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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,272 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,272
Reviews: 1,425
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 655
Gots: 1,542 | FT: 143
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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Sudsday

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-26-2013 02:52:09 | More by Sudsday
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ToddGingerich

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

12-25-2013 20:23:36 | More by ToddGingerich
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Theogre83

Kansas

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

12-25-2013 19:12:20 | More by Theogre83
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Geech

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-25-2013 19:01:23 | More by Geech
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LostHighway

Maine

4/5  rDev -7.6%

12-25-2013 18:00:06 | More by LostHighway
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Hillbilly

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-25-2013 08:21:25 | More by Hillbilly
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HeadyTheElder

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -7.6%

12-24-2013 21:57:05 | More by HeadyTheElder
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ScottJWing

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-24-2013 21:05:02 | More by ScottJWing
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +2.8%

(poured into a fat tulip Delirium Tremens glass)

A: large, creme-colored foam stand on pour, translucent mist left above, some spotty lace... murky, deep-rust hued liquid, perhaps a little too dark, though reg. Bastard is dark and the barrel may account for this... looks about right... solid and standard

S: vanilla, crème brûlée, charred animal fat, soured bourbon (if that makes sense) but merely a highlight - something that peaks up through the center.... mildly grain alcoholic aroma

T: ooh wow!... obvious bourbon, bold but in superb balance with a touch of syrupy crystal and huge vanilla flavor.... coffee-cake-ish malt... sweetish, raisin-y, vaguely liqueur-like booze in the finish.... sweetish throughout, really, but not cloying, indicative of high end crystal (120? special B?).... not at all reminiscent of a Scotch Ale in the traditional sense.... moderate-high sense of herbal bitterness (and a flavor I can only describe as like licking a marble counter-top) long after.... all flavors are in excellent balance and proper intensities

M: fantastic, medium-light, compact malty body.... elegantly dry.... definite silkiness from start to a little past midway, yet drops off rapidly and wonderfully

O: several cuts above the Dirty Bastard and easily one of the top 5 bourbon barrel aged beers I've had

12-24-2013 20:42:12 | More by Bouleboubier
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xensure

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-24-2013 17:57:51 | More by xensure
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ChrisChagnon

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -7.6%

12-24-2013 14:39:05 | More by ChrisChagnon
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WTKeene

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

12-24-2013 04:49:39 | More by WTKeene
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Rimbimhoot

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.6%

12-24-2013 04:23:21 | More by Rimbimhoot
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Monkeypuker

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

12-24-2013 04:07:40 | More by Monkeypuker
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brianmandell

New York

4/5  rDev -7.6%

12-23-2013 23:55:57 | More by brianmandell
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Rado

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-23-2013 18:18:00 | More by Rado
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DerrickW

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

12-23-2013 17:39:25 | More by DerrickW
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WildRoverBrewery

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +2.8%

Appearance: This poured a very deep brown with just a hint of red highlights. It had a light mocha colored head that was thin, and not lasting. It also left no lacing on the glass. Very light carbonation activity visible. I've seen more impressive looking beers, but nothing about it is off-putting.

Aroma: The nose was huge with caramel, maple syrup, and bourbon notes. It was incredible. It had a touch of figs/dates and booze as well. Outstanding bouquet on this one.

Taste: The caramel and bourbon carried over into the taste. More malty sweet than maple syrup in the taste than in the aroma. I couldn't detect much booze until the bottom of the glass. The notes of figs and raisins were on the back end of the palate as well. Awesome tasting.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with low carbonation on the tongue. Very smooth, no alcohol burn, no astringency.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer. Probably the best bourbon-barrel aged beer that I've tried, and much better than it's base beer.

12-23-2013 15:57:10 | More by WildRoverBrewery
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Mikro-Brew

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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Texas

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

12-23-2013 03:29:09 | More by RyanCFriedrich
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JC333

New York

2/5  rDev -53.8%

12-23-2013 01:58:24 | More by JC333
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 5,272 ratings.