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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,202 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 5,202
Reviews: 1,420
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 631
Gots: 1,526 | 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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bishopdc0

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

02-06-2013 04:06:15 | More by bishopdc0
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jvillefan

California

4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Almost no head when poured vigourously. The body is a muddy brown with a tinge of red.

S: Bery hot with prominate bourbon flavors. There are subtle caramel malts present.

T: There are caramel notes but harsh bourbon flavors rip through the body of the flavor of this beer.

M: The carbonation was very sharp but the texture was smooth and a little silky.

O: Good beer but not great. Definitely worth trying though.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 02:51:27 | More by jvillefan
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abcramer

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

02-06-2013 00:23:14 | More by abcramer
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KFBR392

Illinois

4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying the first of the four that I have decided to age. Bottled on date of 9/28/12.

Appearance: A bright brown color with dark red amber tones. Some decent carbonation but no head retention throughout. Really a great color on the pour which came out much darker when in the glass.

Smell: My favorite part of the brew right here. The powerful malt/caramel just explodes on the nostrils. There is so much vanilla and toffee here as well. The spicy boozy undertones keeps you on your toes. If I got knocked out and someone put this under my nose I'm pretty sure I would come back to consciousness. Powerful stuff!

Taste: Really great. Upfront the malt and alcohol presence mix very nicely. A caramelized vanilla body carries this brew for days. The sticky toffee aftertaste simply won't stop. For everything going on with this brew the body is not as heavy as I would have expected. A very easy drinker.

Mouthfeel: The flavors provide complexity while the mouthfeel is not overpowering. The mouthfeel fades away quicker then I would have hoped though. Such a clean body.

Overall: Founders always does it right. No expections here. I cannot wait to periodically pop the other three of these over the next year. I think the aging really matured this beer and settled in many of the flavors. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 23:54:19 | More by KFBR392
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EvoJoe

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

02-05-2013 21:09:38 | More by EvoJoe
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doppelmeup

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I absolutely loved this beer. Had it on tap on two separate occasions, and wish I could find some in bottles.

Great notes of malt, vanilla and bourbon in the nose, and the taste is more than I ever hoped for. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Sweet without being cloying. Bourbon flavors perfectly compliment the scotch ale, resulting in one of the best beers I've ever had.

Warning though - the 10.2% ABV will kick you in the N**ts!

I say - if you ever see this, buy it!!

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2013 17:12:43 | More by doppelmeup
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bookerandy

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

02-05-2013 10:09:03 | More by bookerandy
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raydogfresh

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

02-05-2013 04:32:52 | More by raydogfresh
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imfrommichigan

Utah

5/5  rDev +15.5%

02-04-2013 17:19:29 | More by imfrommichigan
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montrealbcr89

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

02-04-2013 16:58:31 | More by montrealbcr89
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MikeRoni

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +15.5%

02-03-2013 18:21:26 | More by MikeRoni
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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
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 5,202 ratings.