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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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5,458 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,458
Reviews: 1,431
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 699
Gots: 1,582 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

millertime416, Dec 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

reaves181, Dec 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

Jasonrm72, Dec 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

GetTheYayo, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber with a slight head that quickly fades away.

Smell: Brown sugar and scotch paired with an odd, off putting odor.

Taste: Young and brash, this is still drinkable as hell for the abv. A barrel aged, astringent sweetness hits up front with some faint caramel, then fades into a bready finish. The scotch sweetness factor is just a hair under what I was looking for, but I'm sure this will improve with age.

Mouthfeel: Decently bodied with not too much carbonation.

Overall: Again, this was never one of my favorite beers, but you have to respect how drinkable and smooth it is, even if you're not in love with the taste(like me). I'd say this is an excellent candidate for aging, and can turn into a classic after some. My guess is, the astringent factors of this beer will surely fade after a year and improve it significantly, giving it a more malty, balanced taste...just might have to buy a few extra. There are so many beers of this ilk that are practically undrinkable compared to this(especially young), which is why Founders is who they are, and does what they duz.

PsilohsaiBiN, Dec 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

travismiller80, Dec 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

DonFrap, Dec 09, 2012
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1/5  rDev -76.9%

jonmorgan, Dec 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

draimegould, Dec 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Proteusx, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of bigaltemple
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.

bigaltemple, Dec 08, 2012
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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.

gabedivision, Dec 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

akylles, Dec 08, 2012
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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.

vette2006c5r, Dec 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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