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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,654 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,654
Reviews: 1,581
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 807
Gots: 2,262 | 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

"Wee Heavy", cave aged in oak bourbon barrels.
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Photo of Ohiovania
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells of Vanilla, Bourbon, Licorice, alcohol. Had this fresh and now a few months past. The vanilla has definitely faded leaving more of a bourbon alcohol, heat, and oak presence to this beer. Still good, just one i won't be aging. The scotch ale is in there somewhere providing a great base for this beer to stand on.

Photo of MrDanno96
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown color with ruby hues when held to light. About two fingers of off-white head dissipate to about a finger and leave streaks of foamy lacing.

S: The nose is not as strong as I would expect. I definitely get strong whiffs of bourbon and vanilla, but they are somewhat muted. The characteristic malty caramel scotch ale aroma lingers somewhere in the background as well. Notes of butterscotch as well.

T/M: Notes of caramel and molasses up front give way to definitive notes of vanilla, bourbon and oak in the finish. There is a slight alcohol burn as it goes down, but it is impressively smooth and full bodied for a beer that is over 10%. Very little hop bitterness to speak of. My only criticism is that for such a big beer it's flavors are not very assertive.

O: A solid all around beer. It's impressive how smooth it is for 10%. I could use just a little more in your face flavor out of it, though.

Photo of smithmd4
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was bottled on 10/13/11 and reviewed on 12/12/11. Served in a snifter.

Appearance was very, very dark. When held up to the light, the color is identifiable as dark, dark mahogany with significant haze (unfiltered). As with many high abv, barrel-aged beers, carbonation is low and the thin tan head quickly dissipates. The beer has a pronounced bourbon nose. Vanilla, oak, and butterscotch tones predominate. There's a lot going on here in the nose and it takes some patient swirling to dig it out. Your patience is definitely rewarded.

Flavor is wonderful. First, you get sweet malty caramel, toffee, and creme brulee flavors. Then you get vanilla and bourbon with a touch of coffee and a gentle hop kiss. The barrel-aging goes wonderfully with this style. Drinking it reminds me of the taste of Asbach Uralt (those wonderful brandy-filled German dark chocolates). The mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, but somehow this only seems to add to the (illusion of) drinkability.

This is an amazing beer. It is like a luxury model of one of my all time favorite beers - BBC's Bourbon Barrel Big Brown. I do love barrel-aged stouts, but I wish more brewers would make barrel-aged versions of easy-drinking sweet, malty beers like brown ales and Scottish/Scotch ales. The oaky tones of the bourbon just go perfectly with these beers.

Photo of AwesomeSara
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of twkirkby
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of eroc360
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of NvMyBeer
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of jtmcgraw
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of beergynt
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of gcare02
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of GimmeGumballHead
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Scottz5
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of McCranky
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of DrewZ926
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- deep brown with some golden highlights, minimal head that fades fast, no lacing

S- a wallop of savory bourbon, maple, caramel, molasses, sweet malt

T- really complex and balanced surprisingly, big bourbon flavors, not overly sweet though, lots of intense malt and caramel, toffee, a bit of mint and cocoa too

M- full bodied and fairly viscous

O- a great barrel aged offering from founders. Very bourbon-centric though, which to some may be off-putting. That being said I think the base beer melded great with the aging and preserved its integrity while taking on an even more complex flavor profile

Photo of thebighungry
5/5  rDev +15.2%

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of otrejo
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of sjstraub
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a flute.

Appearance: Dark semi-opaque amber. Head isn't thick settles rather quickly I would be lying is I said it made it to 1/8", comes off slightly dark brown.

Smell: Like pure alchol, ok maybe not..but definitely gives an aroma of fine red wine.

Taste: Comes off like a butterscotch rum, yes seriously just slightly carbonated. Might be sweet to some but the presence of the alcohol is obviously present.

Mouth: Light carbonation, not as light as some "draught" beers but not that heavy either. I like it! Compliments the sweet alcohol flavors.

Overall: Unique beer, I can compare it some but I will let you be the judge, if you like rum meets malts with slight hints of vanilla you will love this beer. It's definitely not for most but definitely for all real beer drinkers alike, Cheers to all!

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

12oz bottle (thanks crabbicuss) poured into a snifter

A: Pours dark brown with a half finger of tan head. Decent lacing.

S: Lots of barrel. Bourbon, lots of vanilla and slightly burnt caramel, oak, a little chocolate.

T: The bourbon and barrel is very well balanced and blended with toffee, burnt caramel/molasses, touch of chocolate, slightly smokey malt. Finish isn't all that sweet.

M: Medium to full body, slightly low carbonation. Smooth though it seems a little thin on the back end.

O: I really enjoyed this. A lot of bal- beers tend to be rather unbalanced, either it's all barrel or it's invisible. This hit the perfect harmony of a great base beer made better with barrel character. I'd highly recommend this to anyone who likes Bal beers. Founders clearly knows what they are doing with barrels.

Photo of kenpo23
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of mullenpc
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Smosk
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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