Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 7,030
Reviews: 1,651
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 892
Gots: 2,494 | FT: 248
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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 trinomad
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

If you love whiskey, and you love ales, you'll love this beer!

Photo of rjpomeroy
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong and tasty. Alcohol really jumps out at you. Founders delivers again.

Photo of MrGoodBeer1
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was blown away by this beer. The bourbon flavor is perfectly balanced in this beautifully complex beer. I want more!

Photo of Boozermurfin
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Yes. Incredible.
L - reddish brown, 1 inch head no lacing, minimal head retention
S - Smells big time of bourbon & caramel, some oak, alcohol, sweetness (maybe fig, vanilla extract)
T - definitely boozy, but rightfully so at 10.2 with only 50 IBU. Smooth, velvety, oaky
Could be dried out a little more IMO.
F - sticks to the roof of my mouth, but appropriately creamy for a scotch ale.
O - love it. really, really, delicious sipper. Suppose there's some minor improvements to be had, but fricking delicious. A celebration of big beer!

Photo of Sandalwood
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The color is a very dark red burgundy shade with a small tannish head, not much lacing. The beer seems cloudy with floating sediments. The odor is bourbon, dark berry, cherry, woods, sweet, very rich, fig, dried fruits, dates. The taste is dried fruits, dates, malt, sweet, berry. Dry but not very bitter a aftertaste. Aged a few months before trying.

Photo of JamGrover1983
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle presence is strong. Can definately smell the alcohol and berry woody notes at the spout of the bottle. Initially poured about 2 ounces in a snifter. The color is rich and with full body. Upon initial swirl again the booze eminates strong but there is a very rich oak smell. The head is full but quickly dissipates as expected with the high alcohol content. The thickness of the beer is impressive and hold well to the glass. The temperature at taste is about 45 degrees Fahrenheit and this is where I feel the beer is at its best. Has a great mouth feel and the aging of the beer really shows through. The taste is super crisp and bites like a good whiskey. Over the course of an hour the drink warms but holds up well. Overall it makes for an overall enjoyable experience. There is a little room for improvement as the color muddied a bit as it warms , but I do enjoy this beer. Founders rarely disappoints me and this one holds up strong.

Photo of Will_cigars-n-brews
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this has always been a go to winter beer for me. This year it has a very creamy mouth feel, coats the mouth a lot though. Tastes good, but has a little bit of a banana taste to it. otherwise, it's still a favorite cold weather beer

Photo of scottiethebody
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Typing characters so that I can rate as before without having to write a paragraph.

Photo of jeffstinson
4.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Phenomenal beer. Everything you want in a BA beer.

Photo of Chief09
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best hands down scotch ale you will ever have.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks great in the glass, smells like almost pure bourbon...taste has that similar twang that all befell KBS as well: where the bourbon seems to be somehow applied on top of the beer instead of a part of it, reaching an almost buttery flavor that almost puts you off, but not quite.

Photo of TimG_0913
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoy this brew. Alcohol binding pretty well. Taste the bourbon in the after taste. Can't beat 2 in 1. Beer and bourbon.

Photo of EuellGophar
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good seasonal beer. Much more going for it than billed.

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reddish brown hue with vanilla and bourbon in the aroma. Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, and oak with a touch of heat on the finish. I've never been a huge fan of any aging but this one works well. Nicely done Founders!

Photo of breakingbland
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent bourbon barrel aged beer. The oak/vanilla/bourbon is somewhat downplayed compared to others that I've tried which often come across as cloyingly sweet. This been lets the underlying beer come through.

Photo of happydrunk
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is my new favorite beer. (For this week! )

Photo of JohnnyI
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As an initial foray in to the beer review community, what better brewery to start with than Founders? And what better selection than 2014 Backwoods Bastard? Admittedly, I am a little partial due to the fact that I grew up in metro Detroit, and was spoiled with the likes of world class breweries such as Founders and Bells. Now that I am living in South Carolina, I can appreciate their genius even more. Well it's Monday night.... what better way to usher in tedious Tuesday morning meetings than a midnight Wee Heavy that clocks in at 10.2%! I have tried many other Scotch Ales (Orkney, Old Chub, Innis & Gunn, McEwans, and more) but this one raises the bar for me. Dirty Bastard was always a favorite, but the barrel aging of this masterpiece sets it apart. The bourbon notes perfectly marry with the sweet caramel malts creating a warm and especially inviting beer. This is not for the faint of heart though. I would call it dangerously drinkable for those that can enjoy the aroma & warmth of bourbon and appreciate the syrupy splendor of sweet Scotch Ale. Give it to your friend that drinks Blue Moon and watch them recoil in horror. Share with an afficianado of spirits and you might find a convert. Best enjoyed in the company of a true Beer Advocate. This is simply too good to trifle with those that cannot appreciate it's perfection.

Photo of Mikedhoppy
3.61/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lots of vanilla! Too sweet for me but will be great for fans of bourbon aged beers

Photo of larryarms847
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a rusty brown with soft red hues and a very appealing single finger of lathery foam.

Caramel, bourbon, vanilla, and oak.

Oh my! Tons of vanilla, presumably from the bourbon barrels, of course (delicious) notes of bourbon, woody, caramel malts, and toffee.

Medium-bodied, low-medium carbonation, warming, and smooth as hell.

Overall, my favorite Founders brew second to KBS.

Photo of Jaxbrew
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage. Really nice barrel influence on this to have such a presence after more than a year's aging. Nice cherry/plum flavors and hints of vanilla from the oak.

Photo of CraigP83
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark Brown, Lightly Carbonated.
Odor: Caramel, Whiskey, Charred Oak
Taste: Reminds me of drinking a Rootbeer & Windsor, There is a light fizz that dances on your tongue, coffee syrup aftertaste.

Photo of mabermud
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Deep and dark
Smell: Sweetness + bouron
Taste: Good balance. A weaker Wulver.
Feel: Low carb.
Overall: Wulver is better...I would take either, but prefer Wulver.

Photo of TheItalianStallion
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz poured into a tulip

A: Pours a bright amber that is very similar to bourbon or whiskey in color. Dense 2 finger head that dissipates after a minute or 2 to a thin collar. There are only a few spots of lacing randomly dotting the glass.

S: Caramel right up front with a good amount of oak and bourbon notes. Big aromas of toffee and brown sugar blend everything together perfectly.

T: Sweet flavors of bourbon and caramel dominate with a solid oakiness on the finish. Toffee and brown sugar are also there, but nowhere near as pronounced as the bourbon and caramel flavors. The bourbon takes center stage in this beer and is one of the main flavors, as opposed to faintly existing in the background. Alcohol is masked well, but becomes evident as the beer warms.

M: Body is medium-full with low carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is only really detectable on the finish as the beer warms.

O: This is a very interesting beer with an amazing aroma of caramel and big bourbon flavors that are a major part of everything. There is definitely some oak on the finish, but it is not overwhelming and is the perfect touch. This is a great beer, but personally I would like it more if the bourbon was slightly less pronounced. Nonetheless, it is a fantastic beer and now I am regretting only buying a single 12oz.

Photo of Immortale25
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter.

A- Pours a dark brown color with a 1/8 inch tan head that doesn't retain long before becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small bubbly center patch of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves tiny clots behind.

S- Bourbon presence is heavy with notes of oak and vanilla. Also some dark fruit and raisin.

T- Flavor is smoother than the aroma lets on. The bourbon provides a moderate booze flavor that's balanced out by the overall sweetness of the drink. Notes of caramel, sherry and more vanilla.

M- Slightly creamy with medium-low carbonation and a body leaning toward the fullish side.

O- This is a great beer but not exactly worthy of all the hype. Thirsty Dog's Wulver on the other hand...

Photo of DarienMcl
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good flavor but sticks on pallet

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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