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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,166 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,166
Reviews: 1,419
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 626
Gots: 1,516 | FT: 140
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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tuckerlikesbeer

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

11-29-2012 05:09:44 | More by tuckerlikesbeer
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adamette

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that I bought at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio a few days ago for $3.75 into a clean, clear glass. In fact, it is my Voodoo Brewery pint glass. "BOTTLED 10/05/12" stamped on the neck of the bottle.

A Dark mohagany body that lets lots of light through under a light brown creamy but thin and brief head. I poured vigorously about one half way through and still the head lasted only 15 seconds. I like the look. I suppose the high ABV is chasing that head away! 3.5

S Sweet nectar of barley malt and a strong sense of Bourbon. Very little to no hops to my nose despite the "50 IBU's" mentioned on the neck label. I really like this smell but I must admit it is due at least in part to the strong, seductive bourbon scent. Repeated sniffs to write this review are making me really want to try it! 4.5

T Bourbon hits me first. In the distant last one third of the taste there is the sweet barley malt. Maybe trailing off in the distance is some minor hops bitterness but believe me, it is almost completely eclipsed by the wonderful nectar goodness of bourbon. For those who have had KBS but not this one, imagine a KBS without the nearly burnt roast malt tastes, replaced by a huge, sweet, moderately roasted malt. The taste of this beer is really big, reminds me in a certain way of a spoonful of caramel, the kind that you might put on ice cream. In fact, I wish I had a scoop of fresh vanilla right now! 4.5

M Big, full, syrupy goodness. The syrupy stickiness lingers on my tongue for a while after my last sip. 5.0

D/O Drinkability not that high since it is such a big beer and overall this is a really great version of the style. There are many in this style that are big, huge beers. The bourbon here helps to make it more accessible and easier drinking. In short, it really helps the style for me. 4.0

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 03:58:36 | More by adamette
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harrylee773

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

11-29-2012 03:28:09 | More by harrylee773
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mscudder

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served into a snifter.

A - Pours a deep brown with a hint of amber. Two-finger light-khaki head. Retention is superb and leaves some lacing behind.

S - Big caramelized sugar, lots and lots of bourbon booze, vanilla and a touch of oak.

T - Sugars hit the tongue, followed by bourbon and wood. Sugars seem to be from some dark fruit, although nothing near the potency of a Belgian. As the beer warms, the booze takes the backseat, simply adding a subtle touch of heat throughout.

M - Warm throughout. Medium-plus body with fair carbonation.

O - This is a good beer that not many others mimic. The craftsmanship is noted and I look forward to grabbing a 4-pack each year.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 03:15:15 | More by mscudder
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jtierney89

New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear tawny amber hue with about a half finger of off white head. Really sweet creamy nose. Oak, vanilla, touch of smoke, rich toffee molasses and caramel. Touches of anise and rum soaked raisins.

Wow, incredibly smooth. Like sucking down a rum raisin butterscotch sunday with toffee bits. Creamy rich vanilla oakiness throughout, caramel toffee and smoke, faint dark fruit. So smooth and so big on flavor but it seems so subtle at the same time. Alcohol heat is barely there. Simply put this is an amazing brew with incredible smoothness and a faint lingering sweetness. Balance is almost impeccable.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 02:33:48 | More by jtierney89
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tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing a bottle with me.

A - dark amber with a soft, off white head leaving a thin lacing

S - big bourbon aromas, some fruit, caramel

T - caramel, huge bourbon flavors, alcohol, dark fruit

M - warm, medium to full bodied, well carbonated

This is a decent beer. It's a bit simple, but it's good. The bourbon is a bit heavy and the underlying scotch ale at times seems to struggle with it. On the whole, this is a very nice beer that is worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 01:45:56 | More by tdm168
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cardern

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -7.6%

11-29-2012 01:26:02 | More by cardern
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kruthy

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

11-28-2012 23:51:10 | More by kruthy
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Optifron

Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyued 11/18/2012 during Founders day at Crane Alley in Urbana, IL

Appearance: Dark rust colored. A little hazy. Creamy tan head.

Aroma: Bourbon, wood, bit of vanilla. Malt hiding in there.

Taste: Good god. Amazing. Huge hit of vanilla. Mellow bourbon and wood added to thick malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly velvety, smooth and sweet. Very little carbonation.

Overall: Just amazing BA scotch ale. Leaves me pretty warm in the throat.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2012 22:04:36 | More by Optifron
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Drtfinelli

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -7.6%

11-28-2012 21:55:35 | More by Drtfinelli
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Fahz

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

11-28-2012 21:30:30 | More by Fahz
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TRSG

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

11-28-2012 20:02:06 | More by TRSG
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Schmuckles

Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

11-28-2012 16:25:35 | More by Schmuckles
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Hoptologist

Michigan

4/5  rDev -7.6%

11-28-2012 16:24:31 | More by Hoptologist
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bluntedboywonder

New York

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

11-28-2012 05:06:36 | More by bluntedboywonder
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Shissler


4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

11-28-2012 04:05:26 | More by Shissler
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wyatt13

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

11-28-2012 02:13:08 | More by wyatt13
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ThirstyHowellthe3rd

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

11-28-2012 02:03:58 | More by ThirstyHowellthe3rd
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gcamparone

Rhode Island

4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Purchased at Wakefield Liquors in Wakefield, RI.

A- Pours a dark mahogany, slightly hazy body with a 1.5" cream head that has little retention/lacing, which is understandable at 10.2 abv.

S- Strong bourbon upfront. After a few more swirls I get caramel, vanilla, and an ever-so-slight boozy aroma.

T- The first thing to hit the tongue is a very present honey-bourbon flavor. This transcends into a delicious sweet caramel-vanilla note. Finally, this brew ends with an oaky, woody, smokey flavor with a slightly boozy bite. Leaves a nice hoppy bitterness on the tongue. That sure was a fun ride.

M- Creamy and thick, medium-low carbonation.

Overall I was very impressed with this brew. The complexity is stunning, the flavor is amazing, and the balance is like no other. It's definitely a sipper than demands sip after sip. If you can get your hands on this one, do it.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 01:23:49 | More by gcamparone
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Mcooly

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

11-28-2012 00:13:03 | More by Mcooly
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Kubrickx

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

11-27-2012 22:09:37 | More by Kubrickx
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Bejam813bucs

Florida

1/5  rDev -76.9%

11-27-2012 20:07:55 | More by Bejam813bucs
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e30todamax

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

11-27-2012 12:40:02 | More by e30todamax
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C-Dog


4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

11-27-2012 05:58:35 | More by C-Dog
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DukeX13

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

11-27-2012 05:29:36 | More by DukeX13
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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