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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,631 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,631
Reviews: 1,577
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 800
Gots: 2,250 | FT: 210
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:
Beer added by: CortexBomb on 01-30-2007

Scotch Ale aged in bourbon barrels.
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look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: The best part of this beer. The color is a lovely brown with hints of copper around the edges.

Smell: Like sticking your head in a bourbon barrel. I couldn't detect any malt at all.

Taste: Like being drowned in a bourbon barrel. It overpowers everything. I could not taste any malt, peat or caramel.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is thin and watery, adding to the feeling of drinking a big glass of watered down bourbon.

Overall: The bourbon is overpowering. I suspect that if you have bottles and age it for a year or two it'll taste great but it is not good fresh. I love Founder's beers and was excited to finally get to try something other than the breakfast stout. I am, however, very much disappointed. Beer should taste like beer. If I wanted a glass of bourbon, I would have purchased a glass of bourbon.

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4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pored from 12oz bottle into tulip -2011 bottle

A: Pours a translucent deep brown with one finger head that quickly decends into a tiny ring of lacing, decent carbonation.

S: Scotch/bourbon roasted malt, slight hop.

T: Scotch/bourbon , toffee, caramel,malt, slight hop,slight sweetness.

O: Overall a treat of a beer , a slow sipping tasty beer that will reward anyone who is fond of scotch/bourbon.

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3.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky rusty brown. Tiny wisp of beige head. Full on bourbon bomb in the nose. Hints of caramel and bready malts. Rich toasted malt, caramel, coffee, light vanilla. Above all that is the bourbon though. Man this stuff is a bourbon lovers wet dream. Light carbonation. Great sipping beer for cold winter nights.

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Poured into a tall glass at room temperature this wee heavy shows a deep mahogany with rosy/root beer colored edges. It produces a solid, light tan head that settles into a nice blanket and leaves a respectable web of lacing. The aroma offers deep vanilla scotch and woodsy malt, subtle dark fruits and heavy grains. Completely enticing. The first taste brings intense scotch malt with super sweet pine and deep fig/prune. Vanilla certainly comes back as well with a sure alcohol presence but one that does not block the urge to go back to the well to keep the flavor coming. Bourbon and oak can definitely be identified, as advertized. It's just such a classic medley of all things a scotch ale should be, and then some. It's a pretty hefty brew with fairly full body, nearly cloying except that the flavor works right through it to make it drinkable enough for the style. It's finely, but thoroughly carbonated and makes for a smooth, somewhat silky feel that works well despite the seriousness of this brew. I'd say the 10% ABV-plus is evident but very well managed here. It's just a great, serious scotch ale. A wee heavy, yes, exquisitely so!

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It’s good. It’s very good.

Oh, it’s good.

This pours a rich caramel color. It has a slight aroma to it, light notes of caramel and toasted coconut, both of which become more apparent and pronounced as it warms. Tastes great, with the coconut sweetness and a warming alcohol working in tandem. It reminded me of an aged barleywine once the hops mellowed out—in terms of the sweetness and finish—and I’d certainly drink it again. A real treat!

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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