Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by GeezLynn:
4.3/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Dull dark brown color with a short-lived tan head. Not exactly stunning, but few of the Scotch Ales I've seen have been either.
Aroma is dominated by a biting bourbon with the caramel malt coming in much softer. Buttery and woody characters become more apparent as things warm up.
Bourbon is large and in charge, but scotch characters are better integrated in the flavor than smell. Sweet caramel and toffee malts along with some vanilla come in after the initial hit of bourbon. Finish follows up slightly bitter with a nice touch of smokyness .
Mouthfeel is about the right consistency for the style, although it could be a little smoother.
Edit: Oct 2010 - have had this beer a couple of times with some age on it and find that it's much better. Bourbon and heat die down and allow more of the Wee Heavy character to become evident. There's even a bit of the smokyness that wasn't there when I had it fresh. Bourbon's still very evident, but enhances the base beer instead of competing with it.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2010 03:22:50 | More by GeezLynn
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4.95/5 rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I finally got my hands on this brew that I've been dying to try at a local bar/restaurant and I was my disappointed.
Smell- oak, coco, Carmel, bourbon
Taste- wow..I was blown away, like the nose oak, Carmel, coco, some vanilla, smokiness, scotch and bourbon. One of the best tasting brews I've had!
Mouthfeel- full bodied and smooth with some creaminess. So good.
Overall- this was exceeded my expectations..so complex and tasty..I didn't want to stop drinking it.
Serving type: on-tap
03-15-2014 02:33:21 | More by gangstafaceclay
4.39/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Refrigerated but served after sitting on counter for 40 minutes. Poured into Spiegelau tulip from 355 ml bottle. Best before date on bottle 09/17/2014.
Middle of the road pour, not too gentle or aggressive. Very minimal head. Collar maintained throughout the drink. Very deep ruby red in colour. Very murky.
Smells like oak and bourbon. With a very deep inhale, I feel a burn in the back of my throat. Very oakey.
Tastes very oakey from the barrel aging. Oak is very prominent I the flavour profile. Bourbon flavours very present. Boozy. Slight caramel flavoured sweetness.
Carbonation is a bit biting which enhances the alcohol burn. Slightly astringent.
Overall, while Scotch ales are not my favourite style, this is easily the best of the style I've had to date. Glad I picked up 4, hope I can get my hands on more eventually.
Serving type: bottle
03-14-2014 02:14:32 | More by KrisDLSmith
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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