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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,781 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,781
Reviews: 1,610
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 830
Gots: 2,366 | FT: 227
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

"Wee Heavy", cave aged in oak bourbon barrels.
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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

A- a bright ruby with a lot of alcohol legs and a thin film of off white bubbly foam.

S- a rich brown sugary, oaky, vanilla sweetness with bourbon and rum, raisin, a bit of smoky peat, carmel.

T- just like the nose, this is a very sweet but woody balanced beer with dark fruit and light scotch ale notes. The finish is a smooth butterscotch which adds a really buttery smooth finish reminiscent of of a good scotch whiskey.

O- really great combination here of scotch ale and bourbon. I loved this and would like to try other bourbon scotch wee heavies.

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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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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled 10/07/11. Pours cloudy dark red color with a small dense khaki head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of huge caramel, toffee, vanilla, coconut, toasted malt, oak, bourbon, and molasses. Simply incredible aromas here with fantastic balance. Taste of huge caramel, coconut, vanilla, toasted malt, bourbon, toffee, molasses, and a bit of spiciness. Fairly clean finish; but some lingering notes of caramel, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, and molasses on the finish for a bit. Medium carbonation and quite full bodied; with a very creamy, silky, and incredibly smooth drinking mouthfeel. Alcohol is almost completely hidden; but there is a small bit of booziness and a slight warming after the finish. Incredible balance of flavors in the taste and aromas. Overall this is definitely a world class brew. Incredible flavor balance, with some unique flavor combination thanks to the barrel aging. I am glad I have more of this; I wonder how it is in a year.

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mucho gracias to maximum12 and wife for sparing a bottle for my enjoyment. Me and my pathetic little beer collection thank you.

Pours a caramello colored brown. Not a lot of head, as is often the case with Founders. Smell is kicky with bourbon, vanilla, caramel, nut, indistinct malty sugar.

We had just finished up another beer, wife complained that one was too tame. She takes one sip of this and proclaims "And the same can't be said for this one! Goddamn!". That is meant as both praise and disbelief on her account, but for me, it's unadulterated praise. This one is as boozy as Barney Gumbel. Molasses rides shotgun, along with malt, caramel, and vanilla all subtly taking up the rear. Great.

Smooth and lightly carbonated.

Damn. Great beer. Wish they made it year-round, and that it wasn't so hard to score.

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

12 ounce bottle courtesy of scray24, poured into a pint glass. Deep dark amber with a small eggshell head. I’m basically getting bourbon on the nose, without much scotch ale influence. Malty caramel with oodles of toasted coconut. Not an alcoholic smell though, very smooth. Flavor is very similar. The main note here is woody bourbon, heavy on coconut, light on booze. A little vanilla and honey come through. A strong sweet beer, perfect for nightcap purposes.

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Backwoods on tap. 12 oz pour; tumbler. Deep red color, becoming dirty brown. Very dark.

Smells of vanilla, toasted coconut, oak, caramel syrup, and alcohol. So interesting. I think, because I've had this many times before, that I know what to expect. But, I'm a first timer for a keg pour.

Caramel, bourbon-forward, more coconut, big vanilla, angel food cake, and a lot of liquor. Big time. Complex and brute. Fruity finish. Notes of dates, maple, and hardwood.

Not overly thick, sticky, or particularly harsh. Warming bite, with some suds. Heavier, of course. For the whiskey lover.

Hands down, best Wee Heavy I've had. I said, put your hands down!

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4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

half finger rapidly dissipating head, no lacing, on a cloudy dark brown amber body. Aroma of the bourbon barrel is right on. Nice oak and vanilla notes. Mostly oak and bourbon in the flavor. Smooth with some molasses and caramel notes. medium to full body and moderate carbonation. Just the right amount of bourbon flavoring, smooth and surprisingly drinkable.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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