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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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5,972 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,972
Reviews: 1,481
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 729
Gots: 1,872 | FT: 171
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I used to think that Founders Dirty Bastard was the best Scotch Ale I had ever had until I tried Backwoods Bastard. This is by far the best Scotch Ale I have ever had and is 10x better then its little brother.

Do not let this fairly limited seasonal beer slip through your fingers another year.

kjlued, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

ryancorn, Nov 25, 2011
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3/5  rDev -30.9%

deapokid, Nov 25, 2011
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2/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

After trying (and loving) Founder's Dirty Bastard, I decided to give this beer a try, given that it's basically a Dirty Bastard aged in bourbon barrels. I bought this beer wanting to like it, but I wound up disliking it. Here's why:

A: The appearance is the best thing about this beer. It appears opaque, but upon holding it up to a light one can make out a faint, light, ruby-colored hue on the edges. The center is still dark, however.

S: The vanilla and molasses are overpowering (emphasis on overpowering). I don't mind hints of vanilla in my beer (or molasses, for that matter), but I certainly don't want it to wreak of vanilla beans. And, rather than compliment the vanilla, the molasses winds up producing a sickly-smelling sweetness that can only be equated to old cough syrup.

T: Yes, bourbon is clearly present. Therefore, it's reasonable that the beer should taste of oak and vanilla. However, the flavors are not balanced well, and, rather than compliment the Scottish ale, the vanilla and oak (i.e., the bourbon) wind up totally masking the presence of good beer. The alcohol content - which is quite heavy - also takes away from the ale's original flavor. I like Dirty Bastard far more than this beer.

M: The mouthfeel is OK. The excess sugars give the beer a syrupy composition that lies heavily on the tongue, but the taste was so bad that I just wanted to gulp the beer down and be done with it.

O: I would avoid it, but a lot of people like this beer. I would just recommend getting bourbon, since the bourbon in this beer is so overpowering that it hinders much of the ale-taste found in Dirty Bastard.

leantom, Nov 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

daleyke, Nov 25, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Ruby in color with a one-inch tan head. Head settles quickly. Lacing is sparse, thin, and patchy.

S: Lots of oak, bourbon, and vanilla. Chewy caramel and bready malt undertones. Fruity notes of plum, fig, and currant.

T: Very bready and malty at the outset. Touch of caramel and lots of cocoa powder. Barrel flavors envelope the tongue like a warm blanket: toasty oak, vanilla, bourbon. More caramel and a hint of chocolate. Light touch of smoke is barely perceptible. Subtle fruity flavors of dates and figs. Finishes sweet with tastes of powdery chocolate and bourbon.

M: Thick, very chewy and viscous. Almost no carbonation. Soothing warmth from the alcohol. Great.

O: Excellent. A top-notch sipper, perfect for a cold winter night.

Notes: Perfect mouthfeel, good barrel aging. Hot, but not overly so. Maintains a great balance of beer and barrel.

ryan1788a5, Nov 25, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one beautiful brew! Pours from the bottle a dark brown/dark red color with just a small amount of particulate suspended in the beer- clearly aged in barrels. Lightly carbonated.

Taste is unmistakable- heavy bourbon characters with charred oak in the background. Not a scent of hops to be found! No malt either- this is just 100% whiskey and barrel aging!

Initially the beer had a very bourbon taste to it, but as it warmed the flavor quickly blended with scotch ale characters- warm malty alcohol with oak finish. Major flavors include butterscotch, vanilla, and toasted toffee. Perfect carbonation. Lingering after taste is malty. Well balanced.

Found this beer by accident. Will not miss it ever again. If you like whiskey, this beer is damn near close to perfect.

Cheers, and Happy Thanksgiving!

bitterbeerguy, Nov 24, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - While initially looking opaque, holding it up to a light it lets some through as a gorgeous dark ruby. Lacing and retention are existent but minimal.

S - Bourbon and vanilla dominate the aroma, mixing together wonderfully. After several seconds of this combination some alcohol heat also slips through.

T - Such a great taste. The palate is rich and yet retains a simplicity and lightness that keep it from being sticky or thick. Bourbon dominates from start to finish, with both the sweetness of the bourbon and the wooden notes of the barrel being identifiable all throughout. Mixed in are earthy spices, vanilla, and a subtle amunt of buttermilk. The alcohol peeks through now and again, but is very contained and only augments this great palate.

M - Smooth, with a medium body and low carbonation. Finish is smooth and wet without leaving a stickiness behind. Nice and balanced.

O - Very solid drink, I'm curious how the flavours will develop with some age on it. Definitely a solid performer, as per Founders' usual.

StarshipPoopers, Nov 23, 2011
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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,972 ratings.