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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,483 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 5,483
Reviews: 1,432
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 708
Gots: 1,592 | FT: 141
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

zacky_U, Jan 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

simoen, Jan 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

hokieguy95, Jan 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

wiegs4life, Jan 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Anewjourneyof, Jan 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

BalancingBrooms, Jan 20, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Bill235, Jan 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

WadeBridgman, Jan 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

mattreitz49, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of jbwimer
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Have had an aged version of this beer. Wanted to review one that was fairly fresh. Bottled on 10/12/13. Extra in a trade from the other site. Served a few degrees below cellar temp.

A- 12 oz. bottle poured aggressively into a Bell's snifter. Finger of a beige head gradually fades over a few minutes to leave a thin film on top of the beer. This is a very dark beer. When held to the light, it gives off a faint glow of deep ruby. Beautiful bastard.

S- This isn't an overly aromatic beer. But what smells are there are really nice. Bourbon and wood dominate, but not in an offensive way. It's really nice and smooth. I'm getting faint hits of cherry and vanilla. Some caramel. Figs, dates, raisins. Something along those lines.

T- Money. Bourbon is present the whole way through, and I love it. A mix of vanilla, figs/raisin/dates, wood. Really well done. Good job of masking the alcohol, except for the warming sensation. Which is usually a plus.

M- Really smooth. Not much carbonation. I would put it towards the heavier end of a medium mouthfeel, bordering on heavy. Quite nice.

O- It's obvious why people look forward to this release every year. I should have bought more. Maybe there's still some laying around. Would love to start a vertical of this beer. Tasty, well-balanced offering from Founders.

jbwimer, Jan 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

jb3304, Jan 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

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

theandychrist, Jan 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

cgrz, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of ADZA
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Was just gonna go to bed but after walking the dogs off the lead only for the bitch to go walkabout on me an hour later after I return with the bitch in tow and after thinking the worst only to return achieved instead of finishing with a cool drink I'm drinking a beer for the moment name appropriate and after visiting the backwoods to find that bitch man it's appropriate and pours a dirty dark ass brown hue with a fast vanishing two finger head and and a rim of lacing along with sporadic clingers,the smell is strong bourbon along with feint oak and an undercoat of sticky toffee,the feel is medium bodied with above moderation and could use a little work but the tastes are a happy medium Oaked bourbon and sticky chewy caramel and finished with a dried fruit booziness but no boozy heat which is good and I'm always surprised at the ABV when drinking this and looking at it as it's hidden so well and overall the hype is right on the money for once this is definately something I could get used to being on our shores shelves as an option as it's tasty and nicely priced.

ADZA, Jan 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

RyanOooh, Jan 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

BringbakFavre, Jan 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

Lehighace06, Jan 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

dsimmons, Jan 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

core42, Jan 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

Chevelle66, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of mwgroove23
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle
Pours a murky mahogany brown with almost no head or lacing.

Smell - Lots of bourbon & heat. Drank this year a bunch, but this one is really cold - maybe giving different nose. Some fruit (raisins, maybe grapes), caramel, toffee, vanilla

Taste - So much bourbon, vanilla, a little leather & maple, fig, & small bit of peat. Love this flavor! I could drink this all day!

Mouthfeel - Medium - not a ton of carbonation and very smooth

Overall - One of my favorites from these guys. I might say I enjoy it more than kbs. I get more bourbon out of it, and it ages better IMO (the bourbon stays intact).

mwgroove23, Jan 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

robbrandes, Jan 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

dansushi, Jan 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Huntor0, Jan 17, 2014
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 5,483 ratings.