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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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5,364 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,364
Reviews: 1,429
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 673
Gots: 1,556 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Boilerfood, Nov 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

mp54790, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of plumcrazyfx
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

plumcrazyfx, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of CManuel
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.

CManuel, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of smutty33
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

smutty33, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of Snellgg5
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Snellgg5, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of Naters333
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.

Naters333, Nov 05, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Crimsontider22, Nov 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

mmmaaattt, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of BeerOps
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

BeerOps, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of CloudStrife
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 9/28/2012.

A: Pours a clear ruby with a one finger off white head. A little bit of floaties in the body, not much visible carbonation. Leaves some specs of lacing on the glass.

S: Right off the bat you can get the bourbon barrel. Oaky with vanilla and toffee overtones, some sweet malts and carmel as well. A bit of mustiness to it as well.

T: As with the aroma at first you get the bourbony taste which then blends with the carmel sweetness of the beer. There is a fermented dark fruit taste in the background. Hints of vanilla, lots of oakiness. Booze is in the forefront.

M: Smooth and velvety mouthfeel with low carbonation. Very warming all the way down. Certainly a sipping beer.

Overall a real good barrel aged brew. Mostly find stouts that are bourbon aged, was a good chance of pace to try a scotch ale. Can't wait another year to see how this ages.

CloudStrife, Nov 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Googs, Nov 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

RMoeNay, Nov 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

seplo, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of Hopstout
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Hopstout, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of vic21234
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on date of 10/05/12. I've never had this beer. I was able to grab the last 4-pack at a local shop. Thrown into the fridge for about 30 minutes after sitting at cellar temperature

A- Pours a dark brownish color with some red hues in there when held against the light. A half finger of a cream colored head quickly fades to the sides of the glass. Some sticky lacing is also noted.

S- A sweetness comes through initially on the smell before all bourbon takes over.

T- Starts off smooth with caramel malt notes. Dark fruits come through as well. The back end of the taste is all bourbon and oak. The bourbon taste really shines in this being so fresh.

M- Medium to heavy bodied, lightly carbonated, heavy alcohol taste, a definite sipper.

This is a great beer, and I'm glad I was able to hunt some down. I'll be putting two bottles away to see how the bourbon notes do with some age. This is drinking rather hot when fresh, not a bad thing at all for me but that's not for everyone.

vic21234, Nov 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Samwhyz, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of Maxwell
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful dark, syrupy caramel with terrific ruby tints. A slight ring of creamy head is present and leaves behind a light ring around the glass, but the body of the beer is dark red, bordering on black, and completely opaque. The smell of this beer is big with malty bourbon, caramel and sweet alcohol. Slight bread in the malt adds further complexity.. Peat malt is also slightly and gives the beer an ever-so-slight roasty tinge. On the taste the beer is very complex in flavor, beginning sweet and almost cloying with spicy alcohol and too sweet malts and big bourbon flavoring, but then transitions into very slight middle caramel before the finish pulls big barrel notes onto the tongue which lingers with the cloying bourbon. Mouthfeel is big and marmalade-like on the tongue, with sharp effervescence and a prickly feeling on the tongue. The mouth is left sticky but dry with very little saliva to speak of. Overall, I think I’m going to cellar the rest of this. The alcohol is a little too much in the flavor right now for my personal taste. There are some big bourbon notes which very intriguing in a sipping beer, but I’d like to get a little more malt flavor in this and less alcohol. The complexity of both the taste and the smell are superb, and show to Founder’s superb skill in brewing extreme beers, it just is not really the flavor I’m looking for. This definitely a must try for Bourbon fans, and barrel aged beers fans alike, and a superb beer, but I plan to cellar this to bring some new complexity to it. Expect a redux review in a couple months. This beer is a sipper meant to be enjoyed slowly in the evenings in front of a roaring fire, but it is definitely worth a try.

Maxwell, Nov 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

ZPB, Nov 04, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Eriktheipaman, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of JamesShoemaker
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into my Bell's pint glass.

A - dark, but translucent throughout. Probably the deepest brown you can get before you hit black. No head, harsh pour from the bottle.

S - lots of bourbon, sweet yield from the grains. Before I started to get really into micros, I drank my whiskeys neat. Mostly rye, some bourbon and Irish; I definitely detect the whiskey in this brew. The alcohol isn't too strong.

T - wow, lots of the sweet liquor you'd expect from a Scotch/Wee Heavy. I've had a lot of BWs where this taste pervades, and, even though I don't taste much behind the whiskey, there's a lot to be said about it. Maple, sugar, sweet, sweet, sweet.

M - good, no syrup to speak of, just the right amount of booze behind the sweetness to make it seem non-artificial. The carbonation might be a tad too much.

O - a decent beer. I'm excited to age my remaining bottles and do a vert in the future.

JamesShoemaker, Nov 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

TonyTalon, Nov 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

woodsman196, Nov 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Jayjer, Nov 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

matthageman, Nov 03, 2012
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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