mjmcend (209) - USA - FEB 21, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is of bourbon and oak, with some alcohol and malt. Taste is a blend of bourbon and malted ale. Smooth on the palate. Initially sweet and finishes earthy and boozy. Overall this is a fantastic beer that expands the genre of scotch ales.
williamherbert (1329) - Syracuse, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy as hell; heavy bourbon and rum liqueur aroma, cherries and oak. Barleywine country. Not for the weak.
brokensail (11613) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Backwoods Bastard pours a cloudy, muddled amber/brown color with pretty much no foam.
S: This certainly smells like a fine liquor. A lot of bourbon and vanilla. There is also a very strong oak aroma.
T: The taste has many of the same characteristics of the nose. A lot of oak, vanilla, bourbon, and maybe a touch of chocolate. There is also a bitterness in there somewhere.
M: Very smooth, creamy, and full bodied. The carbonation is on the low side.
D: I was expecting to be blown away by booze, but it really was quite manageable. That said, you still feel it after enjoying a bottle.
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours murky amber brown with an off white head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel and a little bit of chocolate. Flavor is a rich blend of caramel, oak, bourbon, and velvety vanilla. This beer has a lot of bourbon character, but isn’t too overpowering. Pretty good.
BigMike (45) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass.
Pours a dark mohogany color with slight burnt orange highlights.
Very small amount of head thats thin and disappears quickly leaving little to no lacing.
Smell has a very strong alcohol presence. Very much vanilla and chocolate liquor. I can smell the oak from the barreling and i can get some of the bourbon notes as well.
Theres a lot of complexities as far as flavor. I can taste, chocolate, figs, dates, molasses, bosc pear, sour apple, banana, oak, and a touch of vanilla. Alcohol is very noticable and not hidden at all. Very much bourbon like.
Mouthfeel is a bit heavy. Lots of alcohol on the tongue and on the swallow.
Drinkability is below average on this one. I doubt i could or would want to drink more then one of these backwoods bastards. Not that its a bad beer. Theres just a bit too much alcohol presence then i can enjoy.
I would recommend this to someone who enjoys scotch. This is definately a sipper.
msante79 (2211) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
#900. 12oz bottle from Binny’s River Grove. Pours lightly hazed dark brown with small tan head that leaves a tan rings on the edges of my glass. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, sweet malts, toffee, and some dark fruits. Flavors of bourbon, vanilla, sweet malts, caramel, toffee, bit of smoke, some dark fruits, and a bit of booze. Finishes with some light smoke and alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium and has nice carbonation for a BA beer of this size. Really nice balance between bourbon barrel and the scotch ale flavors. I liked regular bastard but this is taken to another level. Really good stuff.
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with a darkened white head. Aroma is a bit of the bourbon booze, but comes through with the sweet roasted malts one expects with a scotch ale. That is to say that in the aroma the bourbon isn’t overwhelming in the least. Flavor is up front with the bourbon, but in the finish brings up some nice smoky notes. Over all a full creamy texture to it and a solid finish. Pretty good beer.
BeerBunker (725) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pours deep red with a small tan ring of lacing. Aroma is of bourbon, alcohol, vanilla, malt, caramel, and dark fruit. Taste starts off with a sharp alcohol bite and dark fruit. Underneath the strong raisin and alcohol taste is bourbon, vanilla, and caramel. Has a very malty backbone that is buried underneath all the alcohol until it warms. Lingering taste of wood and bourbon. Very nice warming alcohol effect. It’s better with a little age to ease the booziness. Good beer though.
pauls_parade (340) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep, dark red with a cream colored head that clings to the glass. Aromas of bourbon, alcohol, vanilla, caramel, oak, and tart cherries. Silky smooth on the palate. Initially sweet and finishes earthy and boozy. This is a fantastic bourbon-barrel aged scotch ale. A real sipper that is carnival for the senses.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
big thanks to cavie for this bottle. poured a deep amber with an off white head. aroma was huge with caramel, bourbon, and malts. flavor was bourbon, raisin, and caramel with a medium-full body with a bit of oak on the finish.