A Note on This Beer
Founders Brewing’s KBS is one of the most sought-after Bourbon Barrel-Aged Ales in the world. But there’s another bourbon barrel aged beer from them that might surpass it, ranking the #1 Scotch in the world on BeerAdvocate for its pure bourbon flavor -- Backwoods Bastard Scotch Ale.
Aged secretively in Gypsum mines 85 feet below the city of Grand Rapids, this 11.2% ABV beer absorbs refined toffee caramel bourbon notes from a curated selection of barrels for months before it’s unleashed on a rabid fanbase. Filled with compulsively drinkable liquor flavors, Backwoods has been known to run out at release parties before KBS and is even preferred over KBS by Founders employees!
Woody maple syrup aromatics interweave with hints of amaretto, marzipan, and creme brulee-covered custard. Taking a sip holds your tongue in a state of suspended animation, surrounded by sparkling bourbon bubbles. Wow, I can still taste boozy milk caramels on my tongue two minutes later. I wonder how long my breath is going to smell like delicious whiskey.
Founders guards their underground aging chamber with such ferocity they don’t even let non-essential staff visit. Who can blame them? Their barrel aged beers are the most precious thing hidden underground since the government made a secret bunker for congress, maybe more so...
#1 Scotch Ale -- 4.35 on BeerAdvocate; #5 Scotch Ale -- 4.17 on Untappd
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