Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,464 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,464
Reviews: 1,538
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 773
Gots: 2,123 | FT: 193
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 Fireslayer
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of tkrane
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Immortale25
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter.

A- Pours a dark brown color with a 1/8 inch tan head that doesn't retain long before becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small bubbly center patch of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves tiny clots behind.

S- Bourbon presence is heavy with notes of oak and vanilla. Also some dark fruit and raisin.

T- Flavor is smoother than the aroma lets on. The bourbon provides a moderate booze flavor that's balanced out by the overall sweetness of the drink. Notes of caramel, sherry and more vanilla.

M- Slightly creamy with medium-low carbonation and a body leaning toward the fullish side.

O- This is a great beer but not exactly worthy of all the hype. Thirsty Dog's Wulver on the other hand...

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

Photo of DarienMcl
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good flavor but sticks on pallet

Photo of threeviews
4.91/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

12oz bottle (Bottled On Date: 10/14/14) into a 11oz Libbey Snifter glass
A- Pours a gorgeous (and mostly clear) mahogany, bordering on ruby red color. Although it's retention is low (after all, it is 10.2% ABV), the head grows to a strong 1+ finger's worth of a creamy, khaki colored head. (4.75)

S- The complexity imparted by the barrel aging is immediately apparent. Heady aromas of Caramel, Toffee, Vanilla, Coconut, Bourbon, Chocolate and pinch of Smoke all contribute to the massively complex nose. The balance between beer and barrel is exquisite and there is absolutely no detectable alcohol. (4.75)

T- The complexity in the nose carries through in the flavor. A caramel/toffee/chocolate/bourbon sweetness coats the palate and lingers for a time before a mild, peat smoke and oak tannin comes to the fore. The beer ultimately finishes dry as a from the hops helping to contribute to the calculated, 50 IBUs . (5.0)

M- The body is medium-full with a decent amount of carbonation, yet is able to maintain a creamy mouthfeel. This is unquestionably a sipper, but more due to its complex flavor profile rather than it falling heavy on the palate. As it rises to room temperature, the 10.2% ABV only surfaces in the form of a slight warming in the chest. (4.75)

O- Regardless of style, this is simply one extraordinary BBA beer. The base beer (Dirty Bastard) is excellent in its own right, but after time in a bourbon barrel transforms it into a sublime libation. Founders continues to release very solid, barrel-aged beers with Backwoods Bastard being one that is often overlooked. (5.0)

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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

Photo of emergency_beef
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%

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 6,464 ratings.