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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,116 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,116
Reviews: 1,419
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 623
Gots: 1,511 | FT: 139
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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smccann

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

02-03-2013 02:19:52 | More by smccann
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baybassboy

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

02-02-2013 18:59:31 | More by baybassboy
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Crunkle

Texas

4/5  rDev -7.6%

02-02-2013 18:40:51 | More by Crunkle
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musicman7070

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

02-02-2013 05:29:59 | More by musicman7070
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OleDixie

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

02-02-2013 04:03:21 | More by OleDixie
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FUwolfpacker

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

02-01-2013 22:59:18 | More by FUwolfpacker
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awinter20

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

02-01-2013 06:19:43 | More by awinter20
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BlackBelt5112203

Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L – Ruby-brown color with a 1.5-finger rocky, frothy, tan head. Awesome retention and some great lacing. Clear as far as I can tell.

S – Tons of caramel with touches of brown sugar, raisins, smoke, and vanilla and bourbon-tinged oak. This smells fantastic.

T – The taste almost follows the nose to a tee. It starts off sweet with caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, and dark fruits with spicy smoke following close behind. Slightly hot and astringent (but not in a bad way!) bourbon-soaked oak is very apparent toward mid-taste-to-finish. There’s the difference between the aroma and taste right there – the bourbon is much more prevalent.

S – Medium-to-full-bodied with pretty good carbonation, a sticky and chewy mouthfeel, and a sweet, slightly spicy, and very dry finish. Bourbon heat and dryness linger nicely. There’s definitely a strong throat-warming presence from the alcohol here.

O – This is a delicious beer. It has all the key elements of a good Scotch ale with the added bonus of bourbon barrels. Furthermore, it is extremely drinkable, especially for the 10.2% ABV. The warming sensation from the alcohol is strong but really quite pleasant. This may be one of my favorite beers from Founders and may certainly be my favorite Scotch ale. I might also add that this is by FAR my favorite bourbon barrel-aged beer that I’ve had so far. I highly recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 03:55:46 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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RoninTK3

New Hampshire

4.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Nice dark amber color with a bit of lacing on top.

S - Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, oak and alcohol are all present. Smells very sweet but the alcohol is definitely there. Perfect in this category.

T - Bourbon and oak dominate this one. Vanilla, brown sugar, and caramel back up the bourbon with some heavy booziness. This is a delicious beer, but there's no question it's a sipper.

M - Smooth, creamy, and medium bodied with medium level carbonation.

This is a pretty perfect sipper. If you don't like a boozier beer then you can avoid this one, but this is a very balanced, delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 01:31:56 | More by RoninTK3
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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +15.5%

01-31-2013 20:06:57 | More by waddellc2
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ADTaber

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-31-2013 18:11:26 | More by ADTaber
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alamode

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-31-2013 15:49:23 | More by alamode
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Steve_Oldrati

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

01-31-2013 04:18:25 | More by Steve_Oldrati
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pk18

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

01-31-2013 03:46:45 | More by pk18
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screamking

Ohio

4.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured in snifter.

Appearance- cloudy red-brown with little head. 4.25

Aroma-toffee, butterscotch, oak, alcohol, brown sugar, malty. 4.75

Taste-heavy toffee, lots of toffee, creamy butterscotch, vanilla, some malts, hint of alcohol. 5

Feel-medium body, coats palate well, no burn. 4.5

Overall- first off, I'm not a big fan of dirty bastard but this bourbon aged version is everything I want in a sipping beer. The flavor just keeps evolving as you drink it. Give this beer to a whisk(e)y drinker and watch their eyes open up and explode. Strong bourbon profile. Get a pack if you can, get two if you have the money.4.75

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 03:25:21 | More by screamking
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troegaarden

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +15.5%

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jbeezification

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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Kuba

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-30-2013 23:50:40 | More by Kuba
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SPRichard

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

01-30-2013 23:03:49 | More by SPRichard
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BGsWo22

New York

4/5  rDev -7.6%

01-30-2013 19:58:59 | More by BGsWo22
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chetw

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

01-30-2013 19:44:33 | More by chetw
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ramblinwreck101

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-30-2013 16:40:57 | More by ramblinwreck101
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SammyJaxxxx

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7.6%

01-30-2013 04:26:55 | More by SammyJaxxxx
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dman5400

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.6%

01-30-2013 02:30:03 | More by dman5400
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cofeeguru

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-29-2013 22:19:55 | More by cofeeguru
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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