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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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5,354 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,354
Reviews: 1,428
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 672
Gots: 1,555 | FT: 144
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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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

Sazz9, Jul 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

ArsMoriendiOU818, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of JRed
3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber/cloudy red sea, dirty penny topped by off white bubbly head. Aroma is frightening: whiskey anyone? Shot of bourbon, wood, spice, some sweet malt. Begins dull sweetness, toffee, woody, molasses, and then wild nights at the bar kick in with JD shots laced with a little sugar that leads into the aftertaste. A dull blade of taste, mild yet heavy. Thick in body with no carb. My face twitches a bit, I'll be honest. Gandalf is chilling in the woods with Leatherface and I got an invitation for dinner.

JRed, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown with no head. A few slowly rising bubbles.

Aroma is nutty, malty, woody, and sweet with hints of booze, cedar and a tinge of buttercream toffee.

Taste is also a malt bomb. Sweet with plenty of bourbon notes. Fuck yea. Some more candy-like sweetness, warmth, caramel.

Not a huge body on this but just enough..

Pretty damn good. Can't wait to see how it mellows out.

TheMultiYeast, Nov 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

ScaryEd, Nov 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

johnyb, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of BColton1
4/5  rDev -7.6%

BColton1, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of billshmeinke
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bruery tulip. Served at approximately 50 degrees. Sick extra from Kelly88.

Heavy handed pour produces a finger of off white head with mostly tiny bubbles tight concentration and bigger bubbles on the top. Dark ruby color bordering on brown. Can't see through this one, no light getting through. Initial head dies down to a bubbly layer of foam around the edge and a slim layer of foam on the surface. Some oily legs, but not oily enough to pull spots of lacing back into the beer.

Smells is of oaky vanilla, boozy bourbon, raisins, figs, and sweet caramel malts. Nutty/fruity bourbon notes reveal themselves with some agitation as the brew warms. Comparisons to a bourbon barrel aged old ale would make sense based on the nose. Very enticing.

Taste is comprised of boozy bourbon up front that melts into oaky vanilla which quickly transforms into toasted caramel malts that end on a boozy nutty bourbon note with a resin/leafy hop bitterness. Bitter nutty flavor lingers on the palate.

High end of medium bodied, flavors aren't super rich which is one of my only complaints with this beer. Low carbonation. A bit coating, but not to syrupy/thick. Slightly hot on the way down.

I could definitely knock back a few of these without being overwhelmed or getting sick of it.

billshmeinke, Jul 19, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a snifter
2012 Vintage

I rarely comment on bottles/labels, but man is that guy on the front creepy. Anyways...

A: Pours a thin appearing, very dark cherry wood color with ruby tones when held up to the light. A ring of tan head builds and quickly fades. Leaves effectively no lacing, and only very faint alcohol legs. Pretty color though.

S: Big aroma, with fresh oak, dark fruits, a touch of smoke, bourbon, nutty, vanilla cake batter. The aroma is very sweet. This is excellent.

T: The first sip is dark fruits up front and huge bourbon notes on the finish. I also get oak, a touch of bitterness, unsweetened black tea, candied pecans. I really appreciate how strong the bourbon notes are. Very well done.

M/D: Carbonation is minimal, which is appropriate. Medium bodied, but a touch thin for my liking. ABV is restrained and plays well with the palate profile. Warming as it goes down. A slow sipper, but drinkability is good.

O: Overall, this is excellent. I had heard good things, and this did not disappoint. It seems like everytime Founders puts a beer in a bourbon barrel they hit a home run. I highly recommend and will certainly drink this one again.

zac16125, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of dsauter
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

dsauter, Nov 20, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

mbs11, Nov 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Retail1LO, Apr 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

AJ01923, Jan 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

rdooley, Oct 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

SuperHop18, Jul 17, 2014
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
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

schmidtmattsays, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of KAP1356
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Had with Mike Stevens at the Founder's event at Capone's during PBW. Poured into a snifter...

A - Pours a deep amberish burgandy color with a nice beige head, about .5 fingers thick, that recedes to a film on the top.

S - Bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, caramel all right off the bat. Some oak is noticed as is some fruits as well.

T - Caramel, brown sugar, vanilla goodness right up front. Bourbon and oak follow on the palate and finishes with some boozey notes. Slightly biscuity notes as well rounding out the sweetness of the rest of what's going on.

M - Medium to heavey bodied beer with moderate carbionation. Creamy texture on the tongue.

O - More and more, this is becoming a favorite of mine. Really like how the barrel integrates into the base beer and comes out a winner. Thanks Mike!

KAP1356, Jul 12, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Beeradelphia, Oct 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

SkiBum22, Jan 15, 2013
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

JimmytheSaintPSU, Aug 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Smurf2055, Aug 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

huntermop, Jun 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

polopaul20, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of rapidsequence
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another annoying twist off 12 ozer from Founders.

Appearance: Looks like lake water when you pour it, but clears up to a reddish brown. Thin white-off white head with scant retention but decent lacing.

Smell: Lots of bourbon. Oak, vanilla, bourbon. Sweet malt underneath. The nice complexities of the regular dirty bastard are completely covered up by bourbon. Fortunately, the bourbon and malt sweetness still smell delicious.

Taste: Very sweet, malty and bourbony. I don't know where they get their barrels, but I might enjoy urine aged in them. Like the smell, the Scotch ale flavors are kind of lost, but it tastes great.

Mouthfeel: Very full, thick, syrupy. Its not overly carbonated, but doesnt seem too flat. It almost gets creamy.

Drinkability: Very high. I love it. The last one of my four pack. I'll buy another.

rapidsequence, Sep 07, 2009
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 5,354 ratings.