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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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5,445 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,445
Reviews: 1,431
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 695
Gots: 1,579 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

NickSMpls, Nov 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

MN_Beerticker, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of TwelveOunces
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz poured into a snifter
2012 vintage

A- Pours extremely dark opaque brown black. Some red around the edges. Almost no head but the head was a faded tan color.

S- Bourbon, and more bourbon. A lot of vanilla, oak, caramel. A very bold and strong smelling brew. A slight roasted malt and alcohol.

T- The first thing I notice is a massive vanilla flavor. The beer then sweeps over with a strong bourbon flavor. There is lot of oak, some char flavors, and sour mash. The malt profile of the beer is mostly caramel, big on the caramel. There is also a slight dark fruit that reminds you this is a scotch ale.

M- Smooth as they come. Kind of hot but it doesn't bother me in the slightest. A sipper and great one.

O- This is fantastic. Wee Heavy in bourbon barrels... Why is this not more common? This is well made and delicious. I cant wait to see what happens to this beer with a little time.

TwelveOunces, Nov 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

DMarlinJ, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of Beerdregs
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 2012 vintage

A: Pours a dark, amber, toffee color with translucency topped off by a half finger off-white colored head. Leaves nice lacing down the glass as I drink.

S: This is where this beer shines. Very pronounced oaky, vanilla bourbon aroma. There is a very subtle smokiness there from the scotch but this is almost all bourbon. I almost don't want to drink this beer because I don't know if it can live up to this aroma.

T: The taste does not live up to the aroma's hype. Malty-syrupy sweetness at the beginning of the sip with an astringent bitter finish.

M: Moderate carbonation with a dry finish. The alcohol swirls up nicely into the nasal passages and then warms comfortably in my stomach.

O: This is a great beer. I could just sit an enjoy the aroma alone but drinking it is so much fun.

Beerdregs, Nov 11, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a deep red amber with an off white/tan head with good retention
S-oak, vanilla, caramel
T-More oak and vanilla, leads into a sweet caramel taste with more oak in the finish
M-medium-full, pretty heavy brew but hides the abv pretty well
O-great complex flavor. Definitely a sipping beer but well put together

atr2605, Nov 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

BobCobb, Nov 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

nh2032, Nov 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

speak72, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of kdb150
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 2012 vintage, poured into an oversized Piraat tulip at room temperature, though this is closer to 60 than 70 as my house is pretty cold.

A - Pours a deep amber/brown with a half-finger of ivory head, which quickly subsides to a thin ring. Hints of ruby red shoot through this brew when held up to the light. No lacing to speak of, but nevertheless this is a beautiful pour.

S - Bourbon, oak, and vanilla strong up front, somewhat masking the burnt caramel and slight smoke of the base beer. The combination is reminiscent of scotch. Excellent aroma, though a bit weak for not being poured into a snifter, which I really recommend for this beer.

T - Again bourbon, with the base beer coming through a bit more in the flavor than in the nose. The malt is perfectly balanced with the bourbon to produce a wonderful bourbon/butterscotch flavor that is not too sweet and hits all the right notes. This a ridiculously good beer, though it benefits from a bit of age.

M - Silky smooth, absolutely perfect for the flavor profile. Low carb which dissipates rather quickly, but this coats nicely and has the most exquisite aftertaste. The mouthfeel seems to be one that is fairly unique to bourbon barrel-aged wee heavies, and this is the best of them. This is a real pleasure to drink.

O - This is one of my absolute favorite beers, though from prior experience I'd say it is definitely better after a few months, when the bourbon subsides a bit and the subtle smokiness of the base beer comes through. The flavor takes on more of a scotch note than a bourbon note, and this becomes a truly sublime beer experience. Even fresh, though, this is an absolute treat, worth seeking out and drinking as much as possible.

kdb150, Nov 10, 2012
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4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Mahogany colored brew with light brown head.

S - Superb smells of bourbon and light scent of molasses.

T - Very bourbon forward, wonderful taste! Medium taste of molasses and light caramel taste as well.

M - Solid carbonation at the start but loses carbonation rather quickly. Would prefer more lasting carbonation with this beer. The alcohol burn on this is really nice though! Leaves a pleasant burning sensation in the mouth. I always yearn for thicker scotch ales, and that includes this one as well.

O - Overall I love this brew! I'm immediately going to the store to buy more. Such a robust taste and smell! I wish this beer were available year round.

josephwa, Nov 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Powderhornphil, Nov 10, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ncketchum for the bottle...(2012 vintage) Poured this into a CBS snifter and drank at room temperature.

A) Pours out looking like a thin maple syrup. Deep brown with some red tone. There was no head, and no lacing. Some alcohol feet.

S) That American oak is very present. This is pleasantly woody, with vanilla, caramel, roasted malt, and certainly some bourbon. Very nice aroma.

T) A good amount of malt flavor. Again, nice and woody. Vanilla and caramel are also noted, but this is not overly sweet for my tastes. Definitely some alcohol, and the accompanying warmth one would expect.

M) A medium body, and really not much carbonation at all. Kind of a sweet sticky feel. It's smooth, but I really felt it would be a bit heavier. Finishes warm and a little dry. Nice aftertaste...

O) This is very good, but honestly, I found myself just slightly disappointed. This is likely because my expectations were sky high, based upon anything barrel aged I've had by Founders, which have been amazing. Having said all of that, I will gladly revisit this offering.

RoamingGnome, Nov 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -36.5%

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4.85/5  rDev +12%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 5,445 ratings.