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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,855 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,855
Reviews: 1,622
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 843
Gots: 2,414 | FT: 229
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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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz poured into a snifter
2012 vintage

A- Pours extremely dark opaque brown black. Some red around the edges. Almost no head but the head was a faded tan color.

S- Bourbon, and more bourbon. A lot of vanilla, oak, caramel. A very bold and strong smelling brew. A slight roasted malt and alcohol.

T- The first thing I notice is a massive vanilla flavor. The beer then sweeps over with a strong bourbon flavor. There is lot of oak, some char flavors, and sour mash. The malt profile of the beer is mostly caramel, big on the caramel. There is also a slight dark fruit that reminds you this is a scotch ale.

M- Smooth as they come. Kind of hot but it doesn't bother me in the slightest. A sipper and great one.

O- This is fantastic. Wee Heavy in bourbon barrels... Why is this not more common? This is well made and delicious. I cant wait to see what happens to this beer with a little time.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 2012 vintage

A: Pours a dark, amber, toffee color with translucency topped off by a half finger off-white colored head. Leaves nice lacing down the glass as I drink.

S: This is where this beer shines. Very pronounced oaky, vanilla bourbon aroma. There is a very subtle smokiness there from the scotch but this is almost all bourbon. I almost don't want to drink this beer because I don't know if it can live up to this aroma.

T: The taste does not live up to the aroma's hype. Malty-syrupy sweetness at the beginning of the sip with an astringent bitter finish.

M: Moderate carbonation with a dry finish. The alcohol swirls up nicely into the nasal passages and then warms comfortably in my stomach.

O: This is a great beer. I could just sit an enjoy the aroma alone but drinking it is so much fun.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a deep red amber with an off white/tan head with good retention
S-oak, vanilla, caramel
T-More oak and vanilla, leads into a sweet caramel taste with more oak in the finish
M-medium-full, pretty heavy brew but hides the abv pretty well
O-great complex flavor. Definitely a sipping beer but well put together

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Fresh 2012 vintage, poured into an oversized Piraat tulip at room temperature, though this is closer to 60 than 70 as my house is pretty cold.

A - Pours a deep amber/brown with a half-finger of ivory head, which quickly subsides to a thin ring. Hints of ruby red shoot through this brew when held up to the light. No lacing to speak of, but nevertheless this is a beautiful pour.

S - Bourbon, oak, and vanilla strong up front, somewhat masking the burnt caramel and slight smoke of the base beer. The combination is reminiscent of scotch. Excellent aroma, though a bit weak for not being poured into a snifter, which I really recommend for this beer.

T - Again bourbon, with the base beer coming through a bit more in the flavor than in the nose. The malt is perfectly balanced with the bourbon to produce a wonderful bourbon/butterscotch flavor that is not too sweet and hits all the right notes. This a ridiculously good beer, though it benefits from a bit of age.

M - Silky smooth, absolutely perfect for the flavor profile. Low carb which dissipates rather quickly, but this coats nicely and has the most exquisite aftertaste. The mouthfeel seems to be one that is fairly unique to bourbon barrel-aged wee heavies, and this is the best of them. This is a real pleasure to drink.

O - This is one of my absolute favorite beers, though from prior experience I'd say it is definitely better after a few months, when the bourbon subsides a bit and the subtle smokiness of the base beer comes through. The flavor takes on more of a scotch note than a bourbon note, and this becomes a truly sublime beer experience. Even fresh, though, this is an absolute treat, worth seeking out and drinking as much as possible.

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4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Mahogany colored brew with light brown head.

S - Superb smells of bourbon and light scent of molasses.

T - Very bourbon forward, wonderful taste! Medium taste of molasses and light caramel taste as well.

M - Solid carbonation at the start but loses carbonation rather quickly. Would prefer more lasting carbonation with this beer. The alcohol burn on this is really nice though! Leaves a pleasant burning sensation in the mouth. I always yearn for thicker scotch ales, and that includes this one as well.

O - Overall I love this brew! I'm immediately going to the store to buy more. Such a robust taste and smell! I wish this beer were available year round.

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