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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,088 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,088
Reviews: 1,491
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 733
Gots: 1,932 | FT: 180
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  rDev -7.8%

cp45, Apr 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost blackish body with a one-finger tan head that stickss around for awhile. A rich, thick malt smell of toasted, maple, caramel, molasses, that whiskey smell (oak cask, bourbon...) mixed w/ sour/tart fruits - reminds me of a barleywine the smell is that strong. A thick, full-bodied beer that is strong and a little syrupy/sticky. The malt taste is excellent with cocoa, caramel, toffee, coffee bean, oak, vanilla along w/ minor fruit flavors like cherry (tart fruit). Overall I'd say this is a smooth and creamy scotch ale, but it does have a little dryness in it thanks to that really high ABV, which is mostly hidden. This is a grat sipper to relax with, but I couldn't session this it's so thick and strong.

clayrock81, Mar 24, 2009
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4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow, was surprised to see this at the beer store this afternoon! I was lazily making a mixed six pack and found these in the Founders shelf so I just had to throw one in there. Poured from the bottle into my Duvel tulip after chilling in the fridge for an hour or so.

Pours viscous with a one finger head that dissipates quickly. After the head is gone you are left with an outer rim of foam around the edges of the glass. The body of the beer is ruby red. Thin lacing as the beer is drank.

The smell is nuts. Lots of alcohol in the smell, it almost smells medicinal. The bourbony vanilla is dominant with the malts in the background.

First sip is a bourbon and malty explosion. The alcohol is hot too. My palate began to numb after the second sip but the aftertaste was still there. Lots of bourbon in this one and some scotchy malts in the background. I wish I could have tried Dirty Bastard before this one to have a familiarity with the beer before I tasted it bourbon barrel aged. Maybe I would have gotten more out of the taste. Overall, the taste is much like it smells. I think it'll taste better with some age on it due to it being so hot right now.

Mouthfeel is alright. Kind of on the thinner side of a scotch ale with minimal carbonation. The etching on this glass helps keep the bubbles going but not much. Still a good feeling to swish it around your mouth but not excellent by any means.

Drinkability is fair. I'm not too big on bourbon bombs and this one appears to be so in its youth. Maybe with 6 months or so on it, it'll be more palatable and drinkable to me. Overall though, a good beer.

auroracrisis, Nov 10, 2009
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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,088 ratings.