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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,191 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,191
Reviews: 1,420
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 628
Gots: 1,526 | FT: 141
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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bigaltemple

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottled 10/5/12

A - Pours cola brown in color, with lots of dark reds appearing in the glass. Creamy, two-finger head becomes a thin collar. Minimal lacing.

S - Definitely get the barrel notes. Plenty of sweet vanilla and oak. Underlying caramel and solid malt backbone.

T/M - Quite tasty! Like drinking a malted bourbon. Really well balanced. Not overpowering at all. Mild lingering bourbon aftertaste. Full bodied with almost perfect amount of carbonation.

O - Love it! Not much more to say. Drinks extremely well at a great price point. I will gladly grab this anytime it is available.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 03:42:54 | More by bigaltemple
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gabedivision

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured at room temp to a SA Imprial Snifter glass from a 12oz

Pours a dark reddish brown, almost cola-like. Tight bubbled khaki/butter colored head that about 1/4 inch head that rests thinly around the top of the glass, and sticks and slimes with some very visible alcohol legs. Bourbon right off the bat, big vanilla, buttery malts follow up, big brown sugar and caramel on the finish. Buttery malts fill the tongue, then caramel and raisins follow, sharp carbonation hits around mid sip and opens up the taste buds to a vanilla bourbon blast, that resinates to a cheerywood and alcohol finish. Full bodied, medium carbonation, strong, boozey, and very sweet. Overall; just an all around great beer, intense complexity, creative flavors, malty, sugary, desert like sweetness, it is crazy how good this beer is.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 03:00:34 | More by gabedivision
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akylles


4/5  rDev -7.6%

12-08-2012 02:26:38 | More by akylles
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vette2006c5r

South Dakota

3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Backwoods Bastard pours a hazy brownish reddish color, similar to that of dieherra with no head. Strong oak aroma, with hints of bourbon, spicy malty aroma. There is a strong whiskey like flavor, on a mellow smokey malty backbone, with a sharpness on the palette. Good full flavor, well balanced and complex. Overall a fantastic scotch ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 02:02:10 | More by vette2006c5r
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dvanhandel

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +15.5%

12-08-2012 00:40:12 | More by dvanhandel
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FEUO

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

12-07-2012 22:20:46 | More by FEUO
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shadytony

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-07-2012 22:08:12 | More by shadytony
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baybum

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-07-2012 20:57:03 | More by baybum
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blknikon

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7.6%

12-07-2012 20:38:31 | More by blknikon
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Snikwad1020

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

12-07-2012 19:27:23 | More by Snikwad1020
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Listers

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-07-2012 15:05:38 | More by Listers
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Conor

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -7.6%

12-07-2012 03:59:10 | More by Conor
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weltywm

Pennsylvania

4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bottle into a Saranac snifter:

Appearance: Deep red/brown color, like a strong barrel strength bourbon. Minimal head, but still some lacing on the sides.

Smell: Wow. Lots of bourbon, oak, and sweet malt

Taste: Wow, again. Various layers of taste with a really long finish. I taste mainly bourbon and oak, with some hints of coffee, chocolate, and stonefruit (cherry, etc.). The finish is long, with more bourbon, sweet malt, chocolate, and oak.

Mouthfeel: Not really big like a stout, but still oily and full-bodied. Really long and complex finish. Just excellent.

Overall: This is an awesome beer from an awesome brewery, and made even better by its reasonable price. I'm aging a bottle in my cellar, and can't wait to see how it ages.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 03:08:24 | More by weltywm
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Holmes698

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

12-07-2012 02:46:26 | More by Holmes698
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Imacopyouidiot

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

12-07-2012 02:44:33 | More by Imacopyouidiot
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pcarney8

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-06-2012 22:16:57 | More by pcarney8
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jayp82

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

12-06-2012 21:47:54 | More by jayp82
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dglgmut

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-06-2012 06:34:17 | More by dglgmut
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Gwalchgwynn67

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-06-2012 06:19:41 | More by Gwalchgwynn67
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AverageWhiteGuy

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-06-2012 03:51:52 | More by AverageWhiteGuy
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langchops

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

12-06-2012 03:07:58 | More by langchops
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TheHopBuddha

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-06-2012 02:50:28 | More by TheHopBuddha
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mellowmark

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-05-2012 23:41:13 | More by mellowmark
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RichH55

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-05-2012 15:47:00 | More by RichH55
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BeerBucks

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-05-2012 03:23:27 | More by BeerBucks
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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