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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

6,661 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,661
Reviews: 1,581
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 811
Gots: 2,271 | FT: 213
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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Photo of illidurit
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle courtesy of scray24, poured into a pint glass. Deep dark amber with a small eggshell head. I’m basically getting bourbon on the nose, without much scotch ale influence. Malty caramel with oodles of toasted coconut. Not an alcoholic smell though, very smooth. Flavor is very similar. The main note here is woody bourbon, heavy on coconut, light on booze. A little vanilla and honey come through. A strong sweet beer, perfect for nightcap purposes.

Photo of randylangford
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of thecheapies
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Backwoods on tap. 12 oz pour; tumbler. Deep red color, becoming dirty brown. Very dark.

Smells of vanilla, toasted coconut, oak, caramel syrup, and alcohol. So interesting. I think, because I've had this many times before, that I know what to expect. But, I'm a first timer for a keg pour.

Caramel, bourbon-forward, more coconut, big vanilla, angel food cake, and a lot of liquor. Big time. Complex and brute. Fruity finish. Notes of dates, maple, and hardwood.

Not overly thick, sticky, or particularly harsh. Warming bite, with some suds. Heavier, of course. For the whiskey lover.

Hands down, best Wee Heavy I've had. I said, put your hands down!

Photo of kylehay2004
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

half finger rapidly dissipating head, no lacing, on a cloudy dark brown amber body. Aroma of the bourbon barrel is right on. Nice oak and vanilla notes. Mostly oak and bourbon in the flavor. Smooth with some molasses and caramel notes. medium to full body and moderate carbonation. Just the right amount of bourbon flavoring, smooth and surprisingly drinkable.

Photo of Goobastic
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of btesta
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of sneakybird
4.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great caramel color and a thin ring of lace at the edge of the glass. Tons of bourbon and oak on the nose, a little vanilla. Taste follows aroma with some extra malti sweetness behind. Lightly carbonated and super smooth, moderate alcohol warmth. A sipper.

Photo of Otis77
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of hilgart1
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of mjmadsen21
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of hippityhophead24
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of jfstilling
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of nucmedmario
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of zekeman17
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of bobv
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/07/11,

A: Vigorous pour yields a half inch, tan head, with some lacing.

S: So nice, its best attribute. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel, molasses are all present in varying degrees.

T: Very nice, oak and vanilla predominating with lots of bourbon and hops on the finish.

M: Nicely thick, but not overly so.

O: As it warms, a touch more bourbon comes out, but just the right amount.Another fine offering from one of my favorite breweries.

Can't wait for CBS in February...

Photo of sublime313
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of furthurgone
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of travMI13
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle date: 10/7/11

A: Pours a murky, reddish brown with a very minimal head. Head quickly dissipates. Some lacing, and some very nice red hues upon inspection.

S: Smells of bourbon and oak, obviously, but I definitely get a lot of vanilla on the nose, too. I really enjoy the smell of this.

T: Taste is bourbon and brown sugar with some chocolate right up front. I'm definitely getting the vanilla, molasses, and maybe a touch of dark fruit.

M: Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but that's ok with me because it's going down very smooth. I seem to remember last year's batch being much less smooth, but maybe my palate has changed since then. Also, it's certainly warming.

O: I really enjoy this year's batch of Backwoods. I have had it on tap and out of the bottle, and both are excellent. I believe the draft version is even smoother than the bottled version, but this is still great. I loved last year's batch with a year of age to it. I am looking forward to this batch with a year on it even more.

Photo of Fermenticusrex
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of jmarsh123
3.56/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper to brown color with a very minimal head.

Aroma is full of bourbon, molasses, brown sugar and sweet caramel malts along with a little oak and vanilla. Very sweet.

Taste is similar to aroma. Less complexity but wonderful balance and taste.

Starts off with a bit of chocolate and roast. The bourbon very much makes its flavor known near the middle and end of the palate and more as it warms. At times it's overpowering, but not terribly hot and it cuts through the sweetness well. Finishes with some bourbony heat.

Pretty thick mouthfeel with low carbonation levels.

Another good -bal from Founders although not great overall. It's a bit too sweet at times and the bourbon got a bit too hot. This review is of an '11 vintage. I much prefer about 9-12 months on these to mellow out some of the flavors. It's sublime then.

Photo of AngryNucleus
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of MichaelBurns
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours hazy copper with reddish hues in the light, less than a finger of head with moderate retention and minimal lacing.

S - Fantastic oak and bourbon aromas, caramelized sugar, molasses, vanilla sweetness, and a nice malt presence.

T - Bourbon and oak are very present and enjoyable, vanilla and caramel sweetness, solid malt foundation and nice little hop bite with some dark fruit as well.

M - Creamy yet sticky, could use a touch more carbonation IMO.

O - Wow! Where has this beer been all my life? I absolutely recommend this, especially if you enjoy all the bourbon and oak notes in your beer as well as your whiskey!

Photo of homebrewer88
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Syzygy00
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 6,661 ratings.