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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,786 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,786
Reviews: 1,611
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 830
Gots: 2,368 | FT: 226
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:
Beer added by: CortexBomb on 01-30-2007

"Wee Heavy", cave aged in oak bourbon barrels.
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Photo of nquigley16
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drinking a fresh 2014 out of a stemless wine glass.

L- Rich mahogany but when held to the light it is an AMAZING ruby/burgundy color and crystal clear. Absolutely gorgeous. Thin tan lacing. Even has thin legs when swirled. Not much of a head.

A- Almond, bourbon, oak, marzipan, brown sugar, milk chocolate, figs. Incredible aroma, I could pick things out of this all day if my olfactory receptors didn't get so saturated.

T- Lightly sweet, oaky, smokey, lightly boozy. Taste isn't as complex as the aroma but it pretty much the perfect level of sweetness and booze. Too many big oak aged beers are overly sweet or overly boozy. Backwoods is the perfect middle ground IMO.

M- A little thinner than I would expected, but that comes with being less sweet, which is nice. Definitely not too thin, nice mouthfeel, nice light carbonation. Sticky.

O- Awesome beer. I can't wait to drink one of these is 6 months too.

Photo of ShadyRigglesbee
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of MIbeer27
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 ounce bottle, dated 10/07/2014

The bottle pours a deep brown hue (brownish red when held to the light) with a one finger, off-white head that quickly dissipates. Carbonation bubbles slowly up the side of the glass.

Aroma is complex, perfectly balanced between a vanilla, toffee, caramel and oak sweetness, along with a healthy dose of bourbon. I honestly don't think a beer could smell much better than this.

The taste follows the nose almost identically, slightly less balanced this time with the bourbon taking the lead midpalate, especially as the beer warms. Heat from the alcohol is there, but it lingers in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with medium carbonation. Bitterness is at the perfect level and damn this stuff is drinkable!

Overall, this is easily one of the best beers I have ever had and I can see why it is so sought-after. The vanilla, toffee, caramel, and oak just blend so perfectly with the bourbon to create such an excellent beer. I could deal with a little less bourbon in the taste (I now understand why people cellar this stuff), but that is really its only flaw. Now, excuse me why I go pick up more!

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4.2/5  rDev -3.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.44/5  rDev +2.3%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.12/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.28/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of matt_duthie
4.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting a long time for this one to come out and made sure I found it before it sold out. Definitely prejudiced toward Scotch ales, and definitely a fan of bourbon barrel beers (stouts, barley-wines, porters...) but this is my first wee-heavy having spent time in bourbon barrels...

A: Light and fluffy two-finger head settles to a thin cap with minimal lacing. Color is a deep dark red with garnet highlights , a little hazy but mostly clear and very attractive.

S: Bourbon and vanilla and a sweet strong malty base. And tropical fruits and oak.

T: Just delightful. Vanilla, oak, coconut, pineapple, caramel, raisins and dark fruits, maybe even a bit of chocolate. Not especially screaming Scotch Ale, but a delicious pairing of barrel and beer.

F: So smooth and well-carbonated, substantial and viscous, but incredibly inviting. Very easily drank despite the ABV. There simply isn't enough of this made...

O: Worth my wait and interest. Should probably get more before it's gone...

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.84/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of GaToWyo
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.16/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.2/5  rDev -3.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.56/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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