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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,301 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,301
Reviews: 1,426
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 662
Gots: 1,550 | 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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bacher468

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.6%

11-19-2011 12:46:43 | More by bacher468
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +3.2%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a snifter glass. 2011 Bottle.

Appearance: Dark and very cloudy amber ruby red with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of off white head that quickly fades into a small thin patch. Lacing is fairly light.

Smell: Upfront are some lightly roasted caramel and toffee malts with lots of brown sugar and molasses. Some big hints of bourbon, wood, oak chips, and vanilla. Also has a fruity cherry like sour presence that reminds me of a sour ale. Alcohol is pretty noticeable. Pretty complex.

Taste: Starts out with a big taste of bourbon and wood. Then things get pretty sweet. Lots of caramel and toffee malts with a huge presence of brown sugar and molasses. Some hints of vanilla and oak chips. Also some hints of dark fruits with notes of dark cherries, plums, and figs. Big presence of maple syrup and some butter. Very complex and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a lower level of carbonation. Very chewy, sticky, and syrupy but still pretty smooth. Definitely a slow sipper. Alcohol heat is somewhat noticeable but masked by the complex mix of flavors.

Overall: Quite a huge and complex brew. The flavors complement each other very well. It will be be interesting to see how this ages.

11-19-2011 08:33:25 | More by MattyG85
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johnhenryconway


4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

11-19-2011 07:23:50 | More by johnhenryconway
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karatebartender

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +15.5%

11-19-2011 06:20:04 | More by karatebartender
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GBRunner24

Michigan

5/5  rDev +15.5%

11-19-2011 06:01:54 | More by GBRunner24
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Arvo

Michigan

5/5  rDev +15.5%

11-19-2011 04:39:07 | More by Arvo
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brandoman63

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.6%

11-19-2011 04:26:07 | More by brandoman63
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blackcompg

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -18.5%

Poured from their 12oz bottle, bottled 10/13/11, about 5 weeks old, here we go...

Appearance - Poured about half a finger of tan head which quickly dissipated. Color is a deep hazy red amber.

Smell - Brown sugar, hints of vanilla, oak, and bourbon.

Taste - Whoah, there's no hidden alcohol here whatsoever. The oaked bourbon is right up front, and lasts throughout the sip. There is a somewhat sweet brown sugar/toffee backbone, with vanilla and drying oak asserting themselves in the finish, along with lingering bourbon heat.

Mouthfeel - Carb is quite low in this, adds tingle at the sides n back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium, starts to coat the mouth but is then cut by the bourbon-like alcohol.

Overall - This is truly like sipping a glass of bourbon, I'm nearly tempted to throw some ice in a rocks glass and pour a few fingers to sip! This is not a bad thing really, the flavors are actually very well balanced, but the bourbon and alcohol are the main acts here.

11-19-2011 04:15:16 | More by blackcompg
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dlello2

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -4.6%

A - Awesome caramel red brown. Almost zero head. Light has a hard time coming through... beer is cloudy.

S - Sweet first, then bourbon and some alcohol.

T - Very well balanced. Alcohol is lingering, somewhat disappointingly. Warmth is filling me (at 10.5% alcohol this is to be expected)... yum. Now that it's warmer bourbon is on the front of my tongue, the sweetness, then alcohol. Mouthfeel is good, smooth, I wish this had more carbonation.

O - This is the 2nd time I've had this beer. Both from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. The 1st time I thought this beer was god's gift to earth. This time it was just really good. Interested to see what the 3rd bottle brings.

11-19-2011 01:10:02 | More by dlello2
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Cerebus

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

11-19-2011 00:33:14 | More by Cerebus
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lakersfan16

Alaska

5/5  rDev +15.5%

11-18-2011 23:46:26 | More by lakersfan16
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MADhombrewer

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev -11.5%

2010 version given to me by Hopsbreath. Thanks, Jason.
12oz bottle poured into a white wine glass.

Appearance- Muddy brown. Some reddish qualities. Tan head that dissipates to a small film. Lots of suspended sediment. Very little lacing. 3.5/5

Smell- Roasted malt and caramel. Some sourness? Or is that alcohol? 3.5/5

Taste- Lots of caramel, vanilla and maple. Very sweet with a ting of alcohol and earthy bitterness in the end. 4/5

Mouthfeel- Thick and sweet. Almost port-like, but thins right at the end. 3.5/5

Overall- Good beer. I haven't had this fresh, but would assume that it is a little "brighter" than this. Maybe the hops are a little more apparent. Some bigger alcohol flavors might be there as well. 4/5

11-18-2011 23:04:48 | More by MADhombrewer
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ShaBizzle

Virginia

5/5  rDev +15.5%

11-18-2011 22:17:37 | More by ShaBizzle
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adamk1978

Indiana

5/5  rDev +15.5%

11-18-2011 22:09:26 | More by adamk1978
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amantini

Georgia

5/5  rDev +15.5%

11-18-2011 20:25:04 | More by amantini
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volta

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7.6%

11-18-2011 19:42:22 | More by volta
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jtrockchalk

Missouri

4/5  rDev -7.6%

11-18-2011 19:27:15 | More by jtrockchalk
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Hoops4life511

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +15.5%

11-18-2011 18:47:58 | More by Hoops4life511
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mrzazz

West Virginia

5/5  rDev +15.5%

11-18-2011 17:25:30 | More by mrzazz
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darklord2011

Indiana

5/5  rDev +15.5%

11-18-2011 15:38:59 | More by darklord2011
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meich75

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +15.5%

11-18-2011 12:06:13 | More by meich75
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davey

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -6.5%

Heavy pour. About an inch head that is thick and frothy. Leaves tons of lacing on the glass. Kind of suprising considering the beer is quite thin. Some bits floating around.
Lots of booze, honey, vanilla, and toffee in the nose. Really sweet and buttery.
The taste is pretty close to the smell. The booze isn't overpowering. Absolutely no hop flavor. Malt and honey.
The body is a thin and slick. Flavor dissipates quickly, leaving only a slight bourbon flavor on the back of the tongue.
I really like this beer, but it could definitely be thicker, more viscous.

11-18-2011 04:18:01 | More by davey
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mmcnaughton

Michigan

4/5  rDev -7.6%

11-18-2011 03:00:23 | More by mmcnaughton
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nanobrew

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

11-18-2011 01:28:58 | More by nanobrew
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Marti403

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

11-18-2011 00:46:17 | More by Marti403
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 5,301 ratings.