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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,861 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,861
Reviews: 1,623
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 845
Gots: 2,416 | FT: 231
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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4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tonight I’ve had the pleasure of sipping on Founders Backwoods Bastard and Dirty Bastard. Both beers were poured at 45 degrees or so into normal pint glasses. The following was written as I alternatively sipped both. This was A LOT of fun. Cheers!

Note: my ratings here were for just the Backwoods Bastard...I'm dual posting this under Dirty Bastard with ratings of that beer there.

Appearance: Slightly darker color. Small head, disappears in a minute leaving ring around edge.

Smell: BOURBON. Carmel, greatness. I could spend an evening just smelling this beer. There’s some vanilla in there too. In fact, the first time I tasted this, I made my one chalice of the beer last about an hour because I knew once I finished it - I wouldn’t be able to smell it any more. Except in my dreams.

Taste: All the very fine roasted malts of the original, with the smokey warming sensation of bourbon too! This is an AMAZING drinking experience. It’s very sweet in the front and then there’s peat and a delightful bourbon-like finish and warming. You can also pick up brown sugar. The first time I had this, I thought “very dark bananas foster.” This is an awesome beer. One of my top-5 taste wise. A sipper of the finest magnitude.

Appearence: Very dark ruby red. Off white head, 2/3 of an inch, fades over 2-3 minutes.

Smell: Carmel malts. Brown sugar. Very slight smokiness. Much more mild than its big brother. Zero hop smell. Malts and sweet, bready goodness.

Taste: Surprising slight bitterness, which I couldn’t pick up in the smell at all. Slight bitterness up front, then a very nice sweet maltiness takes over. Very slight scotch-like finish with a bit of warming. I don’t pick up much of a smokey taste. This is a damn fine beer. The roasted malts are very well balanced by a slight hop bitterness. What smoke there is here really helps provide balance. This is the first time I’ve had Dirty Bastard after a long love affair with Backwoods Bastard - I’d drink either of these anytime.

Overall: I love these beers. It was great to have both at once. The base beer is one of the better scotch ales I’ve had. The barrel aged big brother is sweet, smokey greatness that any fan of big beers, scotch, bourbon, LIFE ITSELF ... will love. Seek these out. Enjoy them.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- A very dark, mahogany brown with opaque haziness. Little to no head.

S- Roasted malts and typical scotch ale notes with bourbon notes taking the backseat.

T- Lots of bourbon flavor, some vanilla, oak and roasted malt. Like a lighter bodied bourbon barrel stout. Alcohol present at the end.

M- A good amount of carbonation, but goes down pretty smooth still.

O- I had pretty high expectations for the beer, sadly it didn't quite live up. It was solid, but didn't wow me.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip shaped glass

Appearance – Pours a mahogany-deep red color. There is a very mild off white head formed upon pouring with only a bit of lacing upon the heads dissipation.

Smell – Sweeter aromas first meet the nose of dark fruits mixed with a little bit of caramel. A slight amount of bourbon works its way in the middle with a little bit of alcohol mixing with the bourbon and fruit; rounding out the smell profile at the very end.

Taste – Up front a nice complex dark fruit flavor, composed mainly of a cherry base (yet mixed in with some prune and raisin as well), is mixed with a slight amount of caramel malt flavor. There is an ever so slight bourbon that works its way into the taste profile. The alcohol then comes into play and mixing with the light bourbon and finishes out the taste profile. A nice flavor but a bit lacking in the barrel flavor that I desire.

Mouthfeel – For the high abv of the brew it is quite thin in body. The carbonation is just right, and this combined with the thinner body make it easy to drink. The one thing that holds one back, however, from downing this beer, is the slight tingle one gets from the alcohol, which helps keep you in check. Actually it all works together surprisingly well.

Overall - It is a good beer, but in some ways unbalanced for its style in my mind (i.e. thin body and lack of great bourbon flavor vs. its high abv and alcohol flavor). Good, but not great.

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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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