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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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5,356 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,356
Reviews: 1,428
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 672
Gots: 1,557 | FT: 144
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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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

baybum, Dec 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Listers, Dec 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Conor, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of weltywm
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.

weltywm, Dec 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Holmes698, Dec 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Imacopyouidiot, Dec 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

pcarney8, Dec 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

jayp82, Dec 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

dglgmut, Dec 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Gwalchgwynn67, Dec 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

AverageWhiteGuy, Dec 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

langchops, Dec 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

TheHopBuddha, Dec 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

mellowmark, Dec 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

RichH55, Dec 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

BeerBucks, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of SawDog505
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip, bottled 10/12/12. Poured slowly down the center and got a beautiful light tan head that leaves, a thick ring of lace. The beer itself is a bright ruby. The smell on this starts with strong vanilla, bourbon, peat, dark fruit, and some biscuit. Taste is similar to smell not as much vanilla as the nose would have you expect, but really complex, pick up different flavors each sip, and really makes you crave the next one. Maybe a little smoke, but very subtle and blends well with all the other flavors from the nose. Body is medium large, perfect amount of carbonation for the style, not really dry almost surprising, and very drinkable for a big brew. Founders and Firestone are so good at brewing barrel aged beers it is scary. Love this and had a Dirty Bastard before to see what a difference the barrels made and it turned a very good beer into an amazing beer.

SawDog505, Dec 05, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a dark, hazy mahogany brown color. There is a small tan head which rapidly fades to a ring of foam. Light, spotty lacing.

S: Big notes of molasses and raisin, figs and brown sugar. Some lighter cherry flavor but it is milder. Aroma of whiskey is warm and pleasant and becomes more potent as the beer warms.

T: Caramel/vanilla flavor is forward. Alcohol and some grassy flavor cut through the sweetness a bit, but it is still a sugary brew. Less fruity than the aroma. Finish is long and surprising bitter based on the rest of the flavors.

M: Medium bodied and somewhat sticky. Carbonation is very low.

O: An interesting, well-done beer.

WankelEngine, Dec 05, 2012
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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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