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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

6,642 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,642
Reviews: 1,579
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 804
Gots: 2,256 | 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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of Longo85
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of morrowd3
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of prisdefer
4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Illem
4.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Brilliant ruby-brown, tan head that remains only as a ring, no lace.

S: Sweet, nutty toffee malt, some buttery wood. A lot of big smells, easy to overdo, but here they are balanced very well, just maybe too much diacetyl.

T: Sweet malt/grain, then nuttiness, then a mix of alcohol, wood, and whiskey spice all lingering on the palate for a while. Butter is gone!

F: My only gripe. A little too light, but pretty smooth. I could do with even less carbonation, make this thing as close to whiskey as possible!

O: With this style, it's easy to be boring, or do too much 'innovation'. This one nails it. Malt at the forefront, sweet overall but not too much, with whiskey spice and a bit of an ethanol reminder to really elevate it above the rest.

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

Photo of babyrocks
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TylerKitchens
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Irishace9
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gruss004
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lefty418
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an absolutely outstanding beer! It's powerful but not too overwhelming and I love the way it smells right after you open the bottle. Drank all mine up, so I will have to wait until next year for more.

Photo of Jopetch83
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of Murphious
4.89/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RStaff4
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-Aged 6 months from cellar into snifter-

A: Black with tints of mahogany when the glass is spun a bit. Minimal head

S: Bourbon is at the forefront, lots of alcohol. Vanilla is in the background

T: On the sweeter side, sugar and caramel, with hints of vanilla. Finished with delicious roasted malts.

F: Very creamy, almost frothy feel on the palate.

Overall: The power in this is in the initial aroma. Not as much bourbon as you would expect in the taste, which I don't mind. Very drinkable scotch ale.

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

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

Photo of Zhillsgator
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MarkJC1018
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Skwalk47
3.37/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gave it a couple shots spread out over time and I just cant get into it. Wayy too much booze on both the nose and the taste. Once you get past the booze there are some nice notes hidden underneath but they are completely overwhelmed. The smell reminds me of a jack and coke. Taste is overwhelming booze then a decent bourboney finish. Will try to keep a couple in the cellar and see how it mellows with age...

Photo of kmbeer
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Poured from a bottle to a nonic glass

L: Dark ruby with a tan, somewhat creamy head. Bit cloudy.

S: Very bourbony; lots of wood and vanilla and ethanol. Mild hit of rye and malt at the end. Little bit of caramel in the middle.

T: Creamy caramel and sweet. slightly Malty. Reminds me of a good caramel candy. Rye and dark dried fruit in the middle. Clean, slightly bitter ending with light hops.

F: Creamy and smooth; almost unctuous. On the light end of heavy.

O: This ended up being a mild whale for me and I'm not disappointed. It's special and robust and worth the hunt! I look forward to seeing it next year!

Photo of cooperla1
4.82/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 6,642 ratings.