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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,772 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,772
Reviews: 1,609
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 827
Gots: 2,361 | FT: 227
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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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4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark copper color, minimal signs of carbonation, minimal traces of lacing.

Smell: Malt, caramel, oak, vanilla.

Taste: Vanilla, oak, bourbon flavor that lingers on tongue, burnt sugar. This is absolutely amazing.

Mouthfeel: Thick, malty, burn of alcohol that stays on tongue, dry

Overall: I absolutely adore barrel aged beers, and I buy a six pack of every pack I can find. I also do a lot of home brewing and throw oak into nearly every batch. However, this surpassed anything I have purchased or made. It is worthy of the Founder's label, and I cannot recommend this highly enough to any big beer lovers.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of HarrySTruman
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours almost black, or a deep deep red when I held it up to the light. Almost no lacing and no head.

The rest of my review will be best for people who have tried Dirty Bastard, founders normal wee heavy scotch ale. This beer tastes like a smooth and creamy version of their normal Dirty Bastard. Backwoods is easy to drink, very smooth, and it does a great job of covering up the high alcohol content. The first sip and the smell reminds me of a typical wee heavy, but the finish is so easy and smooth. This stuff could be very dangerous if it was a bit cheaper. I could see myself accidentally putting down a 4-pack and blacking out.

Really a great beer. Wish it was a year round. It could have been a bit cheaper, but that's typical of my area. If it's priced correctly it sells out way too fast.

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Zach136
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep ruby red, thin head, but respectably longevity considering barrel aging and alcohol content.

Aroma/Flavor: Rich notes of bourbon, oak, dark fruit, and a touch of smoke. Palate has a touch of warming booze.

Mouthfeel: Medium+ bodied, light carbonation, silky.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, 2012 release.

A: Pours a burnt auburn with a nice off-white head.

S: Cream, light peat, caramel, plenty of bourbon and oak.

T: Some vanilla, caramel, cooked lactose over a slightly astringent bitterness. Sweet, but dries out quickly. Oaky booze peeps out mid-palate. Somewhat nutty. Tannic vanilla and some bitterness lingers.

M: Medium-bodied with slight carbonation.

O: Not mind-blowing, but pretty tasty.

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 6,772 ratings.