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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,118 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,118
Reviews: 1,499
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 736
Gots: 1,948 | 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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4/5  rDev -7.8%

therope, Jan 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

bhir, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of LaChupacabra
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

LaChupacabra, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of emdawg
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

emdawg, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of JayAre46
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

acquired in a trade and thank you chris! pours a deep earthy brown, very murky with some deep red edges. 1 finger of a lightly browned head quickly fell to a thin layer while showing good retention. the aroma is of sweet sweet candied sugar, caramel fudge but not much of a barrel presence. the taste is among the sweetest that has ever graced my palate. follows the nose with a strong torched caramelized vanilla bean awesomeness, roasted pralines and subtle woody dryness, then the bourbon shines through with some very warming heat. considering the barrel aging there is not much of a charred character but bourbon is the dominant flavor with a touch of oak. very smooth on the palate and quite the sipper the carbonation is just enough and done right. overall what a great brew for the season. i do wish there was more of an oak or charred characteristic to help balance some of the sweetness but i can't complain. dirty bastard stands its ground well and could take the cake in comparison. all in all, this is a great beer and im very happy that i got it and have one left. once again, well done founders. (don't see this one improving with age)

JayAre46, Dec 31, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

GrabMeAnAbbey, Dec 31, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

jstewart1130, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber to brown color with a light tan head. In the aroma, oaky and bourbon smells. In the taste, bourbon, oaky, and sweet notes of vanilla. A smooth and medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a dry vanilla and bourbon like aftertaste. Like drinking bourbon, but less abrasive.

OWSLEY069, Dec 31, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

guytyping, Dec 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

jeffoatess, Dec 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

htrae2014, Dec 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

averagejake872, Dec 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

babybew, Dec 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

TCgoalie, Dec 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

ctc862, Dec 29, 2011
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of CBlack85
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JAYBLACK for this one

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a balloon glass

The beer pours a murky amber/brown color. An aggressive pour yields a small off white head that recedes quickly, leaving behind virtually no lacing.

As soon as the bottle is opened the first thing you get is the bourbon barrel aroma; lots of bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Once you get past the barrel aromas you will find a fairly sweet, caramel malt aroma.

The taste mirrors the aroma fairly closely, lots of bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel malt, maybe a hint of cherry and a slightly burnt character. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

Overall this is a very nice beer, I really like the mix of the sweet, caramelized base beer with the heavy handed character of the bourbon barrel.

CBlack85, Dec 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

OddNotion, Dec 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

havok1024, Dec 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

chase2634, Dec 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

BdubleEdubleRUN, Dec 28, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

enelson, Dec 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Grebdioz, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of geneb
1.27/5  rDev -70.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: The best part of this beer. The color is a lovely brown with hints of copper around the edges.

Smell: Like sticking your head in a bourbon barrel. I couldn't detect any malt at all.

Taste: Like being drowned in a bourbon barrel. It overpowers everything. I could not taste any malt, peat or caramel.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is thin and watery, adding to the feeling of drinking a big glass of watered down bourbon.

Overall: The bourbon is overpowering. I suspect that if you have bottles and age it for a year or two it'll taste great but it is not good fresh. I love Founder's beers and was excited to finally get to try something other than the breakfast stout. I am, however, very much disappointed. Beer should taste like beer. If I wanted a glass of bourbon, I would have purchased a glass of bourbon.

geneb, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Rostie, Dec 27, 2011
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,118 ratings.