beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a dark ruby red color with a beige head. Aroma is super malty, with tons of dark fruits, some molasses, sugary notes, oak, bourbon, vanilla, subtle smoke and a buttery note. The flavor is nice and complex and really malty, with notes of caramel, dark fruits like a raisins and figs, brown sugar, bourbon, oak, vanilla, subtle smoke, buttery notes, syrupy notes and some toasted malt. The body is medium with a dry mouthfeel. Overall a really tasty Scotch Ale, probably my favorite in the style!
ICEatALAMO (1297) - Troy, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pretty damn good beer. It is exactly what you would think if they took an already great beer in Dirty Bastard, and aged it in bourbon barrels. The aroma has a nice bourbon smell. The taste gives nice hints of bourbon, but not overpowering, with subtle smoke and cherry. One of the better beers I have had lately and understand why it was in such high demand. As usual, another winner from Founders!
broozer81 (106) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This brew will make you walk sideways…backwards... What a kick-ass beer, way underrated IMO.. Oaky bourbon flavor, lovely vanilla undertones, a faint touch of some unidentified fruit with a slight warming of abv... Nicccee Wee Heavy....Founders top notch...
AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Fan-freakin-tastic! Of the Scotch Ales (a.k.a. Wee Heavy) that I have tasted, this one is one of the best!! My thanks to Larry for the gift of this fine brew as I can’t find it in my area and we need to start carrying it! Wonderful scents of robust bourbon, dark fruits and vanilla. Gimme a case of these and leave me alone! Go easy on this brew as the alcohol is so well hidden. Some smoked venison or wild boar fajitas would pair oh so well!
44stone (3) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - NOV 27, 2011 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had on draught at 44 Stone. Went into it only with the expectation that Founders rarely misses.
Pours dark, rich and heavy with a very inviting nose. Tastes of Bourbon, Scotch, smoke, peat and toasted malt.
Simply put, a must try. I’ve had many a wee heavy/scotch ale in my days; most of them in Scotland. This now sets my standard for the style.
Incredible. Well done again, Founders.
vmilaxer29 (412) - Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is super fruity right away. Some pineapple/coconut smells. Not what I was expecting. Pour is deep red with a head that fades quick. Fruity flavor is in there as well. Pineapples and strawberries. Some sweet cherry in there too. Palate kind of burns and is pretty slick. Aftertaste is cherries. This isn’t bad, just not the best I’ve had in this style.
mrjaxson (475) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Was extremely pleased to find this tonight on tap at Erv’s Mug in Oak Creek, WI. Dirty Bastard is excellent, and aging it in bourbon barrels adds extra dimensions to an already complex product. Backwoods Bastard has a woody, mossy sort of thick scent. The bourbon-alcohol scent is there, too. It has a medium body and sweet taste. Another superior ale from Founders.
beerfest5 (1207) - Cloneen, IRELAND - NOV 25, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2014 Not normal for me to re-rate something, but I think I had this too early on in my beer exploration to really enjoy. Plus, I feel like bourbon barrel aging beers has gone over the edge, and some beers don’t respond very well to it, but this isn’t true here. Founders Scotch Ale already has the buttery and sweet flavors that are wonderfully enhanced by the barrel aging process making this an incredibly smooth, caramel, butter, and sometimes spicy scotch ale.
rubbishystuff (2259) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2015 Strong aroma and flavor of bourbon. Smokey but not so much a peat smokiness. Very malty and slightly syrupy. Quite nice. Serving: Bottle
Brigadier (3509) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle
With two of these in the cellar I was glad to open one now and save the other for later. This is a very strong beer with lots of depth. I’d expect nothing less from a quality brewery like Founders. While I would not go out of my way to get more once they gone I also would consider picking up another if it was on the shelf.
Aroma / Appearance - The dense head collapses over time into a yellowed paper crust. Slick spindly legs also provide depth for the ruby red body. The nose contains strong vanilla, malt balls, wood ready for the final clear coat, and a definite base of ethanol. It is strong but not of character for a 10% ABV release.
Flavor / Palate - Creamy from start to finish the mouthfeel is thick. The bitter base holds up vanilla, oak, and rosy floral aspects. Warm with an alcoholic aftertaste this feels like the amped up Scotch ale it is. Unless you have a reason not to take your time and savor a well rounded beer from one of America’s best breweries.