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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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5,448 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,448
Reviews: 1,431
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 697
Gots: 1,580 | 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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5/5  rDev +15.5%

msarver16, Jun 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

POTABLE83, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of laxer8811
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

laxer8811, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of rodlavers
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 vintage, into snifter.

A. Poured hard, about a half inch head which dissipates quickly into nothing. Dark red amber coloring, definite sediment floating about, hopefully bourbon based.

S. Sweet, bourbon, vanilla, caramel malt, with a bit of booze. Fantastic.

T. Bourbon, but not overwhelming at all; sweet vanilla, wood, malt. Fantastic.

M. Smooth, no bite, but clearly some carbonation, some spice. a bit boozy, but drinkable for the style.

O. This could be my favorite beer, regardless of style. While also a fan of some bourbons, this beer strikes the right balance between beer and bourbon -- it's the balance that makes the beer. Backwoods Bastard throws it's name into the hat of my favorite beer as a STRONG contender.

I am taking the opportunity to re-review the 2011 vintage at TWO YEARS OLD. The bottle before me has a 10/13/11 bottling date imprint.

Appearance -- 4
I poured this thing too slowly for there to be any head whatsoever. Even before I opened the bottle, I noticed quite a bit of sediment resting on the bottom; I took care to store this bottle very carefully, somewhere between 40-50. The dark amber/red hues that arrive with a fresh bottle have faded somewhat, leaving a slightly browner/light root beer coloring. The amber/red is still present, but not as robust. If anything, the red has darkened; in fact, the coloring resembles more of a bourbon now, I think.

Smell -- 4.75
The overall aroma has faded only somewhat. It is sweeter now, with vanilla, caramel malt and , less booze I'd say, but definitely a little bit of sourness to it, nothing unpleasant; I notice this only barely.

Taste -- 4.75
same flavors, much more mellow and well-blended. Bourbon has cooled off a bit,

Feel -- 5
Smooth as can be; mellow, syrupy, nil carbonation. Simply excellent. Feels better with a few years on it. Completely mellowed out, just fantastic.

Overall -- 5
This beer does get better in my opinion. Fresh, it's a bit hot and harsh carbonation-wise. With this time on it, it's totally mellowed out. Even with a year on it, we get similar results. I have several bottles from 2012 vintage with 1 year on them and I plan to let them stick around for some side-by-sides down the road.

rodlavers, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of jaasen64
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to stevec32. Poured into Hunahpu snifter. Hard to read bottle date, but appears to be bottled on 9/23/11

A- Pours a dark brown that is mostly opaque, but slightly translucent around the edges. Not much of a head, more of just a thin yellowish brown bubbly rim. A little bit below average carbonation. Leaves nice layered lacing.

S- Scotch, molasses, maple, oak, brown sugar. Definitely sweet smelling and a little bit above average aroma strength.

T- Sweet scotch, molasses, a little bit of oak, brown sugar. Definitely sweet and very well balanced. Nice sweet molasses aftertaste that lingers for awhile.

M- Medium bodied, a tiny bit syrupy but not bad, finishes very very smooth, easily drinkable especially at 10.2%. Alcohol very well hidden. Not too much carbonation.

O- This was a great scotch ale. Another great offering from Founders, It kind of reminds me of the Curmudgeon with the molasses taste. Definitely probably one of the best scotch ales I've ever had. I loved the balance between all the tastes including the scotch, sweetness, molasses, etc.. Nothing was overpowering or too subtle. I definitely recommend trying this beer and I would love to pick more up in the future.

jaasen64, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of BostonHops
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a snifter.
2011 release.

pours a deep coppery tone / borderline mahogany while yielding a thin, short lived head; no real lacing to speak of. really just a slightly above average looking brew, and that might even be generous. the nose, however, is fantastic. bourbon is the runaway headliner of this show, followed by notes of caramel, brown sugar, some dark fruit-like characters and and a noticeable though not overbearing presence of alcohol. really nice.

wow, huge bourbon presence translates to the flavor. much boozier than the aroma indicated; it's almost as if the bourbon was added directly to the beer. the caramel, brown sugar and dark fruits are all evident, along with a touch of vanilla. gets better as it warm, the one big drawback here is the booze. medium-full on the palate with adequate carbonation.

overall it's a definite winner. while not flawless, it's a stellar beer, just really tasty. i also enjoy a good bourbon wallop, so admittedly i may be a bit biased here. probably among the last high profile barrel aged beers you can still pick up a four pack of outside of the first two hours it hits the shelves... for now.

(originally reviewed: 09-18-2011)

BostonHops, Jun 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

majaqua, Jun 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

belgianfiend, Jun 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

whallgren, Jun 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Mosley1212, Jun 17, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

Falcone, Jun 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

dtx00, Jun 11, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

salvy31, Jun 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

kennethkearns, Jun 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

HopsJunkiedotcom, Jun 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

jrfehon33, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of timobkg
4.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Chimay glass.

Appearance is a very dark red, like a dark mahogany table at night, with a thin but appropriate head.

Aroma is a unique mix of bourbon and coconut rum, warm and inviting.

The taste is rich, sweet, and smooth, with flavors of mellow bourbon, caramel, and coconut rum. The alcohol is very well hidden, so it tastes smooth and not at all boozy.

Overall, it is an amazing bourbon beer, rich and luxurious. I like my bourbon beers heavy on the bourbon flavor, and this delivers in spades. It's great with BBQ, as an after dinner drink, or really anytime. It's one of the best beers I've had.

timobkg, Jun 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

bpgpitt10, Jun 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

vrbulldog22, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours mahogany with ruby red highlights and a beige head.

Smells of oak, bourbon, caramel, vanilla, burnt sugar, slight floral bouquet with a little herb bitterness. Very fragrant with lots of earthy undertones.

Big creamy mouthfeel with a smoothness that is surprising. Notes of bourbon & caramel are balanced by an herbal bitterness & an oak dryness. The vanilla comes across as sweet & bitter. At times it reminds one of Creme Brulee or Bananas Foster. This is one big bad easy sipping smooth as hell beer that is full of flavor.

Chickenhawk9932, Jun 02, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +1.6%

beergorrilla, Jun 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

kevin7912, May 31, 2012
Photo of mattsander
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy deep mahogany, light carbonation and a thin beige colored head.

S: Monster vanilla bourbon, buttery scotch toffee, some fruitiness in the background. All about the barrel here.

T: I can't believe how smooth this is for a beer of this strength. Lots of bourbon and oak with a caramel backbone. Diacetyl enhances this experience. Absolutely no presence of booze.

M: Pretty thin body for this gravity, carbonation is weak.

Awesome beer focused largely on the barrel. I'd buy as much of this as is available.

mattsander, May 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Brutesling57, May 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

rtaps, May 28, 2012
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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