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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

6,658 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,658
Reviews: 1,581
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 808
Gots: 2,265 | FT: 210
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:
Beer added by: CortexBomb on 01-30-2007

"Wee Heavy", cave aged in oak bourbon barrels.
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of kagent777
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I traded for this beer with SonofaLime, thanks for the hook up! This one has been waiting for me to drink since at least November of 2011, no bottled on or batch info. I poured this into my perfect pint straight from the fridge.

Appearance: A murky cherry brown with a thin film of eggshell lingering around the top.

Smell: Oak dominates with dark malty sweetness. I do not get a lot of bourbon, until...

Edit: As this warms up a bit, I am getting more bourbon in the nose.

Taste: Bourbon. I guess my nose is off tonight. Bourbon with all of it's associated flavors. Mint, vanilla, molasses. I taste some dark fruit (cherry?) as well. All of this comes together in a not so subtle package, wrapped nicely with a bow. There is some lingering general bitterness on the finish. It is nice to drink a bourbon barrel aged beer that is not a stout (even though I like those a lot), for a change.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is appropriately low making for a smooth thickish beer. Many flavors dance jigs on your tongue.

Overall: This maybe one of the easier bourbon barrel aged beers to drink.The flavors stand right out in front. I would love this on tap, or to try a very (3-4 year) old bottle. I would trade for this again.

Photo of YalovaIA
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of JonIrabagon
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 bottle pulled from the cellar. Had it fresh, too hot to review properly. Here's hoping age helps.

Appearance: Almost no carbonation on a muddy brown beer. Head is off-white, minimal, and drops to a super-thin collar. No cap, no lacing. Very still.

Smell: Huge punches of vanilla, oak, booze soaked wood, straight bourbon, toffee, and biscuity malts. Faintly smoky. Caramel sweetness rounds out the back. Sharp bite of alcohol. Bourbon is pronounced, but has faded a touch over the 2 year sit. Hits to peated scotch. Vaguely roast. Sweet, bready. Still heavy on the bourbon and the wood.

Taste: Bourbon, chewy caramel malts. Deeply caramelized sugars. Bready, biscuits, sharp bites of alcohol. Vanilla, toffee, caramel candy, even some brown sugar. Nice balance of oak. Incredibly malty. Minor peat in the back. Vaguely smoky. Drinks closer to scotch than bourbon. Balance is far greater after some age. Some fruitiness as well. Mainly plum and apple. Slow alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth medium body. Almost no carbonation. Dry burn on the back. Clean finish overall.

Overall: Fresh it's a big, hot mess. Aged, it's got nice balance and depth. Not stellar, but not bad either. Being forced to put age on in order to make it drinkable hurt it a bit in the long run.

A serious sipper even with age. Smooth, big, and boozy. Drink it fresh and you'll feel like you just took a dozen shots of iffy whiskey. Drink it aged.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of devilben02
3.54/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle, this beer has a dense, dark, and cloudy chestnut brown color with a crimson-tinged halo around the edges. The aroma is intensely woody, giving an impression of being in a pine forest at dusk after a storm. There is also a mild, fruity, cherry-like sweetness that wafts out from under the wood. The flavor is similarly rustic, with notes of charred wood and dark caramel, but any nuance to the flavor profile is difficult to appreciate under a substantial alcohol heat. Overall, though, despite some identifiable faults, the total experience with this beer is still satisfying.

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of jtd1969
4.82/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark Brown, hazy with some redness tint. Good Lacing on the glass.

S - Bourbon on the nose and with some caramel and sweet

T - Bourbon notes through out with caramel and vanilla, toffee, molasses. Delicious.

M - Very smooth. Low carbonation, but perfect for beer. Alcohol was hidden for the most part. It was medium to full bodied.

O - Was so delighted I was able to enjoy this beer. The bourbon was there but did not overpower this beer. I recommend this beer.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 6,658 ratings.