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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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5,176 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,176
Reviews: 1,420
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 626
Gots: 1,522 | FT: 141
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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tectactoe

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 00:16:45 | More by tectactoe
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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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