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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,787 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,787
Reviews: 1,611
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 831
Gots: 2,368 | FT: 226
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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to snifter. Bottled 9/30/11. Sampled 3/21/12.

A: Pours with a skinny finger of light brown, foamy/fizzy head that is quick to recede. The body is a dark shade of chestnut brown, murky with transparency only along the edges. Dots of lacing line the glass briefly before sliding back down. Light sediment can be seen collected at the bottom of the glass.

S: Smooth scotch whiskey with subtle notes of caramel and vanilla. Honey-like sweetness with underlying spice and mild peat.

T: Lots of malt depth, somewhat one-note, with heavy caramelization. But peaty scotch is the dominant flavor, riding through until the end. Sweet alcohol flavor is high as a result, and bitterness stays out of the way almost entirely.

M: Full body with a thick, chewy texture - a bit sticky even. Carbonation is low and allows the flavors to stick to the tastebuds. Sweet from front to back with a drying effect on the aftertaste, similar to what you would experience while sipping Scotch.

O: This is my second review of Backwoods Bastard. I don't like reviewing a beer more than once...but, my palate was pretty inexperienced the first time, I didn't enjoy my serving, and so my rating was pretty low. I owed BB another shot. While I can admit that my first review is essentially invalid, I still feel like the overall ratings are substantially inflated. And so it is then, I guess, that I remain in the minority on this one.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with MrKennedy and mulder1010. Thanks for cracking this Owen.

Clear, dark, burnished amber colour with a small, smooth, off-white head.

Masses of caramelised toffee, chocolate and oak. Bourbon as well. Really nice and complex.

Full body with moderately-low carbonation. Good.

This is a massively rich, complex Scotch ale with lots of oak and bourbony sweetness. The spirit is well integrated. Very nice.

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Had on tap at the dilly deli. Served in a great lakes snifter.

A- dark ruby mahogany with a minimal beige cap that is slithering away to a wispy thin skim. I like this look but I could use a little more body in the head.

S- first thing that comes to mind is vanilla as you really put your nose in the glass you can start to pick up some wood and very slight cherry. Intoxicating

T- lot more complex than the nose. Caramel toffee mixes beautifully with the vanilla and wood. Alcohol shows it head to add some kick to the finish. Great.

M- suprisingly light for all of the strong flavors. Perfect carbonation that has the perfect feel on the tongue. Maybe perfect

Overall a fabulous beer. Huge flavors that you are prepared for by the aroma wafting out of the glass. Then it lives up to the anticipation with expertly executed tastes and mouthfeel.

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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 6,787 ratings.