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RATINGS: 1511   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beerbierbiere (9) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 7, 2014 does not count
Big boozy and robust, this is one of my all time favorites. Nothing signals the arrival of winter the way a bottle or two of Backwoods Bastard does.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JBPortland (925) - Portland, Maine, USA - DEC 6, 2014
12oz bottle 2014 release pours dark semi clear ruby red brown with a finger of head. Nose is rich fruity caramel, maple spice, bourbony dark fruit, plum, raisin, malt. Taste is nice creamy mouthfeel, semi sweet dark fruits, plum, caramel, touch of dark breads, grape, raisin, light bourbon. Finish is semi sweet dark malty caramel fruit and light booze spice with a touch of oaky vanilla. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigda83 (284) - Jamestown, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2014
Pours a nice deep aber color. Aromas of wood, bourbon, caramel, and roasty sweet malts. Taste of bourbon and woody notes from start to finish with some sweet malts balancing it off nicely. First crack at this brew and wasnít disappointed. Got a few to age and see how they taste in a year.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VamboladeTolly (238) - Tartu, ESTONIA - DEC 4, 2014
Bottle @ De Tolly Joogipood. Pours brown with minimum head. Aroma is sweet and strong, burnt honey, caramel, dark berries, alcohol, cherries. Taste is medium sweet,toffee, some bitterness, some spicyness, oak,almonds, riped dark berries, caramel, ABV is well hidden. Actually the best scotch ale I have had. Soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
screigh (474) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 3, 2014
Pours a deep copper ruby color. Started with a small head and went away to nothing. Aroma is toffee, caramel, alcohol, vanilla, sugar bourbon. Taste is exactly what the aroma is and leans heavy on the vanilla for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JDBaker11058 (1359) - Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2014
Appearance: deep, burnished ruby-amber; when backlit, the reddish hues are gorgeous and disturbed only slightly by very fine, nearly invisible particulates; short creamy near white head. Aroma: beautiful nose of toffee, caramel, vanilla, cream, brown sugar, bourbon, cherry pipe tobacco, dark raisins. Taste: toffee and caramel are prominent, with vanilla, bourbon, and lightly toasted oak coming out prominently as it warms; a bit of smoke and cherries underneath. Finish: a sweetness lasts, carrying the flavors through for quite a while; the alcohol is remarkably hidden, the finish is incredibly smooth. Notes: What can be said about this masterpiece that hasnít been said already. Sometimes the hype is just that (looking at you, Sierra Nevada Bigfoot and just about everything from the Bruery), but this time itís well deserved. Darn near perfect. Bottle from Chevy Chase Wine and Liquor.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Turboninja (96) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 1, 2014
Medium/strong, bit artificial, salty licorice, licorice, vanilla, bourbon. Deep bronze/red, medium white head. Strong taste, syrup, licorice, salty licorice, vanilla, some malts, bourbon, somewhat artificial and soapy. Long aftertaste w vanilla and coffee. Wide taste spectrum. Medium/thick palate, medium/light carbonation. Overall bit artificial and lack of edge, otherwise perfect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
samsmith33 (402) - - NOV 30, 2014
Appearance: clear black like a cola, off white head, thick. Aroma: whiskey Taste: whiskey is strong, caramel, toast, plum , grape. Not smooth. a bit strong. Feel: medium carbonation, acidic. Not my cup of tea. I think barrel aging works better with thicker/darker beers.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
starcross (62) - Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2014
I don't particularly go for scotch ales, but I went for this since I love KBS. Wow! Doesn't disappoint. I'll skip all the notes since I seem to find a different one every time I pop a bottle open. Well done Founders. Well done. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kvv104 (13) - - NOV 29, 2014
Pours blood red with a nice head that disappears. Taste like toasted almonds with a light finish of molasses. Overall a great beer.

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