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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

6,421 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,421
Reviews: 1,524
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 766
Gots: 2,093 | FT: 191
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Scotch Ale aged in bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: CortexBomb on 01-30-2007)
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Photo of Amundra
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jaxbrew
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage. Really nice barrel influence on this to have such a presence after more than a year's aging. Nice cherry/plum flavors and hints of vanilla from the oak.

Photo of CraigP83
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark Brown, Lightly Carbonated.
Odor: Caramel, Whiskey, Charred Oak
Taste: Reminds me of drinking a Rootbeer & Windsor, There is a light fizz that dances on your tongue, coffee syrup aftertaste.

Photo of mabermud
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Deep and dark
Smell: Sweetness + bouron
Taste: Good balance. A weaker Wulver.
Feel: Low carb.
Overall: Wulver is better...I would take either, but prefer Wulver.

Photo of TheItalianStallion
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz poured into a tulip

A: Pours a bright amber that is very similar to bourbon or whiskey in color. Dense 2 finger head that dissipates after a minute or 2 to a thin collar. There are only a few spots of lacing randomly dotting the glass.

S: Caramel right up front with a good amount of oak and bourbon notes. Big aromas of toffee and brown sugar blend everything together perfectly.

T: Sweet flavors of bourbon and caramel dominate with a solid oakiness on the finish. Toffee and brown sugar are also there, but nowhere near as pronounced as the bourbon and caramel flavors. The bourbon takes center stage in this beer and is one of the main flavors, as opposed to faintly existing in the background. Alcohol is masked well, but becomes evident as the beer warms.

M: Body is medium-full with low carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is only really detectable on the finish as the beer warms.

O: This is a very interesting beer with an amazing aroma of caramel and big bourbon flavors that are a major part of everything. There is definitely some oak on the finish, but it is not overwhelming and is the perfect touch. This is a great beer, but personally I would like it more if the bourbon was slightly less pronounced. Nonetheless, it is a fantastic beer and now I am regretting only buying a single 12oz.

Photo of dannycohen62
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pmbasile06
4.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fireslayer
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kingskot
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tkrane
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Immortale25
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter.

A- Pours a dark brown color with a 1/8 inch tan head that doesn't retain long before becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small bubbly center patch of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves tiny clots behind.

S- Bourbon presence is heavy with notes of oak and vanilla. Also some dark fruit and raisin.

T- Flavor is smoother than the aroma lets on. The bourbon provides a moderate booze flavor that's balanced out by the overall sweetness of the drink. Notes of caramel, sherry and more vanilla.

M- Slightly creamy with medium-low carbonation and a body leaning toward the fullish side.

O- This is a great beer but not exactly worthy of all the hype. Thirsty Dog's Wulver on the other hand...

Photo of OldRickSputin
4.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DarienMcl
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good flavor but sticks on pallet

Photo of threeviews
4.91/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

12oz bottle (Bottled On Date: 10/14/14) into a 11oz Libbey Snifter glass
A- Pours a gorgeous (and mostly clear) mahogany, bordering on ruby red color. Although it's retention is low (after all, it is 10.2% ABV), the head grows to a strong 1+ finger's worth of a creamy, khaki colored head. (4.75)

S- The complexity imparted by the barrel aging is immediately apparent. Heady aromas of Caramel, Toffee, Vanilla, Coconut, Bourbon, Chocolate and pinch of Smoke all contribute to the massively complex nose. The balance between beer and barrel is exquisite and there is absolutely no detectable alcohol. (4.75)

T- The complexity in the nose carries through in the flavor. A caramel/toffee/chocolate/bourbon sweetness coats the palate and lingers for a time before a mild, peat smoke and oak tannin comes to the fore. The beer ultimately finishes dry as a from the hops helping to contribute to the calculated, 50 IBUs . (5.0)

M- The body is medium-full with a decent amount of carbonation, yet is able to maintain a creamy mouthfeel. This is unquestionably a sipper, but more due to its complex flavor profile rather than it falling heavy on the palate. As it rises to room temperature, the 10.2% ABV only surfaces in the form of a slight warming in the chest. (4.75)

O- Regardless of style, this is simply one extraordinary BBA beer. The base beer (Dirty Bastard) is excellent in its own right, but after time in a bourbon barrel transforms it into a sublime libation. Founders continues to release very solid, barrel-aged beers with Backwoods Bastard being one that is often overlooked. (5.0)

Photo of EveningCordial
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into snifter.

A- dark brown/copper body with noticeable carbonation and a short, white head that dissipates fairly quick. Good amount of lacing present.

S- all notes take a back seat to the bourbon in this offering. Alcohol smell us very present. The delicious bourbon gives way to a sweet molasses scent. Also present are hints of vanilla, oak and other woods, leather, maple syrup, and even a little tobacco.

T- sticking to its nose, this ale is very bourbon forward. The warm bourbon heat hits up front and is followed by some creamy vanilla and molasses. Plenty of oak and wood is present, as is some brown sugar and caramel.

M- medium to full bodied. Very creamy without the heaviness of a stout. Decent amount if carbonation and although the initial swallow has heat from the bourbon, the finish is actually quite crisp, smooth, and perfectly balanced.

O- outstanding job by Founders. I'm a sucker for KBS and stouts but this is a homerun for a scotch ale and is just a step behind KBS in my opinion. I know quite a few people who enjoy this offering better actually. It's smooth bourbon bliss in my book.

Photo of mikebcpa
3.84/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emergency_beef
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dymmig89
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - cloudy brown with a good tan head and great lacing.
Smell - strong bourbon oak booze smell
Taste - boozy bourbon oak barrel vanilla taste
Feel - medium body with lots of fizzzz
Overall - boozy bourbon barrel beer and pretty good.

Photo of ZBR101
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Magbas
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Fordzilla
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of wallbj
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Jturbo95
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Eternal218
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%

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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,421 ratings.