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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,763 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,763
Reviews: 1,608
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 824
Gots: 2,358 | FT: 226
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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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4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass

Appearance- Dark red to brown in color with a thin layer of mocha head that only leaves the slightest lacing.

Smell- First thing that punches me in the nose is a bread yeast smell. Then I get large amounts of oak and bourbon.

Taste- Very nice smooth oaky flavor with a bourbon finish. My beef here is that this beer has been eatin up by the oak barrel aging. I dont get the carmel and peat flavors that are normally present in a scotch ale.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with a nice warming quality on the backend.

Overall- Very good beer but see my taste comment. Needs to keep the basics of a scotch ale in my opinion. Still the oak makes it so smooth it is insanly drinkable.

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4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Date on bottle is 9/28/12. Side note - Let this one warm up its taste come out the warmer it gets and adds significantly to it.

A - Pours out a a dark dark mahogany brown that looks clear when held up to the light. Produced a half finger yellowish head that died off relatively fast leaving only tiniest of bubbles on the sides of the glass. Not much lacing but leaves nice legs on the walls of the glass.

S - Wow lots of bourbon on the first sniff. It also has a sweet smell, some alcohol to go with the bourbon, vanilla, oak, lots of malty caramel and toffee undertones.

T - Lots of bourbon, oak, vanilla, plenty of peat, with alcohol heat in the background and a lingering bourbon flavor on the palate plus a little funkiness. Can you say sipper please. This really coats the palate with a bourbon then the heat comes in. Not a small beer by any means with a lot of complexity.

M - This is a medium bodied beer that leaves sticky residue on your lips and coats your mouth thoroughly. Carbonated really well for a beer this big which helps keep the flavors moving. Not dry at all. Slick would be a good word for this one.

O - This is one big sipper that demands your attention and is not for the faint of hearted. It definitely comes with extreme flavor and a hell of a kick. Simply amazing. I tried one when it was fresh and this slightly aged one has more pronounced bourbon notes. A must try for bourbon barrel aged beer lover. Cheers!

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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3/5  rDev -30.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders Backwoods Bastard
12 oz brown bottle
Served in an Allagash tulip glass

Pours a dark chestnut brown, opaque in appearance. A khaki colored thin ring forms on top, leaving little spots of sticky lacings behind.

The aroma is rather intense with whiffs of bourbon, vanilla and more bourbon.

A slick and chewy malt backbone is the blueprint of this beer. Caramel malt richness with additional flavors of vanilla bean, cinnamon, brown sugar and a bourbon warmth that intrigues the palate.

A true sipper and a nice selection on a chilly December evening like tonight. I'm glad the weekend is here.

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

12 oz bottle into tulip glass

A - Dark ruby brown with a wisp of a head. Nothing too interesting, but pretty appropriate for what it is.

S - When quite cold, it comes off predominantly sweet with vanilla, black cherry, cherry twizzler, almond oil, and hints of bourbon. Warming shifts the focus to the bourbon notes, but includes a caramel malt sweetness.

T - Fantastic. Notes that follow the nose, including the vanilla and black cherry with bourbon. Not much of that hint of almond oil. Sweet but lightly smokey malt backbone lingers in the finish, playing with the vanilla and bourbon. No bitterness to this at all, and only the slightest astringency for the briefest moment.

M - Medium to full in body, low carbonation, silky smooth but ever present and lingering. Really suits the message of the beer.

O - Overall a wonderful take on an already great scotch ale. The bourbon tones take over and deliver wave after wave of enjoyable flavors. This is a real winner.

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

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on December 13, 2012.

It pours an attractive looking amber-brown with a full off-white foamy, fluffy head that lingers on and on.

On the nose there are an array of sensations that make this rather complex. I get bourbon, wood, sweet caramel malts, butterscotch, dark fruit, and a little smoke.

The body is medium to bold and pretty smooth.

The taste has some punch with sweet maltiness and vanilla which quickly evolves into a biting, long lingering bitterness that coats my throat. This is an excellent take on the Wee Heavy style.

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3/5  rDev -30.9%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled ?/16/09, date is kinda scratched off. Big thank you to unibroue4ever and thesevenduffs for both getting me a bottle of this, a long time want.

Appearance. Pours a deep and murky orange-brown with a thin off-white head.

Smell. Nice. Sweet caramel, woody bourbon and some vanilla.

Taste. Wow, sweet caramel and smooth bourbon, very woody. Getting some vanilla and toasted marshmallow as well. Very little alcohol taste. Very nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body, slightly sticky and a little bit of warmth. Low carbonation.

Overall. Fantastic stuff. Really mellow, probably at least pratially from the age on it.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich red-brown hue with plenty of haze. Head is an attractive finger of frothy tan foam with a bit of an amber cast. Quite good.

Smell: very sweet aroma, to the point of a malt molasses, perhaps. Along with that is a good woody aroma from the barrel, contributing vanilla and almond-like character. Very good, although massively sweet.

Taste: sweet malt, vanilla, alcohol, more sweetness, tannic woodiness, and finally a bit of harsh bitterness at the end. The alcohol lends a bit of dark fruit character, cherry and plum, but is generally a bit on the hot side for me. I like a lot of the flavors here, but they just come together in a pretty harsh way. Good, but it lacks the smoothness I like in the style.

Mouthfeel: huge body, great carbonation, silky smooth creamy wonderful texture. The body on this thing is just massive, as the sweetness ought to indicate. Wonderful.

Overall: I know this is supposed to be a strong beer, but its strength is a little bit raw; as I said I'd prefer it a bit smoother. Still, quite a good beer.

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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  rDev -7.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear dark amber in color with some mahogany highlights and very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall beige head with some orangish highlights in it that quickly fades to a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of bourbon (from the barrel aging) with some more moderate notes of vanilla, peat smoked malts, and brown sugar/molasses.

T: Similar to the smell, the taste of this beer has a lot of bourbon from the barrel aging. There is some smoked peat malts upfront with brown sugar and molasses sweetness - just a touch of dark fruits hiding in there as well. Lighter notes of vanilla with just a touch of alcohol in the finish. Overall, the flavor is lightly sweet.

M: A little bit heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very light notes of alcohol heat in the finish.

O: Overall a very enjoyable beer and one of the best in the style that I have come across - though I might be a little biased as I really like bourbon barrel aged beers. Definitely one I will be getting again (and this is not even one of my favorite styles).

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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