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Booze Geek – Backwoods Bastard And Southern Bastards

By Dylan Gonzalez

Beer: Backwoods Bastard

Brewery: Founders Brewery

ABV: 10.2%

IMG_4080Sometimes I just want to enjoy a beer that is just so raw and primal. Founders' Backwoods Bastard lives up to that reputation, a beer bursting with potent flavors and a hypnotic scent.

The Bastard was a copper brown color and produced a thin head that lasted for only a little bit. There was definitely noticeable carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of my glass. It gave off a strong scent of bourbon with some hints of vanilla and toffee.

When I drank it, it was like smooth bourbon passing through my lips. The bourbon character is very distinctive in the flavor coupled with a big malt taste. The toffee and vanilla blend in very well too and I think I detected a small trace of maple as well. On the palate, it felt thick and the carbonation was definitely present.

Though being on the heavier side, the Backwoods Bastard is a remarkably flavorful beer and truly delicious. I would suggest sipping at it slowly to enjoy it as it warms.

What to Drink This To:

tumblr_n2qus1VOQU1syn0mbo1_500Ever since Scalped ended, I have wanted a new Jason Aaron epic. This year, we saw the release of his new title at Image, Southern Bastards, with artist Jason LaTour. This is a book that exudes everything that Jason Aaron loves and hates about the South, brought to a graphic front by cranky old Earl Tubbs and his stick. The Backwoods Bastard seems gnarly enough to be placed at the side of Southern Bastards.

Dylan Gonzalez happens to love beer and comic books and luckily found a place to write about both because he has no idea how to actually make money in the real world. He lives in a cave in New Jersey. Tweet him at @BeardedPickle, follow his own beer blog at email him at

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Editor-in-Chief at Bleeding Cool. Independent comics scholar and former English Professor. Writing books on magic in the works of Alan Moore and the early works of Neil Gaiman.
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