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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,038 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,038
Reviews: 1,486
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 735
Gots: 1,903 | FT: 172
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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Photo of dmgeng
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Got this one by a fluke since it had just gotten to the liquor store 2 hours before I did and it was the last 4 pack.

A - Nice Ruby to brown color that is pretty clear. Very light head but still good lacing while drinking it down.

S - Sweet bourbon smell mixed with strong maltiness and I feel like some coconut and chocolate notes as well. Very complex smell but predominately sweet and boozy.

T - The flavors really accentuate the malt and the sweet caramel tones of the base beer. There is a strong bourbon flavor that carries with it oak, vanilla, and what I believe to be a distinct coconut character. There seems to be no bitterness and the only slight salvation for the sweetness is the alcohol on the back end.

M - Moderate mouth-feel with very light carbonation. Overall it is really thin for what I would have expected especially with all of the sweetness. I akin the body of this beer to mixing some brown sugar, bourbon, and water together.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer definitely worth a high mark but not close to some of the better stouts on the market. If you don't like sweet beers or bourbon this one is probably not a good choice. I don't believe that this beer is worth the $5 a bottle but it does have it's place. I would either skip this one for it's little brother "Dirty Bastard" or step it up and go with a bourbon stout instead of this estranged amalgamation of the two.

Glass- Stout glass

dmgeng, Today at 02:28 AM
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4.52/5  rDev +4.1%

dreis, Today at 02:05 AM
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Hseabrightm, Today at 01:40 AM
Photo of Krame1bt
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%

Krame1bt, Today at 01:35 AM
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

lawsonsj, Today at 12:39 AM
Photo of Critters
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Critters, Today at 12:38 AM
Photo of smaddock
5/5  rDev +15.2%

smaddock, Yesterday at 11:42 PM
Photo of Oldlogin
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Very strong burbon hit when first sampled.. It has grown on me with continuous tasting :))

Oldlogin, Yesterday at 08:02 PM
Photo of cichief
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%

cichief, Yesterday at 06:59 PM
Photo of gmag51
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

gmag51, Yesterday at 04:31 PM
Photo of grimey68
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

grimey68, Yesterday at 01:45 PM
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4.2/5  rDev -3.2%

Kark, Yesterday at 05:43 AM
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4.8/5  rDev +10.6%

Drifter1, Yesterday at 05:05 AM
Photo of embass
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

embass, Yesterday at 04:47 AM
Photo of Jeffh84
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Jeffh84, Yesterday at 03:46 AM
Photo of JasW
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%

An excellent Scotch ale. What distinguishes this from other Scotch ales is its pronounced yet warming bourbon booziness.

JasW, Yesterday at 02:48 AM
Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

IvoryFoxhole, Yesterday at 01:44 AM
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4.2/5  rDev -3.2%

Jmitchell3, Yesterday at 01:21 AM
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4.4/5  rDev +1.4%

Catlin, Yesterday at 12:48 AM
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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