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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

6,659 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,659
Reviews: 1,581
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 811
Gots: 2,270 | 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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of mattsucks
3.71/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OntheLambic
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wulfie85
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pruden
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of letsdrink
3.99/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A – Pours a dark copper color with a reddish tint
S – Definitely Bourbon scented. Sweet scents of caramel as well.
T – Sweet, malty, caramel flavors, but most of all there is an unsurprisingly strong bourbon flavor. Surprisingly sweet and not much unexpected about this beer. Not very hoppy. The bottle says 50 IBU, but the taste would appear there is even less.
M – A reasonably light beer for something so potent. However, it feels as if the sweetness has thickened up the beer. Medium to high carbonation for a beer in its class.
O – This is a very good beer. The place where I picked it up had a limited release so I was expecting a lot from this one. I am not sure I would go out of my way to make sure I get a bottle the next time it is release, but it is certainly worth trying.

Photo of breadwinner
3.39/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of jeff96gt
4.99/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best of its category in my opinion.

Photo of evanfox81
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WS_Transplant
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of TemplofBeer
3.89/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BcOneSeven
2.72/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Nice aroma. Nice start..... Then there is just thin alcohol.

Photo of ZenBiscuits
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Rootscipio
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers, so perfect so delicious.

Photo of arusso13
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sean_King
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mxsluis
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fenlop54
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Alex-Alkis
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The color is almost black but with some burgundy shades. The foam is one finger high. The aroma is strong with vanilla and bourbon. The taste is sharp and sweet. Lots of vanilla and butterscotch. The finish is a bit smoky, which I personally like. It also cuts of the alcohol well. A very complex and strong ale. What I especially like about this beer is that you can really feel that it has been aged in bourbon barrels, both in taste and in the aroma.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 ounce bottle into a stemless wine glass.

Oatmeal colored head a finger thick, looks creamy and substantial. Body is dark amber with excellent clarity when held to light. 4.5

Oaken, bourbon-heavy, and bright caramel and vanilla. Rye notes are apparent. 4.25

Tastes of scotch and bourbon. Peaty and rich with caramel. Toasted bread notes appear and add some richness. 4

Highly creamy but still has the body of a bourbon or whiskey and similar carbonation. Alcohol burn is there but not offensive and leads to a dry finish that reminds me of sipping a heavier spirit. 4

I like this brew, but I feel the bourbon is too dominant and doesn't allow the beer to shine.

Photo of Northtexan
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Cdentel77
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Barnoloid
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The color is a deep red/caramel tone with a thin-medium creamy head. Oaky and caramel, english toffee notes dominate the nose. The base beer, Dirty Bastard, is a classic Founders offering but this barrel aged version ramps up the flavor profile to 11. There are blended tones of vanilla, cherry/dried fruit and rich caramel all adding up to a complex, deep, woody ale. A phenomenal beer that shows incredible restraint on the booziness - this strikes me as one to enjoy fresh. Such complexity that demands your attention at each sip. Goes down smoothly, with a balanced body that has the perfect full feel without being sticky or too thick.

Photo of Peeman616
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 6,659 ratings.