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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,339 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 5,339
Reviews: 1,428
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 666
Gots: 1,555 | FT: 145
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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4.18/5  rDev -3.5%

Thanks to Exiled for sending me this one!

Pours a murky dark brown color with a 1 inch light beige head that fades to a thin cap. Rings upon rings upon rings of lace on the drink down. Very nice looking lacing with this beer. Smells of toasted coconut, some wood, alcohol, and malt. Taste has the toasted coconut, slight wood flavors, some vanilla, and malts. I am not really getting any stand out bourbon alcohol smells or tastes from this beer. Low carbonation with a thick and chewy mouthfeel. Slight alcohol burn in the back of the throat after each sip. Overall, this is a pretty taste beer with some nice toasted coconut qualities (I love coconut). I could probably only handle one of these at a time though.

UCLABrewN84, May 28, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%

An honor to finally try this beer. I'm a huge fan of Bourbon barrel aged beers. Needless to say I have high expectaitons here after striking gold with everything else that Founders makes.

A sturdy and stead pour brings about deep mohogany and medium brown colors with a significant haze. An initial 1/2" head of dense off-white head falls to half that and remains firm from then on. A nice Belgian lace persists on the sides of the glass as the beer fades.

In Kentucky, we are used to the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday Bourbon Balls. This delicate desert is very well exhibited in this beer. The aroma is chocked full of deep bourbony and cocoa aromas. Here, the maltiness doesn't end with the grains, but a malted milk note persists and inhances the intrigue. Just from the nose, this is one inviting beer.

Intense flavors of strong malts, deep chocolates, medium coffees and nuts, and bourbon-soaked fruits make for a great, great taste. Low on hop flavoring, the malts dominate here. Absolute delicious blend of molassas sweetness, bourbon undertones, cocoa, and mild campfire-ish notes make for a very well rounded and complex taste.

The body of the beer, once again, favors the malts but is well balanced with deep alcohols, fruitcake breadiness, and rich creaminess (again, like the malted milk thing- think Whopper candies soaked in bourbon). No phenolics or sharp alcohols, this beer is very well textured.

As far as Scottish Ales are concerned, this one is light on the peat and smokey notes. It emphasized the rich malty flavors and textures without becomming overly sweet. Combine all this with the robust chocolate and bourbon notes and we have a perfect desert beer for a Kentuckian.

Thanks RyanC84!

BEERchitect, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark reddish-brown body with a rather small, fleeting, off-white head.

Smell: A sturdy, sweet-scented caramel maltiness with a hint of maple. Oh, and with a rich, distinct bourbon barrel aroma, but you already knew that, right?

Taste: Sweet, sugary caramel maltiness with an added dose of maple syrup. Small touch of fruit. Full, punchy bourbon barrel tastes of vanilla and toasted oak wood. Light tannic astringency. Earthy hops with a medium amount of bitterness. Pleasingly sweet, bourbony finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Lightly sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Oh, it's quite good. Potent, sure, but good! If ever anyone has some extra bottles of Backwoods Bastard they're looking to get rid of count me in.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 29, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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2/5  rDev -53.8%

dheldman, Today at 06:42 PM
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

From notes on 3/25/14

On tap at the KBS release. Had this at the same time as a KBS, but still enjoyed it. Very malty with hints of caramel and oak. Good whiskey touch. Definitely a beer I would try again.

kkleu357, Yesterday at 04:12 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.16/5  rDev -3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.24/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.56/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.7/5  rDev +8.5%

Dark Brown sweet smelling with almost no foam. The taste is a revelation and surprising. Amazing beer. Had waited a long time to try and was worth the wait. Alcohol hidden and bourbon character in the back.

WoostaBia, Thursday at 05:14 AM
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 5,339 ratings.