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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Backwoods BastardFounders Backwoods Bastard

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

4,746 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4746
Reviews: 1404
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%


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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Reviews by Roguer:
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Roguer

Connecticut

4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely dark brew, actually fairly clear (non-cloudy) but almost completely black, with reddish purple highlights. Pours a small, <1 finger beige head which quickly dissipates to an oily sheen.

Smooth bourbon aroma, with some toffee or chocolate behind (I don't think there's chocolate in this beer, but that's what I get). Strong malty grains - wheat - and a hint of tartness, a la red grapes. Despite being fairly subdued, the bourbon is still doing a good job masking other aromas.

Amazingly smooth! I daresay the bourbon comes across smoother and more refined in this beer than in BCBS. Some sweetness, similar to a red grape profile, and smooth oatmeal or wheat as a dominant malt base. There's a strong cocoa finish, not unlike chewing on a chocolate bar. Despite the relatively high IBUs, any present hops are just balancing out the brew, and not providing any bite.

Full-bodied but unbelievably smooth. There's a definite alcohol warmth on the backend. Chewy feel, and nice lingering residual sweetness. Just enough sting to come across as slightly lively, but not so much that you don't want to sip and savor.

Wow, I'm really having a hard time describing everything going on in this beer, other than, "Awesome!" I absolutely did not expect this beer to live up to the hype; I was absolutely wrong.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 01:23:33 | More by Roguer
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A: Dark amber coming out of the bottle, but nearly black in the glass. Light khaki lacing.

S: Oak, dark fruits, caramel, and booze; light vanilla; lots of barrel and alcohol.

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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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