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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,658 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,658
Reviews: 1,581
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 810
Gots: 2,266 | FT: 212
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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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.79/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Catching up on some old reviews...

Pours with a nice deep amber color with floaties and decent carbonation. 1F head.

Surprisingly very little aroma, just a hint of caramel sweetness. Disappointed in this aspect.

Flavors of toffee-sweet malt, and some alchoholic aftertaste.

MF is the winner here... Incredibly smooth, with just a slight bite in the finish - Scottish!

High drinkability for the ABV, and just an overall really easy drinking Week Heavy.

Photo of Anonymous1
3/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of SilentSabre
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured up a nice medium brown colour with a cream coloured head. Smell is sweet malts, maybe a bit of dark fruit (figs?), and some mild, earthy hops. Taste was dominated by sweet malts with a bit of hop bitterness, which was nice. Alcohol was somewhat assertive, which hurt drinkability. Mouthfeel is pleasant and about average for the style. A well crafted brew, but I couldn't have more than say, maybe 2 of these in a sitting.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of dcloeren
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep burgundy with ruby edges and about half a finger of carmel colored fizzy head that quickly recedes to a thin film

I'm catching bourbon right off of the bat with very sweet and sticky carmel and brown sugar. Also getting subtle notes of vanilla and oak. This beer is smelling very warm and inviting. If you like bourbon, this beer smells exceptional. I guess its a good thing I do!

Caramel malt, brown sugar and bourbon dominate the palate with very smooth touches of vanilla and some serious heat! This beer is pretty boozy and I like it! Once the beer warms up I got a little more vanilla and the oak came out as well.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation (which I think is just the right amount for this beer) This beer is pretty slick on the tongue, not as sticky as the smell leads it to be. Very warming boozy aftertaste that somewhat numbs the tongue with each sip

Overall this was an excellent bonus. Thanks to prototypic for this gem. I loved every sip of this beer. This beer had the right amount of sweetness and some serious boozy notes. Bottom line: if you cant take the heat get out of the kitchen son. This beer will eat your lunch!!!

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of nzerbe
4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Gosox8787
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle courtesy of Spleeb. Poured into my Portsmouth Brewery tulip.

Appearance: Dark to medium brown in color with some nice amber highlights throughout. Poured s one finger head that immediately recedes into nothing.

Aroma: Caramel, molasses, and a whole bunch of bourbon. It's pretty hot for the most part. Some vanilla and brown sugar are there as well. Really pleasant, but hot.

Taste: Caramel, vanilla, and brown sugar dominate here. Much smoother than the aroma. The bourbon is really pleasant and compliments the other flavors well. Not overly sweet, with a nice balanced finish.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of carbonation and full bodied. Warming, but very smooth.

Overall, a really nice bourbon barrel aged scotch ale. The booze is a bit heavy in the nose, but it blends well in the taste. A nice, complex and warming sipper. Definitely recommended.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of WoostaBia
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%

Dark Brown sweet smelling with almost no foam. The taste is a revelation and surprising. Amazing beer. Had waited a long time to try and was worth the wait. Alcohol hidden and bourbon character in the back.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a flute.

Appearance: Dark semi-opaque amber. Head isn't thick settles rather quickly I would be lying is I said it made it to 1/8", comes off slightly dark brown.

Smell: Like pure alchol, ok maybe not..but definitely gives an aroma of fine red wine.

Taste: Comes off like a butterscotch rum, yes seriously just slightly carbonated. Might be sweet to some but the presence of the alcohol is obviously present.

Mouth: Light carbonation, not as light as some "draught" beers but not that heavy either. I like it! Compliments the sweet alcohol flavors.

Overall: Unique beer, I can compare it some but I will let you be the judge, if you like rum meets malts with slight hints of vanilla you will love this beer. It's definitely not for most but definitely for all real beer drinkers alike, Cheers to all!

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Booner818
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: hazy mahogany. A thin off white head. Thick lacing for a 10+%.
Smell: sweet caramel. Smoky Bourbon. The nice out of the fridge and gets better and better as it warms.
Taste: As great as the nose. Full and malty with an a nice Scotch like edge to balance. Strangely mellow.
Overall: awesome. Founder's big beers are simply works of art. A creative, great brewery on top of their game.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of samie85
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a rich colored auburn brown with a light tan, one finger head. I don't normally figure in the bottle's appearance, but I love the label on this one.

S- I'm getting a lot of oak and vanilla with some rich bourbon and some mild, sweet alcohol. I also get some dark fruit notes. It reminds me of GI's Imperial Brown Goose.

T-It follows the nose with vanilla, oak and bourbon with some caramel. Nothing is standing out, it's really nicely balanced. A little alcohol on the finish.

M- Really smooth and creamy with low carbonation. It's medium bodied with some warm alcohol in the throat.

D-Wow, this beer is really mellow for being 10%+. That being said, it's still definitely a sipper.

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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