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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,770 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,770
Reviews: 1,609
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 826
Gots: 2,361 | 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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4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle

A- The deepest ruby mahogany I've seen in a beer, rises to a thin khaki ring of tiny bubbles.

The carbonation is little, and slow, but is a consistent cloud of microscopic bubbles.

The lacing is beautiful, swirling in the snifter to watch the tiny bubbles play up and pop, opening up the aromas, as the long and slow legs suggest a potent, rich drink.

S- Bourbon-vanilla, dark caramel, rum-raisin, overripe cherry/ black cherry, all very melded. One aroma, many aspects. Suggests a lot of sweetness- big caramel and toffee.

T- Everything from the aroma is detectable. The rum-raisin, dark dry fruit notes come across as an upfront and complex spice bill that is carried along and complemented by the bourbon and palatable alcohol presence. The bourbon is very noticeable to me, and makes this one quite a sipper. The caramel and toffee are barely there, but in the leave they are noticeable, riding with the big malt bill- a necessary respite from the astringent wallop of flavor the beer throws at you.

M- Creamy, smooth, lingering. Alcoholic resin/ sting

O- I'm looking forward to trying this next time it's released. This is a bit of a strange experience, having my first one after it's been aged for a couple years (post-barrel-aging). The hops have remained as spice and light bitterness, the malts are all there, and the bourbon is just wacky. This is a fine beer, a contemplative beast.

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

A-Deep ruby almost brown, two finger almost tan head that tries to leave behind some lacing.

S-Lots of bourbon notes, oak, tad bit of peat and coffee

T-Slight bourbon notes when compared to the nose, peat notes, tad bit of oak, as it warms chocolate and coffee come through. Some bitterness in the finish.

M-Medium bodied, very smooth, some carbonation.

O-Scotch Ales are a style that I think should be made more, throw it in a bourbon barrel and it becomes even better.

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4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 4/5/12
*From notes

-- Vintage 2011 --

*Opened side by side with a bottle of the 2010 vintage.

A: Dirty cider-crimson. A good pour yields a 2.5 finger head and decent if not middle of the road lacing. Solid collar and minor lacing follow.

S: Amazing stuff. Woody and sweet bourbon smother the base beer. Just about at peak in my humble opinion.

T: Starts out with a rush of brown liquor. It moves to the mid, where a sweet spine stands tall. The woody, tannic quality kicks in on the back to finish. Even after six months in the bottle, this is still rather hot. Yet it's toned down just enough to give you a good "pop". As it warms, lots of coconut and vanilla exude themselves, as they should. Lingering hints of dark brown sugar are warmly welcomed.

M: Sure it could be thicker, but it's pretty damn big as-is. Bold cabronation and a rich, complex feel add to the top notch presentation.

O: What a treat this beer is. And I'll be quite honest: I'm glad no one really talks about it. This is just as good, dare I say maybe even then some of their other BA offerings. At six months in, this is about at peak and drinking beautifully. A hearty recommendation for the BA Wee Heavy lovers, and beer geeks in general.

2010 Vintage

A: About the same. No real difference, other then a tad bit lighter in color.

S: The bourbon is much calmer. There's a big raisinated sweetness to the bouquet. Less coconut and vanilla, more straight wood.

T: Mellow. The heat subsided quite a bit. More dark, dried fruit and less whiskey. Shorter finish.

M: Actually thicker and bigger then the 2011. More carbonation, yet a silkier feel.

A:3.5 / S:4 / T:4 / M:4.5 / O:4

Verdict: Drink this one around four to eight months after release for maximum enjoyment.

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A: Very dark reddish brown, like a chestnut finish color. Pours with a minimal taupe head that lingers on the edges.

S: Getting tons of sweetness, dark brown sugars, caramel. I also get the bourbon characteristics and a lot of woodiness

T: Very, very sweet. Has more dark sugar and even chocolate characteristics. Really tasted a lot of roastiness to it also. Definitely getting the bourbon flavors again too

M: Nice and think, medium carbonation with a very smooth finish. Alcohol is fairly minimal on the tongue

Overall, I really enjoyed this. One of the better scotch ales I've had, definitely the sweetest. While not a great textbook example of a scotch ale per se, it's still a very good beer

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

This is one rich wee heavy. Poured from a bottle that I estimate to be a few months old.

Pours a thick dark brown with a minimal off-white head. Smells extremely thick and sweet...almost like a light maple syrup.

Taste matches the smell, plus some heat from the alcohol. A really mild flavor that ramps into a really sweet aftertaste full of caramel, toffee, raisins and tart figs.

Mouthfeel is thinner than I had expected, and almost a little undercarbonated.

Overall this is a really great beer. Almost tastes like an old ale rather than a Wee Heavy...huge malt presence, sweet flavors and lingering dark burnt fruit.

An excellent beer, but definitely a dessert sipper.

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look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, dannyfrost!

(Aged for 6 months)

Dark brown, hazed, and almost ruby/dark purple in color with no head and very little, nearly zero, visible carbonation. Disappointing and unexpected.

Very well-rounded, integrated aroma of vanilla, earth, bourbon, caramel, and nougat. This comes together nicely, though if everything was amplified more, it would score much better. The aroma seems dulled by time.

The flavor too is far more dull and muted than I expected. The flavors of vanilla, bourbon, and sweet chocolate candy are present, but are somewhat faraway and distant. Nice, but not overly complex or interesting.

Medium bodied with no carbonation.

I was expecting this beer to be a punch in the mouth, but it was fully lacking compared to what I was expecting. That being said, it was still a tasty beer.

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4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy amber, murky and with only limited carbonation and no lace.

Aroma is rich and earthy, with tones of figs, dates, tobacco, peat, and a hint of some vanilla. Nice.

Taste is exquisitely heavy and malty. All of the aforementioned aromas make a showing on the palate, but with an added vanilla/bourbon booziness at the finish. This is a top-tier Scotch ale with a unique twist, and an experience in itself. A marvelous beer, but definitely a sipper.

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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 6,770 ratings.