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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,861 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,861
Reviews: 1,623
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 845
Gots: 2,416 | FT: 231
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.
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Ratings: 6,861 | Reviews: 1,623
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4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a murky dark red, when held up to light, with noticeable particles floating in the beer. A nice light mocha color head that was dense and very well retained.

Strong whiskey aroma dominates. Also some malt and a light vanilla note, probably from the barrel, but the whiskey is heavy and dominates.

You immediately taste the bourbon, so much so that it almost knocks you over, it is that strong. There were also some hints of malt and the alcohol, but the bourbon pretty well dominates. Also, there was a slight sweetness to it that lingered in the aftertaste.

The beer is very smooth, creamy, and easy to drink, one. I am not sure that I could handle too many of this at one go. That is the only reason for the slightly lower drinkability score. Overall, a very good beer, one that I hope to encounter many more times.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 11-01-2011
Freshness: 2010 vintage
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Founders Snifter/Tulip
Purchased: Single from Chuck's, Bowling Green, KY

This 2010 vintage bottle should be right at 1 year old now.

Pours a dark sienna brown color, with hazy clarity. Some suspended particles are seen in the glass. Head is about a finger's worth but doesn't stay long.

The first and foremost aromas are of bourbon - this is obviously a very boozy beer, with strong wood and oak as well. Other aromas are of malty, caramel sweetness and rich, dark fruits.

Taste is very rich, with a strong alcohol presence. The dark malts are center stage here, but are tempered by some bitterness of hops and roasted flavors. Still, I was surprised this has 50 IBUs as noted on the label - the high malt content and alcohol mask the bitterness well. Other flavor notes include roasted grains, vanilla and treacle.

Mouthfeel is creamy, with a full, chewy body. Plenty of alcohol warmth makes this a slow sipping beer. I could definitely feel the 10.2% ABV when I finished my glass.

Overall, an excellent beer that makes a good nightcap. This is the first barrel-aged bourbon beer I've had that was not a stout and I was pleased with the result.

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4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Pours a solid brown color that glows a bright orange in the light from underneath my Dogfish snifter. A small head forms and quickly disappears leaving only a ring, oblong in thickness. I could sit and smell this beer all day long. Complex notes of vanilla, sweet malt, butter scotch, root beer barrel candy, coconut, subtle wet wood, cream soda, caramel and a tame whiff of lightly astringent alcohol. Amazing. The beer tastes just as good as it smells, a lot of the same combinations and layers of its aroma come through in flavor. Although this is definitely a sipper the alcohol is very well hidden behind the deep flavor profile. Full bodied with very light carbonation that barely pricks the tongue. Backwoods Bastard drinks like poetry and receives one of my highest recommendations.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served into a snifter.

A - Pours a deep brown with a hint of amber. Two-finger light-khaki head. Retention is superb and leaves some lacing behind.

S - Big caramelized sugar, lots and lots of bourbon booze, vanilla and a touch of oak.

T - Sugars hit the tongue, followed by bourbon and wood. Sugars seem to be from some dark fruit, although nothing near the potency of a Belgian. As the beer warms, the booze takes the backseat, simply adding a subtle touch of heat throughout.

M - Warm throughout. Medium-plus body with fair carbonation.

O - This is a good beer that not many others mimic. The craftsmanship is noted and I look forward to grabbing a 4-pack each year.

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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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