Goblincat (378) - Westland, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark with a thin tan head. The aroma is a nice caramel, malt, and some bourbon. The taste is different, with the bourbon coming forward along with vanilla, oak, and strong nuttiness. Quite thick and complex. Very nice.
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2009 Aroma of fresh oak sawdust with a little caramel hiding behind. Pours a deep clear mahogany, a finger of head even in a broad glass, but it dissipates quickly into spots of lace. Like the aroma, flavor is dominated by resinous oaky flavors, very aromatic and penetrating. Caramel and nutty malts, a bit of peat smoke, and a tart fruit (somewhere between cherry and orange peel) slip through the oak before it fades into a long bitter finish of aged woods. Palate is smooth, finishing with tannic astringency.
jeffwilliams11 (310) - hooterville, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours clear deep red with no head at all. aroma is all bourbon, as is the flavor. there is no beer flavor to this at all, it only tastes like bourbon. slightly flat, mildly syrupy beer. not my favorite founders beer by far...
ChainGangGuy (4269) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 28, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a clear, dark reddish-brown body with a rather small, fleeting, off-white head.
Smell: A sturdy, sweet-scented caramel maltiness with a hint of maple. Oh, and with a rich, distinct bourbon barrel aroma, but you already knew that, right?
Taste: Sweet, sugary caramel maltiness with an added dose of maple syrup. Small touch of fruit. Full, punchy bourbon barrel tastes of vanilla and toasted oak wood. Light tannic astringency. Earthy hops with a medium amount of bitterness. Pleasingly sweet, bourbony finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Lightly sticky mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Oh, it’s quite good. Potent, sure, but good! If ever anyone has some extra bottles of Backwoods Bastard they’re looking to get rid of count me in.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Canal’s in Lawrenceville, NJ. Pours a lightly hazy dark mahogany with a thin brown head. Sweet, smokey aroma. Woody, earthy notes envelope the flavors which include vanilla, sweet malt, fig, caramel and bittersweet chocolate. Texture tended to the thin side. Rich, long finish.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is a dark brown and cloudy. It pours almost like mud, and god is that attractive. The flavor of this one is very earthy. Heavy wood notes with a slight sweetness and a mild chocolaty finish. The palate is torn right from a smooth beer into a smoother barrel aged version. As this goes on the wood blends more and more into the chocolate flavors. Any hop character has pretty much been smoothed over Top notch, mellowed, stuff.
MrBunn (2372) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (with an absolutely great label... the new one, that is.) Pours a fairly dark brown with a little bit of reddish light coming through the edges. Head is small and tan... almost a film by now. Aromas are heavy with dark fruit and a touch of whisky or peat or smoke. Flavor is big... real big. Peat and smoke mix with dark fruit flavors (although there seems to be a bit of pear nectar or something that I’m picking up in addition to the dark fruits.) Malt comes through as sweet and almost a little chocolaty, but more like a brownie than anything else. This is really good stuff.
MegaMan2OO6 (21) - Los Gatos, California, USA - NOV 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(11.24.08) 12 oz. bottle: Pours a clear dark mahogany with a small, tan head. You can smell the oaky bourbon barrels right off. Vanilla and sweet caramel malts are there, along with some peat smoke. Flavor is bourbon and malt. Body is dense, with a dry warming finish.
Strykzone (4376) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A cloudy brown tea looking brew with a minimal tan head that soon becomes a ring. Aroma is dark fruit with yeast, whiskey (Jack Daniels), with more whiskey. It is almost a Jack and Coke nose. Flavor is more complex but still is full of whiskey. Throw in some bitter dark chocolate, strong coffee, vanilla, licorice, brown sugar, and wood. Like the aroma, the beer is whiskey dominated throughout but the chocolate grows along with the temperature. Feel is creamy but just a bit thin. It also provides some zing on the tongue and whiskey can be felt, especially in the back of the tongue. Whiskey lovers will enjoy this beer because that is what dominates both aroma and flavor. There are other aspects that make it interesting and it is definitely flavorful.
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. 2008 vintage. First rating back after Hack Attack 2008. Pours a muddy brown. Thin, off white head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, and woody notes. Flavor is nice and smooth, with a strong bourbon backbone. Some touches of toffee, bready malt, caramel. Finish is boozy with a touch of chocolate. Nice beer.