Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Backwoods Bastard

Beer Review #167

A couple days ago when I reviewed Breakfast Stout (review #166) I mentioned that Founders was previously a brewer I'd purposely neglected. But after Breakfast Stout I find myself quickly warming up to the company. Today I'm making up for lost time by checking out their Backwoods Bastard "Ale Aged in Oak Barrels."

It's late October, cold air has finally moved in to the Northeast and the first snow flakes of the season are expected. At a hefty 11.2%ABV, this dark amber ale seems fitting for a day like this. Its strong, dark, and the barrel aging lends the beer some of the characteristics of my favorite stouts, but with a more moderate body than those thick, black Imperial Stouts.

From the first sniff this one declares its months in a bourbon barrel. That vanilla aroma imparted by oak is all over this thing. Caramel follows, with just a hint of alcohol.

Bourbon smokiness lays heavily on the flavor, along with rich, sweet toffee notes.

50IBU. An excellent beer.


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