Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company
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3.9/5 rDev -9.9%
2010 bottle pulled from the cellar. Had it fresh, too hot to review properly. Here's hoping age helps.
Appearance: Almost no carbonation on a muddy brown beer. Head is off-white, minimal, and drops to a super-thin collar. No cap, no lacing. Very still.
Smell: Huge punches of vanilla, oak, booze soaked wood, straight bourbon, toffee, and biscuity malts. Faintly smoky. Caramel sweetness rounds out the back. Sharp bite of alcohol. Bourbon is pronounced, but has faded a touch over the 2 year sit. Hits to peated scotch. Vaguely roast. Sweet, bready. Still heavy on the bourbon and the wood.
Taste: Bourbon, chewy caramel malts. Deeply caramelized sugars. Bready, biscuits, sharp bites of alcohol. Vanilla, toffee, caramel candy, even some brown sugar. Nice balance of oak. Incredibly malty. Minor peat in the back. Vaguely smoky. Drinks closer to scotch than bourbon. Balance is far greater after some age. Some fruitiness as well. Mainly plum and apple. Slow alcohol burn.
Mouthfeel: Silky smooth medium body. Almost no carbonation. Dry burn on the back. Clean finish overall.
Overall: Fresh it's a big, hot mess. Aged, it's got nice balance and depth. Not stellar, but not bad either. Being forced to put age on in order to make it drinkable hurt it a bit in the long run.
A serious sipper even with age. Smooth, big, and boozy. Drink it fresh and you'll feel like you just took a dozen shots of iffy whiskey. Drink it aged.
09-24-2012 19:14:09 | More by Goblinmunkey7
3.53/5 rDev -18.5%
Poured from the bottle, this beer has a dense, dark, and cloudy chestnut brown color with a crimson-tinged halo around the edges. The aroma is intensely woody, giving an impression of being in a pine forest at dusk after a storm. There is also a mild, fruity, cherry-like sweetness that wafts out from under the wood. The flavor is similarly rustic, with notes of charred wood and dark caramel, but any nuance to the flavor profile is difficult to appreciate under a substantial alcohol heat. Overall, though, despite some identifiable faults, the total experience with this beer is still satisfying.
09-18-2012 14:46:24 | More by devilben02
4.83/5 rDev +11.5%
A - Dark Brown, hazy with some redness tint. Good Lacing on the glass.
S - Bourbon on the nose and with some caramel and sweet
T - Bourbon notes through out with caramel and vanilla, toffee, molasses. Delicious.
M - Very smooth. Low carbonation, but perfect for beer. Alcohol was hidden for the most part. It was medium to full bodied.
O - Was so delighted I was able to enjoy this beer. The bourbon was there but did not overpower this beer. I recommend this beer.
09-05-2012 02:28:04 | More by jtd1969
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 5,302 ratings.