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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,432 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,432
Reviews: 1,526
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 767
Gots: 2,105 | FT: 190
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 EveningCordial
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into snifter.

A- dark brown/copper body with noticeable carbonation and a short, white head that dissipates fairly quick. Good amount of lacing present.

S- all notes take a back seat to the bourbon in this offering. Alcohol smell us very present. The delicious bourbon gives way to a sweet molasses scent. Also present are hints of vanilla, oak and other woods, leather, maple syrup, and even a little tobacco.

T- sticking to its nose, this ale is very bourbon forward. The warm bourbon heat hits up front and is followed by some creamy vanilla and molasses. Plenty of oak and wood is present, as is some brown sugar and caramel.

M- medium to full bodied. Very creamy without the heaviness of a stout. Decent amount if carbonation and although the initial swallow has heat from the bourbon, the finish is actually quite crisp, smooth, and perfectly balanced.

O- outstanding job by Founders. I'm a sucker for KBS and stouts but this is a homerun for a scotch ale and is just a step behind KBS in my opinion. I know quite a few people who enjoy this offering better actually. It's smooth bourbon bliss in my book.

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3.84/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dymmig89
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - cloudy brown with a good tan head and great lacing.
Smell - strong bourbon oak booze smell
Taste - boozy bourbon oak barrel vanilla taste
Feel - medium body with lots of fizzzz
Overall - boozy bourbon barrel beer and pretty good.

Photo of ZBR101
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.1/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

32 oz growler into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark chestnut color. The head is two fingers high, and mocha in shade. No, retention isn't that good, but the head still leaves behind plenty of sticky lacing on my glass. (4)

Smell: I shouldn't really judge the aroma straight from the fridge; letting it warm up will reveal notes of caramel, vanilla, and coconut. Gentle notes of oak barrel and smoke also appear. The nose reveals deft usage of barrels: it's rich and decadent, with the barrel-aging adding a powerful layer of complexity - and while all of this is happening, it still doesn't seem remotely harsh or boozy. (4.25)

Taste: It starts off with notes of vanilla, caramel, chocolate, and brown sugar; afterwards, it gives way to an oaky finish. Additional notes of general bourbon and tea leaf also appear. This is a very oak-laden beer, yet the base beer meshes perfectly. And while the powerful oak presence may create an illusion of alcohol, in reality this beer isn't boozy in the slightest. Powerful yet delicate, how can I not love this? (4.5)

Mouthfeel: For something slightly over 10%, this is amazingly clean and crisp. Yet, it still features a full body and a decadent overall feel. Carbonation is nearly perfect. Seriously, something so big and bold shouldn't be so drinkable... (4.25)

Overall: Wow. It's bourbony without being harsh, it's big without being moronic, and...well, it's just a damn good BA scotch ale. The base beer serves its purpose brilliantly taking the edge off of the barrel presence without diluting its glory. As a bourbon barrel showcase, it's absolutely fantastic. (4.25)

4.35/5: A blueprint on how to make a bourbon-bomb of a beer

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4.76/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.4/5  rDev +1.4%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Furlinator
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%

Pours a hazy dark copper. The 1/4 inch khaki head fades to a thin ring on top and leaves spotty lace.

The smell is of burnt brown sugar, roasted malt, vanilla, bourbon and faint cocoa.

The taste is of brown sugar, roasted malt, Earthy oak and vanilla.

The texture is heavy bodied with low carbonation.

Heavenly aromas combine with impressive flavors with seamless bourbon barrel presence. World class.

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4.24/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.36/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.4/5  rDev -21.7%

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4.52/5  rDev +4.1%

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,432 ratings.