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RATINGS: 1775   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 348   ABV: 11.6%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (6722) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Murky amber color with fleeting tan head. Big smooth whiskey, caramel aromas. Medium body with soft co2. Big boozy bourbon, wood char flavors with sharp caramel, pit fruits, boozy warming finish--boozy

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
arcanumpax (1) - - AUG 7, 2012 does not count
Big mouth feel, malt is amazing with a lingering sweetness. A great beer to sip on and enjoy.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jonhall (62) - - AUG 6, 2012
Oh this is good. Pours dark tree branch brown. Very heavy malt, molasses, touches of bourbon. Rolls thickly in the mouth with an alcohol edge. Nice finish. Dirty Bastard++ ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Pours cola with no head. Smell strong bourbon vanilla and red fruit, bit of black licorice. Taste creamy woody flavors, malty scotch, dry finish. A bit of heat, but a lot of flavor, great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
oldgrumpy (104) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2012
Of the 1000+ beers in my journal this is the one which set the standard. My all time favorite beer. Its not only good, it is a beer with my name on it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madmitch76 (21719) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2012
25th October 2010
Cloudy brown beer, very short lived tan head. Light effervescent palate, soft. Vanilla oak with a trace of butter cream. Perfect amount of bourbon, sweet cream and a little aniseed in the finish. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
maekchu (3400) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JUL 28, 2012
Bottle (cellared for 2-3 years). Very strong bourbon and maple aromas. Light dirty brown color with little head. Heavy bourbon in initial, which continues in mid, and in final with warming alcohol. Medium body. Alcohol is well masked in general. Extremely pleasant stuff, if a bit one-dimensional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (3440) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 22, 2012
Thanks to Adam for sharing this brew. A: The beer has a brown transparent appearance, with tinges of crimson. There is a small head and a touch of lacing. S: Scents include sweet malts, toffee, oak, and bourbon. T: The beer packs some flavor. The initial taste brings oak and bourbon flavors, followed by a malty sweetness and peat from the scotch ale lurking beneath the wood and booze. M: The feel is moderately thin, with a slight alcohol burn in the finish. D: Drinkability is somewhat limited, as the strength and sweetness make this a slow sipper.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NikkTwist (2660) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2014 Draft at Khyber Pass in July 2012. Very dark orange amber with a thin fizzy head that mostly disappears. Looks identical to the non-barrel aged version (Dirty Bastard) but one whiff and you know your not in Kansas anymore. Big boozy bourbon barrel flavors pole vault out of the glass. Having just had the Dirty Bastard immediately prior, this one feels not so much "aged" but "infused" with Bourbon barrel goodness. The sweet crisp malts in the original are now flush with Bourbon. Maybe by a third. The addition tames the blunter notes. Certainly an improvement, but was still hoping for some darker notes. Huge alcohol here but finishes smooth. UPDATE: Having again at Khyber Pass in July 2014. My palate has improved far enough in just two years to better recognize that is one fantastic beer! Liked it from the start but after having 200 similar beers since then I can appreciate just how good this one is. Balanced and smooth despite the bourbon. Top notch!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2012
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. Backwoods Bastard pours a dark cherry brown color; there is a nice tint where the light sneaks through in the edge of the glass. A bit of sediment gradually sinks to the bottom of the glass, and there is not much head to speak of on top. Bourbon definitely comes through in the aroma. Bourbon and oak coat a very malty base beer. Caramel, maple, and smooth grains provide the base aroma. The flavor is strong, smooth, and reminds me of a bourbon barrel old ale (in a good way). The bourbon is noticeable first, with sweet caramel, raisins, with a bit of molasses, peat, cocoa powder, and hazelnut as well. The body is full and rich, with carbonation on the low side. There is a very light alcohol burn on my tongue and in my throat, but I expect this in a 10% Wee Heavy. There is a little bit of oily residue behind my lips after each sip. This has less peat and smoke than other Scotch Ales, but being mistaken for a very good old ale is not a bad thing. I distinctly enjoyed this beer and would like to have it again.

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