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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,309 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,309
Reviews: 1,426
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 662
Gots: 1,550 | FT: 143
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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UCLABrewN84

California

4.18/5  rDev -3.5%

Thanks to Exiled for sending me this one!

Pours a murky dark brown color with a 1 inch light beige head that fades to a thin cap. Rings upon rings upon rings of lace on the drink down. Very nice looking lacing with this beer. Smells of toasted coconut, some wood, alcohol, and malt. Taste has the toasted coconut, slight wood flavors, some vanilla, and malts. I am not really getting any stand out bourbon alcohol smells or tastes from this beer. Low carbonation with a thick and chewy mouthfeel. Slight alcohol burn in the back of the throat after each sip. Overall, this is a pretty taste beer with some nice toasted coconut qualities (I love coconut). I could probably only handle one of these at a time though.

05-28-2011 00:56:54 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.38/5  rDev +1.2%

An honor to finally try this beer. I'm a huge fan of Bourbon barrel aged beers. Needless to say I have high expectaitons here after striking gold with everything else that Founders makes.

A sturdy and stead pour brings about deep mohogany and medium brown colors with a significant haze. An initial 1/2" head of dense off-white head falls to half that and remains firm from then on. A nice Belgian lace persists on the sides of the glass as the beer fades.

In Kentucky, we are used to the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday Bourbon Balls. This delicate desert is very well exhibited in this beer. The aroma is chocked full of deep bourbony and cocoa aromas. Here, the maltiness doesn't end with the grains, but a malted milk note persists and inhances the intrigue. Just from the nose, this is one inviting beer.

Intense flavors of strong malts, deep chocolates, medium coffees and nuts, and bourbon-soaked fruits make for a great, great taste. Low on hop flavoring, the malts dominate here. Absolute delicious blend of molassas sweetness, bourbon undertones, cocoa, and mild campfire-ish notes make for a very well rounded and complex taste.

The body of the beer, once again, favors the malts but is well balanced with deep alcohols, fruitcake breadiness, and rich creaminess (again, like the malted milk thing- think Whopper candies soaked in bourbon). No phenolics or sharp alcohols, this beer is very well textured.

As far as Scottish Ales are concerned, this one is light on the peat and smokey notes. It emphasized the rich malty flavors and textures without becomming overly sweet. Combine all this with the robust chocolate and bourbon notes and we have a perfect desert beer for a Kentuckian.

Thanks RyanC84!

07-29-2009 04:45:58 | More by BEERchitect
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4/5  rDev -7.6%

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark reddish-brown body with a rather small, fleeting, off-white head.

Smell: A sturdy, sweet-scented caramel maltiness with a hint of maple. Oh, and with a rich, distinct bourbon barrel aroma, but you already knew that, right?

Taste: Sweet, sugary caramel maltiness with an added dose of maple syrup. Small touch of fruit. Full, punchy bourbon barrel tastes of vanilla and toasted oak wood. Light tannic astringency. Earthy hops with a medium amount of bitterness. Pleasingly sweet, bourbony finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Lightly sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Oh, it's quite good. Potent, sure, but good! If ever anyone has some extra bottles of Backwoods Bastard they're looking to get rid of count me in.

11-29-2008 00:15:42 | More by ChainGangGuy
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brywhite

California

4/5  rDev -7.6%

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Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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Michigan

4/5  rDev -7.6%

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Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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Quebec (Canada)

3.72/5  rDev -14.1%

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Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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Florida

4/5  rDev -7.6%

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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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California

4/5  rDev -7.6%

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Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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Michigan

4/5  rDev -7.6%

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California

4.2/5  rDev -3%

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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -7.6%

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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

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Minnesota

4/5  rDev -7.6%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.72/5  rDev +9%

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Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.6%

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Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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Florida

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 5,309 ratings.