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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,454 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,454
Reviews: 1,431
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 699
Gots: 1,582 | FT: 140
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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4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in an Imperial pint glass.

A- Pours a rich reddish-brown color with a deep brown core. The hardly-there-at-all head is off-white in color; it leaves some lacing. Not much in bubbles, either. For such a big ale, it looks sheepish.

S- Thankfully, the bourbon and booze are not overpowering. It smells like "beer". There are vanilla, oak notes, sweet and roasted malts. Not smoky, but there's a buttery char in those malts.

T- There's no denying the bourbon, but there's more. The vanilla, oak, sugar, and malts are all there, not hidden by the barrel aging. I get some white chocolate, too.

M- Surprisingly good , the lack of head and bubbles is overcome. There's some tingle to go with the velvety smooth body that the barrel aging imparts. No booze burn, that could be a result of the 50 IBUs. Taste and aroma improve as the beer warms.

O- This beer is better than my rating. Its appearance holds back the number here, but that's a mere technicality. As BBAs go, this one's done right.

NiceTaps, Jan 05, 2014
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4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Very rich, deep brown, moderately hazy, with a thin off-white and low visible carbonation.

S: Rich buttery toffee (not diacetyl), vanilla and oak, with toasted malts and just a hint of boozy bourbon. Hints of dark fruit and leather show up as the beer warms a little bit.

T: Very malt-forward at first. Sweet toffee, tons of vanilla and sweet oak, a more mild amount of bourbon than I expected, and restrained dark fruit flavors (raisins and plums). Sweet vanilla and bourbon flavors in the hang.

M: Smooth creamy body, very restrained alcohol presence both for style and listed ABV. Low carbonation sensation.

O: This was a good beer, especially for a BBA Wee Heavy that you can pick up off the shelf. That said, it doesn't hold a candle to the best beers in that category.

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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 5,454 ratings.