Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,467 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,467
Reviews: 1,538
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 773
Gots: 2,129 | 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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4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: hazy mahogany. A thin off white head. Thick lacing for a 10+%.
Smell: sweet caramel. Smoky Bourbon. The nice out of the fridge and gets better and better as it warms.
Taste: As great as the nose. Full and malty with an a nice Scotch like edge to balance. Strangely mellow.
Overall: awesome. Founder's big beers are simply works of art. A creative, great brewery on top of their game.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage bottle from imonhiatus poured into a CBS snifter, also from imonhiatus on 8/8/12.

Pour: A muddy amber with barely a finger of tan head. Recedes to a rim, no lacing.

Smell: Bourbon vanilla, leather, caramel, burnt brown sugar. Booze

Taste: Strong bourbon, leather, caramel. Some smokey malt. A little bit of chewy raison as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Chewy with a little bit of heat. Nice carbonation.

Overall: Pretty darn good, but I liked the fresh I've had on tap better

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Reddish Dark Brown with 1 finger head.

S: Bourbon, caramel, booze, sugar

T: Bourbon, oak, vanilla, malt. Very sweet (perhaps too sugary for me). Quite boozy as well.

M: You can feel the alcohol burn (but it's a 10.2% abv beer), medium thickness, but it's quite syrupy.

O: Another solid brew from Founders.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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

2011 vintage 12 oz. bottle fairly hard poured into a Founders Brewing Company snifter.

Pours a dark amber with a two finger beige head. Good retention and noticeable lacing as the head recedes. A lot of bourbon on the nose with oak and toffee. Opens with a shot of bourbon, toffee, vanilla, and rich caramel maltiness. The mouthfeel is amazingly creamy, perfect carbonation, and frankly feels like velvet. A truly amazing brew that sets the standard for barrel-aged scotch ales.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in an (almost) in person trade with a Facebook Beerbuddy called Jeremy Adams. I shipped some Westvleteren beers to his hotel where he stayed in Germany and he left there some nice beers for me to pick up.

This bottle was a real treat, very surprising to say the least.

Poured in my Struise glass this is a very fine looking beer. Deepdeepdarkred to brown fluid with a very nice thick head.

Very nice smell with chocolate but not too much. Hints of whiskey.

Taste is very soft and creamy. This is a hell of beer which makes you very happy while drinking it. The alcohol is well hidden.

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 6,467 ratings.