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This is a beer that I feel like I should have had before I drank one for review purposes.  I’ve long been intrigued by the style and the beer been available to me in the past, but for whatever reason it just never happened until now (or rather the other night by the time this post goes up).

Beer Name: Backwoods Bastard

Brewery: Founders Brewing Company (Grand Rapids, MI)

Style: Scotch Ale

ABV: 11.2%

Description: The notes on the brewery website tell potential drinkers to [e]xpect 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 fruit.  Sounds good to me!

Appearance: Dark reddish-brown body with about a finger of tan bubbly foam.

Smell: Caramel sweetness coupled with hints of oak.

Taste: Sweetness upfront, mainly in the form of caramel malts and subtle brown sugar.  This started to fall off around half way through as oak barrel influences and a touch of heat came out.  It tasted strong, but not quite 11.2% strong.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and super smooth. It had just enough carbonation to be noticeable.

Hype: Well regarded for sure, but not so much hyped anymore.  One of my local bottle shops even mentioned that while this would fly off the shelves a few years ago, it now tends to be a bit easier to come by.

Overall: Warm and relaxing, I really enjoyed the mellow oaky sweetness.  Great beer to spend an evening sipping.