Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company
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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
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
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
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
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
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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