Tagged: scotch ale

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.