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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,647 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,647
Reviews: 1,580
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 804
Gots: 2,258 | FT: 209
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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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Photo of jegross2
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company.
Score: 93

10 oz tap pour served in a globe glass from a 2011 vintage keg at the Brickhouse BBQ on 01/22/12.

Appearance: Served with a thin tan ring of head around the glass. Body is an opaque dark chestnut brown color with yellow-brown highlights at the bottom and lower sides of the glass. When held up to light, huge amounts of reddish-yellow highlights cut through all but the core of the beer. You cannot see through this beer at all. Leaves an oily residue on the side of the glass. 4/5

Smell: Sweet brown sugar and dates prominently featured in the nose along with marshmallows and nondescript dark fruit. Burnt dark sugar, oak, bourbon, rum and malty caramel round out the aroma. 4/5

Taste: Tastes like someone dropped a shot of bourbon in my Dirty Bastard. This beer is very bourbon forward and more aggressive than some of the barrel aged beers that I have drank of late. First pull is primarily sweet bourbon and sticky brown sugar/molasses. There is also some mellow vanilla and dark fruit. Honestly, the dark fruit tastes like bourbon soaked figs and dates. Malty caramel on the midpalate and in the finish. Some alcohol warmth and much more boozy characteristics than the Kentucky Breakfast Stout. There is a spiced rum character to the flavor as well. Finish is bourbon soaked dates. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, minimal carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel, sweet finish. 4.5/5

Overall: A more aggressively flavored barrel aged beer. If you like Dirty Bastard and bourbon, this is a must try brew for you.

Recommendation: Those who do not like brown liquor or heavy bourbon flavors should avoid this brew. All else are encouraged to try.

Pairings: The epicly delicious and creamy mac and cheese from the Brickhouse BBQ.

Cost: $6.50 for a 10 oz pint pour or $15.99 for a four pack.

Photo of bnes09
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful deep caramel color. Descent head for the style and alcohol strength. Sticky ivory colored lacing.

Smell is intoxicating, not only from the alcohol character but also from the smooth, dream-like sweetness that seeps through the nostrils and floods the brain. Spicy, sherry-like quality with toffee sweetness. After my first sniff, I had to retreat from the glass in awe, unable to comprehend what I had just experienced. Amazing!

Flavor is completely unexpected and delicious. The malt character is complex and intricate. Sweetness consists of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, ripe figs and dates. Also nutty (cashew) notes which are fresh and unroasted. Hops provide a subtle, earthy bitterness which seems to exist in the unconscious mind and must be searched for to discover. The alcohol adds a hint of scotch flavor but does not overpower the palate.

Full-bodied, rich and smooth feel. No sticky, syrupy feel. Respectable level of carbonation.

Yet again, Founders delivers a true masterpiece in brewing.

Photo of jskennedy
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of tobelerone
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Red-tinged chestnut/dark cherry color; nearly clear; smallish head, not a ton of lace. Still a beautiful color and clarity.

Great aroma, lots of vanilla bourbon, toffee and caramel, faint booziness, sweet and oaky.

All of this is in the flavor and more; tons of beautiful bourbon vanilla flavor, caramel malt, toffee, sweet maltiness, very subdued hops. Faint oak note. Almost no bitterness at all.

Very smooth, rounded mouthfeel, lowish carbonation, easy to drink despite the ABV. Medium bodied, not thick or chewy at all.

Just a phenomenal beer, so tasty and balanced, lovely bourbon character.

Photo of McBraniel
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of lanamj
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle served in a small Tripel Karmeliet tulip. Bottled on 9/30/2011.

A- Dark reddish amber. It has a small, fast white head that dissipates to a thin lacing that has light, sticky retention. Looks a little thin.

S- Raisins, toffee, caramel, and bourbon dominate the nose. Some vanilla, yams and cane sugar exist as well. Nice, very nice. Only problem is where is the oak? A little hot but its not too much.

T- Not as heavy as the nose but it follows well. Raisins, toffee, caramel and bourbon. Some slight brown sugar and yams. The oak finish is dry, something I didn't pick up on in the nose. It's a little hot, but with age i feel this has amazing potential.

M- Carbonation is active but dim. For a barrel aged Old Ale this is fine IMO. I feel it's a little thin, I wish it where a little more chewy but still a decent mouthfeel.

Photo of FirstBrewsoon
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.92/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have looked forward to this one for a while. Poured into a sniffer, the beer was a dark color with hints of brown. The aroma, which was quite potent, was vanilla and alcohol. Being a scotch ale in its initial state, one expects a certain level of sweetness. I detected tastes of prune and vanilla mixed in with the scotch flavors. The alcohol from being aged was very detectable in the taste. It had a negative impact on the overall scope of flavors. The alcohol stays on the tongue in the aftertaste, making the aftertaste disappointing since the more desireable flavors disappeared. For all the hype that went with this beer, this is slightly disappointing. The barrel aged flavors did not blend well with the beer, making the alcohol flavor too prominent. Overall though, this is still a pretty good drink.

Photo of dprophet
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of dbossman
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Mahogany hue with a thin film of a head and just a touch of lacing

S: So much bourbon and caramel malts; subtle dark fruits--God, this smells amazing

T: So smooth and boozy and oaky; I love the bourbon and how it plays well of the maltiness; some subtle vanilla, dark fruits and caramel lurking beneath

F: Creamy, thick, and chewy

O: This is a darn good, boozy, bourbon-centric beer

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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3/5  rDev -30.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Tschnab
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- a bright ruby with a lot of alcohol legs and a thin film of off white bubbly foam.

S- a rich brown sugary, oaky, vanilla sweetness with bourbon and rum, raisin, a bit of smoky peat, carmel.

T- just like the nose, this is a very sweet but woody balanced beer with dark fruit and light scotch ale notes. The finish is a smooth butterscotch which adds a really buttery smooth finish reminiscent of of a good scotch whiskey.

O- really great combination here of scotch ale and bourbon. I loved this and would like to try other bourbon scotch wee heavies.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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