Sunday, February 12, 2017

Ölbeat 217: Founders Backwoods Bastard

Brewery: Founders Brewing Company 
Country: United States
Style: Scotch Ale
Abv: 11,6 %
What about the beer?
Colour is dark mahogany brown with a small tan head. Aroma has bourbon oak, vanilla and sweet fruity malts. Taste starts with sweet spiced boozy bite. Vanilla-oak-flavoured caramel malts with fruity bitterness take over. Towards the end fruity sweet caramel malts and biting bourbon-boozy bitterness get on top with raisins and dried fruits. Aftertaste has oaky-malty dryness and lasting gentle burn of bourbon.

As Dirty Bastard is a superb Scotch Ale, this is stunningly beautiful barrel-aged tuned sequel to that. The bourbon vanilla and oak are present in different ways on every stage, but sweet toffeed malts and fruity bitterness are surely there too to remind me of the original. Strong and delicious, that's a fact.


The forest. The home of felt-hatted grey-bearded hermits. Also the dark source of stories of mystery, horror and supernatural. The nature can sometimes be cruel, but these stories bubble out from individual's personal imagination or from culturally shared collective legends. Or do they? 

Mastodon: Colony of Birchmen (YouTube)

From the 2006 album Blood Mountain, the song was written by Mastodon.