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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,774 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,774
Reviews: 1,609
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 828
Gots: 2,366 | FT: 227
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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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4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage from a 12oz. bottle

A - Looks like a coca-cola in color with an off white one finger head. Not an aggressive pour, so minimal lacing.

S - Oddly enough... Reminds me of bourbon & coke. It has a forward bourbon smell with a malty backbone. Brown sugar, vanilla and syrup can be caught as well.

T - The ABV is very noticeable, but I love it! It's sweet and roasted malts at first followed by a finish of bourbon and vanilla flavors.

M - Well carbonated and coats the palette, but almost on the thin side.

O - Along with beer, I'm a huge bourbon lover. This is like the best of both words! Some might find it too boozy, but it's just right for me.

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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3.72/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, 2011 vintage. Poured into a Darkness tulip.

A - Pours darker brown in color, light white head, super-thin ring, and otherwise that's about it.

S - Burnt sugars, maple, caramel, booze, oak, toasted bready malts, some sweet syrup. A lot of booze and sweetness, but not overly sweet. Smells like a stiff cocktail.

T - Similar to the nose. Sweet, boozy, nice oak, bready toasted malts. Again, reminds me of a boozy cocktail of some sorts. Bourbon and light dark fruity sweetness, caramel. Really solid, but still boozy and needs a bit of time.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, creamy booze finish.

O - A nice BA Wee Heavy, but could use a bit more body and needs some time to smooth out. At this point, pretty boozy and not really something I can drink much of. Decent.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-review. Originally reviewed back in early 2010.

Side-by-side tasting of the 2009 Vintage (bottled 11/19/09) and the 2011 Vintage (bottled 10/07/11). Both poured in to Founders tulip glasses.

2011 Vintage (reflected in the ratings):

A - Medium murky brown colour with some copper highlights throughout. A thin layer of cream coloured head quickly receded to a few bubbles.

S - A light bourbon aroma up front with toffee, brown sugar and dark caramel. Slightly noticeable alcohol presence cuts through the malt aromas creating a good balance. Not an overly robust nose, but a nice balanced nose.

T - Some noticeable warming alcohol up front and throughout that is present without being overwhelming. Scotch, bourbon and toffee flavours up front that are complimented by lighter notes of oak, vanilla and dark caramel. A very robust flavour profile.

M - Medium body, smooth and creamy. Light to moderate carbonation.


2009 Vintage (not reflected in the ratings):

A - Same as '11.

S - Very sweet. Bourbon, toffee, brown sugar and a hint of maple syrup.

T - Massively sweet, especially in comparison to the '09. Huge toffee, brown sugar and caramel flavours overshadow the barrel aging qualities that completely fade in to the background. The bourbon is there in the background but the oak and vanilla from the '11 aren't present at all.

M - Fairly similar to the '11 with slightly lighter carbonation.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yup, I enjoyed this one.

A: Single fingered, khaki colored head that exhibited ok retention settling to a thin film above this deep rust colored and cloudy brew.

S: Toffee, followed by molasses, raisons, and rich vanilla hints.

T: ABV detectable, but in a good way. Loads of toffee as the smell followed by vanilla. Grainy bitterness on the backend.

M: Fairly high burn from the booze, well carbonated.

O: Very good beer, would love to have again.

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

Thanks ASUBeer
12 oz Bottle
-Pours deep brown. Towards the end of the pour a tan head forms, creamy looking, and mostly dissipated within 30 seconds.
-Nose, subtle, sweet, bourbon comes through pretty quickly, even a bit of alcohol warmth in the nose.
-Taste is quite good on the front end. Sweet, malty meets bourbon. A bit of roast, but then finish is dominated by the bourbon.
Mouth is a bit lighter than I expected, but not disappointing.

Overall, I liked it. But I'd like to see how this one ages. Would the bourbon smooth out a bit on the finish?

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.67/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into Darkness snifter. Bottled on 10/13/11.

Appearance: Pours a murky raisin brown/red. Small off-white head with very little retention apart from some lacing around the edges of the glass. Seems to stick to the sides of the glass pretty well...possibly alcohol legs.

Smell: Mmm...I pick up some black licorice and dark fruit along with LOTS of bourbon goodness. Strong oak and vanilla comes through along with some roasted character, but the sweeter scents come through most predominantly. I can't tell if I smell the ABV or just bourbon.

Taste: Carbonated Bourbon. I'm sure that there's a base beer under here somewhere...but it seems pretty trumped by the more predominant barrel notes. I pick up some nice caramel and toffee notes, but they just are paled in comparison to the bourbon. Don't get me wrong, I like the bourbon, I just wish the beer shown through more.

Mouthfeel: Pretty solid mouthfeel here, not to thick or heavy but still substantial. For the ABV, this beer's remarkably easy drinking.

Overall: This is a pretty interesting beer. At times I really enjoy the huge bourbon presence...at times I think it's too overshadowing. I have plenty in the cellar, I'm hoping that with more time some of the more predominant flavors mellow out, allowing the base beer to come through more clearly.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is a nice stained cherry mahogany, like that table at your grandma's house that is from the 1920s.
The aroma has a really integrated scent of bourbon barrel, which is great in this beer, really adds the element that this style needs for my deep affection.
Flavor wise there is toffee,maple, caramel, and all of those malt notes that you would expect from a rich ale of this nature, thin alcohol that adds a positive element to this beer. Vanilla and oak most likely an addition from the time hugging a barrel. There is a cherry like flavor of fruit, but just enough to only mention one fruit, if i listed more then one fruit you would get the wrong idea and think this had more fruit notes then it does. All of these flavors are very well integrated 6mo after release. I think i preferred it fresh for the stronger barrel notes and heat, but the sallys will love it 6mo out.
The mouthfeel is smooth, a bit slick and low carb. Fitting for the style i think though.

I buy a lot of this when it comes out, and drink it often. For a few weeks it is my regular grab beer. I don't horde it and it doesn't last long in my hands. I dig it.

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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%

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 6,774 ratings.