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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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5,191 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,191
Reviews: 1,420
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 628
Gots: 1,526 | FT: 141
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Scotch Ale aged in bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: CortexBomb on 01-30-2007)
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Photo of brewcrew76


4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky ruby with a thin tan head.

S - Very sweet, bourbon, charred oak, vanilla, toffee, caramel and brown sugar. Very nice but the sweetness takes over a little too much.

T - Very sweet, milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, bourbon ice cream, vanilla, carmalized brown sugar and dark fruits.

M - Thick and chewy, low carbonation with a touch of syrup followed by a creaminess.

D - I had this at the end of the Great Taste and thought it was awful. Nice to try it with a clean palette to taste the complexity. On the sweet side but it brings out a nice candy/dessert like flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 02:57:13 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of amiles


4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I really believe this is a beer that should get more attention. Sure it came out at the same time as Breakfast Stout and was overlooked, but this is one amazing beer. I bought everything I could find last fall and still have quite a few of these left.

A: Heavy pour creates a big bubbled foam over a cloudy dark reddish brown body.
S: Bourbon, Vanilla, Toffee, Malts. Mmm...
T: Amazing. I'm glad the bourbon flavors have not feel short since this one is starting to feel alitle bit of age. Sweet from the bourbon, oak and vanilla touches. Finish with some balancing malts.
M: Feels good, what can I say? Medium carbonation.
D: More please?

Damn fine, interesting, bourbon bomb of a beer. I can't wait till this fall to get more.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 02:18:09 | More by amiles
Photo of demitriustown


4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz Bottle: Plum, roasted malt, bourbon, oak. vanilla, and some sugar notes consists the aroma of this brew. Appearance is an almost opaque dark brown to black with a little light creeping through the actual brew. Taste is Bourbon big time with later the sweet malt and woody, oak, vanilla, and roast textures peaking through. Finishes with an almost vanilla ice cream/ shot of whiskey like taste. Overall, I love this brew. Great tasting and very complex. Thumbs up to Founders!

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 19:58:32 | More by demitriustown
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks going out to DavidEddie for the opportunity to check this one out...another crazy extra in another monster trade!!!

Pours a hazy mahogany amber with a shallow wispy light tan head that's gone in a flash, spotty patterns of lacing in it's wake. The smell is immediately a vanilla cherry boozy wonder. Beneath that a rich malty caramel goodness. Lightly carbonated, the mouth feel has a 'mixed drink' boozy nature, as opposed to straight up single malt. Very smooth. Full flavored, the premium oak aged bourbon treatment is first class. The Scotch Ale character of the taste is denied by the more dominate "Wee Heavy". The 9.2% ABV is exaggerated by the bourbon notes. A really wonderful beverage and a classic sipper. Reminiscent of Founders Curmudgeon. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2008 23:41:04 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber/brown with a great head and lacing. Smells malty and fruity with fig and cherry. Sweet and smooth aromas that are bold but not cloying. The taste is sweet and somewhat grainy, with more deep flavors of fig, dates, butterscotch and a touch of peat to control all the sweet stuff. Quite creamy and full in the mouth, the flavors explode here. This pushes the edge of too sweet but holds on to enough complexity and pure, clean flavors to be very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2008 19:09:56 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of russpowell


4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Revize after drinking this year's offering, this is a great/epic tske on the style, period!

Cheers to Bitterbill ( I think) for this one! Mine is 8.7% abv

Pours caramel/chestnut with 1 finger of tan colored head. Good head retention & outstanding lacing

S: Bourbon sweetness, some oaky notes

T: Toffee, oakyness, & whisky/bourbon up front. Vanilla follows as this warms, dryness, plus a touch of leafy hops, more toffee, raisins & a bit of booze. Finishes dry with whisky notes, & some leafy & herbal hops. Good flavor, but the oakyness is just bit much for me, almost seems artificial

MF: Medium bodied, slightly overgassed, skews a bit too sweet & oaky for me

Drinks good for the abv, & style. This is a bit off style to me, but tasty enough

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 05:23:08 | More by russpowell
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a reddish copper color with a 1/2" head that breaks apart immediately.

Smell: malt sweetness, vanilla, and bourbon are very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: big malt profile with vanilla, bourbon, prunes, black plums, hints of molassess, and a noticeable warming alcohol. Bitterness provides a nice counter balance to the sweetness and high alcohol.

Mouthfeel: lightly dry throughout. Long and mellow aftertaste as the flavors seem to linger for quite a while. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: despite the high alcohol, this one goes down pretty smoothly. Very tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 17:00:15 | More by Gavage
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired at a DLD trade, I believe from my man EliteDigger, but feel free to speak up if I'm wrong!

Pours an cloudy orange/red, a bit muddy, nice thick tan head forms, slowly settles to a thin layer, nice ring, some lace spots on the glass, a fine looking head! Smell is nice, buttery, toffee, bourbon, alcohol, vanilla, oak, touch of chocolate and coconut, brown sugar, boozy but rich, I like. Taste is similar, buttery beginning, some citrus, toffee, heavy vanilla/coconut, brown sugar, alcohol, bit spicy, woody, chocolate, toast and bourbon in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, low to medium carbonation, some alcohol warmth, but nicely drinkable, and pretty balanced, even though I think the bourbon is a bit heavy.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2008 02:59:49 | More by Viggo
Photo of goschool


4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The pour is dark brown with fiery red highlights and tan head that fades away quickly.

Smell: The nose has oak, vanilla, smoky peat, and caramel toasted malts.

Taste: The flavor profile starts out sweet with vanilla, oak, caramel, and cherries, all of which linger through to the mid-palate where smoky peat and booze take over for an aggressive finish.

Mouthfeel: It's medium to full-bodied with lively carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a really nice beer to nurse. The mix is one that could easily overwhelm the palate, but this one doesn't.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 08:34:07 | More by goschool
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4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Prototypic for throwing this in the mystery box! 12oz into a unibroue tulip.

Pours a very deep mysterious reddish brown, with a slow forming cream head that wafts away to a ring and film of tiny patchy bubbles. Some very spotty lace hangs on the sides of the glass. The smell coming out of this glass is amazing. Notes of bourbon, coconut, caramel, chocolate, and fig, with some very earthy wet leaves hiding just beneath.

Taste is a little boozy, but what do you expect from bourbon barrels? Nice smooth fullness of flavor with rich sweet caramel, vanilla, and chocolate up front, cut by the alcohol and balanced with peat and earthy flavors on top. Wraps up with alcohol and roasted grains. Some palates might whine about the sweetness and seemingly unnecessary richness of overall taste, but I love it.

A nice smooth feel, with some astringency from the alcohol at the finish. Definitely some warmth from this one as well. Subtle but appropriate carbonation.

Drinks fairly well because it tastes so good, but the alcohol is noted in taste and feel, making it a nice sipper.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 22:31:48 | More by lightindarkness
Photo of pwoods


4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. stubby brown bottle, poured into a snifter. Got in a trade so long ago that I forget who it was from. Thank you for the trade!

A: Pours a dark, woody brown that's nearly opaque. Just under a finger of head int he snifter that holds for a bit before falling to a skim. A bit of lacing.

S: Deep, dark, earthy and woody aromas. Plenty of alcohol to go around, reminding me of the warmth you get from a good sipping bourbon.

T/M: More of the same. Woody and earthy malts, nicely sweetened. Some wisps of smoke here and there. The alcohol is present again but not overpowering or stinging, just that great warmth in the belly. Body is nearly full with a pleasant smoothness.

D: Tasty brew that would probably be better suited for a chilly Indian summer night.. but was just fine tonight, too.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 02:09:18 | More by pwoods
Photo of sleazo

New York

3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A_Pours a reddish dark brown with a small but long lasting cream head. It settles into a nice slick and leaves impressive lacing.

S_Sweet caramel malt mixes well with a strong bourbon woodsy aroma.

T_Sticky sweet with caramel at the start, with a potent kick of bourbon hitting the palette right afterwards. There is a nice hop kick at the end but this definitely leans towards the sweet side. There is a decent twang that can be expected from a wee heavy. Alcohol starts to show up a bit more and burn as it warms.

M_Not too sticky but leaning that way.

D_I am not the biggest fan of bourbon barrel beers but this one is pretty damned good. Avery interesting wee heavy

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 04:45:42 | More by sleazo
Photo of mrkrispy


4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this in a trade, thanks Austin!!!

Poured a deep red amber, interesting color. Head rapidly subsided.

Aroma was slightly sweet, not too complex. Very misleading going in to the first sip.

First taste was a bit syrupy, kick-in-the-gut bourbon. Flavors of caramel, and toffee, oak as well. A very bold malty sweetness, but pleasurable. Very complex after the initial smack with the 2x4. Doesn't seem too hot, unexpected. The thickness stays with you, and the varying flavors present themselves at different times. After a couple of sips I realize there is alcohol in it. Near the bottom of the glass I feel like I took a few nibbles of someones space cake. Man, my stomach is warm, goes up the pipe a bit too.
W O W.

My buddy who mainly drinks lagers (decent ones) tried it and loved it. He referred to it as dessert. I thought of it as the Main Course.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 03:17:54 | More by mrkrispy
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4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

I purchased a couple bottles of this stuff a few months ago and I am really kicking myself right now for not buying more. I don't know what it is, but this bottle tastes much better than the previous bottle. I've had my share of barrel aged beers and this is right up there as one of the best. Dark brown in color with an aroma that is totally dominated by bourbon (vanilla, oak, caramel), this brew is totally inviting. The taste is great - hints of chocolate, vanilla, and an obvious bourbon overtone. Mouthfeel could be a little richer, but not bad at all. This is a treat - for real. Easy drinking. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 23:44:20 | More by montageman
Photo of jorjoria

New York

4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with an attractive reddish hue. Full tan head.

Notes of vanilla, apple, apricots, raisins, bourbon, and strong alcohol notes.
Supper boozy. Defiantly get the oak and bourbon notes. Also many complex dried fruit flavors. Although there is some sweetness it's not cloying by any means.

A nice sipping beer with good complexity.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 02:26:52 | More by jorjoria


4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a murky dark brown body hosting a creamy tan head that stands at one finger but fades quickly to just a skim leaving no lace. Right up front on the nose you are greeted by huge bourbon tones wraped around dark fruit, coco, and carmalized malt. Oh wow! is all I can say after first sip, this is so right. Take Dirty Bastard, mellow it out, perfectly develop all the flavors and then add a pinch of Bourbon. Creamy on the mouth are a mix of flavors including hot buttered rum, toffee, dark fruits and bitter chocolate. A bitter bourbon hint shows off a hop profile as well as aged bourbon on the end of the palate. Bourbon is big on the finish and the mouthfeel. This is a wonderful sipper that should be savored. Definitely for bourbon fans.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 16:34:12 | More by SPLITGRIN
Photo of rallison


4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown with a light head that mostly dies but leaves some lacing.

Smells of sweet vanilla, oak and bourbon. Very nice.

Taste is definitely overwhelming oak and bourbon characteristics. Unfortunately, the complexities of the beer are kind of lost against the barrel aging of this beer. I'd be curios to try a non-BA version of this. Regardless, this has a lot going for it.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are noting too special.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 12:27:18 | More by rallison
Photo of Floydster


4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with Sephiroth, thanks for picking up this brew for me, split with my girlfriend last night, poured into my Duvel tulip glass

A-Deep brown with some red tint, 1 1/4 inch slightly off white head that stuck around for two minutes, some retention, no lacing

S-Oak, bourbon, booze, chocolate, caramel, figs, lots of caramel, toffee, sweet malt, vanilla, various dark fruits, and some brandy

T-Big chocolate taste at the beginning, some sweet malt and booze in the middle, big bourbon finish, lots of oak in the aftertaste as well, much stronger tasting than Dirty Bastard but not that much of an ABV differential at all, got sweeter as time went along and the whiskey settled down, still warmed a bit going down though, nicely balanced and the malt was just right, in other words not too sweet, enjoyable and easy to drink for its style

M-Medium to full body, chewy, boozy, and spicy mouthfeel, warming in the bottom of my stomach, taste did not linger as I wanted it to

D-Could have drank another bottle of this, alcohol percentage is pretty high but hidden well, smooth, not heavy on the stomach

I am a big fan of wee heavys and really wanted to try a barrel aged one, my bottle said 8.7%, nice first experience, would drink again, noticeably better than Dirty Bastard in my opinion, recommended

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2008 23:19:36 | More by Floydster
Photo of dirtylou


4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, onbtained in some bif or another...missed its limited distribution in madison

appearance: garnet-mahogany body in my bells tulip, khaki cream head with fairly strong retention...definitely a sexy scotch ale here

smell: caramel and chocolate, bourbon and brandy, sweet malts, brown sugar and dates

taste: lovely big scotch ale, caramel, milky chocolate, raisin/plum/date

mouthfeel: thick, creamy, boozy

drinkability: woooowee

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2008 00:41:10 | More by dirtylou
Photo of BlindPig


4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A_ Thin tan head on a cloudy brown body with some amber hues in it.
S- Big bourbon and oak up front in the nose, vanilla, earthy, hints of cherries, light grass, toffee, roasted barley, and one other thing I just can't seem to pick up all blend together nicley in the nose with the bourbon being the main thing to jump out.
T- Wow, a interesting blend of roasted, burnt, and lightly toasted barley all with a nice solid wood backing with bourbon trickling over it (not over powering though like the aroma suggests). Grass hops make a slight appearance leaving a nice light bitterness on tip of tongue. Some fruits are found covered with a nice subtle earthy notes all over it.
M- Full chewy body with low carbonation and almost a hint of creaminess.
D- Love it! Maybe one of my favorites. Just wish the smell wasn't so dominated by bourbon. Thanks Hoppymeal for these!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 06:33:53 | More by BlindPig
Photo of seaoflament


3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to northertimber for this one!

Pours a dark amber color, a bit muddy. Not too much head, maybe a quarter inch but it quickly recedes to the skinniest ring. It also pours a little like syrup.

Lots of caramel and dark fruits with hints of vanilla and oak in the background. I'm picking up some scents of raisins soaked in rum, ripe figs, dates, and lots of toasted bread. The beer seems a bit too cold so I'll let it warm up a few more minutes and I should be able to pick up more aromas. The fruit aromas intensify as it warms up as well as some brown sugar, hints of red cherries, and caramelized fruits. The bourbon works very well with the malt profile and tying together the caramel and fruits.

A little hot in the first sip but not too bad. Raisins and dried plums are intense with a sugary residue in the finish. The toasted malt and caramel quickly follows with a lactic sweetness as well. Vanilla and oak finish with hints of diacetyl and butterscotch. Slight smoky flavors in the aftertaste as well as a dry grape flavor and a bit of chocolate.

Fairly creamy texture with a good amount of carbonation but just a tad of a numbing sensation on the tongue and some alcoholic heat in the finish.

Quite a good beer actually. This is not a style I'm too fond of but the oak bourbon ageing gave this one some more dimension.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 20:58:06 | More by seaoflament
Photo of WeisGuy

New York

4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to nflmvp for throwing this in as an extra in our trade.

a - pours a deep dark brown with burgundy highlights, one-finger creme head with retention around the edges, decent lacing

s - caramel, toffee and oak on the nose, hints of booze

t - caramel maltiness up front, some dark fruits, raisin and plum on the midpalate, finish is where the bourbon makes its appearance, nice booziness, lingering taste is almost like that of a bourbon and coke

m - medium-bodied, medium carbonation, nicely balanced on the finish

d - not overly harsh on the palate, though there is a pronounced booziness on the finish, more drinkable than I thought it would be

Nice beer overall, though it's not as "intense" as I would have expected. This is a good use of bourbon barrels. The bourbon flavors really add another dimension to the beer without overwhelming the caramel and toffee flavors.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 02:42:49 | More by WeisGuy
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shit, I completely forgot who I got this beer from. If you're reading this, let me know so I can edit the review!

12 oz. stubby bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a foggy dark mahogany with a tan colored two finger head that quickly dies down to a thin frothy layer of bubbles. A good amount of lacing remains on the sides. Smell is dominate by the bourbon aromas with a good amount of chocolate and caramel malts. Lots of vanilla sweetness and dark fruits, mostly fig and raisins. Some faint woody scents find their way in the nose as well. Smokey malt flavors with a creamy coffee bitterness up front. Molasses and carmelized almonds on the tongue as well. Aftertaste is actually pretty dry and woody, more than I expected for the style. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fair amount of bubbles. I had a difficult time drinking this one because of the dry aftertaste and boozy flavors. Founders still does a great job once again though. A nice warm feeling left in the tummy after this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 03:01:53 | More by BeerTruth
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4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby brown in color with no head. Smell is exactly what you'd think, a scotch ale with bourbon, oak, and rum notes. They must have used the same barrels as for their curmudgeon, this has many of the same characteristics. Taste is bourbon, oak, and some fig. The mouthfeel is medium and very smooth/creamy. This is an easy drinker, but you get a hit of the alcohol warmth in the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 22:21:26 | More by FtownThrowDown
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4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I found a 4-pack of this at Stimmel's in Bowling Green Ohio. Tonight my wife and I are drinking it, poured into Sam Adams glasses. The beer's appearance is 50% perfect: hazy dark brown color with loads of fine floaties but absolutely no head. I can feel the carbonation when I drink it but really no foam on top.

The aroma is strong, bourbon and malt, maybe you could guess it was even a rum and coke. The flavor is way complex, rum, coke, bourbon, sweet and roasted malts, unreal. Alcohol is really evident as well, which limits the drinkability for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 03:52:02 | More by TurdFurgison
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 5,191 ratings.