Beer Review: Founders Backwoods Bastard

Next up, Founders Backwoods Bastard:

I have been longing for this baller since I missed out last year. It’s the bourbon-barrel aged version of Founder’s Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale, which seems pretty damn conducive to some barrel-aging. So I quickly snapped up a four-pack of Backwoods Bastard this year.

The guy on the label looks like Popcorn Sutton from the Discovery Channel series Moonshiners, which I have been watching lately. God, I love those little ‘shine-addled, law-breaking rednecks…especially Tickle. And I know Tickle hasn’t been to law school, but he regularly fires off such Cicero-worthy gems as: “It ain’t illegal till you get caught.” He doesn’t have an MBA either, but he wisely summed up their business model: “If’in we ain’t makin’ liquor, we ain’t makin’ money.”

C’mon, people, the man has LED lights in the brim of his hat.

It pours mahogany, with some reddish highlights. It’s got a beige head that recedes pretty quickly. The second you pour it, you can smell the bourbon. Upon further inspection, there is oak, vanilla, toffee, and a little smoke that tries to pull the smell over to the scotch side of the whisk(e)y spectrum. The taste follows the nose with the addition of brown sugar and a slight hint of chocolate and dark fruits from the Dirty Bastard base beer. It’s sweet, but not cloying. And it’s 10.2% ABV, so a 4-pack of these could lead to one of those mornings where you wake up in a strange place with a degree from University of Phoenix.

The Haybag (from her shot glass sized pregnancy portion): Too boozy. I like Dirty Bastard better. Although, maybe it’s because I can’t drink enough right now to make Moonshiners bearable. Now, switch it to Hart of Dixie. That Rachel Bilson deserves so much more than just Teen Choice Awards.

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11 thoughts on “Beer Review: Founders Backwoods Bastard

  1. Dude on the label looks like Gandalf to me… but then, I’m a huge nerd. I like this beer, but I remember it being very boozy. I may have to try it again sometime though. My palate for this sort of thing has shifted…

    • It does look like a hillbilly Gandolf!

      It is pretty boozy. But I feel like with this base beer that it works. Although, I guess it really is a personal preference. And if I want a beer to taste like I dropped a bourbon in it, I’ll just do that myself, dammit.

  2. Seeings as your wife now controls the TV and is insisting on a steady diet of CW Network shows, I’m anticipating many of your reviews in the near future to be about beers that clock in over the 10%ABV mark. Ah, who am I kidding, I’d don’t have any control over what’s on my TV most of the time either.

  3. Two four packs seems right up my alley, but I probably end up with a two degrees in life style management from Phoenix…guess I’ll change my mind. How about you and I split one and let are Haybags enjoy that Dixie Love nonsense?

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