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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

6,662 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,662
Reviews: 1,581
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 811
Gots: 2,271 | FT: 213
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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 6,662 | Reviews: 1,581 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Breyen
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TimTodd27
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Goldndomer
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cuvtcuv
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of beardown
3.58/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of leitmotif
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Fahmie25
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Robdiesel21
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Tom_Gilman
3.89/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pyite
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of guityler83
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled 09/26/14

A: Snifter pour from the bottle; Dense one finger head, cream colored, moderate retention. At first sight the beer looks dark brown to black, but held up to a light a brilliant crimson red color with a dark purple hue - excellent clarity. Swirling kicks up spotty lacing that sticks to the side of the glass for a long time.

S: Big malt aroma - prunes, dates, plums, toast and deep mellenoidins. Mild vanilla and bourbon sweetness with a touch of chocolate and coconut. The oak blends naturally with the malt aroma. No hop aroma, moderate boozy character. Medium sweet impression overall in the nose.

T: Vanilla and sweet caramel dominate in the start (unexpectedly great). The tannin flavors from the wood add a very forward vanillin character and the bourbon slides into the background. There is a nice chocolate note that comes through in the middle along with the more complex malt flavors ( raisins, dates, toffee, toast, bread crust). No hop flavor detected but the barrel tannins add a slight bitterness that emphasis the low hopping in a natural way. Balance is on the malts / barrel but surprisingly not very sweet.

M: Medium alcohol warming with mild/low carbonation. Moderate tingly boozy sensation on the tongue. Moderately full bodied.

O: Such a perfect balance of complex malts and bourbon barrel character. It almost seems to evolve as you drink it - and the unexpected chocolate flavor was a nice surprise. Worth seeking out

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4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Seamus
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of iwanatalk2sampson
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beeragate
2.76/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

For a craft beer very good

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4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MaltLickyWithTheCandy
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly pleasant aroma of bourbon, toffee, caramel, and wood. The smell matches the taste. Its the aroma that really makes this wee heavy stand out the most to me.

Photo of jlira
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of thor66
4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 6,662 ratings.