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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,770 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,770
Reviews: 1,609
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 826
Gots: 2,361 | FT: 226
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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3/5  rDev -30.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap here at Stubbys in MKE. Got the very last one - keg blew right as this finished pouring onto a globe.

Appearance: Pours a caramelish color with a nice head that retains for a couple minutes.

Smell: chocolate. Little bit of booze. Luxurious. Yeah, that's a good word for this.

Taste: slightly boozy, definitely not obnoxiously so. Chocolatey, caramel, melts in your mouth taste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Oh, so smooth. Right up there with the Skull Splitter in this department.

Overall: very nice. Wish they didn't run out here, but happy I got to review it!!

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2013 poured into a globe.

A- Deep, rich amber brown. Fast head that barely coats the surface and dissipates quickly. Lacing is then, no retention, nice legs.

S- Bourbon, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, malt, alcohol, dark fruit, raisin, tobacco, leather and light oak. These are all my favorite qualities to a barrel aged beer, and there all present!! What a nose.

T- Bourbon, vanilla, oak and alcohol are the dominate flavors. Brown sugar, leather and tobacco on the back end. Some smoke and peat flavors as well. As it warms the alcohol hides and the sweet aspect comes forward. Very good

M- For the style it is perfect. Medium carbonation, sticky body and smooth alcohol burn.

O- One of the best there is. As always Backwoods delivers. I like it with about a year to a year and a half on it but still amazing fresh. I will always seek this beer out and grab a case or two, it's that good.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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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%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 6,770 ratings.