Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company
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4.16/5 rDev -3.9%
12 oz bottle poured into a FFF Teku
A: Deep red/amber color. Light tan head of 1 finger which dissipates quicky, some lacing.
S: Bourbon is present but not too forward. Some sweet malts are present.
T: Tastes like what it is: a scotch ale aged in barrels with bourbon. Barrel character really shines through and saves it from being Dirty Bastard + bourbon. Vanilla and oak are nice, with a smoothness from the barrel. Bourbon again not heavy but present on the back end. Not too much heat.
M: Smooth, light-to-medium body, moderate-medium carbonation, thin but not bad.
O: A good beer, certainly complemented by the barrel-aging, and very drinkable. Not sure it's worth the trouble to get, but enjoyed. Good, maybe excellent, but not world class.
04-07-2013 02:14:04 | More by MCain04
4.3/5 rDev -0.7%
It was about a month ago I tried this, so I can't be too explicit, but it certainly left an impression. Caramel and toffee flavors without "unnecessary" over-sweetness of similar brews of this ilk. Smooth and creamy with a nice, tan head.
I definitely want to try this one again.
04-07-2013 01:32:04 | More by BrianScottK
4.3/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
04-05-2013 02:51:43 | More by kevanb
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 5,301 ratings.