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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,780 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,780
Reviews: 1,610
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 830
Gots: 2,368 | FT: 227
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:
Beer added by: CortexBomb on 01-30-2007

"Wee Heavy", cave aged in oak bourbon barrels.
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4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark crimson. Creamy tan head retained after pour.

Smell- Fresh glazed donuts, nutmeg, bourbon, malts, cinnamon, vanilla.

Taste - Sweet fig & bread balanced so well by the hop backbone. The bourbon adds the complexity that you expect.

Mouthfeel- Hearty, smooth throughout. Favorable aftertaste.

Overall- Unique. This blows away any wee heavy that I' ve had.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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1.75/5  rDev -59.7%

Photo of Infiniteingest
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Generally: Beers aged in Bourbon Barrels = not my thing. I find almost universally that the vanilla from the oak itself, and the residual bourbon notes overpower the malt and, when brewers try to balance it all out with hops... chaos. Leave it to Founders to provide the exception to the rule.

The Pour: A handsome looking beer, falling right in line with the chestnut browns typical of Scotch Ales. There's a very light, almost wispy head that lingers for just a moment or two.

Face in the glass: Bourbon and caramel malts, with some subtle hints of earthiness and spice.

With Regard to Taste: On more than one occasion, I have dumped my whisk(e)y into my beer. This reminds me of that concoction in the best possible way. A parade of bourbon and oaky vanilla riding around on delicious caramel and spice floats. Extremely well balanced.

Epitoma: A wonderful late-fall sipper, guaranteed to warm your bones.

Serving type: Bottle

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of bleeps
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was able to get one bottle from Kappy's Medford. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Deep dark brown with the bare minimum of carbonation.

S: Smells like sugary graham crackers, vanilla, and bourbon.

T: Well made Scotch Ale fading into bourbon.

M: Very smooth

O: Probably the best Scotch Ale I've had. Warms you up, but the alcohol isn't very obvious. Highly recommended.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 10/03/2013 printed on the bottleneck. The highly acclaimed bigger brother to Founders Dirty Bastard; I was lucky enough to snag a four pack of this goodness from the local beer store.

Poured into an over-sized wine glass.

A - Pours a viscous caramel mahogany / ruby colored body with some specks of sediment visible in the glass. No head forms; just a slight ring.

S - The nose brings some very nice bourbon barrel / vanilla character. Burnt brown sugar, beautiful creamy booziness, woody earthiness, rum soaked raisins, figs, dates, cherry. Very nice.

T - Taste follows the nose: smooth creamy vanilla, earthy wood, oak bourbon barrel, caramel, rum soaked raisins, figs, dates, cherries.

M - Feel is nice, on par with the original, with the addition of more brown sugary caramel stickiness, and some more earthy wood / bourbon character. Smooth & creamy, with lingering caramel / vanilla / bourbon barrel stickiness.

Overall, a nice upgrade from the original base beer, which was clearly an obvious candidate for barrel aging. High 10.20% abv is extremely well-masked, but is likely destined to doom me. A very nice slow-sipper of a beer, one that compliments the original well. Recommended.

Founders Backwoods Bastard ---4/5.

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4.3/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

After being put on a reserve list last December- I was able to buy two bottles of this much sought after beer.

Poured a dark tea color with a 1F head in my new scotch ale glass.

Aroma- bourbon central. Some vanilla. As the beer warmed up, lots of oak in the aroma.

Mouth feel- moderately carbonated- working well in this style.

The taste- fantastic. Strong bourbon, the beer taking on a strong whiskey character.
As the beer warmed up, oak meshed with the bourbon to bring more character to an outstanding taste.

If you can find this beer, buy it. One of the best scotch ales I have tasted.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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