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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

6,430 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,430
Reviews: 1,526
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 766
Gots: 2,100 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of nmann08
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

10/12/12 Bottle

Foamy head with a dark amber color. Honestly, its amber pushing a dark brown. Head dissipated quickly, but left some carbonation throughout the life of the beer.

Smells a faint hint of oak with an overwhelming sweetness. Definitely some vanilla.

The bourbon has faded on this, but its in a good spot. Really well balanced. The vanilla and sweet malts are working together nicely. Dark fruit comes through as well. No real alcohol taste which makes it dangerous.

A really smooth beer. A light to maybe medium body that goes down really easy.

Overall, this is a great beer, but if you prefer the taste of bourbon, drink this fresh, as the barrel disappeared quickly. Even with a few months on this, the flavors still balance nicely.

Photo of Brown120
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of BrewinHeadBanger
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at TJ's 8th Anniversary party.

Garnet-brown in color under a very attractive 1-cm foam topper. A pretty impressive head given the level of alcohol. Lacing is more in line with what I would expect...almost nothing.

The nose is interesting and complex, with bourbon coming to the front with its vanilla notes to match. I can make out a hint of maple syrup, too. The base scotch ale seems to fade somewhat in comparison to the barrel prominence. There are some sweet notes of brown sugar and caramel, and only a touch of peat that appears in the flavor. Otherwise, there isn't much scotch ale left here. Warm and a little boozy, this still displays the same heat that I noted in Dirty Bastard the first time I tried it.

Overall, for a beer of this magnitude and age, I find that it is a very enjoyable beer. Formidable for sure, it is a sipper, but every sip is delicious and well worth it.

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of mdvatab
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Release
Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter

Aroma: Bourbon (of course), lots of vanilla, and caramel. The booze and malt notes meld together to also give a light scotch aroma as well. I don't think I could ever get enough of this beer's aroma!

Appearance: Deep amber body with a red hue and decent clarity. 1/2 finger light tan head goes away quickly. Clear legs drip down the inside of the glass after each sip.

Flavor: Soft bourbon, rich caramel, baked pineapple, frosted vanilla cake, and a nice, balanced, bitter punctuation mark at the end.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy mouthfeel, medium-low carbonation, and warming from the alcohol on the back end. Although this one was just released, I wouldn't say it's hot. Well done!

Overall: I love this beer! Very rich and complex, and not nearly as hot as I'd anticipated. Gonna hold onto some of these in my cellar, and highly recommend you give it a try as well.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of drn
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no date code on bottle that I can find. Online info states there should be a date code in black ink.

Thanks to Kevin at The Fridge, Lancaster PA for this one.

Poured into a Corsendunk Tulip

Pours a nice thick head, which reduces to a thin cap after a bit of time, easily revived with a swirl of the glass. A live Ale
Very deep, brownish amber color, with a definite yeast presence, old style ale appearance.

Light to medium aroma of chocolate and maple, no hops. What’s here is very refined and of obvious quality, but it needs to be a little more aggressive.

Very crisp, very rich, malt entry onto the palate, followed by caramel and roasted/candied malts, full mouth feel. As this ale warms the chocolate flavors take the lead, even more overall richness emerges. Lots of complex chocolate/caramel flavors. This ale is incredibly delicious.

Very long, rich, finish of chocolate and caramel and malt flavors.

DELICIOUS!
This was a great ale and a treat to drink. One of the best Scotch Ale Style offerings that I have had.
That being said I believe that this was last year’s production and I do not know the storage history of this bottle.
It seems aroma wise to have lost a little something, or maybe this is its style. I do not know as this is the first bottle I have ever tasted.

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3/5  rDev -30.9%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet, auburn, carmel, boozy, long finish.
12 oz bottle into a chilled pint glass.
Pours auburn, 1/2" head, burnt carmel & alcohol on the nose.
Almost feels like the high test Cab's coming out of Napa Valley these days. Big mouthfeel, dark sweet candy, alcohol upfront, round and biting. Very worthy to seek out and hang on to.

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4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

120z bottle dated 10/13/2011 poured into GL snifter.
Ruby red elixir, thin tan head dissipates; minimal lacing.
Wow, nice amalgamation of oak, malt, spice, caramel and subtle but pervasive booze.
Complex mixture of sugar cane, bourbon, malty biscuit with velvet mouthfeel and low carbonation.
This is a special brew and one that can convert the uninitiated.

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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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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,430 ratings.