer that mimics the style of BA Scotch ales.

    A BA stout is not going to be closer in flavor than a BA wheatwine to a scotch ale.

    Pilgrims Dole will have more of the caramel, vanilla, and bourbon notes that Backwoods has. Dragons milk taste like shit. :wink:
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  4. Pahn

    Pahn Initiate (0) Dec 2, 2009 New York

    Weyerbacher insanity. scotch ale = barleywine
  5. Storm21

    Storm21 Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2013 Ohio

    Slightly off topic, but how hard is Backwoods Bastard to find once it is released? I've only started drinking craft 8 months ago so forgive me if this is a stupid question.
  6. Aero

    Aero Initiate (0) May 20, 2013 Illinois

    Someone already mentioned Pipeworks, however they recently released a Barrel Aged version of their Last Kiss. It was a limited release, but you may be able to find some people hoarding it. Also second the Central Waters recommendation.
  7. MattSharpless

    MattSharpless Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2012 Virginia

    It was already mentioned a couple times, but I would just like to reiterate Central Waters' Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale. To my knowledge, last year was their first time bottling it. I did a side-by-side with Backwoods Bastard (which was released a couple months prior), and found Central Waters' version much better!
  8. jmgrub

    jmgrub Initiate (0) Nov 20, 2010 California

    St. Arnold's Bishop's Barrel No. 5.
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    ODYSEYY Initiate (0) Jul 30, 2013 Ohio

    Not as limited as KBS. This past year I found it easily in bottles and draft.

    Honestly, I probably talk too much about it, but in Toledo, find some Wulver. It's everywhere. A single bottle runs around $6. It's my favorite beer.
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  10. Domingo

    Domingo Grand Pooh-Bah (3,884) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado

    There really aren't all that many. BA Big Sound was the first thing that came to mind, but it's not exactly an everyday find. AleSmith has a BA version of their scotch ale that is awesome...but is really, really scarce. Ditto with OB's BA Old Chub. I don't think that one has ever been available outside of draft. BA Outta Kilter might be the most common replacement.
  11. Storm21

    Storm21 Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2013 Ohio

    Sounds good Wulver is another beer I want to try, I'm glad it isn't too hard to find in Toledo.
  12. Danny1217

    Danny1217 Initiate (0) Jul 15, 2011 Florida

    There are still 4 packs at some places around here. Not too difficult to find at all.
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  13. FL_Hop_Knight_1856

    FL_Hop_Knight_1856 Initiate (0) Feb 11, 2014 Florida

    What part of FLA? I would love to pick some up!
  14. Danny1217

    Danny1217 Initiate (0) Jul 15, 2011 Florida

  15. FL_Hop_Knight_1856

    FL_Hop_Knight_1856 Initiate (0) Feb 11, 2014 Florida

    Damn...I'm in Tampa.
  16. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Grand Pooh-Bah (5,159) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    My point was that Dragon's Milk has more of a bourbon character than what Pilgrim's Dole has, thus Dragon's Milk would be closer in flavor to the Backwoods because the bourbon is the major taste that I get in both beers. So we're both right, depending upon our personal taste recognition.
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  17. StLeasy

    StLeasy Initiate (0) Sep 8, 2013 Illinois

    It's entirely dependent on the area, though. The first release in St. Louis sold out in about 6hrs, and the second (surprise) shipment in December about 10 hours.

    Backwoods Bastard is one of the most bourbon (&) barrel forward beer I've ever had. I'd just try to find different bourbon barrel-aged beers too see if you enjoy any as much as Backwoods; BBA barleywines, stouts, even quads taste pretty similar if they've spent a lot of time in the barrel.
  18. RDMII

    RDMII Initiate (0) Apr 11, 2010 Georgia

    Sprecher's Commando is a BA Scotch Ale, though it's not as barrel forward as Backwoods. Hoppin' Frog's BA Outta Kilter is pretty close IMO. Monday Night did a BA Drafty Kilt that wasn't bad but the barrel wasn't as prominent either.
  19. jeremiahoden

    jeremiahoden Initiate (0) Apr 4, 2012 Indiana

  20. Brewventurer

    Brewventurer Initiate (0) Dec 23, 2013 Tennessee

    I'd really like to try BA Outta Kilter. Still trying to find someone who can confirm the similarities between Backwoods Bastard and Red Brick Beard Envy. Haven't tasted them back to back and I know they're different styles of beer but Beard Envy on tap really reminded me of Backwoods.
  21. Zimbo

    Zimbo Pooh-Bah (2,269) Aug 7, 2010 Scotland

    Tempest Old Parochial Barrel Aged Imperial Scotch Ale is the best I've had.
  22. Zimbo

    Zimbo Pooh-Bah (2,269) Aug 7, 2010 Scotland

    Sounds great.
  23. Jwhere

    Jwhere Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2014 Indiana

    Wulver sounds interesting... How available is it? I'm going to jungle Jim's in Cincinnati soon, would be cool if I could get some.
  24. beerindaglass

    beerindaglass Initiate (0) Feb 20, 2013 Florida

    I'll trade you a 4 pack today for some cali goodies. Wont be a hassle at all.
  25. reverseapachemaster

    reverseapachemaster Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2012 Texas

    It's not a BA scotch ale but Miller Fortune is probably available in your area.
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  26. Trautwein09

    Trautwein09 Initiate (0) Mar 25, 2013 Ohio

    Thirsty Dog Wulver...No joke! It's amazing!
  27. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Pooh-Bah (2,473) Mar 28, 2009 California

    So hassle maybe overstating it. Just hate having to trade for one of my favorite beers while others just pick it up off the shelf. But I guess that can be said for beers I can get locally. Fortunately I have a good trading partner who always has plenty of BWB.
  28. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Pooh-Bah (2,473) Mar 28, 2009 California

    That brew sounds amazing but don't think that solves my problem of getting a BWB equal without trading I might have to get my hands on this brew though.
  29. shnsajax

    shnsajax Initiate (0) Jul 2, 2013 Idaho

    I have 3 bottles of this but don't want to drink it knowing it could be years before the bottle this again. Need to get me some Wulver.
  30. draheim

    draheim Grand Pooh-Bah (3,979) Sep 18, 2010 Washington

    This one hasn't been mentioned yet: Fremont's Bourbon Barrel Abominable, an imperial winter warmer aged in bourbon barrels. Not the same, but fairly similar; and it's safe to say that if you like Backwoods Bastard, you'll like this one. I think it's only distributed locally (Washington) but I believe letspour had a bunch of it, still might. The latest vintage is still available around town here in Seattle, they made a ton of it in 2013.
  31. Donco

    Donco Maven (1,453) Aug 12, 2013 Pennsylvania

    This may sound crazy to some, but I would recommend a Dogfish Head World Wide Stout. I think it drinks more like a barrel aged wee heavy than a "true" stout. Drinking one right now...amazing!
  32. caponeduke

    caponeduke Initiate (0) Jul 28, 2011 North Carolina

    Firestone DDBA has a similar kind of vibe IMO. But Backwoods is unique and my favorite founders offering
  33. RDMII

    RDMII Initiate (0) Apr 11, 2010 Georgia

    I'm confused by this too. Beard Envy out of the bottle was pretty malt forward, and due to the barrel having held their 20th a lot darker, but not very Scotch Ale feeling. On tap, the pour I had was super hoppy like an American BW, so I feel they maybe didn't blend all the barrels the same way. I have a keg of it and will be tapping it soon, curious to see if this is one is hoppy or not.
  34. Vonstein15

    Vonstein15 Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2010 Ohio

    It is there,It retails for $23 4pk
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  35. Ri0

    Ri0 Initiate (0) Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin

    Take your favorite scotch ale and add in approximately one shot of bourbon and enjoy! You can make a pseudo barrel aged beer with out having to hunt it down.

    But since you live in MI I will tell you that Backwoods is one of, if not, the best there is. Just buy a case of it next year.
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  36. StLeasy

    StLeasy Initiate (0) Sep 8, 2013 Illinois

    A(1.5oz) shot is too much IMO, and the ABV will be roughly 5% higher. About 3/4oz is great, though. I also prefer to add rye for the (IMO) stronger flavors, but bourbon will work just fine.
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