Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company
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1.27/5 rDev -70.7%
Appearance: The best part of this beer. The color is a lovely brown with hints of copper around the edges.
Smell: Like sticking your head in a bourbon barrel. I couldn't detect any malt at all.
Taste: Like being drowned in a bourbon barrel. It overpowers everything. I could not taste any malt, peat or caramel.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is thin and watery, adding to the feeling of drinking a big glass of watered down bourbon.
Overall: The bourbon is overpowering. I suspect that if you have bottles and age it for a year or two it'll taste great but it is not good fresh. I love Founder's beers and was excited to finally get to try something other than the breakfast stout. I am, however, very much disappointed. Beer should taste like beer. If I wanted a glass of bourbon, I would have purchased a glass of bourbon.
12-27-2011 17:05:10 | More by geneb
1.75/5 rDev -59.6%
Picked up a bottle of this from Abe's in Bethlehem. I liked the dirty bastard a lot so I figured I would like this. Cost me about $3. 12 oz short brown bottle, twist off lid, poured into a snifter.
Mahogany color with off-white head. Looks pretty nice. The bubbles look somewhat similar to a guinness head forming, at least in the commercials. Good retention (considering the ABV) and lots of lacing. Looks very nice.
The smell reminded me how much I hate whiskey. This is aged in bourbon barrels, but I don't know the difference between bourbon and whiskey and it just smelled like whiskey to me. No malts. No hops. Just whiskey.
The taste is even worse. This beer is so one-sided, at least for me. I can't get over the bourbon taste. It overpowers everything. Where are the kettle-carmelized malts? What happened to the beer parts of this beer? As it sat the bourbon seemed to mellow out a bit but wasn't replaced by anything. Maybe I was just tasting the beer less with time.
Mouthfeel was too thin for the style, but the mistake seems hardly noticeable.
Drinkability is low. This one is almost up there with triple bock, though this at least tastes like something someone (not me) would want to drink. One of the few beers I actually poured out. I was very disappointed in this one, but I probably shouldn't have been so surprised. If you like bourbon, you will probably like this but I still think the dirty bastard is a far superior brew. At least I got a cool bottle out of it (the newer style label).
12-11-2008 00:39:29 | More by wheelinshirt
1.93/5 rDev -55.4%
Just opened a fresh 2010 bottle.
Tasted like Bourbon + water; like a mixed drink instead of a beer. This is the first beer from Founders that I didn't really enjoy.
I've heard it gets much better with age, so the rest of the four pack is going into the beer fridge, but I am sorely disappointed as I tried hard to find this four-pack.
11-30-2010 22:18:22 | More by mgoblue5743
2/5 rDev -53.8%
After trying (and loving) Founder's Dirty Bastard, I decided to give this beer a try, given that it's basically a Dirty Bastard aged in bourbon barrels. I bought this beer wanting to like it, but I wound up disliking it. Here's why:
A: The appearance is the best thing about this beer. It appears opaque, but upon holding it up to a light one can make out a faint, light, ruby-colored hue on the edges. The center is still dark, however.
S: The vanilla and molasses are overpowering (emphasis on overpowering). I don't mind hints of vanilla in my beer (or molasses, for that matter), but I certainly don't want it to wreak of vanilla beans. And, rather than compliment the vanilla, the molasses winds up producing a sickly-smelling sweetness that can only be equated to old cough syrup.
T: Yes, bourbon is clearly present. Therefore, it's reasonable that the beer should taste of oak and vanilla. However, the flavors are not balanced well, and, rather than compliment the Scottish ale, the vanilla and oak (i.e., the bourbon) wind up totally masking the presence of good beer. The alcohol content - which is quite heavy - also takes away from the ale's original flavor. I like Dirty Bastard far more than this beer.
M: The mouthfeel is OK. The excess sugars give the beer a syrupy composition that lies heavily on the tongue, but the taste was so bad that I just wanted to gulp the beer down and be done with it.
O: I would avoid it, but a lot of people like this beer. I would just recommend getting bourbon, since the bourbon in this beer is so overpowering that it hinders much of the ale-taste found in Dirty Bastard.
11-25-2011 19:34:52 | More by leantom
2.08/5 rDev -52%
12oz into Newport Storm pint glass. 2010 bottling. Thought the first bottle was off, so I drank another the following night.
A- Dark roasty brown, a bit of a light brown head that fizzes out.
S- Bourbony notes, caramel/molasses. Nothing great, nothing awful.
T- Taste is bourbony, but not very good. Earthy, musty, dull, and oxidised. There is a heavy burbon note but it's dull and unexciting. Where's the vanilla and oak? All I'm getting is burnt sugar and dull earthy notes. Unappologetic booze permiates, but I've had far boozier beers that incorporate it better.
M- Decent enough body and carbonation but there are some off-notes in the flavor and finish that I'm not really enjoying.
D- Low. Thought I was going to enjoy this one as the chatter in the forums is quite abuzz over this beer. Not the case- I'm going to gift out the two remaining bottles as I don't want to drink this. Not a drainpour, but not enjoyable. I love bourbon, straight up, on the rocks, and in my beers, but this one was a misfire IMO.
What kind of barrels are these in? Remind me never to buy that bourbon.
11-23-2010 12:41:13 | More by ShogoKawada
2.13/5 rDev -50.8%
Let me preface this with saying that I love scotch ales - I love Old Chubb, and I typically love beers aged in bourbon barrels - Black Ops comes to mind. That being said, I had a really hard time finishing one bottle of this 4 pack. It was like drinking bourbon - almost no beer taste to be found. If you love bourbon, you will love this beer - but be warned that it is EXTREMELY overpowering. I typically love Founders beers - had the Breakfast Stout and Nemesis on tap last night -- but I can't see myself buying this one again.
11-21-2010 05:31:51 | More by WildRage
2.23/5 rDev -48.5%
First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA
Definitely the "least good" of any Founders brews I've had. Poured a reddish-mahogany color, muddy, with a spotty white head that receded to a layer of patchy bubbles. Booze-heavy aroma, almost straight bourbon, big and woody (there's a B&B joke in there somewhere). Let's be honest: this tasted like a cheap boilermaker, big on the booze, eliminating almost all complexity that might exist. Tones of oak-aged vanilla come through, but the bourbon just kills the palate almost completely. Tasted way higher in alcohol content than it actually was. Thinner than most Scottish ales I've had, but certainly not as good as some. The texture is more what I'd like to have in that it wasn't too syrupy, and certainly not as peaty, but it just didn't work with the intensity of the booze flavor. Not very good, not very drinkable, and I'll be happy never having it again. Sorry, Founders.
10-26-2011 23:48:02 | More by Rifugium
2.23/5 rDev -48.5%
A: Deep brown red, barely any head
S: Nutty, smoky, malty, bourbon, molasses
T: Tastes a bit like a watery bourbon cocktail. Tastes sloppy. The bourbon flavor is overwhelming. Why do I only taste the bourbon and not any of the awesome base beer here? Doesn't work.
M: Mouthfeel is too thin , a bit too dry, not melded together well. Tastes like a mixed drink gone flat.
O: Overall, I really did not enjoy this beer, a rarity as I always enjoy Founders beers. I don't get the melding of flavors, they don't seem to work in my opinion. I love Dirty Bastard, but do not dig this.
11-29-2011 00:36:08 | More by Avantyawn
2.3/5 rDev -46.9%
Deep brown amber. Small head even with great lengths taken.
Smells of mineral spirits.
Kind of weird in the mouth. Sweet and thick, chocolate milk, hot alcohol. Not what I expected at all. Some bourbon especially in the aftertaste (back and sides of the mouth) along with a lingering bitterness.
I have absolutely no idea why this is classified, here, today, as a Scotch Ale.
Too sweet and thick, not enough flavor, misplaced bourbon (to try to hide the hot alcohol?).
04-29-2009 22:58:56 | More by charlesw
2.38/5 rDev -45%
Well Younger35, you can't win them all.
The picture of Gandalf the Grey as a hillbilly farmer on the label should give it away. Pours a brownish brackish like the marsh lands frodo crossed with Sean Astin.
Smells cloying and sweet? Redundant, Gollum Gollum.
Tastes sticky icky sweet and alcoholy, like a pint from the green dragon and the bartendress that samwise gange eventually marries.
Aftertaste of stinginess, the beer turns blue when orcs are near.
I can see how some people like this beer, for me, it's like Mordor where the very air you breathe is poison.
04-14-2009 04:28:47 | More by Murchmac
2.39/5 rDev -44.8%
A-Deep ruby read with a bubbly head. Poor retention and little to no lacing at all.
S-Srong, potent scotch whisky and vanilla
T-Followed the nose, mostly. Some banana was in there as well
MF-Too carbonated and crisp, I was expecting something smoother
O-I did not enjoy this beer at all. It might be because I dislike liquor and it strongly resembled a scotch whisky. I guess this kind of beer is not my style, and now I definitely know so.
03-03-2013 02:53:59 | More by Jacurdy60
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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