Over the last few years, finding Backwoods Bastard has been a difficult feat to the point that the 2017 edition is the first time we’ve been able to procure a bottle. Backwoods Bastard is Founders’ Dirty Bastard (a Scotch ale) that has been placed into oak barrels for a year. The time spent in these barrels boosts the overall ABV from 8.5% to 11.2%. Backwoods Bastard pours with a rich, deep mahogany and leaves only a small amount of off-white head.
The beer itself is a sipper; it has bold flavors of whiskey, oak, tobacco, and a good hop presence that continues to shine through. Founders’ current seasonal gradually shifts into notes of dark fruits, spices (nutmeg, cinnamon) and sweeter tastes of brown sugar and caramel. I feel that the beer’s ability to continually match together different elements is something that will keep one coming back to the brew. Where a great many brews tend to do one thing well, Founders’ Backwoods Bastard has enough sides to appease fans of a high-ABV efforts, stouts, porters, and even English efforts (ESBs / “traditional” India Pale Ales).
Backwoods Bastard is the perfect warming effort, one that is able to stave off the chill after working outside during an autumn night. It has enough of a body to match quite nicely with strongly-flavored fare including lamb and beef dishes, along with cuisines like Thai, Greek, and Indian. The depth of flavors to this brew is such that it contributes nicely to a party or other communal / sharing sort of experience.
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Backwoods Bastard is available in 12 and 22 ounce bottles and on draft through the month of November.