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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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5,458 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,458
Reviews: 1,431
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 699
Gots: 1,582 | FT: 140
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 brew3crew
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In line at founders for CBS. Gruelurks thanks for the taste! 2007 vintage

A-brown body maroon aoubd the edge. Possible oxidation

S-still has a nice Bourbon with a malt backbone

T-wow. Very suprised. Nice Bourbon sweetness. Little bit of oxidation but still very good. Would be 4.5

M-medium body andvsmooty

O-very very good beer

brew3crew, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of Skunkdrool
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Skunkdrool, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of ThinkAgain
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

ThinkAgain, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of mscudder
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

mscudder, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of gpblackgt
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

gpblackgt, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of sukwonee
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Reddish Dark Brown with 1 finger head.

S: Bourbon, caramel, booze, sugar

T: Bourbon, oak, vanilla, malt. Very sweet (perhaps too sugary for me). Quite boozy as well.

M: You can feel the alcohol burn (but it's a 10.2% abv beer), medium thickness, but it's quite syrupy.

O: Another solid brew from Founders.

sukwonee, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of schmidtmattsays
4/5  rDev -7.6%

schmidtmattsays, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of TheHoppiest
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the Founders squat 12 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. As always, I love the Founders cover art - this time with an old-timey back woodsman with a wide-brimmed floppy hat and a grisled countenance.

Pours a deep, deep ruddy ruby, almost mahogany, with a small amount of sediment. A thin ring of caramel-colored head, with a thin pool in the middle of the glass.

Smells of yeast, boozy grapes, solvents, and earthy grain.

Tastes of sweet malt, caramel, yeast, and definite bourbon whiskey. Earthy, woody, and bold, this is a sipper of a beer. Leafy notes mid-way through the beer, with some bite that's not quite bitter.

Mouthfeel is somewhat sharp, full, and bold. Warm in the mouth and down to the belly, you feel this beer throughout.

I love this beer. Yet another winner for Founders!

TheHoppiest, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of FanofHefe
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip; dated 10/13/11 so a fresh one from this years' batch. Clear, deep amber color with tints of red; about a one-finger tan head that hangs around for a little while and leaves a little bit of lacing as I go down the glass.

The aroma is predominantly bourbon and oak. But, definite notes of dark fruit, plum and raisin, along with some tones that tend toward chocolate, but not exact chocolate - more like just the slightest hint of Ovaltine powder. Smells good.

Tastes good, too. Very smooth taste that goes down like an easy shot of bourbon, with no bite or harshness. Oak, bourbon, more plum in the flavor than raisin, and that background flavor that reminds me of chocolate.

Medium mouthfeel and just a hint of the alcohol. Overall, one of the best Scotch Ales I've ever had.

FanofHefe, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of Ristaccia
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Ristaccia, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of fuzzcherry
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

fuzzcherry, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of ninaturner
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

ninaturner, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of RMoeNay
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

RMoeNay, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of beerdrifter
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in a great trade with Evan! Beautiful mahogany pour with a hint of ruby when held to the light. One and a half finger head with decent retention and great lacing. Big buttery, woody nose with hints of butterscotch, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. The taste is extremely unique and unlike any other beer I've had. Tons of oak, butterscotch and creamy caramel along with hints of bourbon, toffee, tobacco, and just a touch of dark fruit. The mouthfeel is the only perfect 5 I've ever given. It's totally incredible! Smooth and creamy with a touch of oil and a spicy, warming finish. This was an extra in my trade so I have to thank Evan as I may have never tried it if it wasn't for him! Another mind-blowing beer from my favorite brewery!

beerdrifter, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of Vdubb86
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter glass on tap at Founders

This beer pours a hazy plum-maroon color with little to no white head doing anything but lacing on the surface. The aroma is a lot of malts hanging out together and having a party in this glass. There is an overwhelmingly sweet aroma coming off of the nose of this beer. This beer truly is a bastard because I really can't figure out all of the flavors it's really trying to go for. The short answer is that I like it, but I don't know why. I believe that there is a definite whiskey kick to this beer that is more prevalent in the back of the palate. There might even be a touch of smoked malts used. It's a true malt bomb in every sense of the word. It's got a really decent mouthfeel, but is almost too sweet and strong to easily take down without a lot of time on your hands.

Vdubb86, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of chefhatt
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this one stashed in the fridge from last year. I poured it and it has a black color body with just a small head. The aroma is very strong bourbon. The taste has a strong bourbon presence with a nice maltyness to it. The mouthfeel is very smooth and the bourbon lingers on the tongue. Overall this is a damm good beer and i wish i had some to age.

chefhatt, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of Giggy
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Giggy, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of GRPunk
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- It poured with a murky brown body. The head was quite minimal and left some decent sticky spots on the glass.

S- It had a very sweet aroma, like a nice sour mash whiskey. There was some lighter smoke-like scents along with some woody and alcohol notes. Everything became more pronounced with warmth.

T- It's like Dirty Bastard on steroids. It had a great whiskey-like flavor with peat smoke tones, something of a sour malt and a bit of an alcohol burn.

M- Light carbonation, a bit of a coating effect, and a slight alcohol burn make for a nice drinking experience.

D- It's a good sipper. The robust flavor makes me want to try it again. I'd suggest it to any Scotch Ale fan.

GRPunk, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of Diomede
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Diomede, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of kevanb
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a Founders' snifter.

It pours a really nice burgundy color, nice deep brown hues with subtle reds. A bone colored head rises about a finger high but recedes immediately, even with an agressive pour leaving a thin layer of film along the edges and top of the beer. Really amazing nose, lots of thick oak bourbon notes, strong toffees, molasses and caramel aromas come out too with a fine amount of malt, but the bourbon, wood and toffee scents are very dominent. The flavors are superb, rich toffee and bourbon flavors burst forward, a hint of vanilla and molasses make their way but it has a nice subtle grain finish characteristic of the Scottish Ale base. It’s really rich and creamy in the mouth, barely any noticeable carbonation, exceptionally smooth a bit of alcohol burn at the back end.

Verdict: A massive improvement over dirty bastard and one of the better bourbon treated Scottish Ales on the market. Nice complexity, good balance and great barrel character while remaining very quaffable. An excellent beer.

kevanb, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of Casey3236
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Casey3236, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of Hypersomnia
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Hypersomnia, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of MrVonzipper
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

MrVonzipper, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of mkennedy119
4/5  rDev -7.6%

mkennedy119, Nov 11, 2012
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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