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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,412 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,412
Reviews: 1,520
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 763
Gots: 2,084 | 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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4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 2009 bottle poured into a sam adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, dark reddish amber with a small layer of off white head. Some lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt, dark fruit, vanilla, some warm alcohol and bourbon.

Taste: Sweet malt with some caramel and vanilla. Incredibly smooth bourbon with some brown sugar and a slight alcohol burn in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The age has done this one very well. Extremely smooth and complex. I'll definitely have this one again.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to G311 for this dandy. poured into my stone snifter.

a - pours a dark red mahagony (much more so red than i anticipated) with minimal head on it

s - strong smell of bourbon, vanilla, oak, brown sugar, with ... amazing!

t - definitely resembles the smell. strong bourbon taste that isn't as overwhelming as it sounds. clear malt and vanilla in there.

m - medium body and minimal carbonation that works well with this slow sipper

o - i'm really enjoying this beer - strong bourbon flavor without the heat. will definitely seek out more of these.

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Color is almost as dark as you can get with the color brown. I couldn't see through this until I held it up to the light. Ruby red highlights. Very mild carbonation bubbles lead to a small, less than one finger, head that is tan or khaki in color.

Smell is overwhelming barrel and vanilla. There are sweet sticky aromas of caramel and molasses. I also detect some alcohol. This is one of the greatest smelling beers I have had the privilege of sticking my very large schnaz into.

Taste is a bit more mellow then the smell. The bourbon barrel is still there and standing in the forefront, but the alcohol isn't as prevalent. I taste butterscotch and molasses. There is also a bit of a sweet cream soda taste. The more of this I drink, the more I must say about the barrel taste. I do love the bourbon barrel taste in anything I have tried. This one is done with precision! Very nice!!

Mouth is creamy and the carbonation is round. Body is balanced to full and the finish is long and wet.

Overall I really liked another Founders brew. It seems like Founders really has their shit together. This brew is right in line with their ability to nail any style. But I love the Bourbon Barell Aged ones most, I think they do those best.

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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,412 ratings.