mrtripod (30) - USA - JAN 3, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours mildly dark with a healthy head. Malty with caramel, toasted oak and bourbon. Full and pleasant with subtle warmth. Very tastey and direct in a beer world full of hype and junk.
Criz (296) - - JAN 1, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
New Yearís Eve with a 2014 vintage. Pours a red brown with a tan head. Aromas of oak, bourbon, caramel, and booze. Flavors of toffee, caramel, toasted sugar, bourbon, earth, dates, figs, and plums. Very smooth mouthfeel, velvety, oily. Slightly more mellow than fresh.
ajnepple (4376) - Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Boonieís in Muscatine. Rich and malty aroma with notes of toasted oak, caramel, light smoke, roasted grain, toffee, earth, a touch of bourbon and a hint of dark fruits. Similar flavor, a complex and well-rounded sipper with a full body. Pretty tasty, but not as good as I remember.
tightslice (700) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 27, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Whole Foods Market in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is cherry / raisins soaked in bourbon. Taste is dark fruits, warm bourbon....slightly creamy and tangy. Extremely drinkable for 11.6%. He will cut you.
IvoR (92) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark caramel with small white head. Aroma and taste are overwhelming of bourbon. Very nicely balanced, though I wish there were some extra flavors. Overall, this is quite unique brew.
Chad9976 (1539) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Scotch Ales tend to be big, but Founders Backwoods Bastard may be the biggest of them all. Weighing in at 11.6% ABV (the 2015 edition, that is) and aged in bourbon barrels; itís safe to say this is a beastly brew. Though for such a behemoth, itís remarkably tame. The palette is delicious and the deliver is smooth and warming. In a world obsessed with imperial stouts and IPAs, this is a hidden gem in your beer store.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 9/26/15 and cost $4.39 ($0.37 per ounce).
Appearance: Gorgeous cherry red hue; looks almost like red wine. Body is fairly clear but dark. Initially pours to a large, dark tan, foamy head but it mostly fades and leaves only minor lacing.
Smell: Lovely sweetness of maraschino cherries and bourbon. Thereís a strong malt presence as well. Alcohol is noticeable, but not distracting.
Taste: Every once in a while Iíll have a beer from a style I donít usually think of as being among my favorites and itíll amaze me. This is one of those beers. The palette is simply delicious: sweet to be sure, but nothing artificial or even remotely cloying about it. Much like the nose, the taste is largely dark fruit: rum-soaked raisin, cherries and figs along with confectionery sweetness of caramel and toffee. The bourbon emerges on the finish in the form of both a sweet, oaky, vanilla sensation as well as alcohol. Though not especially bitter, it doesnít come off as unbalanced or hot. This may be the best Scotch Ale Iíve ever had, though it might also be considered an Old Ale since itís aged in bourbon barrels. Perhaps itís the best of both worlds?
Drinkability: Thereís no such thing as cold winterís night here in Florida, but Founders Backwoods Bastard definitely is the kind of brew Iíd recommend for an evening of staying in. The 11.6% ABV potency is apparent, but subtle enough that itís part of the natural presentation of the brew. Warm to be sure with a lingering sensation in the throat after the first few swigs. It eventually becomes a smooth, thick, and surprisingly clean-finishing sipper. I couldíve drank an entire bomber of this solo. Donít pair this with anything Ė drink it on a clean palate and savor it.
BroadestTom (300) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma caramel, roasty, butterscotch, smoke, vanilla, woody,
Appearance red, frothy, tan foam,
Taste medium sweetness,
Palate medium body,
Overall a very nice barrel aged ale that I would suggest to a friend.
thepatrickman (227) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 18, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Holy barrel aging. This is a celebration of all things bourbon and oak, and the scotch ale that Founders decided to use as the base of it all is well chosen. Thick, full mouthfeel with a ruby coloring and a lot of flavor from the caramel malts, but really this is a showcase of barrel aging, and a mighty good showcase at that.
Enno101 (29) - - DEC 12, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours clear dark ruby with a half finger head. Wow, what a nose. First, your met with a tonne of oak, you can almost smell the charring of the barrels...or maybe you can? So much bourbon, but not overpowering. This plays so well with this wee heavy that we get a beautiful sweet caramel butterscotch nose. Taste is even better. The bitterness balances this super sweet beer and keeps it grounded. Oak, bourbon, caramel, toffee. So good. Make no mistake, this is a sipper. As far as Founders go, this is my favourite Iíve tasted from them, even better than KBS in my opinion. A must for barrel aged fans.
BeerRenter76 (473) - Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aromas are heavy with barrel attributes such as vanilla, oak, as well as some sweet caramel malts and a faint hint of fruit. A deep ruby/ brown body, the yellow/ tannish cap is starting to receede and leaving some nice lace on the glass. Flavor is the same as the smell, the alcohol is quite noticeable, practically drowning out the other flavors, some of the malts come out long after a sip, the finish is dry from the oak but a tad sticky from the malts.