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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,632 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,632
Reviews: 1,577
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 800
Gots: 2,251 | FT: 209
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CortexBomb on 01-30-2007

Scotch Ale aged in bourbon barrels.
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter. Pours a cloudy ruby color with only a ring of tan bubbles that leave mild lacing. Vanilla and caramel with a bit of alcohol on the nose, very typical notes for a bourbon barrel aged beer. The nose is very bold and pleasing though. Taste is very sweet with a minimal amount of heat finishing it up. Very think and creamy mouthfeel on this one, and the vanilla flavor finishes this one up nicely.

Overall: I have had this one in the past, and not only did this beer get me into barrel aged beers, but it also got me into bourbon. The barrel aging makes a huge impression on this one, and it's not for those that steer clear of that type of thing. For those that like that though, this is one of the best BA beers out there.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Deep garnet/brown that you can just barely see any light through. Aggressive pour yields a medium light khaki head that quickly dissipates to a thin film. Surprised how fizzy the head was at the pouring.

S- Lots of vanilla and oak. Malty sweetness and some of the alcohol coming through. Caramel and toffee.

T- Similar to aroma, big vanilla and oak. Tastes like a soft bourbon caramel, do those exist?

M- Wonderfully coats the mouth without being too heavy.

O- A great beer and one of the most cost effective bourbon barrel aged beers I've encountered. Scotch ales are my favorite style and Dirty Bastard is one of the best examples of the style. This just amplifies all that beer's greatness by adding the oak and vanilla from the barrel.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a regular ole pint glass.

A: Jurassic Park mosquito amber. Color holds to the edge really nicely on the tilt, with shades of red and yellow. Very think head, which thins even more once it settles but never quite fades entirely. Minimal, spiraling lacing. Solar flares.

S: Bourbon is pretty sharp right up front in the head. But it invites you into deep, heavy cream and vanilla undercurrent, with spice dissolved in. Almost like horchata. Ground mace and ginger. This is probably my favorite part of the beer. Really pleasant.

T: Even more obvious bourbon, which I wouldn't have minded being wrangled a bit more. Other than that, strikingly balanced, with very few signs of the ABV. Lots of oak and sweet butter. Roasted peanuts and mild coconut water. A touch of plum jam. Warming, clearly.

M: Beautifully smooth, with all the cream in the aroma and flavor translating into the texture. Lots of body, but focused. med-low carbonation, which I love since it really is a necessary counterpoint to the ABV and bourbon flavors to avoid a flat syrupiness, which an unfortunate number of these BA beers don't understand. That sweet spot between sip-only and drinkable. The alcohol refuses to show up, now matter how inappropriately-long I let it sit in my mouth.

O: I love scotch ales. A lot. As has already been said, the style really does lend itself to this type of aging. Strong, but not an all-timer by any means.

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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 6,632 ratings.