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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,419 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,419
Reviews: 1,523
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 766
Gots: 2,090 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried to be patient pouring this guy, but nothing was coming of it so I upended it and got a finger of yellowy-tan head. The body was a very pretty chestnut brown. The head dissipated down after a while to a ring and dusting up top. Nice lacing was noticed throughout consumption.

Holy Bourbon Batman! This beer smells faintly of malt and oak, and greatly of bourbon.

I got good malt flavor, a bit of oak, and then bourbon strangled every other flavor before they could get to my tongue.

This was medium to heavy in body. Carbonation seemed a little light, and the beer seemed rather boozy at the end.

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4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers from my favorite brewery. Bottled on date has been rubbed off but it was purchased about two months ago. Enjoyed on 11/30/11.

A - Poured into a tulip. Very dark deep red color, almost purple with a small off-white head. Leaves no lacing.

S - Great aroma. Vanilla, wood, toffee, maybe some leather and some dark fruits as well. Very rich.

T - Similar to the aroma. Everything in the aroma is there, very sweet beer, but the alcohol helps cut it. Also a very slight hoppiness on the back end.

M - Mouthfeel is very nice. Thick and rich to match the flavor of this one.

O - Overall, this is an excellent beer. Just about perfect.

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of beagle75
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, medium brown color with no head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Mild spirituous alcohol outpaces an understated backbone of caramel. A suggestion of vanilla becomes more pronounced, even potent, as the beer warms in the glass.

T: Begins sweet and boozy, with a heavy presence of fermented crystal malt whose early fruity notes seem constrained by cleansing ethyl alcohol. Spirituous qualities persist with faint roast emerging in the middle. Bitterness is restrained in the finish where booziness reigns and mellow herbaceous qualities entertain.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, pronounced lability is slippery due to alcohol, with low carbonation.

D/O: This barrel-aged wee heavy has the makings of a favorite sipper, with alcohol distributed evenly and prominently throughout. It is the bold but respectful handling of alcohol that makes this beer special, allowing the booze to define the experience without becoming unruly of excessive.

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3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Backwoods Bastard, 12-oz bottle bought at Whole Foods Tribeca in NYC for $3.99 plus tax.

Appearance: Poured into my Lost Abbey chalice, the Bastard produces a one-finger head right above the Abbey cross. Head dies almost immediately, leaving only a rim. Good lacing and a beautiful chestnut color. Other than that, however, not terribly creative remarkable.

Smell: YUM! Bourbon, caramel, wood, creme brulee... sweetness galore, shaved coconut and some vanilla. Everything you expect from a barrel-aged brew indeed!

Taste: Follows nose, with more caramel, crystallized sugar, whole cinnamon, a tad of spice and a hearth in New Mexico burning sweet, enticing pinon.

Mouthfeel: SAD! Water-thin, underwhelming. Really? Disappointing. Nice chestnut finish but that's about it. Low body, carbonation, feel.

Overall: Drinkability is 5.0 and beyond. I could down this like water! But it should be bigger, like Old Stock or something similar. The mouthfeel brings it down. However, if it were $2 a bottle instead of $4, I would drink this all day long!

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3/5  rDev -30.9%

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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,419 ratings.