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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

6,647 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 6,647
Reviews: 1,580
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 804
Gots: 2,258 | FT: 209
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:
Beer added by: CortexBomb on 01-30-2007

"Wee Heavy", cave aged in oak bourbon barrels.
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Photo of Seth_Mansfield
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RobPete
2.52/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is an ok beer. I didn't expect the strong bourbon presence. It was evident from the time I popped the top until the time the final remnants finished rolling off my tongue. To me, this was too overbearing. It was as though Founders took some ale and mixed it 50/50 with Beam. Beautiful deep red color and felt great on the tongue. Just couldn't get over thinking that I was drinking a cocktail.

Photo of Vogt52
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Razonulzer
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

I love this beer, i just wish they would come out with this beer more then a month. The bourbon taste at the end of a sip taste amazing!Def a great beer to buy.

Photo of ductape28
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ironstutz
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jjski
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very fine indeed, and a personal favorite.

IMHO this been has a "window" of greatness from 3-9 months after brewing. The barrel heat diminishes and the oak and vanilla rise up. I've not had good luck aging past a year. Still very good, but thins a bit. I find the same to be true of KBS. The aromatics in these beers seem ethereal, they are definitely present but are fragile compared to thicker, malt heavier beers.

Malted candy, warm toffee, dark bread with molasses, whiskey on the backside

To me any Scotch Ale is tasty, but this one with its lighter mouthfeel goes down very easily for 10.2%. Take care. If u have more willpower than me, it may make a "great sipper", but I have to watch myself. It is so smooth and balanced

Others in the class -barrel aged: Wulver ( fantastic but needs a lot more time to settle) and Ride the Lion (I have mixed feelings on this) are both great/good beers, if you like the style. Alesmith Wee with a year on it is a delight

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

Photo of bendude187
4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of noproduction
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jon4than
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Justin8mypants
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Weaselbob74
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PriorDoubleDark
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dan138
4.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dannykay79
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dutesanch
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Duncan2223
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CTbrew32
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Deep mahogany/red/brown color and opaque for the most part. About a half finger of head produced that subsides very quickly.

Aroma- Tons of sweet, bourbon, caramel, toffee, vanilla, and oak aromas in this one.

Taste- Lots of toffee sweetness upfront followed by a finish that showcases the bourbon nicely with vanilla and toasty oak flavors showing up. Very little alcohol heat if anything at all.

Feel- Full bodied, almost chewy, low carbonation, and very little residual malt in the finish.

Overall- Just from the nose I could tell this would be great and it was. Rich toffee flavors and a mellow bourbon influence makes this incredibly smooth and easy to drink. A sipper that sips very easily and isn't cloying in the least bit. Given the price and quality of this beer this will be a seasonal must have.

Photo of Monsta-beer-drinker
4.94/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of lurey1978
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ddlewis7
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of walterk
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mwj603
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 6,647 ratings.