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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,787 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,787
Reviews: 1,611
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 831
Gots: 2,368 | FT: 226
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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Photo of ndepriest
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking forward to this for months! This is probably my favorite Founders beer.

Tons of oak, vanilla and bourbon from the barrel. Sweet and smooth. One of the few 10%+ beers I can knock back a few of. I can get enough of this stuff! Go find some if you can.

Photo of RelentlessLefty
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of theHoff77
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter

A - Very dark brown slight red hue with the light, but you can't see through it. Poured a nice khaki head that didn't stick around long.

S - Can smell the whiskey coming off of this. Get the oak barrel smell too. Awesome

T - This is a revelation for me as I haven't had many beers aged in bourbon barrels, but Jesus did this taste like whiskey and it is amazing. Never had anything like it before. Other notes I picked up were the malts and a slight vanilla.

M - Very smooth, medium body, no burn from the alcohol. Impressive

O - This is my motherfucking shit.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of warrenout330
4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mad props to Wendy at VE for my reserve on this 4pk!

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my delirium snifter

A- poured a deep reddish brown color.. Ruby highlights to the curves of the glass.... resembles a liquid Ruby in my glass to the light. Off white head, quickly dissovles to nothing minimal lacing

S- big whiff reveals a smack of Bourbon, vanilla and white oak undertones. Dark fruit highlights in the back.

T- like the nose but some more pronounced. Big Bourbon flavors, smooth vanilla, light earthy undertones of oak. Dark cherry twist for sweetness..ting of booze lingering.Huge flavors going on but the balance is the biggest thing going on here

M- smooth, creamy, oily body... light carbonation, kind of prickly on the tongue maybe from the booze?

O- my first experience with this brew, very happy I have the pleasure sipping this right now. Very well done, huge flavors with huge balance.. now I see what all the hype is about...def putting my other 2 way for a couple of years....

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of YCantWeNotBeSober
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz pour from bottle fresh from Founder's into wineglass

A- Pours a clean mahogany ruby red caramel color. Thin tan head with minimal lacing.

S- Bourbon, Brown sugar, Caramel, Dark fruits - Sweet and pungent

T- Initial sweet raisin flavors hit the tongue, followed by balanced caramel, molasses, brown sugar sweetness with a hint of roasty, darker malt flavor. Heavy Graham Cracker / Vanilla flavors. Bourbon sweetness rounds out the flavor profile with a little heat in the finish. As the beer warms vanilla starts to take the stage. Black Cherry or chocolate-covered cherries are distinguishable when exhaling through the nose. Overall a very complex flavor.

M - Thick, slightly oily mouthfeel. Fairly carbonated.

O - Very impressed by this beer. It has re-defined the style for me. A great sipper that competes with some of Founder's others Barrel Aged behemoths. After buying two 4pks, I'm ready to commit to stocking up on this to get me through til next years release.

Photo of MDDMD
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-dark red brown color with a small off-white head and no lacing

S-caramel, brown sugar, bourbon, malt

T-malt, caramel, oak, bourbon, vanilla

F-medium body with light carbonation, a little alcohol burn

O-great marriage of scotch ale and bourbon barrel, a delicious sipper with good balance of sweetness and bourbon flavor

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of CManuel
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fresh batch from Nov. '12.

Poured pretty vigorously into a tulip glass.

A-very small head that quickly goes away. very dark brown color, almost chocolate black in appearance.

S-A sweet bourbon smell hits you first, followed by lots of earthy notes and malty goodness.

T-A really nice, bourbon sweetness hits you first. Its not overpowering, but you can definitely feel the bourbon presence in this beer. In the middle I get a lot of earthy, mostly woody notes. Finally, the beer finishes out with a slight sweetness from the malts. Doesn't taste nearly as boozy as I'd expect. Taste is well balanced.

M-a bit more thin than i was expecting, considering the style. overall doesn't detract from the awesomeness of this beer.

O-Easily hands down one of my favorite Founders offering, and hands down my favorite wee-heavy. I'm glad I got a few 4 packs of this to sip on for the next few weeks. Its incredibly balanced, and no one flavor is really overpowering. I'm amazed at how balanced and drinkable this beer is. Well done Founders, well done.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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