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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Backwoods BastardFounders Backwoods Bastard

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

4,740 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 4740
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 salvo:
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salvo

Indiana

4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Oh wow, this is a big, fantabulous beer! Founders does great things with barrels.

Pours thick and rich into a goblet; motor-oil dark beer spreads over the glass underneath an off-white coating of foam that quickly dissipates. Smells of raisins and dried currants, vanilla, oak, and smoke; hints of leather and tree bark. More aromas emerge as the beer warms, but that will have to wait for subsequent re-reviews. I'm having trouble waiting, though.

Tastes start off with big, sweet, soppy, thick, rich complex molasses and vanilla. Bourbon is assertive and sweet, as is oak and smoke from the charred barrel. Some sweet dried fruit; figs and dates are in the taste not present in the nose. Again, more nuance and complexity comes out as it warms, but I'm not going to be patient enough for this beer to make it all the way to room temperature. ALcohol asserts itself at the end of the sip.

Thick, rich and chewy; very satisfying, this is a great wintertime beer and I'll be putting up a few bottles for those January snow days with an extra log on the ire and time to kill. Drinkability takes a shot because I've had one and i'm done for the night. Pick up a four pack of these before they disappear.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 00:41:36 | More by salvo
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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 4,740 ratings.