Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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world-class

6,454 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 6,454
Reviews: 1,535
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 767
Gots: 2,121 | FT: 192
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 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! )

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

Photo of JohnnyI
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As an initial foray in to the beer review community, what better brewery to start with than Founders? And what better selection than 2014 Backwoods Bastard? Admittedly, I am a little partial due to the fact that I grew up in metro Detroit, and was spoiled with the likes of world class breweries such as Founders and Bells. Now that I am living in South Carolina, I can appreciate their genius even more. Well it's Monday night.... what better way to usher in tedious Tuesday morning meetings than a midnight Wee Heavy that clocks in at 10.2%! I have tried many other Scotch Ales (Orkney, Old Chub, Innis & Gunn, McEwans, and more) but this one raises the bar for me. Dirty Bastard was always a favorite, but the barrel aging of this masterpiece sets it apart. The bourbon notes perfectly marry with the sweet caramel malts creating a warm and especially inviting beer. This is not for the faint of heart though. I would call it dangerously drinkable for those that can enjoy the aroma & warmth of bourbon and appreciate the syrupy splendor of sweet Scotch Ale. Give it to your friend that drinks Blue Moon and watch them recoil in horror. Share with an afficianado of spirits and you might find a convert. Best enjoyed in the company of a true Beer Advocate. This is simply too good to trifle with those that cannot appreciate it's perfection.

Photo of Thereformedtheo
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Yarni28
3.74/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ilafan
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of mrcraft
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KathyG
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oatsodas
4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DTown
3.76/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gabepesce
4.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Mikedhoppy
3.61/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lots of vanilla! Too sweet for me but will be great for fans of bourbon aged beers

Photo of Jstonerock24
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zibby1214
4.86/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of beercirone
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of larryarms847
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a rusty brown with soft red hues and a very appealing single finger of lathery foam.

Caramel, bourbon, vanilla, and oak.

Oh my! Tons of vanilla, presumably from the bourbon barrels, of course (delicious) notes of bourbon, woody, caramel malts, and toffee.

Medium-bodied, low-medium carbonation, warming, and smooth as hell.

Overall, my favorite Founders brew second to KBS.

Photo of Amundra
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

2013 vintage. Really nice barrel influence on this to have such a presence after more than a year's aging. Nice cherry/plum flavors and hints of vanilla from the oak.

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 6,454 ratings.