Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company
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Ratings: 4,740 | Reviews: 1,404 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by salvo:
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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4.29/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottle from 10/3/13, poured into a snifter. Thanks to Nick for throwing this in as an extra.
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.
T: Bourbon-soaked butterscotch; sweet and malty; slight bitterness from the hops; oaky and vanilla sweetness on the aftertaste.
M: Smooth and oily; coats the palate nicely.
O: Not much of a wee heavy fan, and I didn't enjoy this beer the first time I had it. But after having it on tap and again in the bottle, it's really grown on me. Smell is fantastic, and taste and mouthfeel work together for a great drinking experience.
Serving type: bottle
04-17-2014 00:53:27 | More by blankenhoney
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 4,740 ratings.