Founders Backwoods Bastard

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Normally, a strong ale aged in bourbon barrels wouldn’t be on my short list, but Schneidermike (or is it BelchingMonkey) speaks so highly of Backwoods Bastard that I had to give it a try.

At 10.2 ABV this beer is not to be taken lightly. As Matt A. pointed out when I mentioned I was drinking it, “that’s all you’re going to need tonight.” Maybe it goes without saying.. this is a sipping beer.

It pours dark and hazy with a thick head that clings to the glass and sticks around for a looooong time. The lacing on the glass is impressive.

It smells like someone washed the glass in bourbon before they poured in the beer. If you’re drinking this, you’d better like bourbon (I do).

The first taste is wild… very heavy bourbon and boozy. There’s just no hiding the alcohol in this one. The malt is hiding back there; it’s actually hard to distinguish through the bourbon. On my palate the┬áhops couldn’t find their way through, but I know they’re in there.

So, what did I think of it? I love bourbon and I love beer, but I couldn’t embrace the Backwoods Bastard. I couldn’t get past the bourbon. This is a beer that challenges and questions your notions ofwhat beer is or should be. Maybe I’m not up for the challenge or perhaps they took it a little too far?

What do you think? What are your notes on this beer?

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4 comments on “Founders Backwoods Bastard

  1. Jim- I’m shocked you didn’t like this one! Would’ve thought it’d be right up your alley with the mix of bourbon & beer. I didn’t find this one to be as boozy as you described it. I will say that when I tasted it this year, I remember feeling like it tasted different than how it did when I had last year’s batch. Can’t recall what I thought changed, but I have a couple more and will pay closer attention the next time I drink it.I’ll say this: the Backwoods Bastard is like the guy everyone knew in college who was fun to hang out with in small doses. I like having him over to watch a game once or twice a year, but I wouldn’t invite him every weekend. ­čÖé

  2. I can see that. It’s a curiosity to check in with annually. I’ll buy that, but it’s a hard one to recommend. I like a beer that sings to me and I’d want any time it was available. BB is definitely not that.

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