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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,425 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,425
Reviews: 1,525
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 766
Gots: 2,095 | 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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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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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Avantyawn
2.23/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Deep brown red, barely any head

S: Nutty, smoky, malty, bourbon, molasses

T: Tastes a bit like a watery bourbon cocktail. Tastes sloppy. The bourbon flavor is overwhelming. Why do I only taste the bourbon and not any of the awesome base beer here? Doesn't work.

M: Mouthfeel is too thin , a bit too dry, not melded together well. Tastes like a mixed drink gone flat.

O: Overall, I really did not enjoy this beer, a rarity as I always enjoy Founders beers. I don't get the melding of flavors, they don't seem to work in my opinion. I love Dirty Bastard, but do not dig this.

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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3/5  rDev -30.9%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Daktyls
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy dark caramel color, more of a mahogany red with an almost non-existent head. A few tiny bubbles cling around the outside edge of the glass, but not much more.

S: A little boozy smelling with heavy malt notes, vanilla and bourbon, probably from the barrels this brew was aged in. A slight amount of oak is present as well.

T: Much like the nose in that the predominant flavors are the bourbon aged oak and notes of vanilla, an awesome combination.

M: Smooth and creamy with a mild amount of carbonation, everything works well together here.

O: Overall, this is quite good, very enjoyable, I would definitely buy this again if I found it.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Tucquan
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2011-11-25 in Pittsburgh, PA at Smokin' Joes, and again quite a few times in the bottle; most recently on 2013-11-15.

A - Fairly hazy mahogany with 1/2-finger tan head and no lacing.

S - Bourbon, vanilla bean, alcohol.

T - Lots of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, candied pecan and peaty malt. Touch of hops to quiet the sweetness.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Creamy and syrupy.

O - Like a Dirty Bastard with bourbon. Lots of flavor. One of the best very-strong-bourbon-tasting beers I've had. Perhaps it's the fact this is a Wee Heavy, but I prefer their Kentucky Bourbon Stout a little more. Nevertheless, this is one fine beer. It ages REALLY well.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,425 ratings.