Beer Review: Founder’s Backwoods Bastard Scotch Ale

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One of my favorite dark beer releases every year and one of my favorite beers to stick in the cellar. Founder’s Backwoods Bastard is their Wee Heavy Scotch Ale aged in bourbon barrels. This beast of a beer is released yearly in the winter months and is one of the best beers to warm you up on a cold night.

Appearance: Cloudy dark brown, what little head from the pour dissipates quickly. Decent lacing down the glass.

Nose: Huge bourbon nose with vanilla and oak making serious contributions as well. Lots of chocolate, cocoa, toffee and caramel all of those huge malt notes. You really get the bourbon in the nose more than many of the other Bourbon Barrel Aged beers. You can feel the heat in the aroma.

Taste/Mouth: Bourbon, coffee, chocolate, oak and sweet malt notes. Good amount of malt, booze and sweetness to balance out the strong bourbon flavors. Light carbonation and lighter mouthfeel than you would expect from such a dark beer. Pretty drinkable for 10%. Really an extremely deep and complex beer, more and more flavors come out and develop as it warms up.

Price/Availability: 4 pack for around $10 and an annual release, pretty easy to get in the Midwest.

Overall: Without some time in the cellar it is a little heavy on the bourbon flavors but with time this beer becomes perfect. That small flaw is really nothing though in retrospect of how amazing this beer is. One of my favorite malt bombs out there and certainly one of the best bourbon barrel aged options.

Grade: A

Beer Review: Stone Lukcy Basartd Ale

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No I was not hammered drunk when I was writing the title to this post, maybe the dudes at Stone were when they wrote the name on the label art though. Lukcy Basartd is an anniversary beer celebrating 13 years of Arrogant Bastard Ale, to celebrate it they created a dry-hopped blend of Arrogant Bastard Ale, Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale and Double Bastard Ale. Stone loves their anniversary beers and usually so do I. I like Arrogant Bastard but it definitely isn’t my favorite Stone offering, I do love Oaked Bastard though and I am always up for a blend. Lukcy Basartd comes in at 8.5% ABV and IBUs are classified.

Appearance: Dark red amber/brown with a 1 finger head and some good lacing. I love the concept of the bottle art with the spelling errors and strangely written description.

Nose: Hoppier than I though it would be in the nose. Lots of pine and resin, if there are hops in a Stone beer expect pine and resin! Some caramel, oak and malty notes but mostly a very nice pine aroma.

Taste/Mouth: Really nice and surprisingly smooth and drinkable for 8.5%. Some oak and caramel notes from the nose with toffee, pine and citrus coming through as well. Semi bitter and dry finish. Really surprised me, not what I was expecting from the taste but was pleasantly surprised with the drink-ability.

Price/Availability: As far as I know this is a 1 time anniversary beer but we will see Stone loves to bring back beers like this. Great price as usual from Stone.

Overall: Really a pleasant surprise here, can’t say it enough. Thoroughly enjoyed this one and I think it is the best Bastard variation I have ever had. I would love to see more blended beer experiments from breweries especially after seeing how well this one turned out.

Grade: B+