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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,433 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,433
Reviews: 1,527
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 767
Gots: 2,106 | FT: 191
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:
Scotch Ale aged in bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: CortexBomb on 01-30-2007)
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of scottyg354
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden brown with minimal head. Some lacing.

S: Bourbon and malt pretty much some this bad boy up.

T: This brew is more like drinking a scotch that is mildly carbonated. I think it is the bourbon and malted barley blending together that give it this character. It really has an abnormal complexity to it. Some smokiness and vanilla with a malty kick. Really quite tasty.

M: Minimal carbonation. For all the boozy characteristic this beer has it goes down unusually easy.

O: Founders once again stands up to its name. Be sure to sip this bad boy.

Photo of antoines15
3/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of discord257
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of sliks96
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of negroobserver
3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance... Dark brown. Hazy. Pours with barely any sign of carbonation. Thin rim of bubbles around the edge of the glass, no more.

Smells.... Malty. The alcohol is at the forefront here. Hint of banana and coconut.

Taste... Malty. Sweet. Light smokey bitter residue on the tongue at the back end. Bitterness that lingers a bit in the mouth. The alcohol is definitely the strongest note here.

Mouthfeel... Hardly any carbonation here. Very flat. No alcohol sting. It's balanced very well with a malty sweetness.

Overall... A nice complex and enjoyable beer. I like it, but I wouldn't recommend it over other beers that are of a similar style. The weak carbonation is very disappointing and really takes away from the experience of enjoying a beer.


Photo of bolgiano
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of CummingsK21
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of jak
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of matttttYCE
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle dated 10/07/11. Poured into a snifter.

Slightly less than 1 finger, creamy white head. Fades pretty quickly but leaves a moderate ring around the glass. Lace is minimal. The beer is a mixture of dark purple and brown.

The aroma is fairly intense of wonderful smelling bourbon, vanilla, sweetness, a bit of spice, notes of burnt caramel and brown sugar, dark fruits, and some roasted malts in the background. The bourbon and oak take the spotlight here, though, and smell absolutely wonderful!

The taste is wonderful just like the aroma, but a little more mellow. Very well integrated and not overpowering bourbon, vanilla, toffee, caramel, burnt brown sugar, hints of dark fruit like raisin and fig, maybe some molasses, hints of roasted malts, and a bit of peat and smoke, but really not much, and maybe the tiniest twinge of chocolate.

Mouthfeel is really wonderful for the style. The consistency is creamy, the carbonation light-medium, the body is medium, and the finish is nice and long.

Overall I think this beer is stupendous! And that's not a word I often use to describe a beer. Last time I had this, I believe it was pretty old. While still good, I don't quite remember the same wow factor that I get with this relatively fresh one! Extremely well done barrel aged beer. If I could get my hands on a couple four packs of this, I know what I'd be drinking almost every night! Very well done.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of readicculus
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of CelticAleMan
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of PhineasGage
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Porter brown with skimmy head. Warm orange amber through the brown up the the light.

S: BFFF Woah. Holy bourbon Batman. I'm scared. Pretty unipolar sans a little dark sweetness underneath.

T: Relieved that this isn't like doing shots. Sweet, vanilla, way lighter on the bourbon, an insignificant peat smokiness that I'm not sure is even there. Chewy like chocolate chip granola. Fairly warm. I'm liking this more as it warms.

M: Very thin actually. Low low carbonation.

O: Could use more smoke, darkness, carbonation, and body. But worth buying store level, goes well with the winter season.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,433 ratings.