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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

6,658 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,658
Reviews: 1,581
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 808
Gots: 2,265 | FT: 210
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 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

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

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 6,658 ratings.