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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,360 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,360
Reviews: 1,429
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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Photo of mscudder
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.

mscudder, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of jtierney89
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.

jtierney89, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of tdm168
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.

tdm168, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of cardern
4/5  rDev -7.6%

cardern, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of kruthy
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

kruthy, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of Optifron
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.

Optifron, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of Drtfinelli
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Drtfinelli, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of Fahz
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Fahz, Nov 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

TRSG, Nov 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Schmuckles, Nov 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Hoptologist, Nov 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

bluntedboywonder, Nov 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Shissler, Nov 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

wyatt13, Nov 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

ThirstyHowellthe3rd, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of gcamparone
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.

gcamparone, Nov 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Mcooly, Nov 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Kubrickx, Nov 27, 2012
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1/5  rDev -76.9%

Bejam813bucs, Nov 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

e30todamax, Nov 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

C-Dog, Nov 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

DukeX13, Nov 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

random846, Nov 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

JasonSiedman, Nov 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

ChrisMon02, Nov 27, 2012
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 5,360 ratings.