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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,107 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,107
Reviews: 1,419
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 620
Gots: 1,510 | 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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ScottP

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

11-07-2012 15:02:14 | More by ScottP
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warrenout330

Ohio

4.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mad props to Wendy at VE for my reserve on this 4pk!

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my delirium snifter

A- poured a deep reddish brown color.. Ruby highlights to the curves of the glass.... resembles a liquid Ruby in my glass to the light. Off white head, quickly dissovles to nothing minimal lacing

S- big whiff reveals a smack of Bourbon, vanilla and white oak undertones. Dark fruit highlights in the back.

T- like the nose but some more pronounced. Big Bourbon flavors, smooth vanilla, light earthy undertones of oak. Dark cherry twist for sweetness..ting of booze lingering.Huge flavors going on but the balance is the biggest thing going on here

M- smooth, creamy, oily body... light carbonation, kind of prickly on the tongue maybe from the booze?

O- my first experience with this brew, very happy I have the pleasure sipping this right now. Very well done, huge flavors with huge balance.. now I see what all the hype is about...def putting my other 2 way for a couple of years....

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 07:30:15 | More by warrenout330
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MSandahl23

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

11-07-2012 06:28:05 | More by MSandahl23
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marshmeli

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

11-07-2012 03:39:02 | More by marshmeli
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Pdiddey3d

New York

4/5  rDev -7.6%

11-07-2012 02:54:08 | More by Pdiddey3d
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YCantWeNotBeSober

Michigan

4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz pour from bottle fresh from Founder's into wineglass

A- Pours a clean mahogany ruby red caramel color. Thin tan head with minimal lacing.

S- Bourbon, Brown sugar, Caramel, Dark fruits - Sweet and pungent

T- Initial sweet raisin flavors hit the tongue, followed by balanced caramel, molasses, brown sugar sweetness with a hint of roasty, darker malt flavor. Heavy Graham Cracker / Vanilla flavors. Bourbon sweetness rounds out the flavor profile with a little heat in the finish. As the beer warms vanilla starts to take the stage. Black Cherry or chocolate-covered cherries are distinguishable when exhaling through the nose. Overall a very complex flavor.

M - Thick, slightly oily mouthfeel. Fairly carbonated.

O - Very impressed by this beer. It has re-defined the style for me. A great sipper that competes with some of Founder's others Barrel Aged behemoths. After buying two 4pks, I'm ready to commit to stocking up on this to get me through til next years release.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 01:29:17 | More by YCantWeNotBeSober
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

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

A-dark red brown color with a small off-white head and no lacing

S-caramel, brown sugar, bourbon, malt

T-malt, caramel, oak, bourbon, vanilla

F-medium body with light carbonation, a little alcohol burn

O-great marriage of scotch ale and bourbon barrel, a delicious sipper with good balance of sweetness and bourbon flavor

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 01:04:23 | More by MDDMD
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Riverared

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

11-07-2012 01:02:50 | More by Riverared
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HopsintheSack

California

4/5  rDev -7.6%

11-06-2012 21:33:53 | More by HopsintheSack
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swetsastonic

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

11-06-2012 20:32:21 | More by swetsastonic
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Auztan

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

11-06-2012 18:16:05 | More by Auztan
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Roland45s

Virginia

4/5  rDev -7.6%

11-06-2012 13:53:37 | More by Roland45s
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BrettD

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

11-06-2012 05:17:02 | More by BrettD
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lopy

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

11-06-2012 03:21:04 | More by lopy
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Hanzo

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

11-06-2012 03:05:25 | More by Hanzo
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Boilerfood

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

11-06-2012 02:40:15 | More by Boilerfood
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mp54790


5/5  rDev +15.5%

11-06-2012 02:30:58 | More by mp54790
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plumcrazyfx

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

11-06-2012 02:03:43 | More by plumcrazyfx
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CManuel

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fresh batch from Nov. '12.

Poured pretty vigorously into a tulip glass.

A-very small head that quickly goes away. very dark brown color, almost chocolate black in appearance.

S-A sweet bourbon smell hits you first, followed by lots of earthy notes and malty goodness.

T-A really nice, bourbon sweetness hits you first. Its not overpowering, but you can definitely feel the bourbon presence in this beer. In the middle I get a lot of earthy, mostly woody notes. Finally, the beer finishes out with a slight sweetness from the malts. Doesn't taste nearly as boozy as I'd expect. Taste is well balanced.

M-a bit more thin than i was expecting, considering the style. overall doesn't detract from the awesomeness of this beer.

O-Easily hands down one of my favorite Founders offering, and hands down my favorite wee-heavy. I'm glad I got a few 4 packs of this to sip on for the next few weeks. Its incredibly balanced, and no one flavor is really overpowering. I'm amazed at how balanced and drinkable this beer is. Well done Founders, well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 18:02:59 | More by CManuel
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smutty33

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

11-05-2012 17:57:28 | More by smutty33
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Snellgg5

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

11-05-2012 17:04:41 | More by Snellgg5
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Naters333

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into tulip.

A- Hard poor, yields one finger white head that recedes quickly. Has a really dark brown color.

S-Bourbon, earthy, sweet, caramel,

T- Front end=dark taste that I struggle to describe. I guess woodsy would could describe it. Back end, vanilla, caramel,sweet.

O-This is my first Barrel aged Scotch Ale, so not sure what to compare it to. I really enjoyed this beer. Much thinner than I expected. I can taste the alcohol, but I enjoy this. I will age and see what happens after a few months. Very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 07:38:21 | More by Naters333
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Crimsontider22

Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

11-05-2012 06:29:50 | More by Crimsontider22
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mmmaaattt

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

11-05-2012 03:10:29 | More by mmmaaattt
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BeerOps

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

11-05-2012 03:01:59 | More by BeerOps
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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