Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company
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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
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
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
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
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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