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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

4,766 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 4766
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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fropones

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice reddish brown with too much yeast suspended in it. Minimal head.

S - Bourbon. Lots of bourbon. Caramel and vanilla.

T - Sweet, bourbon notes, a bit of heat in the back. Caramel, vanilla and oak. A bit simple.

M - Medium bodied, low carb.

D - Fairly drinkable. Alcohol is fairly apparent. I had one of these a while ago when I first bought the fourpack and this was not as good as I remember, unfortunately.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 03:26:29 | More by fropones
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brewerburgundy

California

3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, shaker pint, bottled 10/8/10.

Beautiful deep auburn with an amazingly persistent head. I finally tracked this woodsy legend down on a beer-centric trip into Missouri. That head is close to the color of old book pages and holds on and laces great despite the abv and bourbon barrel aging.

Dried bananas immediately jumped out at me. That smell breaks down into different, more expected aromas like maple syrup, vanilla, bourbon, very vanilla, oak laden brandy; all very sweet and all barrel with a little raisin fruit.

The flavors are very similar to what I found in the nose, but the alcohol is more present, bitter. Even if Founders doesn't use some maple syrup barrels for this blend, it sure seems like it to me. There is more dried fruit here.

Syrupy, liquor-like mouthfeel that seems appropriate because the beer is dominated by liquor in other aspects.

I'm splitting this bottle with my brother, and we've each nursed a half for nearly an hour. I think this is almost a liquor substitute that isn't very complex this young but still solid and great sipping for bourbon or brandy fans.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 04:55:06 | More by brewerburgundy
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Spider889

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

In some ways this is probably the best Scotch Ale I have ever had, and frankly I think it's because the style is full of too many mediocre beers. But in other ways this is a horrible example of the style because, frankly, there is little semblance of the base beer due to the overpowering effect of the barrel.

Either way, I'm still a fan of this beer!

It took some serious coaxing in order to get some head out of this beer. What results is a soapy yellowish head of 1/4 inch. It receded within a minute and I'm left with little but splotchy lace. The color is a deep burnt umber color with dark brown shades that almost reach purple, port-like hues. I imagine that the beer mimics what the inside of the oak barrel would look like: a dark, charred brown. Finally, the beer is hazed with lots of tiny particulate floating around.

Smells strong of Founders' barrels. I am instantly taken back to my experience with CBS - minus the stout, this beer has to be aged in the same, or similar, barrels. Lots of vanilla and sweet bourbon. Molasses in a diluted form wanders about, along with tobacco leaves and mild earthy notes, finished by light char and oak.

The flavor is complex and layered, though once again, heavily dominated by the barrel. Dark brown sugar provides a sweetness that balances out a bitterness in the beer (50 ibu's) that would normally seem too strong for a scotch ale. The bourbon flavors mask much of the bitterness though, which allows for it to play a positive role. There's a very light cinnamon graininess to the beer, though this is most likely just part of the wood aging. Plenty of vanilla and bourbon add smoothness as well as depth to the beer. The char of the oak barrels shines through ever so faintly. The alcohol is a little boozy but ultimately pleasantly warming. The more it warms peat and more bitterness push through. I really enjoyed the flavor of this beer, but I still have to say that the base scotch ale is fairly difficult to discern for me.

The mouthfeel is packed with dry oakiness. Warm alcohol makes this a sipper. The consistency is slick but smooth with low carbonation.

A truly solid beer, very likable. Drinkability suffers somewhat due to the price and availability, not to mention the abv. I look forward to the release next year.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 09:56:52 | More by Spider889
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CraftAleRookie

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a DFH Pint glass.

A- Dark brown; 1/4 inch bubbly head that was "gone in sixty seconds"; very wispy lace remained. Bits of suspended...stuff...swirling around the brew.

S- Bourbon! Malt. Toffee.

T- Clearly and unmistakably Bourbon up front, but not overpowering in strength; a 'mild' smooth burbon note. Well balanced with a hint of malt in the background.

M- Full, strong (chewy?); but a bit on the flat side.

D- Definately a sipper; this is a cool weather brew that takes a while to consume, sip by sip. You won't drink more than one or two of these in a sitting, unless you're a huge bourbon fan.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 14:46:08 | More by CraftAleRookie
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Heischman

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer/Brewery - Founders Backwoods Bastard, Fonders
City/State- Grand Rapids, Michigan
STYLE – Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
ABV –10.2%
IBU – 50
DATE – 18 OCT 2011
SERVING TYPE – 12 oz bottle
GLASSWARE – Tall footed Pilsner
APPEARANCE – A cherry red color with a ¼ inch head on it that lingers good bit of bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Nice lacing, like a curtain.
AROMA- Strong oak and bourbon aromas. Hit of roast malts
TASTE – Bourbon right off the bat, like carbonated bourbon. Even in the after taste and on my breath I taste the alcohol. Also good bit of earthiness as well.
MOUTHFEEL – smooth, but a little thick. Very light on the carbonation, but it lets you know it is there.
CONCLUSION – Interesting beer, not an everyday beer but very good. I could see sitting down and sipping on this while puffing on my pipe or a good cigar.
-JH-

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 21:57:36 | More by Heischman
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Scott is the absolute man for cracking some of these for us during this Bliss tasting. Seriously. It pours a clear dark russet-amber topped by a finger of dirty light-tan foam. The nose comprises bourbon, oak, light vanilla, caramel, toffee, light peat moss, raisin, dates, and a touch of cocoa. The only thing holding this smell back is the strength of the bourbon, which comes close to singeing my nosehairs with every sniff. (But this ain't enough to deter me from going further, mind you.) The taste brings in more of the same, but with a decidedly stronger and boozier bourbon component, which threatens to overtake everything else in a blaze of usurpatory glory. It's still pretty tasty, but much more one-dimensional than it could have been. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly syrupy feel. Overall, yeah, it's heavy on the bourbon, but it's still a damn fine, tasty brew. It's not amazing, but it's more than an experience.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 19:57:03 | More by TMoney2591
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MADhombrewer

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 version given to me by Hopsbreath. Thanks, Jason.
12oz bottle poured into a white wine glass.

Appearance- Muddy brown. Some reddish qualities. Tan head that dissipates to a small film. Lots of suspended sediment. Very little lacing. 3.5/5

Smell- Roasted malt and caramel. Some sourness? Or is that alcohol? 3.5/5

Taste- Lots of caramel, vanilla and maple. Very sweet with a ting of alcohol and earthy bitterness in the end. 4/5

Mouthfeel- Thick and sweet. Almost port-like, but thins right at the end. 3.5/5

Overall- Good beer. I haven't had this fresh, but would assume that it is a little "brighter" than this. Maybe the hops are a little more apparent. Some bigger alcohol flavors might be there as well. 4/5

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 23:04:48 | More by MADhombrewer
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zdk9

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Second night without power. It feels like I'm in the woods without heat. Hopefully this one will warm me up.

A- Dark brown with ruby highlihgts. Little head tops the surface. As the beer goes down the glass it leaves limited, but fairly strong looking dots of lacing.

S- Dark fruits- prunes and raisins. Reminds me quite a bit of the Raison D'extra of a couple days ago. As my nose delves deeper I notice strong carmel, and some alcohol. There is also some off tones, perhaps DMS? Hopefully these aren't reminscent of the DFH brew.

T- Initial taste of vanilla, oaky bourbon which smoothes into sweet carmel malt with some brither fruit flavors- cherry and orange or dark tangerine. The aftertaste brings some heavily roasted coffe tones to the party.

M- Syrupy as hell- a major tongue sticker. I'm loving this part of the beer.

D- I love the bourbon notes on this batch, but the off flavors turned me off in turn. But still good, especially the drinking experience of syrupy, mildly boozy, beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2007 23:52:01 | More by zdk9
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superdedooperboy

Georgia

3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12-ounce brown bottle poured into a snifter glass. Bottle stamp tells me this was bottled on September 30, 2010 at 17:55, making this fairly fresh at just over a month old.

Pours a deep cherrywood hue with a nice clarity and a small off-white head that dissipates quickly, barely hanging on to the walls of the glass as the contents fade away.

Immediately the aroma gives this away as being barrel-aged, and bourbon barrel-aged at that. A huge whiff of vanilla, woody oak and a distinct bourbon character compromises the foreground, while in the background there is the slightest hint of peat that signals that this is, in fact, a Scotch ale at heart. The note is nearly imperceptible, and if one were not paying attention it would easily be missed, but it is there nevertheless.

The palate opens with sweet and slightly smoky malt notes before quickly being taken over by oaky vanillin, which bombards the palate throughout the remainder of the drink; sweet caramel notes peek through meagerly but have mostly hidden themselves in the pores of the wood. A more distinct wood character mingles with a touch of peat toward the back, perhaps with a little hop character, though it's difficult to discern as things become a little hot and boozy, leading into a long, warming finish. Vanilla and wood linger long afterward.

Drinkability isn't exactly the name of this beer's game. It's evident from the first whiff that this is a sipper, and it's an excellent one at that, though it would definitely be nice if a bit more of the base beer's character would show through after the barrel aging process. For fans of Bourbon and beers aged on Bourbon wood, this is definitely worth a shot, and it makes a heck of a nightcap. Sadly, because the base is so masked by the aging, it becomes a good deal less interesting than it could potentially be. I'd like to see how this cellars, though, as it certainly has cellaring potential and could, mellow and become more intriguing with a bit of age on the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 05:16:20 | More by superdedooperboy
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BigE90

Washington

3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A great dark amber color, poured into a pint glass, 1/2 finger head that dissipated quickly

S: Not much to smell, hint of barley though and oak

T: Alcohol was present immediately. Tannins are present too. Taste a lot like a hard liquor with a splash of beer vs beer with a splash hard liquor. Kind of addicting flavor though, definitely improves as it warms up.

M: Hot! The high alcohol is very warming to the mouth. Very clean finish

O: Great for a strong ale. The only negative for me is just little to strong on the Bourbon. Enjoy the subtle oak notes though.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 02:42:07 | More by BigE90
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beagle75

Iowa

3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, medium brown color with no head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Mild spirituous alcohol outpaces an understated backbone of caramel. A suggestion of vanilla becomes more pronounced, even potent, as the beer warms in the glass.

T: Begins sweet and boozy, with a heavy presence of fermented crystal malt whose early fruity notes seem constrained by cleansing ethyl alcohol. Spirituous qualities persist with faint roast emerging in the middle. Bitterness is restrained in the finish where booziness reigns and mellow herbaceous qualities entertain.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, pronounced lability is slippery due to alcohol, with low carbonation.

D/O: This barrel-aged wee heavy has the makings of a favorite sipper, with alcohol distributed evenly and prominently throughout. It is the bold but respectful handling of alcohol that makes this beer special, allowing the booze to define the experience without becoming unruly of excessive.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 14:25:54 | More by beagle75
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip shaped glass

Appearance – Pours a mahogany-deep red color. There is a very mild off white head formed upon pouring with only a bit of lacing upon the heads dissipation.

Smell – Sweeter aromas first meet the nose of dark fruits mixed with a little bit of caramel. A slight amount of bourbon works its way in the middle with a little bit of alcohol mixing with the bourbon and fruit; rounding out the smell profile at the very end.

Taste – Up front a nice complex dark fruit flavor, composed mainly of a cherry base (yet mixed in with some prune and raisin as well), is mixed with a slight amount of caramel malt flavor. There is an ever so slight bourbon that works its way into the taste profile. The alcohol then comes into play and mixing with the light bourbon and finishes out the taste profile. A nice flavor but a bit lacking in the barrel flavor that I desire.

Mouthfeel – For the high abv of the brew it is quite thin in body. The carbonation is just right, and this combined with the thinner body make it easy to drink. The one thing that holds one back, however, from downing this beer, is the slight tingle one gets from the alcohol, which helps keep you in check. Actually it all works together surprisingly well.

Overall - It is a good beer, but in some ways unbalanced for its style in my mind (i.e. thin body and lack of great bourbon flavor vs. its high abv and alcohol flavor). Good, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 01:30:58 | More by Darkmagus82
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to snifter. Bottled 9/30/11. Sampled 3/21/12.

A: Pours with a skinny finger of light brown, foamy/fizzy head that is quick to recede. The body is a dark shade of chestnut brown, murky with transparency only along the edges. Dots of lacing line the glass briefly before sliding back down. Light sediment can be seen collected at the bottom of the glass.

S: Smooth scotch whiskey with subtle notes of caramel and vanilla. Honey-like sweetness with underlying spice and mild peat.

T: Lots of malt depth, somewhat one-note, with heavy caramelization. But peaty scotch is the dominant flavor, riding through until the end. Sweet alcohol flavor is high as a result, and bitterness stays out of the way almost entirely.

M: Full body with a thick, chewy texture - a bit sticky even. Carbonation is low and allows the flavors to stick to the tastebuds. Sweet from front to back with a drying effect on the aftertaste, similar to what you would experience while sipping Scotch.

O: This is my second review of Backwoods Bastard. I don't like reviewing a beer more than once...but, my palate was pretty inexperienced the first time, I didn't enjoy my serving, and so my rating was pretty low. I owed BB another shot. While I can admit that my first review is essentially invalid, I still feel like the overall ratings are substantially inflated. And so it is then, I guess, that I remain in the minority on this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 01:05:41 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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greybeardloon

Rhode Island

3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled 9/28/2012

A: Not much head, poor lacing. Clear, reddish brown.

S: Dates, molasses, vanilla, booze

T: Caramel, vanilla roundness, anise, dried fruit. Booze is fairly well hidden, all things considered. The alcohol does cut the sweetness nicely.

M: Viscous and smooth.

O: An amusing novelty.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 03:00:41 | More by greybeardloon
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PsilohsaiBiN

New York

3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber with a slight head that quickly fades away.

Smell: Brown sugar and scotch paired with an odd, off putting odor.

Taste: Young and brash, this is still drinkable as hell for the abv. A barrel aged, astringent sweetness hits up front with some faint caramel, then fades into a bready finish. The scotch sweetness factor is just a hair under what I was looking for, but I'm sure this will improve with age.

Mouthfeel: Decently bodied with not too much carbonation.

Overall: Again, this was never one of my favorite beers, but you have to respect how drinkable and smooth it is, even if you're not in love with the taste(like me). I'd say this is an excellent candidate for aging, and can turn into a classic after some. My guess is, the astringent factors of this beer will surely fade after a year and improve it significantly, giving it a more malty, balanced taste...just might have to buy a few extra. There are so many beers of this ilk that are practically undrinkable compared to this(especially young), which is why Founders is who they are, and does what they duz.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 14:13:21 | More by PsilohsaiBiN
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popery

California

3.79/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big, tasty beer. The barrel flavor is a simple, though, imho. It smells great. Big vanilla, oak, brown sugar, molasses and a lot of caramel. It’s a bit on the sweet side. Taste is similar but the barrel flavor gets a tad harsh and isn’t quite as enjoyable. There's just an almost astringent harshness to the beer. Still, lots of vanilla, dark sugars and oak. Perhaps, a different batch or temperature would soften my opinion, here. Mouthfeel is smooth and while it’s fairly thick, it could be even thicker. Deep amber brown in color with a sudsy beige head. Interesting beer. I just wish that the barrel was a bit gentler on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 06:28:35 | More by popery
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barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to DIM for this via trade. I found this to be a very nicely mellow bourban and oak influenced beer. Soft and tasty in a relaxed mode. While I enjoyed this one, I was left wondering where the beer this once was went. It's a nice bourbon barrel aged brew but there are very few notes that come across from the brew. Slight caramel, slight toffee but that was about it.

I would give it a higher score if the beer showed through a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2007 20:57:06 | More by barleywinebrewer
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Backwoods Bastard has a dark brown body with a creamy off-white head that boasts some pretty good retention. Leaves loads of lacing in rings and sheets on my glass.

Good aroma, lots of oak and bourbon notes followed by some malty chocolate and caramel sweetness.

This is pretty sweet in both a malty and sugary way, but also noticeably boozy from both the alcohol and the bourbon. The sweet wee-heavy notes probably take a back seat to the barrel characteristics. Bourbon, vanilla and wood are the stars here. In the background lurks the wee-heavy maltiness and in the finish is some alcohol warming. Personally, I would like the wee-heavy characteristics to shine through a little more, even though I do like bourbon.

After reading over the reviews I'm not the only one who found this mouthfeel off-putting. Generally I would say mouthfeel doesn't mean much to me, but this one was just think and watery when I wanted it to be rich and thick. This also probably added to the beer being overly boozy. The mouthfeel here definitely takes away from the beer overall.

Drinkability is ok despite the mouthfeel problems. Decent beer despite some problems.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2009 17:22:31 | More by Hojaminbag
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Zorro

California

3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chill hazed reddish brown colored beer with no head formation.

Strong scent of whiskey is the first thing I notice. Lots of caramel, vanilla, chocolate, malt and especially Whiskey! Lesser scent is a little cookie dough.

Starts out malty with a strong whiskey flavor. Malt comes on after you get past the whiskey. Next to no bitterness here. Try as I might there is no way around it; this is more whiskey than beer.

Mouthfeel is a little light probably because of the alcohol content.

Personally I like this stuff, but it IS pretty strong in the whiskey department. Easy call if you like whiskey you will love this. If you do not like whiskey this will be a drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 00:29:45 | More by Zorro
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy walnut brown with a thin tan head, packed densely with carbonation but patiently subsiding to leave little lacing behind.

Sweet malt aroma is second to the aggressive bourbon/wood notes with hints of vanilla and caramel as well as pepper and similar spices.

The palate is similar to the nose, more spice, significant bourbon flavors, faint sweet malt, and just a touch of earthy hops.

I guess the body of this beer would be considered medium, but the palate is certainly aggressive. Medium to little carbonation, and as smooth as a brew of this assertiveness can be.

This beer is antagonistic for lack of a better word. Certainly worth a try, it stands out among some of the barrel-aged brews I have enjoyed recently. The "bastard" on the label pretty much summarizes the beer. If you are a scotch/bourbon/whiskey, etc. drinker, you will enjoy the intricacies of this brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 03:38:09 | More by CHADMC3
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky rusty brown. Tiny wisp of beige head. Full on bourbon bomb in the nose. Hints of caramel and bready malts. Rich toasted malt, caramel, coffee, light vanilla. Above all that is the bourbon though. Man this stuff is a bourbon lovers wet dream. Light carbonation. Great sipping beer for cold winter nights.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 15:10:01 | More by beerwolf77
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yamar68

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Murky burnt copper brown body topped with a finger of boozy looking khaki head that sinks down to a thin collar which laces nicely - alcohol legs are apparent.

Loads of sweet bourbon on the nose... fresh peat, molasses, charred oak, some rye maybe, the nose actually reminds me very much of Brau Bros' Rye Wyne.

Again, this is really all about the bourbon. I was skeptical of its Wee Heavy categorization but I can see how that is the case, and it plays well against the heavy bourbon character. Bitter alcohol burn on the tail end. Not mind-blowing in this respect but still good.

Pretty low drinkability at this point, I anticipate some rounded edges after a year or so.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 01:08:23 | More by yamar68
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Beerandboards

New Mexico

3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint

Appearance is good. Pours a murky golden color, about an inch and a half head, retains at about 1/2 inch for the balance. Fine looking beer.

Smell - Interestingly, lacks in the nose. A little bit of vanilla, caramel, sweetness. But very muted. Even my wife, who has an x-men type sense of smell didn't pick up much.

Taste - I can't decide quite what to say here. I like it, to be certain, but not sure how much. Up front, it's almost thin, the initial presentation is super quick, I can't even do a good job of describing it. It's the finish that I love on this beer. Vanilla, toasted marshmallow, caramel, the after taste lingers for a good bit.

Feel - good. Carb is medium to a little low, nice consistency.

Overall - I liked the first 2/3 a lot. By the last third, it was getting a little old for me. Kind of a one trick pony in my book, but a helluva trick. Wouldn't want more than one at once, but would like to have it around to have one once a week or so.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 20:25:26 | More by Beerandboards
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Hopshopenstein for sending this my way. Dark, dark red color with a minimal head. The aroma on this was just great, vanilla, bourbon, sugar, wood. Great! The flavor was not nearly as good, sort of muddled. It had hints of the vanilla and bourbon but i really couldn't get a feel for the base beer beneath. If the flavor matched the aroma this would be top notch.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 01:20:30 | More by ArrogantB
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NHJORDAN


3.76/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

Backwood Bastard almost has me imagining myself drinking this ale in the deep backwoods of the bayou. A part of me feels as though I'm rebelling against probation due to the strong alcohol content and potent bourbon taste.

This is a good thing my friends. The aroma, taste, and every other sensation surrounds my entire being while drinking this beer.

One cannot simply enjoy this beer unless he's reached manhood. This is indeed a mans beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 04:11:24 | More by NHJORDAN
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 4,766 ratings.