Founders has released a series of bourbon barrel aged beers and this one is an excellent example of the fine beers in this series. The complete 6-beer series for consists of these great selections:
- Froot Wood
- KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)
- Backwoods Bastard
- CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)
- Dank Wood
- Barrel Runner
All 6 of these beers is worth every penny they are asking for them.
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 fruit. It’s a kick-back sipper made to excite the palate. (Founder’s description)
Best Served: Anyway you can get it, but a snifter is recommended.
This was released in the winter of this year and I knew that I needed to get it before it’s gone. This beer is strong, weighing in at 11.2% ABV yet the bourbon (actually scotch) is surprisingly mild. Though, if you’re not used to scotch or whisky it might be stronger.
This is the Martin Luther of beers. It’s strong, bold, complex, yet sophisticated and inspiring. However, it stops short of condemning the Jews.
Aroma: Scotch barrel oak with a hint of caramel and a hint of spices a fruit. The scent has a slight dark cherry aroma to it also.
Taste: A wonderful balance of the single malt scotch, roasted malts, and some proprietary mix of spices and fruit. As with the aroma, the fruit is hard to pinpoint but I detect a hint of dark cherry but also something with a bit of citrus. It’s a delightful mix of complex flavors.
Texture: Rich and smooth but not “thick”. Compare to a dark Belgian or a dark red ale.
Finish: The Finish has a bit of spice and scotch.
Comparisons: This is very similar to the original Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale by Lexington Brewing.