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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,651 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,651
Reviews: 1,581
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 806
Gots: 2,261 | FT: 210
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CortexBomb on 01-30-2007

"Wee Heavy", cave aged in oak bourbon barrels.
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Photo of nicnut45
3.66/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation 12 oz bottle warmed up a bit and poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.
(Not the best glass I know). bottled 10/05/12

A-Pours a deep brown with a reddish tinge to it. Practically no head.

S-Powerful Bourbon goodness upon first whiff. Following whiffs pull forth toffee, burnt marshmallow, carmelized brown sugar. This beer has such a sweet smell, almost a stinging sensation on the nose.

T&MF-Bourbon comes on hard at first sip and fades quickly giving way to an alcoholic dryness. Leaves a dry sweetness on the toungue. I hate to say this but it has a sucralose like sweetness to it. Amidst the bourbon burn, there is some pepper and a very faint cherry sweetness going on. Major cardboard oxidative flavors on the way down followed by a nice burn in the gullet.

O-This is way too hot and needs to be laid down for at least 4 months. Its a mess to tell you the truth. This may be very nice when the bourbon cools off a bit. And I truly hope I was not tasting sucralose.

Photo of jonbeer89
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Andrew61923
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Portsmouth tulip. Sat out at room temperature for 20 minutes before reviewing.

A: A dark reddish brown with a small off-white head that quickly dissipates into a small halo along the glass' edge. Leaves some lacing.

S: Bourbon heavy with a lot of sweetness coming through. Picking up some notes of vanilla and a little bit of cocoa if I'm not mistaken. A big fan of this, even more so as I sniff on it more. Some dark fruit and tobacco coming out as well.

T: Definitely get the bourbon up front, which quickly coats the tongue before fading away to the dark fruit and tobacco I got from the nose. The taste lingers a relatively short while, especially in comparison to what I expected. Some nice malt flavor at the end. Definitely going to savor this.

M: A lot thicker than I expected, especially for the style. Does a good job of coating the tongue and palette. Some alcohol heat at the end, but in an enjoyable way. The barrel is definitely establishing its authority here.

O: I'm really glad I cracked this tonight. Looking for a beer to slowly sip and enjoy, I'm looking forward to seeing how this one warms up. Also happy I have three more bottles to sit on. I'll likely drink two soon since I'm liking where it is right now, but will be interested to see how it ages.

Photo of mychalg9
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of flip7
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of AndrewMichael
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Wolfpack2005
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured into my DFH snifter with about .5 finger head that didn't last very long. Dark brown/amber in color .

S-Picking up a pleasant mixture of scents, mainly dominated by vanilla, oak, and whiskey. Also subtle hints of caramelized sugars and alcohol.

T-A nice sweet malt flavor opens up the taste buds for the strong bourbon flavor that balances the maltiness perfectly. Also tasting notes of dark fruit, vanilla, and oak.

M-Very smooth, medium body with mild carbonation.

O-An excellent beer one that I will get on an annual basis. Not usually a fan of the scotch ales, but the bourbon/oak in this one balances out the sweetness perfectly.

Photo of ScaryEd
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of tuckerlikesbeer
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of adamette
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that I bought at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio a few days ago for $3.75 into a clean, clear glass. In fact, it is my Voodoo Brewery pint glass. "BOTTLED 10/05/12" stamped on the neck of the bottle.

A Dark mohagany body that lets lots of light through under a light brown creamy but thin and brief head. I poured vigorously about one half way through and still the head lasted only 15 seconds. I like the look. I suppose the high ABV is chasing that head away! 3.5

S Sweet nectar of barley malt and a strong sense of Bourbon. Very little to no hops to my nose despite the "50 IBU's" mentioned on the neck label. I really like this smell but I must admit it is due at least in part to the strong, seductive bourbon scent. Repeated sniffs to write this review are making me really want to try it! 4.5

T Bourbon hits me first. In the distant last one third of the taste there is the sweet barley malt. Maybe trailing off in the distance is some minor hops bitterness but believe me, it is almost completely eclipsed by the wonderful nectar goodness of bourbon. For those who have had KBS but not this one, imagine a KBS without the nearly burnt roast malt tastes, replaced by a huge, sweet, moderately roasted malt. The taste of this beer is really big, reminds me in a certain way of a spoonful of caramel, the kind that you might put on ice cream. In fact, I wish I had a scoop of fresh vanilla right now! 4.5

M Big, full, syrupy goodness. The syrupy stickiness lingers on my tongue for a while after my last sip. 5.0

D/O Drinkability not that high since it is such a big beer and overall this is a really great version of the style. There are many in this style that are big, huge beers. The bourbon here helps to make it more accessible and easier drinking. In short, it really helps the style for me. 4.0

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of mscudder
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served into a snifter.

A - Pours a deep brown with a hint of amber. Two-finger light-khaki head. Retention is superb and leaves some lacing behind.

S - Big caramelized sugar, lots and lots of bourbon booze, vanilla and a touch of oak.

T - Sugars hit the tongue, followed by bourbon and wood. Sugars seem to be from some dark fruit, although nothing near the potency of a Belgian. As the beer warms, the booze takes the backseat, simply adding a subtle touch of heat throughout.

M - Warm throughout. Medium-plus body with fair carbonation.

O - This is a good beer that not many others mimic. The craftsmanship is noted and I look forward to grabbing a 4-pack each year.

Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear tawny amber hue with about a half finger of off white head. Really sweet creamy nose. Oak, vanilla, touch of smoke, rich toffee molasses and caramel. Touches of anise and rum soaked raisins.

Wow, incredibly smooth. Like sucking down a rum raisin butterscotch sunday with toffee bits. Creamy rich vanilla oakiness throughout, caramel toffee and smoke, faint dark fruit. So smooth and so big on flavor but it seems so subtle at the same time. Alcohol heat is barely there. Simply put this is an amazing brew with incredible smoothness and a faint lingering sweetness. Balance is almost impeccable.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing a bottle with me.

A - dark amber with a soft, off white head leaving a thin lacing

S - big bourbon aromas, some fruit, caramel

T - caramel, huge bourbon flavors, alcohol, dark fruit

M - warm, medium to full bodied, well carbonated

This is a decent beer. It's a bit simple, but it's good. The bourbon is a bit heavy and the underlying scotch ale at times seems to struggle with it. On the whole, this is a very nice beer that is worth trying.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of Optifron
4.79/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyued 11/18/2012 during Founders day at Crane Alley in Urbana, IL

Appearance: Dark rust colored. A little hazy. Creamy tan head.

Aroma: Bourbon, wood, bit of vanilla. Malt hiding in there.

Taste: Good god. Amazing. Huge hit of vanilla. Mellow bourbon and wood added to thick malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly velvety, smooth and sweet. Very little carbonation.

Overall: Just amazing BA scotch ale. Leaves me pretty warm in the throat.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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