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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,168 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,168
Reviews: 1,420
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 626
Gots: 1,516 | FT: 140
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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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City. Poured into a small Belgian tulip glass.

Appearance - Body is a dark maroon and burgundy with some reddish clay right around the edge of the bottom of the glass. Atop the dark slightly hazy-looking body sits a half-finger (if that) head the color of cappuccino foam, but not nearly as dense as cappuccino foam. Density is silky and thin, with a couple of giant air bubbles from the pour. Lacing is pretty much nonexistent--just a spitting of small foam splatters intermittently around the glass.

Smell - Hard to draw much out other than generic toasted malt at first, but as it warms, the aroma becomes more detectible. Taking a few deep inhales to get the full sense, I get pleasant notes of french vanilla, dulce de leche, roasting marshmallow, lightly toasted malt and some rye-like spiciness. Very pleasant and complex, but far from overbearing. Makes me reluctant to drink it, lest I ruin the wonderful balance of the smell.

Taste - More forceful than the aroma, but still restrained in a really good way. Caramelized sugar, light peat, roasted malt, pinch of black pepper, vanilla, brandy and scotch whisky are all essences I get a sense from in the taste. The predominant notes are from the vanilla and whisky, but it's wonderfully blended. It's amazing just how much variance there can be from one barrel-aged beer to the next. Some are harsh and astringent, like booze was just directly added to the beer, and other times, they come together beautifully in a way that brings to mind a fine strong liquor that is meant to be consumed in a straightforward manner. This one is definitely the latter.

Mouthfeel -Medium-bodied and low carbonation with a sweet and just barely smokey finish.

Overall, this is yet another home run from Founders. I love how they have stellar beers all over their lineup--some in the year-round, some in the seasonal, some in the specialty or limited releases--I could name several that I just love, and this one is no different. A really tasty take on a style that doesn't seem terribly widespread amongst American brewers.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2014 04:57:29 | More by LambicPentameter
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notchucknorris

California

4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a muddy brown color with just a hint of red to it. Thin sandy colored head simmers down quickly, leaving just a thin layer above the beer.

S: The bourbon definitely jumps out at you right away. Toasted coconut, vanilla, burnt caramel, brown sugar, spicy oak and just a bit of marshmallow. Smells pretty great.

T: Tons of rich maltiness right off the bat with a lot of caramel, oak, molasses, vanilla and bourbon. The finish brings some heavy oak and some light cinnamon and charred wood. Mouthfeel is slick and gives the sweeter caramel flavors a bit of a buttery feel. This is pretty good stuff. Way up there on my list of scotch ales.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2014 01:21:10 | More by notchucknorris
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

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Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +15.5%

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North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle 2013 release poured into a snifter glass.

A: Dark brown body with a khaki brown head

S: Smells strongly of bourbon could be a bit more complex.

T: Taste of bourbon and vanilla upfront along with some darker fruits.

M: Slight alcohol burn but nothing off putting by any means. Mouthfeel is a bit light for a beer of this caliber.

O: Real decent scotch ale. Not the best barrel aged beer I've had but it is defiantly one that I will pick up year after year.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2014 00:20:09 | More by watermelon
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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Alberta (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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Texas

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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Texas

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4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not going type a wall of text here, just wanted to say that I think this brew lives up to the hype. Its a unique brew that is as deep, dark and boozy as you heard, and its terrific. Pours thick very little head that rises over time, then slowly recedes. Smells of sweet caramel and bourbon and tastes the same. A hint of bitter vanilla in the finish. Feel a little flat in mouth, as expected from a barrel aged brew. As someone else in the review section said, this blows away any Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy I have ever had.

Updated July 17 2014 to say this...
Age this beer. Trust me. So good.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2014 23:11:18 | More by turbotype
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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 5,168 ratings.