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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,652 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,652
Reviews: 1,581
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 806
Gots: 2,262 | FT: 210
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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3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- A very dark, mahogany brown with opaque haziness. Little to no head.

S- Roasted malts and typical scotch ale notes with bourbon notes taking the backseat.

T- Lots of bourbon flavor, some vanilla, oak and roasted malt. Like a lighter bodied bourbon barrel stout. Alcohol present at the end.

M- A good amount of carbonation, but goes down pretty smooth still.

O- I had pretty high expectations for the beer, sadly it didn't quite live up. It was solid, but didn't wow me.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.82/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip shaped glass

Appearance – Pours a mahogany-deep red color. There is a very mild off white head formed upon pouring with only a bit of lacing upon the heads dissipation.

Smell – Sweeter aromas first meet the nose of dark fruits mixed with a little bit of caramel. A slight amount of bourbon works its way in the middle with a little bit of alcohol mixing with the bourbon and fruit; rounding out the smell profile at the very end.

Taste – Up front a nice complex dark fruit flavor, composed mainly of a cherry base (yet mixed in with some prune and raisin as well), is mixed with a slight amount of caramel malt flavor. There is an ever so slight bourbon that works its way into the taste profile. The alcohol then comes into play and mixing with the light bourbon and finishes out the taste profile. A nice flavor but a bit lacking in the barrel flavor that I desire.

Mouthfeel – For the high abv of the brew it is quite thin in body. The carbonation is just right, and this combined with the thinner body make it easy to drink. The one thing that holds one back, however, from downing this beer, is the slight tingle one gets from the alcohol, which helps keep you in check. Actually it all works together surprisingly well.

Overall - It is a good beer, but in some ways unbalanced for its style in my mind (i.e. thin body and lack of great bourbon flavor vs. its high abv and alcohol flavor). Good, but not great.

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4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark reddish brown, seems slightly hazy. White head did not stick around for a very long time.
This smells good. I smell caramel, wood, and bourbon. Very rich aromas which are intoxicating.
Very and sweet, flavors of wood bourbon and rich malts.
This beer is very rich and smooth. It coats the mouth and warms the body as it goes down. Leaves a nice woody/sweet after taste.
It's a cold rainy night in Southwest Ohio and I can't think of another beer that would be better in this moment. I will seek this one out again next year!

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark red. Healthy pour yields less than 1/4" of head and recedes just to wisps almost immediately.

S: Heavy bourbon and bread. Surprisingly yeasty aroma. Dark fruit

T: Rich and caramelly with a healthy bourbon kick. Wood, vanilla, and a bit of toasted coconut.

M: Medium-heavy body. Rich but not heavy. Carbonation is low. Alcohol is apparent, but drinkability is still quite high.

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4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle that's been stored in my chilly basement is poured into a pint glass.

The beer is translucent and colored a dark, dull shade of ruby. It is nearly brown. A light brown foam head rests on top. It's a thin head but it clings to the walls of the glass rather well.

There is a good amount of bourbon in the aroma. This scent compliments the peat, oak and roasted malts in the base beer. It is rounded out by s light sweetness. The bourbon may be a bit heavy, but overall its an appealing aroma.

Where the bourbon in the nose was strong, its more subtle when I taste the beer. Typical Wee Heavy flavors dominate. Toffee and plum provide some sweetness. Oak and peat are strong flavors. As I swallow, alcohol and bourbon are present, but it doesn't burn. In fact, it isn't even as warming as I expected the beer to be. Impressive.

This is a big beer with decent carbonation, but it isn't very sticky. I can feel a slight film at the corners of my mouth, but that's it for the lips. There isn't so much of a coat in my mouth, more like a memory of the flavors.

This is a well done strong Scotch ale. Aging in bourbon barrels just makes it more impressive. Highly recommended to fans of the style or bourbon barrel aging...and everyone else.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 6,652 ratings.