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RATINGS: 1993   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 348   ABV: 11.6%
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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.

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3.9
kcorum10 (349) - Idaho, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Pours a murky brown with a minimal, thin off white head. Aromas of caramel, roasted malts, and mild bourbon. Flavors of the bourbon come through with some sweet, roasted malt.

4.6
gonzosauce (196) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2013
Thick maple syrup brown with a yellowish hue. Peaty bourbon and scary sweet caramel on the nose. Indeed, it tastes dangerously sweet, but packs a punch that develops throughout an extensive change from sip to palate. Spice, alcohol, wood, old dark candied fruit!. A particularly hot mouthfeel, but doesn’t diminish the beer’s complexity. This is the one I bring to Thanksgiving dinner every year (the prior year’s batch). Nothing beats it to wash down turkey, mashed potatoes, and every sort of pie.

4.4
QCBWarlock (44) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2013
On tap at Uno’s Hamilton during Philly Beer Week. I have always felt that this one of the best Scotch Ales around, and this batch did nothing to change my mind.

3.1
fluffy (2461) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2013
a scotch ale that lives up to its name, lots of early herbs, leather but no real alcohol burn and not heavy or oily on the tongue. Founders does it again.

4.8
YoDude (10) - Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2013
Founders Backwards Bastard, aged 6 months in my fridge (yes, I am drinking it fresh), 10.2% ABV, a 12oz bottle and poured into a snifter glass. Appearance: Poured deep ruby brown with a very little head and lacing. Smell: Sweet caramel and smoky malt with a hint of vanilla, no pronounced hop presence, no obvious off flavors. Taste: Candied dates and baking chocolate. There is also a spicy and earthy aftertaste that I attribute to the oak bourbon barrels used in the aging process and the 50 IBUs of hop flavor. Mouth feel: Medium to full body and low carbonation. The bitter sweetness clings to the upper palette. There is definitely an umami effect as I keep running my tongue along my upper palette. Also a nice warming alcohol finish. Overall: Founders has been making great beer for over 20 years. Backwards Bastard is an amazingly subtle yet complex beer. You will find the flavor change with each sip as the beer warms and the taste lingers. You can drink this with almost any rich food and meal course; from roasted garlic Portobello mushrooms, to a medium-rare rib eye, or a flourless chocolate raspberry cake. But why wait for the food. As my favorite late night talk show host would exclaim, “This is a beverage”.

4
Melanie (65) - - JUN 3, 2013
Looks and tastes like a fine bourbon. Caramel in color. I can see this in a snifter to sip on all evening. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
Zer0 (1227) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 3, 2013
Color is deep red. Smells earthy, sweet, wood and more. Taste is really sweet (maybe too much for me) but complex. Wood, fruits, slight caramel.

3.8
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2013
A little sticky on the finish but the bourbon character really plays well with the caramel sweetness of what is already a good scotch ale.

3.9
Borup (15915) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2013
Sample at CBC 2013. Dark amber colour with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of bourbon, wood, dark dried fruit, malt, caramel and licorice.

4.2
Cbuk1013 (248) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Pours brown, with a smallish tan head. Smells of wood, brown sugar, bourbon, and dark fruit. Taste is bourbon, wood, malt, and brown sugar. A little thinner mouthfeel than I expected. Overall a great beer.


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