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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,861 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,861
Reviews: 1,623
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 845
Gots: 2,416 | FT: 231
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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Ratings: 6,861 | Reviews: 1,623
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4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage bottle from imonhiatus poured into a CBS snifter, also from imonhiatus on 8/8/12.

Pour: A muddy amber with barely a finger of tan head. Recedes to a rim, no lacing.

Smell: Bourbon vanilla, leather, caramel, burnt brown sugar. Booze

Taste: Strong bourbon, leather, caramel. Some smokey malt. A little bit of chewy raison as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Chewy with a little bit of heat. Nice carbonation.

Overall: Pretty darn good, but I liked the fresh I've had on tap better

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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

A: Reddish Dark Brown with 1 finger head.

S: Bourbon, caramel, booze, sugar

T: Bourbon, oak, vanilla, malt. Very sweet (perhaps too sugary for me). Quite boozy as well.

M: You can feel the alcohol burn (but it's a 10.2% abv beer), medium thickness, but it's quite syrupy.

O: Another solid brew from Founders.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage 12 oz. bottle fairly hard poured into a Founders Brewing Company snifter.

Pours a dark amber with a two finger beige head. Good retention and noticeable lacing as the head recedes. A lot of bourbon on the nose with oak and toffee. Opens with a shot of bourbon, toffee, vanilla, and rich caramel maltiness. The mouthfeel is amazingly creamy, perfect carbonation, and frankly feels like velvet. A truly amazing brew that sets the standard for barrel-aged scotch ales.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in an (almost) in person trade with a Facebook Beerbuddy called Jeremy Adams. I shipped some Westvleteren beers to his hotel where he stayed in Germany and he left there some nice beers for me to pick up.

This bottle was a real treat, very surprising to say the least.

Poured in my Struise glass this is a very fine looking beer. Deepdeepdarkred to brown fluid with a very nice thick head.

Very nice smell with chocolate but not too much. Hints of whiskey.

Taste is very soft and creamy. This is a hell of beer which makes you very happy while drinking it. The alcohol is well hidden.

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Backwoods Bastard pours a dark cherry brown color; there is a nice tint where the light sneaks through in the edge of the glass. A bit of sediment gradually sinks to the bottom of the glass, and there is not much head to speak of on top.

Bourbon definitely comes through in the aroma. Bourbon and oak coat a very malty base beer. Caramel, maple, and smooth grains provide the base aroma.

The flavor is strong, smooth, and reminds me of a bourbon barrel old ale (in a good way). The bourbon is noticeable first, with sweet caramel, raisins, with a bit of molasses, peat, cocoa powder, and hazelnut as well.

The body is full and rich, with carbonation on the low side. There is a very light alcohol burn on my tongue and in my throat, but I expect this in a 10% Wee Heavy. There is a little bit of oily residue behind my lips after each sip.

This has less peat and smoke than other Scotch Ales, but being mistaken for a very good old ale is not a bad thing. I distinctly enjoyed this beer and would like to have it again.

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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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