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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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5,306 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,306
Reviews: 1,426
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 661
Gots: 1,550 | FT: 143
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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:
Scotch Ale aged in bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: CortexBomb on 01-30-2007)
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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12-04-2012 07:41:04 | More by
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4.8/5  rDev +10.9%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Great Divide Yeti Snifter

A: Really nice looking beer, deep deep dark reddish burgundy. Pours with about a half finger of an off white/tan head that dissipates pretty quickly into a thin white ring around the glass, not surprising since this is a barrel aged beer.

S: W O W ! ! ! Unreal. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but it definitely wasn't this. Huge vanilla initially, followed by bourbon, chocolate, dark fruits, and caramel. Smells delicious.

T: Tastes even better than it smells. So much vanilla, that's the biggest flavor for sure, but you definitely get a lot of the woody notes from the barrel as well. Really nicely balanced, not overly boozy or sweet. Perfectly executed.

M: Smooth, silky, full bodied, light carbonation. The barrel aging makes the mouthfeel of this brew incredible.

O: I'm stunned. I knew this beer was going to be good, but I honestly didn't expect it to be this good. I gave it pretty high marks because I'm really not a fan of Scotch Ales usually, but for me this is so perfect. Backwoods Bastard is now absolutely my favorite Founders beer, don't get me wrong, KBS and Breakfast Stout are up there as well, but I think this takes it to another level. Well done Founders, and thank you Nick for sending this my way. I can't wait to see what happens to my other bottle with some age on it.

12-04-2012 06:23:43 | More by bifrost17
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Payed $4.55 + tax for one 12oz bottle. Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Thick and opaque dark amber. Very thin tan head despite a vigorous pour.

Aroma: Immediately get the vanilla and oak aromas. Raisin, burnt caramel, and a bit of alcohol. Quite complex but approachable.

Taste: This beer has a lot going for it right off the bat. The sweet palate compensates for the big alcohol presence reining in the flavor for some balance. Rich oak aged profiles of slightly smokey wood, viscous caramel, and a hint of vanilla. Halfway through the flavor changes and adds brown sugar, a bit of chocolate, and dark dried fruits. The aftertaste leaves you wanting more with a ringing caramel flavor that shifts into a dark chocolate taste before slowly fading away. At 10.2% ABV the alcohol is present but not overwhelming. Minimal bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied but not cloying or too syrupy. A sipper but real easier to drink at a quicker pace. The carbonation is where I'd expect for a barrel aged beer and leads to a smooth enjoyment.

Final Thoughts: Completely worth the money and unique. I'm starting to like barrel aged beers more and more because of tasting something like Backwoods Bastard which is brewed and aged to near perfection. Would I drink it again? This year if I can find it!(Would love to cellar a few of these bad boys). Otherwise I'll be on the lookout for next years release.

12-04-2012 05:41:44 | More by JamesMN
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4.05/5  rDev -6.5%

super different for a beer in this genre. it pours a slightly cloudy pale amber color, with a dense nearly pure white head, lots of lacing left behind as it sips down. the nose is a little fruity, a lot boozy, and entirely different again from most scotch ales. its too light. the taste is awesome, like a tasty hybrid of licorice and fresca soda, thats what i taste. more fruit than ever for a scotch, and the same effervescent carbonation as that artificial grapefruit flavored soda pop. its really good, but i am missing that smoke and hefty malt base ive grown used to in these beers. anyone else get that? bright bubbling medium body, again too light for the style, but this is a damn good beer. living up to its name for all the wrong reasons, this is something unique and to be cherished. i never in a million years would have put uts abv over 10% on a blind tasting, its far too delicate to be that potent, but it all seems to work out just right. on tap at j. ryans in syracuse, a place you must visit as a beer enthusiast. what a treat from founders!

12-04-2012 04:55:27 | More by StonedTrippin
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4.43/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours a cloudy dark ruby-amber with a quickly attenuating scorched carmael-colored head. Lovely vanilla on the nose accompanied by tempered bourbon. Moutfheel is a little thin, but smooth as silk. A bit of a burn on the finish from a combination of carbonation, hop, and alcohol. The flavor is amazing. It would be perfect, but there's just some alcohol bitterness that detracts from the heavenliness. Toffee, vanilla, bread, and bourbon, all in spades. It's reminiscent of my favorite beer on planet Earth--Double DBA from FW, but a scaled down version.

12-04-2012 04:50:25 | More by DocJitsu
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

12-04-2012 00:43:26 | More by BrewBro
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-04-2012 00:12:59 | More by johnh7
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

12-03-2012 21:24:16 | More by stabbingcontest
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

12-03-2012 17:04:39 | More by jjd315
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-03-2012 11:58:51 | More by legend8706
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-03-2012 03:00:04 | More by ILiveOffHops
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-03-2012 02:51:14 | More by Topolino
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

12-03-2012 02:47:27 | More by xdtfx
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New York

4.4/5  rDev +1.6%

Beautiful beer, brown with distinct reddish cast, makes a gemstone of the mini snifter. It has a thick, clear look. Thin, beige skim tops for a moment, then recedes quickly to skim islands and thin ring. A swirl produces oily bubbled legs that slither back to the beer below.

Heavenly lightly oaked caramel and light vanilla front a perfumy aroma that is redolent of sweet alcohol and floral/ fruit notes beneath it all. It isn't an aroma that conquers the nose with heavy bourbon, it emphasizes the soft notes here. And the sweet of it is so clean and wonderful I salivate before each sip reaches my tongue.

Ah sweet elixir of malty goodness and barrel mellowness. This beer is just astoundingly delicious. A rare one that lets alcohol take control and does it so fuckiing well. The sweet at beginning of sip is complex. Caramel and toffee, candy, hints of sweet fruit, light vanilla. Notes of the barrel come in and the alcohol ushers the deeper flavors into a juicy end of sip. there is just a hint of roast, just a hint of tannic (in a good way), just a hint of herbal. The balance of this is astounding.

Mouthfeel is the stage on which these actors perform. Highly viscous yet never cloying, super thick yet clean on the palate, no overpower from the barrel, and a juicy finish that shines until the next sip.

This beer, transcends style bullshit and proves light barrel notes rule. At least when done by Founders. Highest recommendation.

12-02-2012 23:04:27 | More by cavedave
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-02-2012 19:40:12 | More by Bonis
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4.43/5  rDev +2.3%

A: poured a dark brown in color with burgundy orangish highlights and a thin head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: very inviting sweet aroma which consisted of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, burnt sugars but with great bourbon barrel character signs of dark fruit toast sweet malts and a little booze.

T: lots of sweetness like the nose suggested, mostly caramel, brown sugar and molasses but with vanilla burnt sugar accents. It had nice bourbon barrel flavor a touch of dark fruits, a little booze heat, and hints of marshmallow.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a very sweet, bourbon booze, mildly dark fruity and slick finish.

O: I liked this beer a lot considering the sweetness, it was well balanced and very delicious. Glad I got to try it finally.

12-02-2012 19:39:24 | More by Gobzilla
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-02-2012 07:29:47 | More by jawneyt
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-01-2012 22:37:49 | More by Zeller12
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New York

4/5  rDev -7.6%

12-01-2012 17:45:05 | More by Dirtinabottle
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4.38/5  rDev +1.2%

ST - poured from bottle into stemless wine glass

A - pours dark brown with red hues & fleeting head

S - picked up vanilla, dark brown sugar

T - smooth, balanced. Alcohol warmth, malty, vanilla, brown sugar. At the end dark fruit specifically cherries.

M - full, a little syrupy

O - great beer, bought a second bottle to cellar

12-01-2012 12:52:52 | More by Higy
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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