mfaulke (92) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
coyotehunter (681) - , Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2008
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Goblincat (386) - 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 (4489) - 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 (2528) - 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.