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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,115 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,115
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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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7.6%

01-20-2013 20:33:23 | More by Luk13
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TychoNDC

New York

4/5  rDev -7.6%

01-20-2013 19:50:44 | More by TychoNDC
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booyahachieved3

Kansas

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

01-20-2013 15:40:40 | More by booyahachieved3
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GrindFatherBob

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

01-20-2013 12:49:25 | More by GrindFatherBob
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rodkin

New York

4/5  rDev -7.6%

01-20-2013 06:50:58 | More by rodkin
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seanwhite

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

01-20-2013 04:42:08 | More by seanwhite
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Lethargy99

New York

4/5  rDev -7.6%

01-19-2013 22:36:00 | More by Lethargy99
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'll just say this is one of my favorite scotch/wee heavy's out there. No doubt the bourbon barrels did wonders with a style I'm kinda meh towards. Pours out a substantial dark brown pour, earthy, beige head, somewhat thin on the top, but probably better than average for anything that aged in a bourbon barrel.

Smell is nice and luxurious. Bourbon, plenty of oak, vanilla and caramel throughout the aroma. Pleasant and not heavy or boozy.

Taste, smooth, again, more of that caramel, vanilla, bourbon and oak mixture, the base beer is just right to soak it all up and not compete, but peacefully coexist with all the aforementioned flavors. The right amount of malt sweetness to it. This really takes a less than interesting dirty bastard and makes it an excellent beer. I think this beer might be disappointing to a big fan of scotch ales, but a big turn on to someone who isn't really into that style, but likes bourbon barrels for flavoring.

Drank during the Christmas 2012 poker game.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 19:07:50 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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tswater

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-19-2013 18:51:32 | More by tswater
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Bakker

Illinois

5/5  rDev +15.5%

01-19-2013 16:07:25 | More by Bakker
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Finatic

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-19-2013 11:59:33 | More by Finatic
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fmccormi

New York

4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a Cigar City snifter; bottling date of September 28, 2012 printed in yellow ink on the neck of the bottle (“BOTTLED 09/28/12”). So, a little under four months old.

Appearance (3.5): Maybe half a finger of light tan head comes off the pour, briefly capping a deep, deep chestnut-brown body that’s slightly hazy, and shows some reddish hues when held up to the light (think garnet). Very little retention and essentially no lacing. Attractive body, but the head’s lacking, even for a style that doesn’t particularly count on it.

Smell (3.75): Strong oaky, vanilla tones with that sweet fruitiness from the bourbon that always comes off as apple juice to me are most prominent here, half-covering the rich, thick malt character of the base beer: dates, molasses, fruit cake, toffee, and some caramel. The nose is full and right on for the style, but the bourbon isn’t as well integrated as I’d like.

Taste (4.25): Fortunately, the flavor is quite a bit better than either the appearance or nose. Those dark fruit, toffee, and fruit cake flavors mix well with each other and harmonize with the smooth oak character, folding the vanilla tones into the palate nicely. The oak, vanilla, and apple juice are all there—they just jive better this time than they did in the nose. Also, the strong, spicy alcohol character of this beer cuts through the maltiness at first, but then turns to vapor and dries out the finish modestly. The alcohol sticks around, but for a beer this size it fits the bill well and I welcome it. Definitely smoother as it warms.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Moderately full-feeling, with a viscous but not syrupy feel—but that alcohol burn sure does lighten it up a bit. The carbonation is very subtle, fitting the palate very nicely: just a soft, gentle, very low-key velvetiness acts a base for the body’s viscosity, foaming moderately on the way down.

Overall (4.0): It has some flaws, in my mind, but nothing crucial—I’m just not the biggest fan of most bourbon barrel-aged beers. And while this beer does very well with the barrels, I just don’t necessarily like what bourbon barrels bring to a lot of the beers aged in them. This however does a good job. Also, it’s much, much better overall after it warms up more than a bit, and it becomes a very pleasant sipper.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 03:22:21 | More by fmccormi
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dcguitar

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

01-17-2013 22:49:44 | More by dcguitar
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Birch.

A - Raspberry / bronze color. Nice head.

S - Hints of yeast.

T - Bitter tasting but still appealing. Gets better as it warms up. Probably not as smooth as Dirty Bastard, but a nice change from that if you're looking for more spiciness. Alcohol retty well in background.

M - Nice mouthfeel, medium bodied.

O - A really good beer, but what's new whenh it comes to Founders? I think they might have something there.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2013 21:57:49 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +15.5%

01-17-2013 19:53:56 | More by CEDAMA
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deonreds

New York

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

01-17-2013 07:16:31 | More by deonreds
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thegoon55

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

01-17-2013 03:26:51 | More by thegoon55
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ericlawton007

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +15.5%

01-17-2013 01:12:34 | More by ericlawton007
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Jsmitty1967

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-16-2013 22:44:49 | More by Jsmitty1967
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep amber brown with small, orange brown head. Smells of straight whiskey, vanilla, smoke, brown sugar, candy sweet malt, butterscotch, and a hint of dark fruit. Very sweet but with some bite and smokiness to balance it out. Alcohol warmth and bourbon for sure, with a huge burst of vanilla. Slick and heavy on the palate. Very nice overall but doesn't live up to other BA scotch ales I have had.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 20:27:23 | More by BMMillsy
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thedirtystayout

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

01-16-2013 19:40:13 | More by thedirtystayout
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jderosia603

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

01-16-2013 14:23:27 | More by jderosia603
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BeerDude203

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

01-16-2013 03:14:01 | More by BeerDude203
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mklisz

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

01-15-2013 20:27:53 | More by mklisz
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durwood64

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-15-2013 20:25:14 | More by durwood64
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 5,115 ratings.