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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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5,096 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,096
Reviews: 1,419
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 618
Gots: 1,510 | 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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jpro

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4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from a 4-pack I picked up a few months ago (bottled on 10-5-12). Poured into a mini schooner.

A: Pours a deep mahogany, with some brighter, red highlights on the edges; about a pinky's worth of almond hued head tops the brew and dies down to nothing fast, leaving no lace - not really a surprise for the style and abv.

S: Bourbon notes are very prevalent and definitely in the forefront; vanilla; oak. I had one of these right after I bought it, and it seemed to be much heavier, bourbon-wise. The aroma seems to be subdued compared to that first one, but is still there, for sure.

T: Nice and oaky; sweet, buttery bourbon; peaty, caramel-toffee malts; some brown sugar notes, as well. A touch of alchohol on the end, but no indication that this is 10%+ beer.

M: Full bodied; low to moderate carbonation; has quite a dense feel; hearty; just the slightest indication of alcohol heat at the finish.

O: I've found that while I'm not the biggest fan of Scotch Ales, I really like barrel-aged versions - mainly because the dry, oakiness of the barrel cuts the malt sweetness. For the huge abv, this is a great bourbon barrel Scotch Ale - the bourbon aroma and flavor is there, but not so huge as to completely take over. Its a great sipper, and the nuances of the barrel, along with the base beer make it enjoyable, especially as you give it time to warm.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 02:34:10 | More by jpro
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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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