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RATINGS: 1581   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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Big and delicious for your ’perty mouth. Expect lovely, warm smells of single malt scotch, oaky bourbon barrels, smoke, sweet caramel and roasted malts. A bit of earthy spice and a scintilla of dark cherries. It’s a kick-back sipper made to excite the palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mfaulke (92) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2008
Once I got over the boozy aspect of this beer, I really enjoyed it. Woody, with a heavy bourbon finish, and vanilla to boot. I would love to see what the cellar would do for this one. Very very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2008
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jeffwilliams11 (310) - hooterville, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2008
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...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mattmc1973 (477) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2008 12 oz bottle, pours a nice mahogany with a ruby tinge. Small head and leaves a light layer of small bubbled lacing on the sides of the glass. Aroma is bourbon, of course, but not as strong as Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. Also aroma of wood, brown sugar, vanilla, and malt. Taste of dark fruit and bourbon, with an alcohol burn finish. Relatively light-bodied and smooth, with a nice amount of carbonation. Very good beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goblincat (386) - Westland, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2008
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2008
Deep ruby/mahogany pour with a frothy, tan, off-white head. Lots of vanilla and caramel aroma with a background of smoke, figs, and faint chocolate. Dark fruit and smoke flavor upfront with lingering vanilla and a bourbon kick. Creamy medium body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
coyotehunter (681) - , Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2008
pours a medium dark amber with a good aroma of bourbon and malt. has some nut in the background finishing with the burn of a mix of scotch and bourbon...the scotch flavor being the peat in the background. good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4448) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 28, 2008
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2008
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lowe1983 (1367) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2008
Pours a nice copper color with a tan head. Plenty of bourbon on the aroma with a hint of oak, caramel malts, dark fruit, and some vanilla. Taste is also strong on the bourbon with more oak then it would seem from the nose. Some sugar, dark fruits, and caramel malts in the background with a decent warming on the finish. Decent blend of flavors on the finish with the bourbon being stronger at the beginning rather then the finish.

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