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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,112 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,112
Reviews: 1,498
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 735
Gots: 1,943 | FT: 181
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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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Kenai4, Feb 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

gomejar, Feb 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

waiting4lunch, Feb 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

bringmetobelgium, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of RandyKemka
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

RandyKemka, Feb 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

BillHilly, Feb 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

etjoyce, Feb 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

chrispoint, Feb 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

muskiesman, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of CTAID
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

CTAID, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of JCaweinstein
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark reddish brown, seems slightly hazy. White head did not stick around for a very long time.
This smells good. I smell caramel, wood, and bourbon. Very rich aromas which are intoxicating.
Very and sweet, flavors of wood bourbon and rich malts.
This beer is very rich and smooth. It coats the mouth and warms the body as it goes down. Leaves a nice woody/sweet after taste.
It's a cold rainy night in Southwest Ohio and I can't think of another beer that would be better in this moment. I will seek this one out again next year!

JCaweinstein, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of danoeltico
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

danoeltico, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of kscaldef
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark red. Healthy pour yields less than 1/4" of head and recedes just to wisps almost immediately.

S: Heavy bourbon and bread. Surprisingly yeasty aroma. Dark fruit

T: Rich and caramelly with a healthy bourbon kick. Wood, vanilla, and a bit of toasted coconut.

M: Medium-heavy body. Rich but not heavy. Carbonation is low. Alcohol is apparent, but drinkability is still quite high.

kscaldef, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of ToasterChef
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle that's been stored in my chilly basement is poured into a pint glass.

The beer is translucent and colored a dark, dull shade of ruby. It is nearly brown. A light brown foam head rests on top. It's a thin head but it clings to the walls of the glass rather well.

There is a good amount of bourbon in the aroma. This scent compliments the peat, oak and roasted malts in the base beer. It is rounded out by s light sweetness. The bourbon may be a bit heavy, but overall its an appealing aroma.

Where the bourbon in the nose was strong, its more subtle when I taste the beer. Typical Wee Heavy flavors dominate. Toffee and plum provide some sweetness. Oak and peat are strong flavors. As I swallow, alcohol and bourbon are present, but it doesn't burn. In fact, it isn't even as warming as I expected the beer to be. Impressive.

This is a big beer with decent carbonation, but it isn't very sticky. I can feel a slight film at the corners of my mouth, but that's it for the lips. There isn't so much of a coat in my mouth, more like a memory of the flavors.

This is a well done strong Scotch ale. Aging in bourbon barrels just makes it more impressive. Highly recommended to fans of the style or bourbon barrel aging...and everyone else.

ToasterChef, Feb 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

jhimstedt, Feb 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Zachtheporter, Feb 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

GuisseppeFranco, Feb 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

jp110099, Feb 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Jesse14, Jan 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

TCJosh, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of sentomaster
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- liquid dark brown fudge with a very slight maple colored head peaking for moment before leaving sticky lace down the glass.

S- whoa, big, big nose. Fantastic bourbon, creamy vanilla, and slight dark cherries. Spicy alcohol and a bit of fruity esters lurk along with a smooth caramel sweetness.

T- this brew is unreal. Start to finish it is unreal. Smooth and seductive; complex, nuanced and epic. There's so much going on here but the impression you're left with is silky bourbon, caramel and vanilla backed by peppery alcohol and a rugged malt backbone. Dark fruits, a touch of smoke, and herbal hops interplay.

O- wow, perfection in a bottle. KBS may get the glory, but this beer is the self assured older brother.

sentomaster, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of zoolzoo
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dirty brown, raisin colored...off white cream head.

S: Sugared dried fruit accented by bourbon. Brown sugar, wafts of alcohol.

T: Excellent bourbon character as an opener, rich dark fruit mid sip. Sugar coated raisins, figs, plums. Caramel / toffee malt presence. Notes of vanilla and oak. Warming to the throat and gut, although alcohol is not overly present in the taste. A pretty good sipper if you are feeling patient, but drinkability is actually pretty good.

M: Thick in body, medium-lowish carbonation.

O: I haven't been big on Scotch Ales in the past. I really like this one though.

zoolzoo, Jan 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

time4abeer, Jan 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

senorscientist, Jan 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

declan, Jan 30, 2012
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,112 ratings.