Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,460 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,460
Reviews: 1,536
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 771
Gots: 2,119 | FT: 193
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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My first bourbon barreled beer and still my favorite.

Smell: Rich bourbon qualities with a hint of sweetness

Taste: Vanilla flavor will hit your palate followed by sweet malts that compliment the barrel in the beer. Let it warm to experience different levels of oak on your palate.

Mouth Feel: Medium body with a smooth finish, definitely not as heavy as other beers in this style

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A dark reddish brown with a little bit of head. I am guessing the high alcohol and aging have a tendency to eliminate any head that may form.

Smell: Lots of bourbon with the more darker caramel malts mixed in. The bourbon has a overpowering trait.

Taste: There is a lot of vanilla and oak in the taste. I don't feel like it is the traditional bourbon aged beer. The malts seem to be better balanced with the bourbon than others that I've had. I would still like to see more of the malts making an appearance other than just adding sweetness to the taste profile.

Mouthfeel: Thick and lightly carbonated, as the norm.

Overall: Not a bad beer, but I feel like the hype kind of ruined the experience for me. I wouldn't say this is a standout in its style, but it is a bit more unique than others because of the emphasis of the vanilla taste.

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 6,460 ratings.