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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Backwoods BastardFounders Backwoods Bastard

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

4,749 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 4749
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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blankenhoney

Ohio

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
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CrazyDavros

Australia

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with a large fading off-white head.
Nose shows caramel, vanilla, woody oak, bourbon, chocolate and a port note.
Very rich flavours, more bourbon and chocolate, some harsh booze and a woody note.
Carbonation could be a bit higher.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 06:12:10 | More by CrazyDavros
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KornWallace

New York

4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Date: 3/26/14
Location: Skibbo's
Glassware: Tulip
Appearance: Black to a hint of brown. The edges are a bit opaque. A wisp of carnation in all that's left of a momentary head.
Aromatics: Bourbon is the big flavor. And the alcohol from the bourbon. There is vanilla and carmel as well.
Flavor: The beer is overpowered by the bourbon in a very good way. (If you love bourbon). After that you get vanilla, toffee, burnt sugar and alcohol. The mouthfeel is very oily and coats the tongue.
Finish: Carbonation sticks to the roof of my mouth while the oil coats my tongue and lips. The oil leaves some alcohol and sweet.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 23:21:16 | More by KornWallace
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datalager

Connecticut

4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Founder’s always impresses me. They simply don’t make a bad beer. Let there be no mistake, though. Backwoods Bastard is a great beer.

The pour flaunts a deep Tuscan red body, with a scant trace of bone white froth at the surface. This is a gorgeous 10.2% ale. Yes, we are stepping into deep ABV territory.

The immediately dominant fragrance is all oak. Then some dried fruits, probably from the bourbon. I took several sniffs over a period of, I don’t know, five minutes maybe? I struggled to get anything other than those aromas out of this glass. If I were blindfolded I might believe that I was smelling scotch from a foot away. Then, after burying my face in some coffee grinds for a moment (to reset those olfactory sensors) I went back and pulled out just a hint of yeast, and just a weeee little presence of hops. So yeah, I guess this is a beer.

First sip, very oily. Sweet and silky swallow. Minimal carbonation. Perhaps some caramel?!? Abrupt rise of esters fill my upper airway.

Second draw brings the caramel back even stronger, with just a touch of char. In the aftertaste resides baker’s chocolate. Nice. Repeated consumption gives a feeling of a strong malted porter, but not quite like an imperial. It’s certainly just as pronounced, yet it’s driven by those wood and whiskey notes, and so it comes across as a more sophisticated dark ale. After a brief intermission, returning to this “bastard” reveals moderate traces of vanilla, perhaps because the glass had warmed a bit.

So, I would definitely grab this again, given the chance.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 17:16:19 | More by datalager
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Uanof

Texas

4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a dark brown ruby color with a decent head that quickly dissipates in to a thin lacing around the edge of the glass.

S: dark fruits, plums, raisins, heavy malts, some licorice, caramel, all this makes up for a very pleasent aroma indeed.

T: the first flavor to hit is some high notes of booziness but not in an unpleasent way, more in the way a liqueur would be drunk. Most of the aromas fade on the palate and in their place they leave a pleasent heavy ale adorned with flavors of raisins and dark fruits, leaving no aftertaste behind.

M: full bodied to a great delight, for such a big beer it falls pretty well on the stomach and it doesn't leaves you feeling bloated; no dryness, no harshness and no off notes.

O: can't say anything asides from the fact that this is a pretty great built beer by an even better brewery. Would enjoy to see more experiments with this base for a beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 08:13:36 | More by Uanof
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Spiral517

Maryland

4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Truly wonderful beer. Bourbon and caramel dominates the nose and taste. Little to no head or lacing. Light carbonation. Rich, buttery mouthfeel. So smooth and delicious. But this beer is all about the taste. Perfect blend of scotch ale and bourbon flavors. One of my very favorite beers!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 02:21:15 | More by Spiral517
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millertime5125

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely delicious! Had it for lunch and loved the smooth drinking caramel taste and smell. I'm not the most well rounded beer drinker but I will certainly be having this one again with a thick juicy burger. Complements a savory meal perfectly with its semi-heavy, sweet and very drinkable qualities. Brilliant work Founders!

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2014 16:42:09 | More by millertime5125
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byronic

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2013 bottle from the LCBO

Pours a nice ruby brown with a thin head forming around the rim.

Unbelievable smell. Caramel and Bourbon. Definitely one of the nicest aromas I've come across.

Bourbon, Bourbon, Bourbon. Far too sweet and all I can taste is the Bourbon and oak barrel aging. It's overwhelming to the senses.

Warming, sipping beer almost like a scotch. Very smooth with low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 12:49:49 | More by byronic
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Bubba569

Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had it at Founder's Brewery! The perfect place to taste a near perfect brew!!
Look - Had a small whitish head not long lasting at all.
Smell - Oh my...great mouth watering sweet caramel & bourbon aroma.
Tast - Heaven in your mouth...a lot like Sweet Repute but with more of a Oak "Backwoods" aftertaste, caramelly with a lasting bourbon finish!
Mouth feel - Awesome long lasting sweet, smooth Bourbon taste that coats your pallet.
Overall - Outstanding beer that you'll be sad when it's gone! Founder's did it again!

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2014 17:58:02 | More by Bubba569
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gangstafaceclay

Illinois

4.95/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I finally got my hands on this brew that I've been dying to try at a local bar/restaurant and I was my disappointed.

Smell- oak, coco, Carmel, bourbon

Taste- wow..I was blown away, like the nose oak, Carmel, coco, some vanilla, smokiness, scotch. One of the best tasting brews I've had, hands down.

Mouthfeel- full bodied and smooth with some creaminess. So good.

Overall- this was exceeded my expectations..so complex and tasty..I didn't want to stop drinking it. Definitely one of my favorites.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2014 02:33:21 | More by gangstafaceclay
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KrisDLSmith

Ontario (Canada)

4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Refrigerated but served after sitting on counter for 40 minutes. Poured into Spiegelau tulip from 355 ml bottle. Best before date on bottle 09/17/2014.

Middle of the road pour, not too gentle or aggressive. Very minimal head. Collar maintained throughout the drink. Very deep ruby red in colour. Very murky.

Smells like oak and bourbon. With a very deep inhale, I feel a burn in the back of my throat. Very oakey.

Tastes very oakey from the barrel aging. Oak is very prominent I the flavour profile. Bourbon flavours very present. Boozy. Slight caramel flavoured sweetness.

Carbonation is a bit biting which enhances the alcohol burn. Slightly astringent.

Overall, while Scotch ales are not my favourite style, this is easily the best of the style I've had to date. Glad I picked up 4, hope I can get my hands on more eventually.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 02:14:32 | More by KrisDLSmith
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cratez

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Founders Backwoods Bastard - 10.2% ABV - 2012 Vintage, consumed November 17, 2013
Pours a dark ruby-brown hue with a sliver of tan froth and a few dots of lacing on the snifter. Head subsides after a couple of sips. Smell and taste are oak barrel, bourbon, slight smoke, cocoa, apple, ethanol, brown sugar, caramel and molasses-like sweetness, earthy-peaty notes, dark pit fruit, and a warm booziness to end. The nuanced aromas appeal to me but the flavour is a little too sweet and boozy for my liking. Mouthfeel is full side of medium-bodied, lush and silky middle, low carbonation, some alcoholic warmth going down. Not nearly as robust and full-bodied as you would expect for the style and weight. Overall, this was fun to try but I wouldn’t seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 01:18:22 | More by cratez
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Moheban

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark ruby color. Thin white head around the rim. Strong aroma of vanilla, caramel and bourbon predominate. Intense favors which all work together into a very complex taste that follows the nose. Quite a bit of heat fom the alcohol. The mouthfeel is one of my favorite parts of this beer, very creamy, rich and buttery. Overall a fantastic sipper, rich in complex flavors.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 03:50:18 | More by Moheban
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craftbeersweden

Sweden

4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow! This is truly a masterpiece!
Clear dark amber-red with a beige, fluffy head.

Nose: Honey, vanilla, single malt whisky, oak, dried fruit, toffee, caramel malt, bourbon and licorice. Oh! It's so complex! I love it!

Taste: Butter, fudge, bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel, alcohol, nuts and brown sugar.

A full body with a great complex texture. Little carbonation.

As a lover of great single malt whisky and a good bourbon I naturally fall as a rock for this. It's heaven on earth...

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 23:58:21 | More by craftbeersweden
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mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Pours a dark amber with a reddish hue to one finger of creamy, khaki head that falls quickly to a thin collar and leaves minimal lace. The nose is dominated by the barrel, lots of vanilla, oak, bourbon and alcohol, but there is still a big malt character with big ripe fruit (prunes, raisins). The taste is very similar and starts off dominated by the grain bill highlighting swet rich malt and lots of luscious dried fruit (figs, prunes and raisins). The barrel warms the palate and delivers lots of warm bourbon, vanilla and a touch of oak as well as brown sugar and molasses. The body is full, creamy and rich with just enough carbonation to pull it all together. That is a really great beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 18:36:46 | More by mtomlins
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dank203

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

big thick sweet , molasses, syrupy. little bit of hops. could use some sitting. thick and warming. overall, doesn't remind me too much of the dirty bastard, in my opinion much better balanced. just another example of founder's ability to make big , smooth beers

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 23:48:15 | More by dank203
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magictacosinus

California

4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to angrybabboon for the bottles! Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. 2013 vintage. Paired with extremely spicy homemade chili.

Yeah, this is definitely Dirty Bastard on steroids straight away based off of the appearance. Dark reddish amber when held against the light, with a frothy, thick off-khaki head that leaves behind shrapnel-like lacing with each swirl. The legs are noticeable on this, as is, surprisingly enough, the carbonation at the bottom of the glass. Granted, I only poured about 6-7oz of this, and very little sediment shows as a result, but you have seen the color on this to believe it. Far more menacing than any other beer I've had from Founders to date, to be perfectly frank.

Smells fantastic! Lots of layers here beyond the average non-stout that's been bourbon barrel aged. At first there's a cascade of sweet oak, but that soon changes as this starts to open up - dried fruits often found in scotch ales such as raisins and dates, as well as some sweet plums. Lots of white pepper, yellow bell pepper, as well as white flower notes that are all no doubt from the charred white oak spices. Speaking of which, the bourbon flavor lurking underneath may be the best part of all - sweet toffee, some butterscotch that is further accentuated from the sweet oak and scotch ale buttery combo, as well as cinnamon and nutmeg. The alcohol is there, but luckily restrained under the array of spices and sweetness. Really inviting - kind of shows you the magic of a true bourbon aged ale when done right.

Wow! This is fantastic stuff. I'm really surprised how much I'm enjoying this, but it's perhaps because this reaches a fine line between decadence and well attenuated complexity on part of all of the ingredients. At the front there's a brief blast of spiciness, as well as dried fruits ranging from raisins to figs to prunes. Then, at the middle, barrel character starts to take over, offering a lactic sweetness that melds with heavy vanilla, toffee, and caramel notes from the barrel. The effect is akin to eating a rich caramelized juicy raisin, and the creaminess and buttery character only makes it more delightful. The finish is filled with more sweetness and apparent heat from the booze (which you can feel), but maintains a crisp, bitter sensation from the hops, as well as the toasted grains. Gets a little savory as it warms up, with garlic and bell pepper flavors fulling hitting the palate. It's quite a sipper, but it's stupidly easy to drink, which is quite a dangerous combo. Really fantastic stuff from Founders yet again!

I love this brewery, especially with what they do with bourbon. Everything I've had from them that dwell into this style are used to their full advantage. Dirty Bastard is already a world class beer of its kind... To throw it in bourbon barrels and accentuate the unique caramel, dried fruit, and buttery profile really is a sight to behold. Perhaps it's greatest trait is that it doesn't even remind me of bourbon - rather, the extra sweetness, creaminess, and complexity of spices elevates DB into the magical elixir that it's destined to be.

Post-script: If you can, please pair this with some Samoa cookies. You'll thank me afterwards.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 08:58:23 | More by magictacosinus
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CowsandBeer

Kansas

4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Seak K for the long ago trade! A bottled on date of 2012. Poured into a Blind Tiger Brewery snifter.

Appearance: Produced a finger of light tan head which quickly faded to a ring and film. A very dark brown body with lots of flakes floating around.

Aroma: A fading hop presence, sticky molasses, some stone fruit, and a very nice barrel presence. Lots of nice vanilla, caramel and oak.

Taste: A bit of hops up front followed by a huge barrel presence. Excellent barrel complexity that goes on and on. Nice milky butterscotch, toasted marshmallows, vanilla bean, caramel and toasted oak. Some sweet plums and molasses poke out from the base beer itself.

Mouthfeel: Very warming. The barrel has nicely mellowed out here. Prickly carbonation which helps brings out the barrel nicely.

Overall: Despite being an older bottle, this is still drinking very nicely. The barrel shines with excellent notes of bourbon and toasted oak. The base beer itself is starting to taste like an aged American barleywine. Highly recommend, fresh or with some time on it.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 05:34:59 | More by CowsandBeer
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kdahnke123

Indiana

4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage poured into a snifter. Served at room temperature.
A - Thick creamy pout with a light head.
S - Heavy on the bourbon, followed by a good amount of malt and finally a small amount of hops.
T - Similar to the smell. Sweet malt taste with warm bourbon heat and some oaky vanilla. Only traces of hops.
M - Medium on the mouth coating. Mid-level carbonation.
O - A very good version of a Scotch Ale. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 21:04:30 | More by kdahnke123
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Givemebeer

Vermont

4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Deep ruby color not much head thin lacing

S: bourbon and toffee

T: bourbon, plums, toffee, butterscotch. Slight hop bitterness to ensure this doesn't get too sweet.

M: Full-bodied and silky slightly sweet.

O: Extremely easy to drink and complex. A nice treat on this snowy day.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 22:10:07 | More by Givemebeer
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beerbully

New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter

A-dark copper /brown cinnamon color with a mocha color 1/2 inch head that quickly dissipates mild lacing the quickly runs down the side of the glass

S-boozy bourbon, vanilla, charcoal wood, sweet caramel, brown sugar or molasses

T-follows the nose...booming with flavor. Sweet boozy bourbon but not a lot of alcohol burn, notes of vanilla, caramel, molasses, toffee, pecan pie

M-not much carbonation, medium bodied, leaves some sweetness on the finish, maple syrup,

O-Great tasting beer, all time favorite, good balance of style with the barrel aging, not much alcohol burn given the ABV...great sipper on a cold day...

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 18:31:12 | More by beerbully
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Stev0supreemo

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: If the thin, tan, two-fingered head hadn't dissipated so quickly, I'd give this beer a straight 5 on appearance. It displays a dark amber with an unusual amount of red. I generally don't care for appearance but this beer makes me feel otherwise.

Smell: Bourbon bourbon bourbon. Another reviewer mentioned candied nuts, which I would agree with. Caramel, but with a special quality I can't identify but smells familiar. Dark fruits. Slightly estery.

Taste: Your met with more bourbon and a warm, alcoholic finish that's not overbearing. I would say, however, that they push the bourbon just a bit too much. Cherries. Caramel. Some banana.

Mouthfeel: they definitely made the right choice keeping the carbonation low. This beer is thick. Very syrupy; a real treat for cold winter months.

Overall: another great example of the quality brewer's setting up shop in my homestate. Founder's is world class. And although I wouldn't call this beer world class, its an example of the innovation and quality they're known for. Honestly, if they toned down the bourbon just every so slightly, I'd be singing it's praises even more than I already am.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2014 17:37:02 | More by Stev0supreemo
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krustster

Michigan

5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: one of the best-looking beers I have ever seen, if not the very best. I always say this isn't an important category, but this is one of those beers that you really have to see in the glass to fully appreciate. Dark, dark brownish red. Held up to the light it's almost a blood red. Mostly clear with fine sediment suspended in the bottom of the glass. Very generous brownish-white head that lasts for a very long time. Tons of sticky lacing. Incredible appearance. I've had many bottles of this before now, but just looking at it is raising my expectations for this review.

Smell: Incredibly rich, bourbon, oak, candied nuts, caramel, vanilla, toffee, every "sweet" and "rich" adjective you can think of applies here. I'm sure there are some references to dark fruits and whatnot that I'm missing, but to me, it's all about the caramel and pecan pie. In any case, it's a magical experience. I've been just smelling it for about half an hour, and this is my 13th bottle so far this year. It never gets old. Absolutely unreal!

Taste, in accordance with tradition, is similar to the nose. Delicious, rich, decadent, any over-the-top adjective you want to apply will fit in here. Huge bourbon, oak, caramel, toffee, dried fruits or whatever, incredible. This is one of those beers where you go "oh my god bourbon barrels must be actually magic!" and buy a bunch of bourbon barrel stuff that isn't very good, in hopes of duplicating the miracle your mouth just experienced. More than anything else, the flavor I get is pecan pie. And that's one of my favorite types of pie! Oh man. Maybe even french toast. This is so sweet, so rich, so balanced. But not over the top! I like over the top things, but this one is so balanced in spite of how rich and sweet it it is, that it reaches another level. It's almost like a religious experience. What a treat. I could drink this all day... but given its limited nature, I'll say that I could have this as a dessert after any meal.

Mouth feel... a hard category to rate, but I have to give it a perfect score again. It's so sticky, like a syrup. Like maple syrup on french toast! Viscous, but creamy, and with just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall, it would appear that I've given this beer a perfect score. I don't have a ton of reviews, but this is one of only two so far that has gotten such a rating from me. I dunno, for me, most beers fall behind in either mouth feel or appearance, but this one is quite simply perfect all around. I cut myself off once I'd purchased 16 bottles. I have 3 left, and I feel like I made a grave mistake buying as "few" as I did. This beer is an utter masterpiece.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 03:14:19 | More by krustster
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Jmamay22

New York

4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've been looking out for this one and glad I found a single bottle. The beer pours a very dark ruby red brown with a full creamy looking tan colored head that retains its shape well. Scent is heavy on vanilla from the oak aging. A slightly spicy oak background as well, but otherwise a little muted.

The flavor is very rich with plenty of more vanilla, oak and caramel. Finishes with a smooth warming character. It's difficult to think of as a wee heavy or Scottish ale as it comes off as English old ale with a heavy influence of oak aging. Very enjoyable and the alcohol is well masked. The mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with a very creamy feel of carbonation.

As the beer warms there are additional notes of spice that were likely imparted from the barrel giving the beer additional depth and complexity. I'm very glad I had the chance to try this unique beer. For those who enjoy barrel aging this is one seeking, but don't expect any sort of wee heavy.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 21:46:21 | More by Jmamay22
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BradtheGreat7

Ohio

4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 200th beer review on Beer Advocate and its one of my favorites anywhere in the world. Granted ive reviewed 500 plus beers I only have so much time to record them all on here, so its very much a work in progress, but this is one that deserves to be written about.

12 oz brown stubby Founders style bottle with may be my favorite from Founders. Label is of a dude looking like he's straight out of the backwoods in my home state of Kentucky. He is the backwoods bastard and the artwork is simply bad ass. The colors are just meant to be paired together. I've poured this in many styles of glassware over the last few years, but my favorite for this is a nonic pint glass or a stemmed tulip style glass.

A - dark mirky brown with highlights of burnt brown and ruby red. Head is of a small size but leaves a nice ring of splotchy lace with some decent stick. This brew is gorgeous regardless of the head with its cloud covered body and the small sediment floating about.

S - sweet caramel with a load of bourbon goodness up front. Rich vanillas and oak barrels. Darkest of fruits with some cinnamon like spice, and a touch of smoke. Barrel aged aromas at its finest. Even hints of milk chocolate from the bourbon oak in the finish. Nice whiffs of faint Booze as backwoods warms.

T - lovely rich caramel notes to start with the more desired bourbon notes of vanilla, chewy caramel, and a charred Oakiness. A nice solid hit of dark fruit blends lovely with the bourbon sweets. Spice provides lovely but soft cinnamon stick notes. A touch of chocolate just before a bourbon barrel inspired finish with an awesome booziness that only grows in depth as it warms.

M - full bodied and creamy mouthfeel. Thick as usual from Founders and packed with loads of mouth coating flavor. The thickness and texture is an example of perfection. Some booze but the bourbon barrel characters are to die for. A highly enjoyable beer.

O - I love Backwoods Bastard and its one of my highlights, beer wise, every late Fall. It's a simply stunning Bourbon Barrel giant and a true 'as good as it gets' type creation. The definition of perfection with a nice, big wee heavy and bourbon barrel brilliance!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 20:25:42 | More by BradtheGreat7
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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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