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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,780 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,780
Reviews: 1,610
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 830
Gots: 2,368 | FT: 227
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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 kscaldef
4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark red. Healthy pour yields less than 1/4" of head and recedes just to wisps almost immediately.

S: Heavy bourbon and bread. Surprisingly yeasty aroma. Dark fruit

T: Rich and caramelly with a healthy bourbon kick. Wood, vanilla, and a bit of toasted coconut.

M: Medium-heavy body. Rich but not heavy. Carbonation is low. Alcohol is apparent, but drinkability is still quite high.

Photo of ToasterChef
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle that's been stored in my chilly basement is poured into a pint glass.

The beer is translucent and colored a dark, dull shade of ruby. It is nearly brown. A light brown foam head rests on top. It's a thin head but it clings to the walls of the glass rather well.

There is a good amount of bourbon in the aroma. This scent compliments the peat, oak and roasted malts in the base beer. It is rounded out by s light sweetness. The bourbon may be a bit heavy, but overall its an appealing aroma.

Where the bourbon in the nose was strong, its more subtle when I taste the beer. Typical Wee Heavy flavors dominate. Toffee and plum provide some sweetness. Oak and peat are strong flavors. As I swallow, alcohol and bourbon are present, but it doesn't burn. In fact, it isn't even as warming as I expected the beer to be. Impressive.

This is a big beer with decent carbonation, but it isn't very sticky. I can feel a slight film at the corners of my mouth, but that's it for the lips. There isn't so much of a coat in my mouth, more like a memory of the flavors.

This is a well done strong Scotch ale. Aging in bourbon barrels just makes it more impressive. Highly recommended to fans of the style or bourbon barrel aging...and everyone else.

Photo of jhimstedt
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Zachtheporter
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of GuisseppeFranco
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of jp110099
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Jesse14
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of TCJosh
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of sentomaster
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- liquid dark brown fudge with a very slight maple colored head peaking for moment before leaving sticky lace down the glass.

S- whoa, big, big nose. Fantastic bourbon, creamy vanilla, and slight dark cherries. Spicy alcohol and a bit of fruity esters lurk along with a smooth caramel sweetness.

T- this brew is unreal. Start to finish it is unreal. Smooth and seductive; complex, nuanced and epic. There's so much going on here but the impression you're left with is silky bourbon, caramel and vanilla backed by peppery alcohol and a rugged malt backbone. Dark fruits, a touch of smoke, and herbal hops interplay.

O- wow, perfection in a bottle. KBS may get the glory, but this beer is the self assured older brother.

Photo of zoolzoo
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dirty brown, raisin colored...off white cream head.

S: Sugared dried fruit accented by bourbon. Brown sugar, wafts of alcohol.

T: Excellent bourbon character as an opener, rich dark fruit mid sip. Sugar coated raisins, figs, plums. Caramel / toffee malt presence. Notes of vanilla and oak. Warming to the throat and gut, although alcohol is not overly present in the taste. A pretty good sipper if you are feeling patient, but drinkability is actually pretty good.

M: Thick in body, medium-lowish carbonation.

O: I haven't been big on Scotch Ales in the past. I really like this one though.

Photo of time4abeer
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of senorscientist
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of declan
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of echophone
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap and served in a snifter, the beer is almost completely black, with some deep blood-ruby highlights around the edges. Thin, sparse, frothy, beige head that settles slowly into an uneven covering. Aromas are darkly sweet and earthy, with a heavy dose of caramel, molasses, and cherries blended with a good booze character and some woody smells. Flavors are bold and rich all over the front of the tongue, with a decent alcohol warmth that hits the throat immediately. Taste profiles include a strong bourbon backbone, with rich caramel and molasses sweetness rolling off. Good balance of sweet characteristics, with a roasty feel, and a kick of light cherry sweetness at the end. Super rich and smooth, with a good, full body to carry both the flavor and the ABV. Aftertaste is slightly sharp thanks to the ABV, with oaky and earthy flavors. The finish is slightly cloying, with a slightly astringent feel from the booze. This is a good brew that is fairly easy to drink despite the increased alcohol presence. This is an ass kicker!

Photo of jlbreeden
1/5  rDev -77%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of MammothBrew
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of gbbass16
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this many times and was surprised while drinking one and messing around on BA that I had never formally reviewed it so here it goes...

Bottle dated 10/11/11 poured into Boulevard tulip glass.

It pours a murky orange/brown with no head. There is some mild lacing around the edge. I really smell the effects of the barrel, almost a sweet rum. Mouthfeel is viscous, but not overly so. the taste is what brings me back every time. There is only a hint of alcohol and heat, mostly on the finish. The main flavor for me is caramel. I do get a little oak and ting of syrupy sweet, but that dissipates quickly. I am sure I have not said anything that hasnt already been said about this beer. Overall one of my favorite non-stout beers from Founders.

Photo of ineva
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of diesel59
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

having spent my summers in scotland back in the 80s as a we lad... i have had a few scotch ales in my youth and have to say that this one stands alone and above most...(probably because i am a huge bourbon fan as well)... but all aside another great product from founders... who have set the bar in many catagories...

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

12oz bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - It pours copper colored with amber highlights. I get a skim of beige head on top.

S - I get some alcohol right off the bat. It is followed with some sweet aromas. I get molasses, caramel, and some spices.

T - The flavor starts out with some caramel. I get a lot of malt in this one. It finishes with a vanilla flavor and a little alcohol. The alcohol is less pronounced in the taste. It reminds me of an English barleywine.

M - Medium with low carbonation.

O - It seems a little hot even with a year on it. The alcohol and sweetness tend to dominate the senses. I do like the warming sensation that comes over me.

Photo of rogueleonardi
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of juliusseizure
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of quirkzoo
3.42/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice bright mahogany with a thin bright white head. The smell is strongly bourbon with some slight malt/caramel in the background. Taste was way too heavy with bourbon for me, It just tasted like any scotch ale I have ever had except with a shot of bourbon added. It was still good, just a bit one note for my taste and nothing that made me able to distinguish it from anything else. The mouthfeel was good, no burn from the alcohol, but nothing particularly special either. Overall I was a little disappointed. It was still a good beer, I just feel like a lot of people really like this beer and it seemed pretty one note to me. I would definitely like to try this one again with some age to perhaps let the bourbon settle into a more balanced brew.

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 6,780 ratings.