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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,148 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,148
Reviews: 1,500
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 737
Gots: 1,959 | FT: 180
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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4/5  rDev -7.8%

sbricker, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

ninner00, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

savagepanda, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

thebouch01, Nov 14, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

heyta, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

hu5om, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Jparkanzky, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Miamilice, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

eerbayman, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Brianito, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Josiah2729, Nov 14, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

klipper, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

larsenju, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

tbeq00, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Duff27
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thin off white head on a brown beer. Average hea retention and above average lacing for the style.

Very sweet smelling, slight booze and peat.

Peat, small hint of smokiness. Booziness is kept in check. Very tasty.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, slightly thick. Good carbonation.

Another great seasonal from Founders. Been awhile since I've had this one but just as good as I remember. Worth hunting down a bottle or two a year. Thanks kawilliams81!

Duff27, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of agomega
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle served in a pint glass.

Appearance: pours a clear dark amber. Not much of a head.

Smell: sweet bourbon aroma including caramel, toffee and vanilla. Slight toasty malt aroma in the background.

Taste: a little harsh and one dimensional straight from the fridge. I allowed it to sit for about half an hour and it is amazing. The favors are much smoother and well blended. Flavors of toffee and vanilla dominate.

Mothfeel: medium heavy mouthfeel. Goes down smooth.

Overall: A wonderful beer as long as you let it warm up so that you can appreciate all of the subtle flavors.

agomega, Nov 13, 2011
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4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a dark muddy brown that is very cloudy and thick with an off white two finger head.

The smell is boozy, bitter chocolate, oak, and vanilla

The taste is awesome, so awesome its like barrel aged tootsie rolls i totally get chocolate, rum, even cherries

mouthfeel is smooth, warm high in alcohol

overall a very good beer will be looking for more of this

soughtbygod, Nov 13, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you match1112 for the fantastic extra!

A- Pours a deep mahogany/chestnut brown into my DFH glass. Just a little creamy tan head that floats upon this dark wonder. Little bits of sticky foam cling to the glass.

S- Oaky vanilla, burnt sugar and dark, dried fruits! Some smokey notes of charred wood. Malty as all hell! This is really nice, and it keeps getting nicer as it warms up! Dark cherries, figs, barnyard yeast and toasted oak.

T- Sweet caramel and smokey oak. Threaded with notes of dried figs, roasted nuts, raisins, vanilla and smoke. Nice bitterness on the backend that doesn't overwhelm... but sits there and reminds you of the hops. Has a bit of cocoa and bitter sweetness that I'm loving.

M- Bitter, yet sweet! Nice smokey caramel and dried fruit wrapped in belgian chocolate! Creamy and delicious! Nice bready yeastiness on the backend! The alcohol is sweet and well hidden.

O- This is really nice! Burnt sugar and wood... vanilla, dried fruit and cocoa. It has a nice funky yeastiness on the nose and the back of the tongue. Has some candycorn and caramel popcorn notes. I'm really glad I have a second bottle to cellar for a couple of years!

Thickfreakness, Nov 13, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage poured from a 12oz bottle into my Darkness snifter.

Produced a 2" off-white head. Decent retention with minimal lacing. Poured a kind of murky mahogany with vibrant ruby tones when held to light. A very interesting looking brew.

Bourbon, wood, and roasted malt in the nose. Pretty powerful smelling stuff, like I stuck my head in a whiskey barrel.

The bourbon is pronounced throughout, but is never overpowering. Surrounding it are some very nice, rich, roasted malts with vanilla and nutty notes. There is also a subtle smokiness that seems to kinda tie everything together. The aftertaste is what wins me over: it's like I just took a shot of scotch chased with a good red ale.

It's medium bodied with slight carbonation. Smooth for over 10% and it doesn't finish too sweet. Love the aftertaste.

Overall I really liked this brew. I'm far from familiar with Scotch Ales but I think this is a great example. To my ignorant pallet this seems like a "double" Scotch Ale, so maybe not the best choice to someone new to the style. Love the prominent, but clean, bourbon taste. Cheers!

Humulus85, Nov 12, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: difficult to read with new wax. 06/2011? A: dark brown with a transient finger of toast foam falls to a scatteredsheet of the same. Where able, excellent clarity. Spotty lace. (4) S: caramel, oat, leather, toffee. Hints of raisin. (4.5) T: sweet with tones of English yeast and subtle clove and molasses. Really great tasting scotch ale. (4.5) M: full and creamy with just a hare too much carb. Semi dry finish. (4) O: one of the best of the style I’ve had. Yummy. (4.5)

harrymel, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of jar2574
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick brown beer that looks red if held up to light. Some lacing, but not tons, on the way down.

Sweet caramel smelling but with a tiny hint of metal. Honestly, not digging the smell that much. I almost wondered whether this beer was flat, until I took a sip.

Beer is bourbon, caramel goodness. The bourbon taste is really strong but there is no alcohol burn, which is surprising on a 10.2% ABV beer. This is really, really tasty. It is rare for me to like the taste of a beer so much more than the smell.

Mouthfeel is sticky sweetness, higher than average density, well-hidden alcohol.

A darn good beer. I'm liking this Wee Heavy style.

jar2574, Nov 12, 2011
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4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deep brown with red and orange hues. There is a ring of carbonation around the edges of the glass but that’s about it as far as head. No lacing is left.

Smell: Sweet whiskey initially intermingled with vanilla, caramel, and sweet, malt. There is some earthy woodiness at the back of the nose.

Taste: Sweet, rich bourbon transitioning to raisins, prunes, and then sweet cinnamon bun. It finishes with oak, peat smoke, and lingering sweet caramel malt. What a superb profile, it’s like whiskey desert.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with medium carbonation. It finishes with a sweet, sticky feel and the alcohol warms me on this chilly November night.

Overall: This is easily the best Scotch ale I have had. The way the bourbon works with the smoke and malt is absolutely superb. I highly recommend this to anyone who is a fan of bourbon barrel-aged ales

sdmvd6, Nov 11, 2011
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,148 ratings.