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RATINGS: 1926   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 348   ABV: 11.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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. Its a kick-back sipper made to excite the palate.

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4.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Jamesthebrit (421) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 4, 2013
Had this last year and remembered loving it. Poured into a snifter.. A: Oaky. Boozy. Molasis note. yes..... not bad but not very complex. A: Pours decently thick especially watching the bubbles rise. Little head. Nice semi transparent brown color. T: First thought is something like oh my god this is amazing. As the beer finishes the thought continues only more so. If ever a beer was a 10 in taste this is it. Molasses sweetness. Dates. Alcohol cuts through but is more warming and surprising that aggressive. Oaky. Boozy. Finish has a huge bit of malt which is crazy for a beer this strong. Goes down with almost a brandy-like warmth. Just insane. yeah theres some carmel in there as well when the beer warms. P: Feels smooth on the palate. Carbonation is on the money. Flavor development is also amazing. Goes through many different stages. As mentioned before the alcohol cuts though but not in a bad way, more to remind you that its there. This beer is simply amazing. The tastes is complex, the palate is great. The weird thing is it doesnt smell that great. Oak and boozy are really the big smell notes. But this one hits where it counts: a must try. (How can it be an overall 20 when the smell is a 7? IDK the sum of the parts is less than the whole?)


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
thomashall (896) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2017
12oz bottle, 2015 vintage. Dark caramel brown pour. Nice strong whiskey, chocolate pour. Taste pretty much follows, full bodied, well balanced. Really well done in this style.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christos (5431) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - APR 22, 2017
(Founders Backwoods Bastard) Bottle 355ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 11.6% Dark brown colour on the body, almost a full finger of beige head on top, with good density and retention. Aroma of caramel, dark fruits, bourbon, toasted malts, toffee. Taste follows, caramel and toffee, red fruits, plenty of bourbon, alcohol. Medium thick body, soft carbonation. Nice one.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (5660) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2017
Bottled. 35cl sample. Enjoyed during the second quarter final battle between Schalke 04 and lucky Ajax. The aroma has vanilla, bourbon, dried fruit, caramel/butterscotch. Clear, copper-brown coloured beer with a thin head. The taste is moderate sweet, light bitter, boozy, has butterscotch and vanilla. Medium bodied beer due to barrel aging. Nice, but for me a bit too much bourbon there.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PabloZab (1411) - Wroclaw, POLAND - APR 21, 2017
Bottle 330ml (BB 04.06.2017 11.1 ABV). Brown-red colour with huge, beige head with good lacing. Aroma is great, malty with sweet vanilla and dry wood notes, very good balanced, intense, really nice. Sweet, malty, vanilla at the beginning and dry, wood, alcohol finish plus very gentle spicy note in aftertaste. Really good with oil texture, quite drinkable but warms inside very well. Rather dry than sweet with great aroma, very good taste, Im really surprised because I didnt expect so much but the beer is rich, great balanced and its really top level.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (6400) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 19, 2017
Bottled 9/30/2015, drunk 3/14/17.
Pours a clear, dark amber with bright auburn highlights and a good-sized, dark beige head showing moderate retention.
Spicy whiskey notes mix with even oak showing light vanilla, sweet maple and toffee as well as lots of pepper. Light on the alcohol and nicely malty yet not overly so/cloying. Not much oxidation, if any, either, which is surprising, given this is 18 months old. Light brown bread, bits of fig and date-like notes, though this is pretty low on the fruitiness/English aspects, overall.
In the mouth its nicely attenuated though still provides ample malt texture as well as notes of caramel, toffee, fig, date, vanilla and honey. The barrel adds spicy whiskey, very dry prunes and lots of pepper character which balances the malt character nicely. Low carbonation, fairly engaging with very low alcohol for this high an abv. Some warmth and light esters, but otherwise well-controlled. Good expression/flavor on the barrel-aging and thankfully the beer is pretty well-attenuated. I think a lot of this has come from letting the beer sit. Its still a bit devoid of overall personality and retains some alcohol and sharpness (inevitable at this level of abv), as well as being a bit dominant in the barrel character.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PilsnerCommander57 (1) - Plainville, Alabama, USA - APR 17, 2017 does not count
Other than Watneys Cream Stout, the best beer Ive ever tasted. My only problem is that, this year only, some bottles from the same four packs were indifferently blended resulting in a less than perfect experience. I have bought three cases of this each year, a significant outlay of cash. It is that good. Too bad they released a bad batch with the others. Booooo to Founders.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MCShann (18) - Newark, Delaware, USA - APR 9, 2017
I wasnt expecting such a sweetness off the first sip. This ale is nice and heavy, so careful not to drink it too fast. Caramel sweetness and bourbon notes describe this brew spot on.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AssKicker (405) - Strasbourg, FRANCE - APR 7, 2017
UPDATED: APR 7, 2017 Couleur rubis intense, trs joli, mousse lgrement colore. Nez qui sent clairement la bire vieillie en ft, ainsi que la vanille. Trs intense en bouche avec des notes de chocolat, de caramel, et de Bourbon, forcment. C?est assez bourrin, assez fat et assez sucr, mais c?est bien bon.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DroolYeast (1408) - Aalborg, DENMARK - APR 4, 2017
Bottle @ home. Aroma is oaky, vanilla, bourbon, sweet caramel. Clear dark reddish brown with tan head. Taste is moderate sweet and light bitter. Full body, sweet oily feel and sweet oaky bourbon finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adasko (2207) - Poznan, POLAND - APR 4, 2017
Awesome, awesome, awesome beer. Beautiful barrel notes, lot of vanilla, coconut. Definitely best scotch ale Ive ever had.


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