Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,461
Reviews: 1,537
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 773
Gots: 2,122 | 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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4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this beer several times, but apparently I've never reviewed it. Oh, well...

A: Dark, dark chestnut brown, but still fairly translucent when held up to the light. Forms a moderate off-white colored head that fades to a big-bubbled ring around the edge. Leaves some minimal lacing.

S: Caramel malts, toffee, molasses, and burnt sugar. Restrained bourbon barrel aroma, with notes of oak and vanilla.

T: Starts off creamy smooth. Caramel malt, sweet toffee, oak, vanilla, candied pecans and brown sugar. Then there are the bourbon notes, with a mild bit of alcohol.

M: Medium to heavy bodied, but exceptionally smooth and velvety in the mouth. Lower carbonation. Mild, slightly tannic, bitterness. A bit of alcohol warms up the palate.

O: Well, the fact I've had this beer before, but have never bothered to review it is a testament to its quality. It is a very good beer; a big beer, but one that is not at all overdone: well balanced with the brewer showing some restraint on the bourbon barrel aging.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz poured into a snifter
2012 vintage

A- Pours extremely dark opaque brown black. Some red around the edges. Almost no head but the head was a faded tan color.

S- Bourbon, and more bourbon. A lot of vanilla, oak, caramel. A very bold and strong smelling brew. A slight roasted malt and alcohol.

T- The first thing I notice is a massive vanilla flavor. The beer then sweeps over with a strong bourbon flavor. There is lot of oak, some char flavors, and sour mash. The malt profile of the beer is mostly caramel, big on the caramel. There is also a slight dark fruit that reminds you this is a scotch ale.

M- Smooth as they come. Kind of hot but it doesn't bother me in the slightest. A sipper and great one.

O- This is fantastic. Wee Heavy in bourbon barrels... Why is this not more common? This is well made and delicious. I cant wait to see what happens to this beer with a little time.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 2012 vintage

A: Pours a dark, amber, toffee color with translucency topped off by a half finger off-white colored head. Leaves nice lacing down the glass as I drink.

S: This is where this beer shines. Very pronounced oaky, vanilla bourbon aroma. There is a very subtle smokiness there from the scotch but this is almost all bourbon. I almost don't want to drink this beer because I don't know if it can live up to this aroma.

T: The taste does not live up to the aroma's hype. Malty-syrupy sweetness at the beginning of the sip with an astringent bitter finish.

M: Moderate carbonation with a dry finish. The alcohol swirls up nicely into the nasal passages and then warms comfortably in my stomach.

O: This is a great beer. I could just sit an enjoy the aroma alone but drinking it is so much fun.

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4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a deep red amber with an off white/tan head with good retention
S-oak, vanilla, caramel
T-More oak and vanilla, leads into a sweet caramel taste with more oak in the finish
M-medium-full, pretty heavy brew but hides the abv pretty well
O-great complex flavor. Definitely a sipping beer but well put together

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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