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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,419 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,419
Reviews: 1,523
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 766
Gots: 2,090 | FT: 191
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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Pours a hazy dark copper. The 1/4 inch khaki head fades to a thin ring on top and leaves spotty lace.

The smell is of burnt brown sugar, roasted malt, vanilla, bourbon and faint cocoa.

The taste is of brown sugar, roasted malt, Earthy oak and vanilla.

The texture is heavy bodied with low carbonation.

Heavenly aromas combine with impressive flavors with seamless bourbon barrel presence. World class.

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Color of the beer is a deep brown color with great clarity. Not much head - only a thin layer which quickly dissipated. Outstanding smell of bourbon with a hint of caramel. Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than expected and the up front taste is very similar to the smell. A hint of sweetness coupled with coffee notes mixes with the bourbon creating a nice flavor. Finishing taste is back to the flavor of -bourbon with what I detect as a bit of hoppiness at the end.

Overall, great beer and the first of the bourbon barrel beers I've tasted. Definitely a fan and will be on the lookout for more.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Here goes, first bourbon barrel aged beer...

The look is much the same as the standard dirty bastard. The aroma is mostly bourbon with some sweetness. Uh oh. The first taste is a major surprise, having expected lots of harsh bourbon. Actually, while the bourbon is present, the most amplified characteristic is vanilla, which sets in hard at mid palate. Other flavors are something of a syrupy caramel, and of course a bit of alcohol on the finish. The feel is wonderful. Silky smooth. My only regret was that I didn't drink it faster. Not sure what happened, but after about 30-40 minutes the beer became sticky and cloying. My ratings reflect the first half of the beer. Still, I like to sip the heavy stuff, not sure I'd go back for this one.

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,419 ratings.