italarican (1475) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - AUG 13, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to the RB crew in Queens! Pours a light maroon with minimal head. Wonderful oaky aroma with tons of caramel, malt, bourbon, vanilla, and a bit of spiced chai. Lots of vanilla and bourbon flavors. Surprisingly smooth. Light body with a vanilla finish. This is incredibly well-balanced.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a rubyish brown with a wispy tan head. Big and sweet aroma- caramelized brown sugar, graham cracker and plum. Slick body and richly malt flavor. Plummy, some mild honey, peat and toasted notes to balance. Thereís also some toasted coconut, graham crackers, very mild smoke followed by a toasted lingering finish. Pretty nice example of the style. Big, yet drinkable.
CheersMate (1305) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Picked up in a trade with the Beer Sommelier. 12 oz. 2008 bottle. Nice dark brown with a nice thin off-white head. Best scotch ale I have seen to date! Aromatic bourbon and wood aroma; nice aroma! A nice sublte sweet, dare I say almost chocolate sweet, aroma. Smells like an fíin smore! Very nice aroma I must say! Not overly pungent, but just so damn smooth of a nose. Nice vanilla-sweet flavor. Has a nice bourbon finish. PilsnerPeter below my rating said this had a graham cracker aroma, well I am tasting that in the flavor. This would be perfect with dessert, even though I donít care for matching beer with foods, I would rather just drink the damn beer! Nice sweet caramel flavor as well. This beer is very good, and very nuanced in terms of flavor and aroma. Not a VERY creamy beer, but this thing is pretty smooth. Alcohol is welll hideen, although there is a slight bite at the end. I am happy I traded for this, seeing that this beer is just a superiour scotch ale. Nice bourbon touches throughout the drinking experience, which I love.
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
í08 sample thanks to Ben @ crown #6. Pours dark golden, scotch-like. Nose is slight roasted malt, bourbon, some vanilla. Taste is an excellent complexion, very good bourbon component that doesnít overpower, slightly sweet, smooth and a little caramel/nut. Finish is a bit sticky, and aftertaste is wonderful bourbon with a touch of alcohol, not too much in any way. Wonderful beer, glad I got to try!
Blaze312 (132) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Was a gift from Nate. Iíve always been fascinated with the label on this bottle. The old man with his axe. Now on to the review! Pours a cloudy brown color with almost no head. Aroma of sweet and roasted malts, some hint to fruit as well, although i canít determine which. Taste of bourbon, with some spice. The malt comes through roasted and quite nice. Slight bitter aftertaste but not bad in the least. I will be buying some of these the next time I get a chance.
Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught. I was told this was a barrel aged version but I surmise from the description that thatís the norm. The body was dark brown almost ash colored with a decent tan head that produced nice lacing. Aroma was initially mellifluous, some vanilla, strong bourbon oak, caramel, a little dark chocolate or coffee roast, and a sweet spicy perhaps even slightly peaty finish alongside alcohol. The flavor was even better; chocolate syrup, caramel, bourbon oak, light vanilla, lightly rooty and spicy, and the wood and alcohol finished out strong. Palate was thick and smooth and slightly numbing.
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle courtesy of daknole... I think. Pours a deep cranberry red color... thick and viscous looking with minute floating particles. Medium head with decent head retention and lacing. Big bourbony aroma with vanilla and toffee notes. Taste is bourbon, slight roast, caramel, toffee, vanilla, very light bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied. Overall a bit too much bourbon for me but still pretty good.
amp811 (38) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JUL 16, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I had had the Dirty Bastard before trying this one. My thought was "Well, I loved Dirty Bastard, so that aged in Bourbon Barrels can only mean itís better." Good thing I was totally right.
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Poors thin with minimal carbonation. Nice bourbon nose with a pleasant woodiness in the background. Taste of strong Bourbon, Oak, and dark fruit. Much more bourbon taste than I got from the nose. Overall a great BA beer.
shigadeyo (2976) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2013
11/15/2007: Founderís Backwoods Bastard has sweet caramel and chocolate in the arom with faint bourbon and quite a bit of vanilla in the aroma. The beer has a clear, dark brown color topped with a thin layer of dissipating foam. The flavor has heavily caramelized malt and chocolate, dry woody notes, bourbon, and plnty of vanilla. There are traces of chocolate in the finish and the alcohol is reserved. This beer is full-bodied, yet smooth and lightly creamy on the palate. It does look quite thick though! Overall this is a fantastic scotch ale and much better than the regular Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale.
12 fl. oz. bottle (Alc by Vol 8.7%). Rating #364 for this beer.
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6/10/2010: Founderís Backwoods Bastard (Ale aged in oak bourbon barrels)... Aroma: Amazing blend of vanilla, boubon, sherry, syrupy malt, hint of barrel char. Appearance: Good pop when opening; orange/golden brown color; clean; beige crown that quickly gathers on the pour and the fades away to the edges... Flavor: Delicious, intense, smooth, rich, sugary caramel maltiness; vanilla; charred oak; dry bourbon with just a bit of bite and bitterness in the finish. Palate: Medium-bodied; quite smooth; slightly mellow mouthfeel with just the right tingle of carbonation. Overall: Still damn good; more dry (compared to when itís fresh and young) with lots of bourbon coming through.
12 fl. oz. bottle (Alc By Vol. 8.7%) with twist-off cap. Score: 8/3/8/4/17 = 4.0