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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,633 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,633
Reviews: 1,577
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 803
Gots: 2,252 | FT: 209
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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 arusso13
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sisuspeed
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Foothills tasting glass. Forms two fingers worth of creamy off-white head that rests on top of an amber-copper body. Leaves nice waves of lacing. Looks quite good.

Sweet malts, honey, bourbon and vanilla rise up from the glass. A little earthy and oaky with a touch of alcohol.

Sweet and bready with light bourbon and vanilla. Malt backbone has a little bit of spice to it and plays nicely with the barrels. Tastes like there is a bit of rye in here as well. Nicely done.

Body is smooth with a good helping of warming booze. Almost creamy, but the carbonation on the finish breaks it up a bit. Touch of bitterness on the finish.

Drinkability is good for 10.2% barrel-aged scotch ale. Sweet and boozy, but there is some nice bitterness that evens things out. One bottle is enough for me, but quite enjoyable on a cold night. I like this just a touch more than the non-barreled offering. As usual, Founders brews tasty beers.

Photo of wgarton
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark color into a pint glass. There is almost no perceptible color until I hold it under the light, at which point there's a dark-purple-red that shines through. There's a bit of haze when seen through the light. I could have had some more head, though. With the pour there was a thin white head that quickly parted to just a white lacing.

S: Very enjoyable smell. It hints at the coming sweetness and speaks more to the alcohol content than the taste does. There's some cherry in the nose.

T: Sweetness and no hint of alcohol. There's a caramel in there too, as well as some woody flavors likely from the barrel aging.

MF: A good scotch ale carbonation with a little creaminess. Cleanses the palate on the way down, would go really well with a creamy cheese as it would push through it and clean it from the mouth.

D: Overall, this is a beer that is way too drinkable for its abv. Very enjoyable, especially on a rainy night getting ready for the holidays. If i weren't told that this is so alcoholic I may have been in trouble! A god pick.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I found a 4-pack of this at Stimmel's in Bowling Green Ohio. Tonight my wife and I are drinking it, poured into Sam Adams glasses. The beer's appearance is 50% perfect: hazy dark brown color with loads of fine floaties but absolutely no head. I can feel the carbonation when I drink it but really no foam on top.

The aroma is strong, bourbon and malt, maybe you could guess it was even a rum and coke. The flavor is way complex, rum, coke, bourbon, sweet and roasted malts, unreal. Alcohol is really evident as well, which limits the drinkability for me.

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ncketchum for the bottle...(2012 vintage) Poured this into a CBS snifter and drank at room temperature.

A) Pours out looking like a thin maple syrup. Deep brown with some red tone. There was no head, and no lacing. Some alcohol feet.

S) That American oak is very present. This is pleasantly woody, with vanilla, caramel, roasted malt, and certainly some bourbon. Very nice aroma.

T) A good amount of malt flavor. Again, nice and woody. Vanilla and caramel are also noted, but this is not overly sweet for my tastes. Definitely some alcohol, and the accompanying warmth one would expect.

M) A medium body, and really not much carbonation at all. Kind of a sweet sticky feel. It's smooth, but I really felt it would be a bit heavier. Finishes warm and a little dry. Nice aftertaste...

O) This is very good, but honestly, I found myself just slightly disappointed. This is likely because my expectations were sky high, based upon anything barrel aged I've had by Founders, which have been amazing. Having said all of that, I will gladly revisit this offering.

Photo of bbeane
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... starts with a small brown head that almost disappears completely. Beer is dark brown in color, a shade of ruby when held up to the light

S- Smells great... notes of chocolate, raison, fig, and bourbon. After some swirls of the snifter more sweet malts come out with light notes of bourbon. Bourbon and heat intensifies as it warms

T- Not as complex as the aroma... Starts with malty sweet taste accompanied by notes of bourbon and wood. Finishes with the oaky bourbon taste intensifying and some notes of vanilla

M- Medium body and light carbonation

O- Wasn't as good as I had expected, but a quality libation for sure. I thought the nose was amazing with the body and taste lacking abit. All in all worth trying once for sure

Photo of KeyWestGator
4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of watermelon
4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle 2013 release poured into a snifter glass.

A: Dark brown body with a khaki brown head

S: Smells strongly of bourbon could be a bit more complex.

T: Taste of bourbon and vanilla upfront along with some darker fruits.

M: Slight alcohol burn but nothing off putting by any means. Mouthfeel is a bit light for a beer of this caliber.

O: Real decent scotch ale. Not the best barrel aged beer I've had but it is defiantly one that I will pick up year after year.

Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a stemmed goblet. Bottled on 9/27. Consumed on 11/17. Written from notes.

A - Brown approaching black with a purplish tinge. No head. Off white ring of foam on edges of glass. Light carbonation.

S - Bourbon, caramel, toffee, and molasses. Very boozy, but expected.

T - Boozy, but not as strong as I expected. Bourbon, vanilla, toffee, and brown sugar. Very warming.

M - Low point of beer. Lightly carbonated. Somewhat thick. Not much going on here.

O - Other than mouthfeel, a solid beer.

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4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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