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RATINGS: 1783   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.

AndresTM's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndresTM (434) - Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2015

Update: Dec 2015

I don’t know if they have changed anything from earlier years, but this is working much more beautifully for me now. Gorgeous stewed dates, prunes, caramel, licorice, vanilla, and a beautifully spicy, boozy woody edge in the aroma translate into sumptuously caramely, fruity, vanilla-oaky goodness in the mouth. Sweet malty and fruity flavors are rounded out by the wood, for a slightly acidic, boozy, earthy, spicy, dry finale. Beautiful and much more balanced than I remembered it being.

Original rating (Dec 2011 and Dec 2012): 7/4/8/4/14

It pours a deep, translucent mahogany without much of a head — only a thin bone-colored foam shows up momentarily and quickly dissipates. The aroma is caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, licorice and wood sustained by a strong backbone of ethanol. It’s super boozy, to say the least. Silky mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. The taste is mainly caramel, brown sugar, and malted grain up front, with a dry, earthy, woody scotch aftertaste. It greets the stomach with soothing warmth.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
robfohl1 (17) - San Jose, California, USA - OCT 21, 2016
I really enjoyed it. Mahogany color, head disapating quickly, ton of barrel , oak, scotch, vanilla.. Touch of milk chocolate... 11.2 abv.. Bottled 9/29/16,, Bevmo San Jose, $20.00 a 4 pac.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jdjuice (497) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - OCT 15, 2016
Pours deep mahogany with nice lacy head, a really pretty beer. Aroma is straight bourbon - vanilla, charred oakiness, maple syrup, raisins, caramel. Flavors are another bourbon punch of vanilla, smokiness, sweet malt, and a little bitterness to round out the finish. A really nice sipper.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ctipping (1411) - Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2016
12 oz. bottle. Bottle dated 10/8/10, originally reviewed 10/24/2011. It’s got nearly no head and a dark brown body with flecks of ruby. A few bubbles and a ring around the surface show the only signs of life. Smells of Bourbon and lots of it. When it’s cold, it only smells of bourbon and charred oak. As it warms, it smells significantly better. The malt character comes through as caramel and burnt sugar. Bourbon and oak again in the flavor. Bitterness, too. Maybe from the oak or maybe from the hops, not sure. Again, the malt profile doesn’t shine until it warms. When it does, it’s a lot of rich sugars. Not complex, but good. Hot for sure. You taste all of the 10.2%. The carbonation keeps it from being syrupy. Still slow drinking from the booze. It’s barrel-aged sugar. Apparently, back in 2011, I still liked barrel aged sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
drjoeng (935) - SINGAPORE - OCT 9, 2016
11.1%ABV. Strong ale. Poured out brown, black. 26ºSRM. Nose has molasses, nuttiness suggesting pecans and raw brazil nuts, toasted almonds. Scents of vanilla and marzipan and toasted coconut. Mouthfeel is syrupy. Palate has a collage of dessert flavors: toasted coconut, vanilla sauce, macaroons, dark chocolate, sweet coffee, cafe au lait. The front of the palate is full and broad with sweet, bready, and light salt, almost like a caramel seasalt chessecake. Finish is woody bitter and a little lingering. Goes on Favorites List!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
phfyysik (774) - Tartu, ESTONIA - SEP 23, 2016
Pours dark brown with medium beige head. Aroma is rich with fruit notes, raisin, barrels, strong wooden, old boat, rum, fruits, light smoke, cream, old furniture. Taste is also very rich, soft, creamy, old barrels, raisin, rum, dried fruits, creamy pie, chocolate cake, old wood, overriped berries, sweetness, bitter. It is too good to describe that. Enormously good beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Yased (163) - MEXICO - SEP 14, 2016
De la micro cervecera Founders(USA) esta Strong Scotch Ale o Wee Heavy envejecida en barricas de Bourbon de nombre “Backwoods Bastard” con 11.6% ABV y 50 IBU’s de amargor, ligeramente pasada de alcohol ya que el estándar que marca el Beer Judge Certification Program(BJCP) es de 6.5% a 10% de alcohol, siempre muy generosos los Brewmaster de la cervecería de Grand Rapid’s, Michigan en la potencia etílica, en Ratebeer esta cerveza tiene una calificación en estilo de 100/100 y en general tambien 100/100, veamos por que tiene calificación perfecta. http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/founders-b aspecto es una cerveza de corona de espuma mediana, color crema, perlas de tamaño compacto y mediana retención, carbonatación escasa, el liquido es un cobrizo rojizo profundo con destellos mas claros en color rojizo, turbiedad considerable y cuerpo pleno. En aroma la lista de las notas que desarrolla es la siguiente; puedo detectar aroma a grano, ligeramente tostada, galletas, dulzor de caramelo, notas a pasas y nuez, olor un poco terroso, muy rica en olfato y enfocada hacia la variedad de maltas, el aroma es intenso y tambien licorosa, hay nula presencia de el lúpulo. El sabor es fuerte y persistente, abre con una buena cantidad de dulzor que es equilibrado con ligeros toques tostados y carácter ahumado, un amargor tambien tímido ayuda a acabar de balancear la malta, a lo largo del trago se puede percibir granos de cereal, caramelo, galletas o corteza de pan con tintes tostados, frutos secos difíciles de identificar; detecto principalmente nuez y pasas, humo, amaderada, el nivel etílico aporta mucho al sabor dando tibieza en garganta y formando parte del carácter general del trago, muy buena Founders a sido de las mejores cervezas que e probado, no escatiman en potencia de sus sabores, no dudan en agregar el alcohol que ellos quieren y dotan a sus productos de carácter propio que los hace altamente identificables.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blueshockey24 (460) - Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2016
Bottle. Pours dark mahogany with thin head. Aroma is sweet malty bourbon. Taste is sweet bourbon malt up front with a bourbon toffee finish. The alcohol to me is well hidden. I like it better than i though i would.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gephross100 (363) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2016
2014 bottle. Pours a murky toffee brown color. Light tan head. Smells like caramel, raisin, cardboard, medoum mouthfeel low carbonation. Hints of oxidation through mouthfeel and the cardboard flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yourilevesque (1417) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 22, 2016
Quand tu veux une scotch ale, c’est ÇA que tu veux! Un scotch ale vieilli en fût de bourbon qui a tout pour être un excellent représentant du style. Liquide brun et trouble drapé d’une mousse jaunâtre, onctueuse te persistante. Arômes d’érable (même si cet ingrédient n’est jamais intervenu dans le brassage), de malts chauffés et suintant leur sucre, de caramel chauffé et de baril vineux. Beaucoup de sucres en bouche. En parfaite cohérence avec le style, ça demeure toutefois très sucré. Absence totale de houblon et d’amertume en général, je suis à 200% dans le fruit confit, encore l’érable, le bourbon en quantité ainsi qu’une touche de réglisse rouge. La mousse étant tombée et le liquide réchauffé, je suis complètement sous l’emprise de cette bombe sucrée. Aucun arrière goût si ce n’est qu’un sucre d’orge persistant sur mes lèvres collées, cette bière commande une dégustation lente et réfléchie.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (5683) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 17, 2016
Stellar. Not much sweetness at all. Very tasty. A hint of malt. Nothing wrong here at all.

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