BeerCritic


Founders Backwoods Bastard

This is the bourbon barrel aged version of Dirty Bastard, which I enjoyed very much. Oak aging usually does not add a lot for me, though I’m endlessly interested in the way it alters the flavor. This brew comes in at 9.2% ABV in a 12 oz bottle from Joe Canal’s in Lawrenceville, NJ for about $2.50 a bottle and 200 Calories.

The color is beautiful. A deep ruby red, almost opaque. Good lacing with a thinner but persistent light tan foamy head.

The aroma is sweet, oak, and tea. Alcohol is present in the nose. Lots of leather, and the aroma is quite strong.

The flavor is mostly whiskey. Very penetrated with the oak aging. Good finish, smoky, dark and burnt. A superlative scotch ale. Founders knows how to do it right.

The palate is prickly — lightly carbonated and long lasting. Very dark, intense flavors. A very well done brew.

Overall, I like this quite a bit. Better, IMHO, than Oaked Arrogant Bastard which does not balance the aging nearly as well. I’d have this again. Not a favorite, but I simply prefer heavier stouts.



McChouffe Belgian Brown

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 93, Scotch Ale, Thistle
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8.5 % in 11.2 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: Canal’s, Lawrenceville, NJ for $4.29

Aroma: typical brown ale scent. 7 out of 10.

Visuals: deep, brown, red, cloudy, light head, nice lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: special, fruity, nice, sparkling fruit juice, some bitterness, dry. 10 out of 10.

Palate: dry, terrycloth, fruity, bitter finish. 4 out of 5.

Overall: Very much like seltzer and fruit juice. Refreshing. I like it, but it’s way too expensive. Not a favorite, but well crafted. 16 out of 20.



Founders Dirty Bastard Scotch Style Ale

ABV: 8.3%
RateBeer rating: 94
Calories: estimated at 175 C
Volume: 12 fl oz.
Glass: thistle, shaker
Purchased at: Canal’s Discount Liquors, Burlington, NJ (Thanks, Mike!)
Price: $1.89
Consumed at: home

Tanka: Chocolate surprise

mellow red white wisps
deep cocoa and caramel
long bitter and burnt
chocolate on whole wheat toast
when can I have another?

aroma 10 out of 10
visuals 4 out of 5
taste 10 out of 10
palate 5 out of 5
overall 18 out of 20



Oskar Blues Old Chub Scottish Style Ale
05/03/2008, 3:40 AM
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Oskar Blues Old ChubABV:8.0%
Calories: estimated at 200 C
Volume: 12 fl oz can
Glass: tulip (nee thistle)
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s Lawrenceville
Price: $1.50 per can
Consumed at: home

Impression: Deep dark ruby brown. Rich. tastes of chocolate, coffee, and smoke in a slightly thin base, but not badly so. Visually stunning. Head starts off tannish brown and thick, but reduces to a wispy foam with little head on a sometimes brown, sometimes deep ruby body. Palate is slightly thin, but likely in keeping with the style. I’m not that familiar with Scotch Ale. A very nice color and aroma, and the alcohol is hidden well. Not nearly as rich as a chocolate or coffee stout, but certainly a drinkable, worthy ale.

pilsener servingAroma: 8 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 8 out of 10

Palate: 3 out of 5

Overall: 15 out of 20 I liked the dark rich color, the chocolate aroma, and the relatively reasonable price per can for an Oskar Blues beer. Dale’s Pale Ale can go for upwards of 4.50 per can.