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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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96
world-class

5,337 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 5,337
Reviews: 1,428
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 665
Gots: 1,556 | FT: 146
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 pschul4:
Photo of pschul4
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%

Mcbeerbrew hooked me up with this beauty

A- Pours a nice brown with a tiny bit of off white head that leaves just a little bit of lacing on my glass. Sits very dark in the glass, almost black

S- Hints of bourbon and caramel. Nice malts in there as well. Slightly subdued however

T- The flavor is less bourbony than the smell would lead you to believe but its still really tasty. Less bourbon but more caramel malts. Every sip is great

M- Chewy, but in a good way. Definitely a sipper

O- I liked it, didn't love it. Would definitely drink as much as I can get though

pschul4, Nov 16, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
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!

BEERchitect, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

UCLABrewN84, May 28, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
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.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%

Ahh the Lions,enough said.Backwoods Bastard poured into a small tulip glass an awesome deep mahogany with with amber hue,a tight formed clingy tannish colored head atop,great clarity and a great pour.Deep complex malt aromas with the bourbon barrel showing through,vanilla and cherry notes dominate with some wood and a tinge of sweet alcohol.Obviously not a beer to start turkey day with but I did,its a sipper but not a head knocker.Flavors are pretty sweet up front with vanill,caramel and cherry flavors dominating,the bourbon flavor is prevelent but not overpowering,theere is a noticeablr drying leafy finish.A great beer,like I said asipper but it wont slow you down to much,a few of these and I might enjoy the Lions game.

oberon, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of don1481
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%

On tap here at Stubbys in MKE. Got the very last one - keg blew right as this finished pouring onto a globe.

Appearance: Pours a caramelish color with a nice head that retains for a couple minutes.

Smell: chocolate. Little bit of booze. Luxurious. Yeah, that's a good word for this.

Taste: slightly boozy, definitely not obnoxiously so. Chocolatey, caramel, melts in your mouth taste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Oh, so smooth. Right up there with the Skull Splitter in this department.

Overall: very nice. Wish they didn't run out here, but happy I got to review it!!

don1481, Jan 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

aszatk01, Mar 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

DanGeo, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of Smokesnotes
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%

Smokesnotes, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of tectactoe
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%

Brewed in 2011. Pours a very deep copper-orange color, very cloudy, very hazy, and very heavy looking. Almost no noticeable carbonation and practically no head formation, even after a vigorous pour. The aroma is full of vanilla, bourbon, and burnt oak chips. The mouth contains a heavy dose of bourbon, vanilla, and caramel malt up front. The background contains a bit of sweetness, and I'm really tasting a faint cherry flavor, which goes well with the heavy vanilla. There's also a slightly buttery and bready aftertaste. No noticeable "hop" bitterness but the bourbon provides the sought after "bite" on the tongue. The body is thick and chewy and leaves the mouth quite sticky.

Overall, a very good bourbon forward beer that must be sipped slowly. The alcohol is heavy but soothing and warm, rather than harsh and abrasive. Founder's can do no wrong.

EDIT: had a bottle from 2010. Bourbon notes are more mellow, much heavier on the vanilla and oak accents. Much to my surprise, this one had more carbonation. Once again, awesome brew.

tectactoe, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of DavyJones
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

DavyJones, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of TCHopCraver
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Pours dark hickory-brown into an oversized wine glass. A tiny head disappears quickly. The lacing is mostly dotty and sticky. When held to the light, this crotchety fella is impenetrable to the eye.

S: I don't really know how an aroma can be creamy, but this is. It makes me genuinely excited to partake. The bourbon/oak smells support a caramel-vanilla-maple malt aroma. I find myself taking this into my olfactory organs over and over. In Utopia, this is exactly how autumn in an enchanted forest would smell.

T: Rich. Full. Creamy. Chewy. Everything I detected in the aroma is present in the taste. Somewhat surprisingly, though, the maple sweetness that I smelled is just a little under-represented in the taste. I think the bourbon oak barrel flavor is overwhelming the malt sweetness a tad too much. The taste experience of a sip of this brew is akin to an Orchestra playing the hell out of a Mahler Symphony, only to fall about 10% short of reaching the full color spectrum at the climax of the piece.

M: Repeat the first four sentences of my taste review. I also enjoy the dryness of the finish, but I wish the sweetness of the brew would coat my palate just a a smidge more.

D: Excellent. This is a very well crafted beer. I could imagine having more than one of these in a sitting, but eventually the high a.b.v. would put an end to that.

TCHopCraver, Feb 16, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

OhioBobcat, May 17, 2014
Photo of MadScientist
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%

A: A medium-dark copper with a deep ruby hue and excellent clarity. The light tan head doesn't get very big but dissipates slowly.

S: A moderately-strong aroma of whiskey and oak with some of the cinnamon and vanilla aromas the the wood brings to the party. The alcohol aroma is moderately-strong warning of the potent potable you're about to drink. The aromas of a Wee Heavy sit just below that of the oak, with that rich malt and caramel aroma along with an earthy peatiness, not that the charred bourbon barrel might not have brought it's own phenols as well. A light diacetyl aroma and no hops

T: A moderately-strong caramel malt rich flavor balanced more by the alcohol than the light hops bitterness. There is a lot of the oak and bourbon presence here with a moderately-light vanilla flavor. A moderate amount of the earthy and peaty flavors and a light smoke but nothing like a Rauch Bier and not harsh at all. The balance is moderately sweet with a farily sweet finish. The aftertaste is malty sweet and a earthy.

M: Medium-full bodied, seeming even thicker with a moderately-low slickness. The alcohol provides a substantial warmth sure to take the chill of a cold night or at least make one relativity numb after a second bottle.

O: A potent, earth, sweet beer that stop short of being cloying but it definitely weighs in as a desert beer but that's the style. If you don't like sweet beers stay away. The Wee Heavy has the richness and boldness to let the oak and whiskey really infuse this beer with a lot of there character and the balance between the base beer and the oak is spot on.

MadScientist, Nov 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

CavemanRamblin, Aug 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

jono0101, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of brownbeer
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

brownbeer, Feb 14, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

npala86, Nov 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Schlais, Mar 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

xVERITAS, Nov 24, 2013
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

hotglassmama, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

Tiernan, Dec 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Spaten454, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of weatherdog
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%

12oz. bottle poured into a John Smith snifter. Bottle dated 11/05/09. Tasted right after a lackluster Dirty Bastard

It pours a fairly low carbonated rustyish brown with a very tiny quick dying head. The beer shows a medium amount of cloudiness.

The nose automatically is the familiar smell of bourbon aging. Wood and vanilla. The beer is particularly smooth in the smell with a great restraint in the aroma that doesn't overpower the nose. It's really inviting and the alcohol is present but not overpowering or harsh, unlike in the lower alcohol Dirty Bastard previously.

SMOOTH, wow this beer is awesomely smooth and the barrel integrates really well. The taste starts off with a nice mellow vanilla and some bourbon. It ends with a mild smokiness as well that is nice and kind of parallels that bourbon taste to just a hint of the scotch.

The body is medium full and a medium amount of carbonation which was surprising considering the lifelessness of the pour. This is a nice sippable beer that shows some nice complexities in the bourbon flavor but isn't filling or harsh in the alcohol content. Overall I really love enjoyed beer which is almost a year old. I think I should try a fresh bottle and then pick up a few more for the cellar because at a year old, this seems like the perfect age.

weatherdog, Oct 12, 2010
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4.52/5  rDev +4.4%

GameOfBeers, Aug 18, 2014
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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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