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Founders Backwoods Bastard

Founders Backwoods Bastard
Founders Backwoods Bastard 2012

Style: Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy
ABV: 10.2%
Bottled: Spring 2012
Size: 12oz bottle

Ah, bourbon.  How I love thee.  Still the barrel of choice for brewers everywhere (except here, I guess).  So this is the big brother to Dirty Bastard, which is Founders’ standard scotch ale, and it sits in one of Founders’ apparently endless supply of bourbon barrels for a while before being turned loose.

My only problem with lighter beers that have sat in a barrel is that the barrel dominates it.  Completely.  Even some barleywines have this issue.  They can taste like suntan lotion if the flavors of the base beer aren’t robust enough to handle it.  This beer is no exception.  The aroma and a bit of the flavor are reminiscent of Coppertone.  But for some reason… I still enjoy it.  Buttery vanilla and toffee, big bourbon notes all around.  The kind of beer you almost need a cigar with.  It’s definitely on the rich side, full bodied, and has a bit of sweetness.  It also weighs in at over 10%, so tread lightly, or risk ending up on an episode of Cops, handcuffed in your underwear.

It’s a solid beer, but let’s face it — it doesn’t quite hold up against some of the heavyweights in this genre, specifically BA Wee Heavy and Bourbon Big Sound.  But it’s also a lot easier to come by.  So suck it up and drink one already.

Founders Breakfast Stout

Founders Breakfast Stout
Founders Breakfast Stout 2012

Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 8.1%
Bottled: Fall 2012
Size: 12oz bottle

When I was heavily into coffee stouts, Founders Breakfast Stout was near the top of the list for me, along with Wake & Bake and a couple others.  Living in California at the time, it was pretty tough to find something on that level of quality without having to travel back to the east coast.  (Of course now I’m on the east coast and living somewhere that STILL doesn’t get Founders.)

FBS uses chocolate to go with the coffee, which helps to smooth out some of the bitterness of the roast.  It’s thick and rich, with medium carbonation.  I’d take a W&B over this, but neither can really touch something like a Bourbon County Coffee when it’s fresh (for obvious reasons).  One note: I wouldn’t let these sit too long, as the coffee starts to taste a bit stale over time.

People ought to be drinking these at breakfast on the weekends instead of OJ.  Unless you’re like me, and you’re drinking them every morning.