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RATINGS: 1507   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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Big and delicious for your íperty mouth. Expect lovely, warm smells of single malt scotch, oaky bourbon barrels, smoke, sweet caramel and roasted malts. A bit of earthy spice and a scintilla of dark cherries. Itís a kick-back sipper made to excite the palate.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Schwarzbart (18) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Dark red-amber color. Pours a tan, creamy head. Nice, frothy lace patterns. Caramelized sugar, bread, lots of toffee and light Scotch in the nose. Tastes of caramelized sugar, Bourbon, bready malts, peat, warming alcohol, light nuttiness, oak and toffee. Hops show up in the finish as it warms. Tasted back to back with a Dirty Bastard. Less hoppy, notes of the DB, but this has more depth and is better. I don't know if there could be a better Scotch Ale imo. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aleksander9 (522) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 19, 2014
Brown/red with small tan head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, absinth, spice and some oak. Very slick palate. Aftertaste is rich, bourbon, oak, spice, alcohol, floral hops and a dry finish. Overall: Very nice! bourbon is too dominant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
elbernays (620) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 19, 2014
Bottle at home from drinkstore. Pours brown with dissipating ran head. Aroma is heavy bread malts, prune, toffee, whiskey, wood. Flavour is chewy caramel with prune, alcohol burn finish. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jbuskirk (479) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Once again, Founders managed to blow my mind and bust my nut. (Yes, the results were messy, but totally worthwhile.) If thereís a more complex Scotch Ale than Backwoods Bastard, I havenít tasted it. Weíll get to that. This brew is sex in a glass - brown-mahogany color and a lacy head thatís impressive for the high ABV. Aroma has plenty of whiskey aromas to keep you occupied. Oak, syrup, peat, smoke, toasted malt, and booze. You taste what you smell, but you also get vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, coffee, dark fruit, and nuts. Mouthfeel has a lot of alcohol warmth. Donít drink this beer early in the afternoon like I did. I was tired for the rest of the day. Worth it. Backwoods Bastard is a masterpiece.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ibrubeer (145) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 15, 2014
12oz bottle. Nice aroma of oak, not too much. Tannish head that disappears quickly. Very nice reddish-brown color. Awesome flavor! Perfect balance of oak, sweetness, & malt. Full bodied, and carbonation lends it a very creamy mouthfeel. Terrific example of a Scotch Ale, maybe a little strong for style?

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
coombuyah26 (7) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2014 does not count
12 oz. bottle from Vintage Estates Wine and Beer in Boardman, Ohio, poured into a snifter. Thin, quickly disappearing head, but the beer is a really pretty deep red color. Smells like the kind of bourbon Iíd never be able to afford: strong whiskey, vanilla, wood. Taste blew me away. Vanilla, lots of caramel, whiskey, cedar. Itís so damn smooth! Goes down way too easy for a 10.2% beer. Makes me wish I had bought a whole 4-pack. Iíve never ventured too far into the barrel-aged end of craft beer, but if this is any indicator, my bank account is about to take a beating. One of the best beers Iíve ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trapped (891) - New York City, TURKEY - DEC 15, 2014
Bottle thanks to Bmoosey. Reddish brown with small beige foamy head, whisky and caramel aroma, medium carbonation, strong bourbon taste, long finish with enduring bourbon aftertaste. The whisky taste is too dominating, it feels like having a bourbon with soda.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pressboxjoe (205) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Bottle into tulip. Have also had on tap at Unoís Hamilton. Beautiful bourbony beer, all the bourbon barrel notes youíre expecting. Not a stout so not thick and oily, but the ABV holds up against the BA. A nice, warming sipping beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
two7offsuit (238) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Pours dark brown with an off white head. Aroma is sweet bourbon. Flavor is bourbon, vanilla, and caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rarbring (1533) - LinkŲping, SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2014
Overall: Sherry, nuts, raisins, oak, vanilla. Bitter backbone.
Note: Bottle 355 ml at a De Klomp tasting. Reviewed 2014-12-13.

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