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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

6,490 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,490
Reviews: 1,543
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 774
Gots: 2,142 | FT: 193
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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Photo of KeithE
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TPiwaron
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Alpha309
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jeffstinson
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Phenomenal beer. Everything you want in a BA beer.

Photo of Chief09
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best hands down scotch ale you will ever have.

Photo of tsgooch79
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of truesolution
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks great in the glass, smells like almost pure bourbon...taste has that similar twang that all befell KBS as well: where the bourbon seems to be somehow applied on top of the beer instead of a part of it, reaching an almost buttery flavor that almost puts you off, but not quite.

Photo of Kvannost802
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
3.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kerry4porters
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SteveCarrozza
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ArkansasTraveller
4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kwkdmk
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mchengcit
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mve102
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TimG_0913
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoy this brew. Alcohol binding pretty well. Taste the bourbon in the after taste. Can't beat 2 in 1. Beer and bourbon.

Photo of OleBruin
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EuellGophar
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good seasonal beer. Much more going for it than billed.

Photo of nra818
4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of papajohn56
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chume11
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reddish brown hue with vanilla and bourbon in the aroma. Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, and oak with a touch of heat on the finish. I've never been a huge fan of any aging but this one works well. Nicely done Founders!

Photo of breakingbland
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent bourbon barrel aged beer. The oak/vanilla/bourbon is somewhat downplayed compared to others that I've tried which often come across as cloyingly sweet. This been lets the underlying beer come through.

Photo of happydrunk
4.76/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is my new favorite beer. (For this week! )

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 6,490 ratings.