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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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5,337 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,337
Reviews: 1,428
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 665
Gots: 1,556 | 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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5/5  rDev +15.5%

Yvaithe, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

Riggsenater, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of BBP
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Pours a dark deep chestnut without much head, but decent lacing.

The aroma is of Bourbon and peat. Remarkably, it doesn't even suggest heat, but rather the richness of the bourbon.

The flavor is more like a bourbon than a beer. There's not nearly as much heat as I was expecting, although there definitely is some. It's more evident when the beer goes down than it is on the palate though.

I can certainly taste a lot of the regular Dirty Bastard in this, but it seems a bit heavier on the peat to stand up a bit more to the aggressive bourbon aging it received.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin, although fairly heavy. Carbonation exists but seems minimal. It goes with the whiskey theme established in the rest of the beer.

Overall, it was somewhat like I would have expected. I can't say that I was blown away by it, but it was a bit nicer than the regular DB. I can imagine that some age would enhance this, but I'd expect it to stay what it is for the most part.

I was expecting that it would be perhaps a bit richer, but I found it was about the same as DB. Surprisingly, it seems much smoother though, and that's a real accomplishment when you add Bourbon. I was expecting a lot of boldness from this, and while it didn't deliver as much boldness as I expected, it seemed to be very balanced and tastefully done.

BBP, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

wdarcy77, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

2Shaws, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

spamages, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

sampx, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of oline73
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%

A 2009 bottle poured into a sam adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, dark reddish amber with a small layer of off white head. Some lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt, dark fruit, vanilla, some warm alcohol and bourbon.

Taste: Sweet malt with some caramel and vanilla. Incredibly smooth bourbon with some brown sugar and a slight alcohol burn in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The age has done this one very well. Extremely smooth and complex. I'll definitely have this one again.

oline73, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

abaculy, Nov 21, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev -3%

thanks to G311 for this dandy. poured into my stone snifter.

a - pours a dark red mahagony (much more so red than i anticipated) with minimal head on it

s - strong smell of bourbon, vanilla, oak, brown sugar, with ... amazing!

t - definitely resembles the smell. strong bourbon taste that isn't as overwhelming as it sounds. clear malt and vanilla in there.

m - medium body and minimal carbonation that works well with this slow sipper

o - i'm really enjoying this beer - strong bourbon flavor without the heat. will definitely seek out more of these.

AshleyMiller, Nov 21, 2011
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PEIhop, Nov 21, 2011
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dpnyby, Nov 20, 2011
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mfield14, Nov 20, 2011
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Diomede, Nov 20, 2011
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 5,337 ratings.