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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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5,382 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,382
Reviews: 1,429
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 679
Gots: 1,565 | FT: 143
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

FlussigkeitMut, Nov 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Sunn, Nov 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

smonice, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of fields336
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: same color as dirty bastard, red to mahogany, with a slight amount of tan head that dissipates quickly.

S: some nice oaky, vanilla, bourbon, burnt sugar, caramel, toffee, chocolate, almost stout-esque notes are coming out.

T: big bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, burnt sugar, toffee, rich dark caramel, and smooth woody notes round this out. little to no heat and the chocolate and toffee notes dominate the aftertaste.

M: has that delicious bourbon barrel smoothness, silken, with the perfect amount of carbonation. almost like a nitro tap.

O: wow.. will be buying more of this if I get a chance.

fields336, Nov 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

effyeaAB, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of iabeerbaron
3.6/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice brown pour with a small head. Minimal lacing on my class. Aroma of bourbon shines through, making me a bit nervous actually. Add a little vanilla to the smell and now I'm ready to drink it. Not as much whiskey in the flavor, still very present, but not overpowering. Lots of flavors in this. The more I let it sit it started tasting like almond joy candy bars. Really nice brew

iabeerbaron, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of Flounder57
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Having on draft at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth, MA.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a ruby red mahogany color with a little bit of clarity.

Smell and Taste: Bourbon, caramel, vanilla, spices, maltiness, boozy alcohol, oak, and warming deliciousness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, low to medium carbonation, full bodied, warming alcohol, and silky.

Overall: Pretty solid beer. You can't go wrong with anything barrel aged, especially bourbon. This beer rocks.

Flounder57, Nov 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

JeffreyJDavis, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of greybeardloon
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled 9/28/2012

A: Not much head, poor lacing. Clear, reddish brown.

S: Dates, molasses, vanilla, booze

T: Caramel, vanilla roundness, anise, dried fruit. Booze is fairly well hidden, all things considered. The alcohol does cut the sweetness nicely.

M: Viscous and smooth.

O: An amusing novelty.

greybeardloon, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of WesM63
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a CBS Snifter.

A: Pours a very dark murky brown. No head is present, minor amounts of lacing.

S: Bourbon, oak, vanilla with a minor hint of some darker malts.

T: Vanilla and oak on the tongue, dark malts follows to a near sweet finish. Moderate amounts of bourbon throughout.

M: medium to full body, moderate carbonation. Enough heat to let you know you're drinking a bourbon barrel aged beer.

O: Founders doesn't disappoint when it comes to barrel aged beers. This is delicious and very complex, seems to get more complex the warmer it gets.

WesM63, Nov 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

redleg64, Nov 20, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

brikelly, Nov 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

Peyton5410, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of ksimons
3.55/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-a deep ruby color with a nice fingers worth of light tan head

S-some malt smell with smokiness, but mostly just a large amount of bourbon

T-Wow that is a lot of bourbon flavor! I'm really not getting much else out of this beer unfortunately. Edit-as it warms the flavor improves slightly with more malt and caramel, but the bite still masks things too much in my opinion.

M-medium body, light carbonation, pretty hot from the alcohol

Overall I was excited to finally see this beer in my area and to try it. The bourbon is sort of overpowering, feels like I am having whiskey not beer. Maybe some age or warming would help improve things.

ksimons, Nov 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Chugger, Nov 19, 2012
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3.18/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark reddish-amber with a thin 1-finger tan head.

S: Malt up front with some minor vanilla/oaky notes peeking through. Nothing aggressive, but nothing impressive, either.

T: First sip hits you with a blast of sharp bourbony alcoholic bite. Not much "beer" flavor here, just mostly alcohol and sharpness. As the beer warms, the flavors come through a bit more, particularly in the aftertaste, but nothing very fulfilling. Just sweetness, bite, and hints of other flavors mixed in.

M: Adequate carbonation, but lacking in fullness. Mostly just bite.

O: I'm not sure what to do with this brew, quite honestly. I love my beers aggressive, but this one just didn't cut it for me. There just wasn't much beyond the bourbon bite. Not much flavor overall, just "hints" of various other flavors. Perhaps some aging would do wonders for this beer, but I'm not so sure I'm willing to give it another shot quite yet. Above average brew, but nothing more.

DrewV, Nov 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

hopswap1, Nov 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

jwgkicks, Nov 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Cheezus, Nov 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

xacidx, Nov 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

Mgm54, Nov 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 5,382 ratings.