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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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5,348 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,348
Reviews: 1,428
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 671
Gots: 1,554 | FT: 146
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

dubdrop, Dec 27, 2013
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4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

received two of these in Louisville from the Whole Paycheck. They were limiting sales to one per customer, so my brother and law and sister in law each got me one.

appearance - dark walnut

smell - fantastic notes of bourbon and malts.

taste - damn near perfect. Just behind bourbon county stout and kbs, IMHO.

mouthfeel - smooth and silky

overall - outstanding. Sneaky and drinkable, despite high abv, very very drinkable.

redman84, Dec 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Sudsday, Dec 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

ToddGingerich, Dec 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Theogre83, Dec 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Geech, Dec 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

LostHighway, Dec 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Hillbilly, Dec 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

HeadyTheElder, Dec 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

ScottJWing, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

(poured into a fat tulip Delirium Tremens glass)

A: large, creme-colored foam stand on pour, translucent mist left above, some spotty lace... murky, deep-rust hued liquid, perhaps a little too dark, though reg. Bastard is dark and the barrel may account for this... looks about right... solid and standard

S: vanilla, crème brûlée, charred animal fat, soured bourbon (if that makes sense) but merely a highlight - something that peaks up through the center.... mildly grain alcoholic aroma

T: ooh wow!... obvious bourbon, bold but in superb balance with a touch of syrupy crystal and huge vanilla flavor.... coffee-cake-ish malt... sweetish, raisin-y, vaguely liqueur-like booze in the finish.... sweetish throughout, really, but not cloying, indicative of high end crystal (120? special B?).... not at all reminiscent of a Scotch Ale in the traditional sense.... moderate-high sense of herbal bitterness (and a flavor I can only describe as like licking a marble counter-top) long after.... all flavors are in excellent balance and proper intensities

M: fantastic, medium-light, compact malty body.... elegantly dry.... definite silkiness from start to a little past midway, yet drops off rapidly and wonderfully

O: several cuts above the Dirty Bastard and easily one of the top 5 bourbon barrel aged beers I've had

Bouleboubier, Dec 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

xensure, Dec 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

ChrisChagnon, Dec 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

WTKeene, Dec 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Rimbimhoot, Dec 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Monkeypuker, Dec 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

brianmandell, Dec 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Rado, Dec 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

DerrickW, Dec 23, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This poured a very deep brown with just a hint of red highlights. It had a light mocha colored head that was thin, and not lasting. It also left no lacing on the glass. Very light carbonation activity visible. I've seen more impressive looking beers, but nothing about it is off-putting.

Aroma: The nose was huge with caramel, maple syrup, and bourbon notes. It was incredible. It had a touch of figs/dates and booze as well. Outstanding bouquet on this one.

Taste: The caramel and bourbon carried over into the taste. More malty sweet than maple syrup in the taste than in the aroma. I couldn't detect much booze until the bottom of the glass. The notes of figs and raisins were on the back end of the palate as well. Awesome tasting.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with low carbonation on the tongue. Very smooth, no alcohol burn, no astringency.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer. Probably the best bourbon-barrel aged beer that I've tried, and much better than it's base beer.

WildRoverBrewery, Dec 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Mikro-Brew, Dec 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

barbellsNbeers, Dec 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

cjdun86, Dec 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

PGVG, Dec 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

s_wit, Dec 23, 2013
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 5,348 ratings.