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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,780 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,780
Reviews: 1,610
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 830
Gots: 2,368 | FT: 227
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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4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mscudder
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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4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- a bright ruby with a lot of alcohol legs and a thin film of off white bubbly foam.

S- a rich brown sugary, oaky, vanilla sweetness with bourbon and rum, raisin, a bit of smoky peat, carmel.

T- just like the nose, this is a very sweet but woody balanced beer with dark fruit and light scotch ale notes. The finish is a smooth butterscotch which adds a really buttery smooth finish reminiscent of of a good scotch whiskey.

O- really great combination here of scotch ale and bourbon. I loved this and would like to try other bourbon scotch wee heavies.

Photo of ChugginOil
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've tried this on tap before with age on it and this bottle is pretty fresh. Bottled on 10/07/11.

Pours a dark toffee color with less than a fingers worth of light tan head. This brew has a lotta legs.

The nose is rich and boozy with notes of bourbon, vanilla and caramel. Lots of boozy undertones warn me of a potent beer.

The taste is sweet and dessert-like. Vanilla, toffee, bourbon, caramel and some booze. Some biscuit-like notes are coming through in the backend. The alcohol is less noticable in the taste opposed to the nose.

The mouthfeel is rich and creamy with a nice thickness to it. Very comfortable on the palate.

Overall, Founders nails it everytime and this is no exception. Great bourbon aged brew that holds great characteristics. The barrel really work some magic in this beer. The nose is really heavy on the booze and suggests that this brew should be cellared for a little while.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.4/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of ChrisPro
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 12 oz. bottle pours murky brown, with only the slightest hint of ruby. Little cream head.

S - Aroma of caramel, vanilla and fig

T - Taste is a nice sweet toffee and caramel, followed by some slight roasted nut. Definitely delicious bourbon on the finish.

M - Medium body with some solid residual sweetness. Very light carbonation, with a slight tannic roasty finish.

D - A little boozy, and I think I'll try to age my remaining bottle and see how it mellows.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was bottled on 10/13/11 and reviewed on 12/12/11. Served in a snifter.

Appearance was very, very dark. When held up to the light, the color is identifiable as dark, dark mahogany with significant haze (unfiltered). As with many high abv, barrel-aged beers, carbonation is low and the thin tan head quickly dissipates. The beer has a pronounced bourbon nose. Vanilla, oak, and butterscotch tones predominate. There's a lot going on here in the nose and it takes some patient swirling to dig it out. Your patience is definitely rewarded.

Flavor is wonderful. First, you get sweet malty caramel, toffee, and creme brulee flavors. Then you get vanilla and bourbon with a touch of coffee and a gentle hop kiss. The barrel-aging goes wonderfully with this style. Drinking it reminds me of the taste of Asbach Uralt (those wonderful brandy-filled German dark chocolates). The mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, but somehow this only seems to add to the (illusion of) drinkability.

This is an amazing beer. It is like a luxury model of one of my all time favorite beers - BBC's Bourbon Barrel Big Brown. I do love barrel-aged stouts, but I wish more brewers would make barrel-aged versions of easy-drinking sweet, malty beers like brown ales and Scottish/Scotch ales. The oaky tones of the bourbon just go perfectly with these beers.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 6,780 ratings.