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RATINGS: 1771   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 348   ABV: 11.6%
Big and delicious for your íperty 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. Itís a kick-back sipper made to excite the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (9356) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2009
Bottle that was very kindly passed onto me from Miketd via Craig, cheers Mike, consumed in a field at Towersey Festival, Oxon, 29-08-09 Pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma is sweet and slightly alcohol with the bourbon aging clearly showing. Warming in the mouth, the alcohol is apparent but the barrel aging sends bourbon flavours flooding around. There is plenty of sweet maltiness, rich fruitiness, touch of vanilla and a dab of smokiness going on, lovely stuff. A6 A4 F8 P4 Ov14 3.6

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (4102) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 24, 2009
Bottle via trade. Dark reddish brown color with a beige head. Aroma is scotch whiskey, oak barrel, roast, spices, and smoke. Flavor is malty with caramel and roasted malt, scotch and oak, spices, earth, and vanilla. Body medium, palate smooth and creamy. Pretty solid overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (6395) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2009
Bottle. Dark amber pour with almost no tan head. Sweet flavors of roasted malts, chocolate, spices, bourbon and some dark fruit. Lots of flavors meld pretty well, nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CheersMate (1338) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - AUG 22, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2009
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
italarican (1543) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - AUG 13, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2009
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shigadeyo (3630) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2009
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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2007 Vintage

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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
amp811 (38) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JUL 16, 2009
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.

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