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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,655 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,655
Reviews: 1,581
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 807
Gots: 2,262 | FT: 210
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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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Photo of canadianghetto
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of chugalug06
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very nice smooth silky off-white head. Thin-ish body. Deep drown with a slight green tint. Nice clarity too. Zero lacing.

S - Heavy peat scent... Some nice caramel and roastyness. Very nice!

T/M - Strong burn from the heat.... Not well disguised, heavy burn. It's almost like drinking a big glass of scotch. Very good, but almost overwhelming. Watch out for this one, it will sneak up on you, fast. Caramel and butterscotch stick out. Nice peat-y-ness. Perfect carbonation and body.

O - An awesome beer! Near perfect for the style, just a bit too heavy on the heat. Very glad I have one aging, can't wait to see the results!!! Thanks for the awsome brew gentlemen! Highly recommended.

Photo of mechamifune
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt caramel color with a very slight off white head. Some slight carbonation evident, light lacing. To me not all that inviting looking of a beer. Not off-putting mind you, but just not one of those beers that you look at and immediately want to drink.

Smell is heavy and complex. All sorts of stuff intermingling, creating a really unique smell. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, sweet malt, smoke and almost a bit of leather.... just a whole lot there and honestly if you asked me again with the next bottle of this I would probably tell you three different things I thought I smelled. Bourbon, oak, and vanilla are really prevelant to me though. Just a really outstanding smell.

Taste is a lot like the smell... a whole lot going on and playing off each other. For whatever reason though, that combination is more enjoyable to smell than it is to taste. Heavy bourbon upfront that progresses to a sweet vanilla in the finish. Scotch ales aren't my favorite flavor profile to begin with, and while this is a notch above your "average" scotch ale in terms of complexity, there really isn't a note that just wows me.

Mouthfeel, as with most founders beers, is great and about pitch perfect for the style. This is a smooth, slow sipping beer. Full body and a sweet smooth finish.

Overall this is a great, complex beer with a lot going on. I will say outright I am not a fan of scotch ales as a style (to include founders dirty bastard), but this beer is strong enough to make me look past that. For the price point, it won't be something i'm going to be seeking out a lot in the future, as I'd rather spend that kind of money on a great imp. stout.... but if you even remotely are fan of scotch ales and/or very bourbon-forward beers, stock up on this one.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head, that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, some fruit, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of vanilla, bourbon, caramel and some fruit followed by a very hearty malt character. There’s a significant alcohol sting that comes in next. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style but there are others I would drink first including Founders Dirty Bastard.

Photo of Stumpy29er
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of tut2528
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

smell: large amounts of sweet bourbon and oak. Vanilla, some figs are present as well. Alcohol is noticeable, but not overbearing.

taste: amazing rush of bourbon and vanilla, big malt/caramel backbone, and the finish is well balanced by a slight creaminess. The hops become noticeable after the creaminess but start to win out as the beer warms up (which is expected).

All around, Founders has done a great job with this brew. I enjoyed the uniqueness of this beer and its pretty well balanced all around. I wouldn't say its full bodied, but lies somewhere in between middle and full.

Photo of MajorBuckeye
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of falconxman
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of WuAnquo1
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of rdb4942
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of KarlSpackler
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of VAcrossr
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Jwale73
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another big thanks to 2BDChicago for the chance to try this. 12oz. bottle served at 51 degrees in a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy, brownish-maroon hue with a creamy, quarter inch, tan-colored head that quickly disperses towards the shoulders forming a frothy band around the edges. Great nose on this beer - bourbon notes, brown sugar, raisins and prunes along a robust, malty backbone. Aromas are very much reminiscent of an old ale. Taste follows nose; however, the bold aromas are somewhat hollowed out in the flavor profile; nothing really pops. That said, I also get some buttery notes as well as a slight earthy hops presence at the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a pleasant, even carbonation as well as a trace of acidity. There's also a little bit of residual alcohol heat that lingers at the back of the throat between quaffs. Overall, a very good beer. I'm not really getting the wee heavy on this, so I am rating more to preference than style. Another great beer from Founders; however, not a beer that I would cellar for an extended period of time as I feel like this brew could develop some oxidized flavors.

Photo of unclejazz
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was the leadup beer to me 1st shot at the Mountie's best so I feels like I beer threadin' my gullet with some soft comfy furniture before put down some plastic. This stuff sweats sweet maple and burrrbon. I am liking each sip whilst weighing me hopes and dreams on sipping some equal to the sweat off Zeus' balls*c. This grog is floatin' around in a Chimay glass just doin' iyts thing. Be squid-ink black and causin all kinds of trouble. Its way too smooth for as strong as this swill is. Damn I am livin in heaven while still havin' a ticker that ticks. Yea, ya know. Good stuff, better'n Duff.

Photo of vitters03
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Kavon
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Faina
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of LadyOfMuchBeer
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into my delirium tremens tulip-yeah the one covered in pink elephants!

Barely any head, dark brown, light shines very red right through when held up, clear. Beautiful. Slow and steady stream of carbonation.

Smells is a caramel, malty scotch scent, very bourbonesque. some nice light florals and spice really balance the nose. lots of vanilla bean. I can tell I am going to love sipping on this one, or trying to sip and not devour it.

VERY tannic, without the massive burn. Malts are really shining in this, more spice than sweet. I am in love with this beer at this point. It is so well balanced! Slight note of licorice-ishness. Flavors seem pretty simple, and perfectly so!

Feels cleaner and smoother than I expected. Light stickiness.

Overall, one of the most drinkable ones I have had in a while. I sure wish we got this stuff locally. I was lucky to get this as an extra in a trade. Cheers!

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of falcon1
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of match1112
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a rich brown body with copper highlights all thru it. not much carbonation to speak of, just a thin tan ring that eventually disappears. there are notes of vanilla and oak that blend wonderfully to make a nice bourbon aroma. taste is like drinking bourbon without the burn. once again the vanilla shines thru with a dry oak feel to it and a nice caramel malt balance. mouthfeel is silky smooth, almost oily, it goes down so smooth with just a touch of warming in the belly. overall this is an excellent beer that everyone should try.

Photo of LBCaterson
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of kirkse
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of riverrunt421
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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