malrubius (2420) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - NOV 14, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce bottle from Garden City Beverage Barn. Dark brown burgundy with ring and some lace. Smoky peaty dark cherry woody herbal aroma with slight burn. Toasted caramel dark fruity sweetness smoky woody spicy herbal hot vanilla finish. A little hot for my tastes, but very complex and huge. An excellent sipper for a cold evening.
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours brownish red with a tan head that fades quickly. I smell booze, cherry, vanilla, toffee and some chocolate. Bourbon, vanilla, oak, cherry, chocolate and toffee. Medium thick on the palate with a semi sweet and bourbon finish.
mikesaum (711) - Newark, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brownish red color with thin tan head, strong oak/bourbon aromas, very malty hints of vanilla and dark fruits. Flavor is full of bourbon, almost like I took a dirty bastard and poured some in, a sure sipper.
VRBJG (159) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2012 The Backwoods Bastard has a strong bourbon taste and aroma. Very dark dark red-tinted color. Very nice taste that almost falls too close to bourbon...maybe too much.
thefederalist (301) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - NOV 12, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks to mrDeath5493. Pours a murky brown with a small lazy head. Aroma of sweet malts and peat smoked scotch. Tastes slightly astringent but the alcohol is balanced by a hefty body with plenty of sweetness. Finishes with pepper and cinnamon, slightly bitter. Really really tasty.
portableparty (2263) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours mahogany with a tight off white head that fades to a thin tight ring. Aroma is bourbon and chocolate malt and a hint of vanilla. Taste is more chocolate roasty malt and bourbon with a woodiness and smooth English bitters. Palate is full and slick with a chaulky dry finish. Very nice beer with a great bourbon character.
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2011 On tap at Fries Cafe. Pours deep dark ruby brown with a small khaki head. Nice lacing on the glass with tightly formed small bubbles around the edges. Enormous aroma of bourbon, cherry, and vanilla. Taste is out of this world. Huge bourbon, vanilla, cherry, toasted malt, wood, caramel, and earthy hops. Medium bodied and slightly sweet, with lingering vanilla, peat, and dry hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Simply put, amazing. Drinks like a fine Scotch or Bourbon. Definitely not for everyone. Once again, Founders rules.
RmmHronek (170) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is not too carbonated, but it is finely balanced. Some bourbon barrel aged brews taste too much like the bourbon and nothing like beer. Backwoods balances the bourbon with an actual beer behind it. The nose is strongly of bourbon, but the flavor is supported by a heavy caramel and toffee malt. Maybe a touch buttery too?
Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - NOV 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour looks almost like a cognac or whiskey, almost no head. Aroma of wood, vanilla, malt. Very wood driven flavor. Almost reminds me of a gentle bourbon more than a beer. Alcohol well hidden.
msindall (12) - Maryland, USA - NOV 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong taste of bourbon right away although it seems to mellow into a refreshing vanilla beer for me, almost like a strong hard root beer. The scent smells of bourbon but still goes down sweet. This beer taste better the second time around because you just are not expecting such a strong burst of bourbon. Overall great beer.