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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,864 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,864
Reviews: 1,623
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 845
Gots: 2,415 | FT: 229
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:
Beer added by: CortexBomb on 01-30-2007

"Wee Heavy", cave aged in oak bourbon barrels.
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Ratings: 6,864 | Reviews: 1,623
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$4 single from Abe's.

Red amber body, little clarity, with a minimal head that rapidly decayed into an oil slick.

Aroma is sweet malt, bourbon and vanilla. Big and powerful. Inviting and frightening at he same time.

Taste is big sweet malt with plenty of depth. Then the bourbon with notes of vanilla. Just not as big as I was expecting.

Rich medium mouthfeel.

A malt lover's dream.

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4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Founders has perfected bourbon barrel aging and with this beer they proved it once again. Now, what is different here is that it's truly unique to have a non stout/dark beer pull off such a smooth tasty flavor with such a high ABV. Once you crack the bottle the smell of malt and bourbon overwhelm and you know you're in for a very different experience. The taste of the base Dirty Bastard is present and it meshes extremely well with the sweet malt and bourbon to create a top notch smooth scotch ale. Overall, it's a must have and one of the best beers Founders has created.

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4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Thanks, cvm4.

A: Apricot amber. Not much head or lacing.

S: The barrel aged bourbon comes rumbling through. Strong and inviting.

T: Whoa! Bourbon rich with vanilla and caramel. A biting good finish. Alcohol seeps in with a 10.2 buzz. Sweet, robust. Reminds me of a Red Brick 17th Anniversary.

M: Light with low carbonation.

O: A fabulous sipper. One to celebrate with. Slow down and taste the burn.

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice bright clear amber red color with a small short lived frothy head.

Very definite bourbon aroma with hints of oak, plums, and caramel.

The taste is dominated by bourbon and caramel malt with hints of plum and vanilla, lots of alcohol warmth in the finish, very rich and pleasant.

Moderately heavy body, very smooth mouth feel goes perfectly with the taste and aroma.

Overall, another excellent brew from founders, very enjoyable, especially for colder weather.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter. Bottled on 10/5/12.

Appearance: Deep, dark ruby with a thin off-white head dissipating quickly. Leaves a very light lacing.

Smell: Bourbon. Followed by some more bourbon. Caramel, vanilla, oak. more bourbon, raisin. This beer really captures a great bourbon aroma without ever seeming boozy, which is fairly difficult to accomplish. Smells phenomenal (if you like bourbon, of course).

Taste: Bourbon up front (no surprise there), with a pretty strong vanilla flavor along with caramel, oak, and a hint of dark fruit. Alcohol heat is much more apparent here than in the aroma, but never gets overly boozy.. Given the style and the strong bourbon presence throughout, I'd say this is more of a positive than a drawback. RIch, complex flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Relatively thin in body as far as scotch ales go (and particularly the barrel-aged variety), but exceptionally smooth. Although I generally prefer thicker scotch ales, the thinner body on this actually works brilliantly - it really captures the feel of bourbon, which is the dominating theme.

Overall: This is what I would call a bourbon lover's beer. It's excellent - another fine example of Founders' skill with barrels.

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4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 9/28/12 poured into a tulip

A- pours a dark brown, nearly but not quite opaque. Small light tan head that reduces to skim the top, leaving a ring if lace.

S- bourbon notes jump out right off with the oaky characteristics common to bourbon. Some caramel and dark fruity fig, finishes with some sweet vanilla.

T- sweet and malty up front with notes of bourbon and vanilla oak. It then transitions into one of the most authentic caramel tastes that I've ever tried in a beer. Pure and smooth, follows with some dark fig notes and finishes sweet with just a bit more bourbon.

M- heavy body, but not syrupy like I was expecting, moderate carbonation with a slightly creamy-yet-somewhat slick mouthfeel and finish. A little bit of heat warms you up on the finish.

O- it took me a while to get ahold of some of these and I wasn't dissapointed. The caramel notes in this were amazing, I can't wait to put a few of these away for a few years and see how they age.

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

Copied from 11/12/2012 review

12oz bottle pored into brandy sniftener

A-deep amber h brown. Pours with a tiny head that quickly disappears.
S- Dark fruit, oak, some bourbon
T- I get a hit of van ilia and dark dried fruit that makes way to a sweet oak finish.
M- a good thickness to it, given the appearance.
O- this is really smooth for the abv. It's quite sweet and I get the bourbon mostly in the finish. I'm not a huge scotch ale fan, but I love bourbon, and this did not disappoint. I pulled it out of the fridge but as it warmed it got even better. Definitely worth picking up a bottle (even though many stores limit it to buying one oz bottle near me).

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into large tulip. Small, non lasting head that ended as a ring around the surface. The color is beautiful...very deep red, bright and clear. Aroma is of oak tones, earthiness, and wonderful bourbon. The flavor is amazing. No bitterness, a little underlying sweetness, great woody flavors, strong bourbon but not overpowering, maybe a hint of good scotch too. Clean on the palate with a lingering bit of alcohol and bourbon sweetness. Great stuff. This here is sippin' beer...really enjoyable and even better as it warmed. Unfortunately only found one lonely bottle...bummer!

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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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