Big and delicious for your ‘perty mouth. Expect lovely, warm smells of single malt scotch, oaky bourbon barrels, smoke, sweet caramel and roasted malts, a bit of earthy spice and a scintilla of dark cherries. It’s a kick-back sipper made to excite the pallet.
Backwoods pours a chocolate-brown color with ruby highlights. A half-inch crème head sits a top the brew, as carbonation bubbles float around just below the surface. Lacing clings on the side of the glass for the duration of the tasting.
The nose is straight up bourbon (Wild Turkey?). Mild chocolate and cinnamon notes are present if you can get past the cloying whiskey smell.
As one would expect from the nose, this beer tastes like a Kentucky bourbon. Vanilla appears in the aftertaste, but is quickly drowned out by a major alcoholic burn. This burn was kinda hard to handle coming from a beer.
Mouthfeel is light with no stickiness, but goddamn does it burn something fierce! Fire ran all the way down my throat as the liquid carved its path to my stomach.
Backwoods Bastard is what some would call a cigar beer. Good for drinking from a snifter while sitting by a fire, but definitely NOT a session beer.
Overall: 6 out of 10
As a WEE HEAVY: 7.5 out of 10
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