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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,287 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,287
Reviews: 1,425
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 656
Gots: 1,547 | FT: 143
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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hockeypuck

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

12-20-2013 01:22:53 | More by hockeypuck
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hoosier222002

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-20-2013 01:02:46 | More by hoosier222002
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57md

Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +3.7%

An older and dirtier bastard for sure.

Pours a mahogany color with ruby edges. The half finger of beige head does not linger very long. Bourbon notes are distinctly present in the nose. The blend of malt and bourbon in the flavor profile is near perfect and this offering finishes with a slight malty sweetness. The body is hearty, rich, creamy and smooth – excellent as an after dinner digestif.

This is a well crafted barrel-aged beer that does not end up tasting harsh or cidery. The craftsmanship in the creation of this offering is evident.

12-19-2013 22:36:42 | More by 57md
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fellowrs

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-19-2013 20:36:04 | More by fellowrs
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Arloxen

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-19-2013 16:37:21 | More by Arloxen
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cdwil

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-19-2013 15:13:00 | More by cdwil
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APBT91

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-19-2013 14:14:58 | More by APBT91
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elroacho

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-19-2013 13:54:33 | More by elroacho
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larbush

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-19-2013 03:34:52 | More by larbush
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4ster

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured into a large tulip, straight out of the fridge. Best before is hard to tell, but it was a recent batch just released.

A: Very dark brown, poured a initial 2 finger, off-white, light tan/beige head, which died down but has left a very nice froth on top, and lots of lacing to the sides.

S: Lots of bourbon on the nose, followed by some burnt toffee.. but alcohol really dominates the smell here, hard to pick up other aromas.

T: Right off the bat, toffee, caramels, Werthers, lots of roasty malts, not overly sweet, some aging seems to have smoothed it out, but as it finishes, you get that nice vanilla sweetness, and more bourbon on the finish... though the aging/bourbon seems to be overpowering the more typical subtle scotch ale flavours such as tea and wood....

M: Smooth, easy drinking, light carbonation, not overly sticky, only hints of burn on the after taste.

O: Nice beer, well balanced in flavour and booze, the bourbon is a tad strong, but this is a hard thing to control, and does bring an otherwise nice characteristic to balance the toffee sweetness.... not extremely classic as with any aging, but is certainly up there for this style. The beer really comes alive with a bit of time in the glass breathing and warming up, which seems to smooth over the booze a bit. Won't be minding that I picked up a 4 of this one, this winter.

12-19-2013 02:24:09 | More by 4ster
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jkermitj

Mississippi

4/5  rDev -7.6%

12-19-2013 01:58:29 | More by jkermitj
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Skunkyluvmuffin

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-19-2013 00:54:14 | More by Skunkyluvmuffin
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Vipsanius

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-19-2013 00:31:02 | More by Vipsanius
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Cowguy

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-18-2013 23:07:20 | More by Cowguy
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4thelvofbeer

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-18-2013 22:56:06 | More by 4thelvofbeer
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GatorCoop

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-18-2013 22:17:15 | More by GatorCoop
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mndanika

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +15.5%

12-18-2013 20:48:00 | More by mndanika
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mbmbmb

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-18-2013 18:36:42 | More by mbmbmb
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brewskis4drewski

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-18-2013 16:32:36 | More by brewskis4drewski
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fatboy91

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.6%

12-18-2013 06:59:33 | More by fatboy91
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valianes

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7.6%

12-18-2013 06:37:44 | More by valianes
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westlaunboy

Michigan

4.67/5  rDev +7.9%

12-18-2013 01:41:59 | More by westlaunboy
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HoppyBastard1

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-17-2013 19:18:01 | More by HoppyBastard1
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.21/5  rDev -25.9%

Picked up a 4-pack of these at my local the other day. $17.

A - dark brown, mostly opaque with the slightest rim of off-white head

S - lots of sweetness and scotchy smells, some vanilla

T - scotchy scotch scotch. Having a hard time getting past the scotch on the taste, there's some definite sweetness, but mostly what I taste in this beer is what used to be in the barrel before this beer was in it, and not the actual beer itself.

M - really thin, low carbonation, pretty smooth, like drinking hard liquor

O - admittedly I'm not a big fan of scotch, but I can appreciate it to a certain degree in beer. Unfortunately, it's way too overpowering in this brew. I prefer my beers to have their own flavours and not simply be barrel leaches. I'll give this another go in a few months probably, but will probably try to trade the other two away.

12-17-2013 19:04:48 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-17-2013 17:30:33 | More by MarkyMOD
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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