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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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5,348 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,348
Reviews: 1,428
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 671
Gots: 1,554 | FT: 146
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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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

MikeCactusGordon, Nov 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

hollywood_15063, Nov 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

mecmd, Nov 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

ComRock12, Nov 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

TreLey, Nov 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

JaysusJr, Nov 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Hessian257, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of Jimmys
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. bottled on 10/05/12.

A: a slightly hazed, very rich chestnut brown hued body. head is a reddish-brownish white and is made up of fine bubbles. retention is good.

S: a lot of bourbon and a lot of oak. vanilla and caramel. burnt brown sugar.

T: not nearly as hot as i was expected reading some other comments/reviews of this brew. sweetness is sharp. some boozy notes kick in after, but they dont overshadow. right before the finish, there are port-like aspects. cloying sweetness combined with a smooth oak flavor.

M: moderate amount of fizz, wouldnt actually hate for a little less carbonation. full body.

D: pretty enjoyable brew. really nice to see a big, bourbon barrel aged brew this easy to drink after only being in the bottle for about 6 weeks. my only complaint is regarding the carb which i think detracts from the body a bit. something that i think if it were backed off a bit, would make this even more of a savory treat.

Jimmys, Nov 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Lee45102, Nov 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

MEW, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of brother_kenneth
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


12oz bottle, poured into a snifter glass. This one was fresh, bottled on 10/5/12. I will be putting a few away to try next year as well.

A- Pours a nice looking dark brownish red. Little head to speak of on this one, as I expected.

S- Smell is righteous. The most prominent scents are vanilla and oak. Honestly, I know it was bourbon barrel aged, but I am really getting some rum here. Probably just all the vanilla notes from the oak, but I do think of rum. Perhaps a rum barrel-aged scotch even (think Balvenie Rum Cask).

T- Incredible taste. Lots of vanilla with some oak; the bourbon is really noticeable! I notice a bit of fruit, nuttiness, and a nice bitterness on the finish. When left in the mouth too long, one becomes confused as to whether or not he just took a sip of beer, or bourbon. ABV is high, but I think it blends very well here.

M- As others have pointed out, this is not a very carbonated beer, which is good. It is rather thick actually and goes down warm, much like....you guessed it -- a bourbon.

O- This is one of the best bourbon barrel-aged beers I have tasted. I will definitely keep an eye out for these every year from now on. Excellent seasonal brew!

brother_kenneth, Nov 13, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -42.3%

mmsimmons, Nov 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

johunnic, Nov 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

hogansct, Nov 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

robmoak, Nov 13, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

start from a 12oz bottle 2012 vintage

S) the nose starts with burbon, dark cherry, prune, dark fruit.

A) dark cola with a dark red tint, 1 finger head lasted a while, little laceing.

T) burbon up frount, creamy, a little sweat in the middle then dry twords the end
The burbon sticks with you for a wile.

M) creamy but seems a little light not to heavy in the mouth.

O) A great sipper if you like burbon. not so easy to get when in season. stock up and
enjoy it as it ages.

partypak, Nov 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

diverite, Nov 13, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

ThinkAgain, Nov 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

bmquin, Nov 13, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pop the top and pour a brew of deep, reddish mahogany. It holds a brief, half finger tall head of cake batter colored bubbles, despite the hardest pour we could muster. This leaves dots of lacing around the glass. A bit of a head comes back with a hearty swirl, to ring the glass. There is a moderate chill haze, no sediment, and highly active carbonation. The nose is strong with huge diacetyls, big bourbon, and fusel booze. The oak mixes nicely, adding warmth alongside the alcohol, and the biting bourbon flavoring. The malts are sweet, with caramel, and a light roast. Banana esters add sweetness to the oaky woodiness, which helps to cut the massiveness of the booze. Our first impression is that that the diacetyls and bourbon are huge, and glorious. As we sip, sweet bourbon, sweet oak, melted caramel sugars, and booze hit the palate. These are quickly brushed away by a mixing from the richest buttery diacetyls. The middle peaks with more souring oak notes, helping to quickly balance the sweetness from the very beginning. Fusel booze breaks through to pull us to the finish, where the bourbon takes on a more steely, vanilla vibe, bringing some sweetness back, but also cooling the palate down a bit. Otherwise, we are nicely balanced, with strong booziness blending with sweeter grain, and rich butters. The aftertaste breathes of soured yeast and grain, strong bourbon flavoring, those same rich diacetyls, light fusel booze, and caramel sugars. The body is full, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip shows nice slurp, smack, and glug, with less cream or froth than hoped for. There is stickiness to the lips, and the belly grumbles with warmth. The mouth is initially coated with sweetness, but eventually dries with a light astringency. The abv is big, and catches up to you quickly, but the beer sips easy on account of how damn smooth it is.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the pop from the bourbon right off the bat with the first sip. Throughout the sip the flavoring stays very smooth, and relatively uniform. This is both good and bad. On the one hand, you get this great, rich, buttery, sweet bourbon flavoring for the entire sip. On the other hand, however, there are really no surprises. You’re waiting for something insane to kick in, but they kind of pull all their stops at the instant the beer touches your mouth. Really, this isn’t a complaint, as we found this beer to be delicious, and another homerun for Founders. The insane bourbon nose and flavoring makes this guy a contender amongst barreled beers, despite the style.

TheBrewo, Nov 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

felixljr, Nov 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

GeoffreyM, Nov 13, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 0z 4 pack from Frugals...

A - A dark brownish black with ruby highlights. Little to no head, even with a semi aggressive pour. Thin lacing.

S - Bread, dark fruit, plum , maybe fig, vanilla bean

T- Roasted vanilla, dark fruit, back end bread, very malt forward. You do get some honey and bourbon notes, some oak. Very light alcohol presence but it is there in the faint after burn.

M - Decent amount of carbonation, trends toward the syrupy side, but not overly gooey.
Gooey. Yep, I said it.

O - A very delicious beer, one that is sweet (but not overly so) and not to be taken lightly. This, even at its high price, will be a repeat purchase.

Apellonious, Nov 13, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass.
Went into this loving Founders and every beer I have had by them. One of my favorite breweries.

A: Pours a deep mahogany/ dark. Red when held to light. Beautiful. Not much head in my somewhat slow pour, but when I swirl the last half inch and pour it in, a nice head forms.

S: Caramel, and malty ,with fainter notes of vanilla, possibly some pecans/ nuts and dark fruit.

T: Raw chocolate, sweet grains, brown sugar. Bourbon comes through nicely on the back end of my mouth and gives a slightly tingly feeling to it. Tastes of booze. The Syrupy booze force is strong with this one. I think this beer would really shine with age on it. Good grain and malt profile, though it's nothing that is blowing my mind.

M: Sticky, sweet, and slightly prickly and numbing (possibly due to the high ABV and the bourbon). Good carbonation. Smooth and rounded and full. Slightly chewy.

O: I enjoyed this beer a lot. I think that some age would make this brew outstanding. As it stands, I really enjoyed it, but probably won't return to it consistently this season. The syrupy factor may have overwhelmed some of the nuanced flavors this brew is capable of. I may pick another one up to taste with a friend. I still love Founders and was satisfied with this.


JacobJustus1, Nov 13, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

kizyle, Nov 13, 2012
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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