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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,791 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,791
Reviews: 1,613
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 830
Gots: 2,373 | FT: 226
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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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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of rlee1390
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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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Rhettroactive
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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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Bobheed
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of jtmartino
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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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.41/5  rDev -21.4%
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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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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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  rDev -7.8%

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

Bottled 13 October 2011. Hard to believe I haven't reviewed (or even tasted!) this one yet.

Pours a murky reddish amber brown color. Looks clear with light behind it, but I sure can't see through it. Half-finger of yellowish light tan head, fades fast but has some pretty lacing.

Smells pretty boozy, but pleasantly so. Lovely peaty scotch, slightly smoky, that feels just right for a barrel-aged scotch ale. Some nice caramel sweetness underneath that brings dark fruit aromas. The base beer is clearly big enoughto hold up well to barrel-aging.

Boozy and delicious. I don't know what this is, but I know that I like it. I'll take a shot at a description. The peat-smoke, dark fruit malt base runs throughout, while the barrel notes rise and fall on top of it. Has robust malt flavors that, as in the nose, hold up really well to the bourbon. Plums, brown sugar, and tobacco. Then some bourbon, followed by the only bitterness I get anywhere in this beer. Finishes out with mellow flowing bourbon. I barely even pick up the alcohol.

Surprisingly light for a 10% ABV beer. Smooth and slick, with enough carbonation to keep things moving.

This is one of the best barrel-aged beers I've ever had. Such great integration between the beer and the bourbon - the light smoke, the hefty malt bill, and the dark fruits all work really well with the mellow bourbon character. Simply delicious. And the alcohol is starting to talk.

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

Unusual Wee Heavy. The overriding aroma and flavor is bourbon and it is very pronounced!!!! Beer Number 99 in my quest for the Beers of Fame. Thanks as usual to Woodchopper for providing it in a trade.

Pours an opaque reddish brown color with lots of red highlights when held to a light. A hard pour will give you a medium sized, very carbonated bubbly tan head. The head recedes fairly rapidly to a ring and a little covering. Thin splotches of lacing occur in the pint glass.

Bourbon and a little oak bitterness are the most prominent aromas. The oak is faint, the bourbon is really pronounced. Overall a good robust smell.

Taste has caramel malt and bourbon as the primary ingredients. There is an alcohol presence but it is only an accompanyment to the bourbon flavor.

Mouthfeel is good and richer than many Wee Heavys. The alcohol is pretty tame and only serves to increase the noticing of the bourbon flavor. It goes down pretty smooth for a high abv beer, especially one that features bourbon in the taste.

Overall this is an outstanding beer, one of my favorite Wee Heavys.

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 6,791 ratings.