Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,483 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,483
Reviews: 1,542
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 774
Gots: 2,137 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle, reviewed in 2012

A: Cloudy mahogany color, barely any head, no lacing

S: Sweet wood, caramel, toffee, raisins, figs

T: Sweet malts, woody/oaky notes, raisins, toffee, caramel, finishes with more sweet oak on the back

M: Medium-light viscosity, light carbonation, small hint of booze

O: This was fantastic with two years on it, would be interested in trying one fresh. Would definitely get this again

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of reto21
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Gorgeous deep red pour, with a surprisingly light brown head. Great looking beer. Lacing is solid.

S - Absolutely one of the best smelling beers out there. It's a home-run of aromas. Huge bourbon notes, big maltiness, hops are present but take a bit of a back seat. Vanilla and woody notes from the barrel are the stars.

T - Big bourbon notes with a great base malt flavor. This really is a great beer. The notes I get are closer to BCBS than KBS, which is pretty interesting. What can I say? Bourbon, malt, vanilla and wood. Perfect.

M - Perfect thickness for the style and coats very nicely. Carbonation is perfect.

O - Just outstanding. I love this beer. my new favorite founders beer, tho i am going to crack CBS next week

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized founders snifter... gotta represent.

A: Little head remains whispy. A darkish reddish brown. The color is really perfect: being dark enough to see through but still looks very impressive.

S: Alcohol, molasses, a sweetness, rather overpowered by alcohol.

T: A nice sweetness both from the alcohol and a more sugary sweetness. Vanilla, molasses, woody, oak. The finish is seriously the best part with a kick of alcohol that is smooth and doesn't burn then fades into a heavy woody bourbon note.

M: Carbonation hits a little much as with the alcohol but the balance is very nice. Goes down smooth.

Overall for being such a heavy powerful beer the balance is great. I had another wee heavy ale during a tasting the other day and I couldn't handle it with the alcohol being too powerful. This founders brew was expertly balanced and dangerously easy to drink. A must try.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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

Finally getting the chance to try this highly sought after brew! Bottled on 9/28/12 and quickly pouring into my surly snifter

A- backwoods pours a stunning orange copper color that molds into an opaque body. The aggressive pour produced a thick head of cake batter frosting that invites an armor like attachment to the sides of the glass. A perfect combination of appearance attributes

S- a whiff of bourbon compiles with sweet malty undertone of caramel and oak chips. While the bourbon is precise and pungent... The vanilla scents are still flowing through

T- massive sweet butterscotch hovers over the oak bourbon component allowing for some brown sugar and sweet caramel to emerge. While the alcohol is definitely there, it doesnt obstruct the superb flavor profile of butterscotch and heightened caramel flavors

M- smoooth flavors of caramel candy coate the palate leaving an impressive feel

O- absolutely a masterpiece in terms of a bourbon aged scotch ale. Backwoods has drinkability that wants to shatter the sipping component that you need follow. So delicious fresh, I can only imagine how it tastes after a little time down

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Brewed in 2011. Pours a very deep copper-orange color, very cloudy, very hazy, and very heavy looking. Almost no noticeable carbonation and practically no head formation, even after a vigorous pour. The aroma is full of vanilla, bourbon, and burnt oak chips. The mouth contains a heavy dose of bourbon, vanilla, and caramel malt up front. The background contains a bit of sweetness, and I'm really tasting a faint cherry flavor, which goes well with the heavy vanilla. There's also a slightly buttery and bready aftertaste. No noticeable "hop" bitterness but the bourbon provides the sought after "bite" on the tongue. The body is thick and chewy and leaves the mouth quite sticky.

Overall, a very good bourbon forward beer that must be sipped slowly. The alcohol is heavy but soothing and warm, rather than harsh and abrasive. Founder's can do no wrong.

EDIT: had a bottle from 2010. Bourbon notes are more mellow, much heavier on the vanilla and oak accents. Much to my surprise, this one had more carbonation. Once again, awesome brew.

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3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage bottle. This was part of a Founders 4-pack I traded with PaulMcConnell (outstanding BA!). He claimed this was his favorite of the lot, no mean feat knowing the other beers were KBS, FBS and Devil Dancer!

A: Pours a lush, dark brown with a thin tan head. It looks like it's gonna be a big beer. And oh boy, it is. It ever so is.

S: Oak, bourbon, butterscotch candies.

T: Dark sugar, oak, butterscotch, caramel, subtle bitterness, bourbon boozy warmth. Delicious.

M: Coating, sticky, warm as it slides down. Boozy, but not hot.

O: A beautiful strong scotch ale, warm and comforting. Sweet, but nowhere near clawing. Very balanced and a perfect introduction to the style. Packed full of flavour, but not extreme. That seems to be Founders in a nutshell. Great stuff!

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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