Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

6,467 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 6,467
Reviews: 1,538
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 773
Gots: 2,129 | FT: 193
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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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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2/5  rDev -53.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of AJacob81
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap into a tulip 11.13.12 @ Jak's Tap in da West Loop. From notes.

A - mahogany brown, deep amber highlights w a creamy off white head of 1 finger. great legs, patchy lacing.

S - big oaky bourbon straight away, brown sugar and vanilla in after. peat and a hint of smoke just detectable underneath it all. As usual for Founders, a top-notch bouquet.

T - closely follows the nose w brown sugar and peat more enhanced. alcohol heat picks up as beer warms but smooth port, sherry, rum-soaked raisins and melted butter as well. finish is lingering and caramel sweet but not cloying.

M - medium body, medium carbonation. smooth, dangerously easy drinking.

Worth the hype, but I really wish this was easier to get in bottles.

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1/5  rDev -77%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of nataku00
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, about a year old, poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a murky dark brown with some reds at the edges. No head on the pour, and lots of alcohol legs.

Nose is caramel, toffee, red berry, molasses, brown sugar, milk chocolate, vanilla, and a light barrel woodiness.

Taste follows the nose, nice caramel and toffee upfront, then some cherry and red berry as it warms. Barrel and bourbon notes on the swallow, vanilla, oak, light earthiness. More milk chocolate as the beer warms.

Medium full body with mild carbonation, more than I thought a high abv beer would have but doesn't take away from the experience. Alcohol is well hidden, but a bit of warmth after swallowing.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A dark brown with no clarity, head, or lace. Just dark!

S - Ok, sweetness, and bourbon. Bourbon dominates. Toffee, brown sugar.

T - Very sweet! Lots of sugar, toffee, caramel, and finishes with a huge burst of bourbon, from the aging process. Amazingly smooth for a bourbon barrel agad beer.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, lightly carbonated.

O - The best Bourbon barrel aged brew I have had. And I have not had many that I have enjoyed. This one is actually smooth and balanced. Good stuff!

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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2/5  rDev -53.9%

Photo of Roose13
3.58/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: A light brownish red, kinda like the Dirty Bastard. No head at all.

S: Vanilla, oak, wood, sugar. It really smells like a stout, which is probably due to the vanilla, wood and bourbon notes.

T: Tastes like a bourbon to me. Vanilla and wood come to mind first.

M: Medium carbonation, smooth and totally tastes like a liquor.

Overall: Really good. I have three more bottles left in the four back and thinking about letting one or two of them sit around for a while.

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 6,467 ratings.