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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,419 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,419
Reviews: 1,523
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 766
Gots: 2,090 | FT: 191
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 Avantyawn
2.23/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Deep brown red, barely any head

S: Nutty, smoky, malty, bourbon, molasses

T: Tastes a bit like a watery bourbon cocktail. Tastes sloppy. The bourbon flavor is overwhelming. Why do I only taste the bourbon and not any of the awesome base beer here? Doesn't work.

M: Mouthfeel is too thin , a bit too dry, not melded together well. Tastes like a mixed drink gone flat.

O: Overall, I really did not enjoy this beer, a rarity as I always enjoy Founders beers. I don't get the melding of flavors, they don't seem to work in my opinion. I love Dirty Bastard, but do not dig this.

Photo of BrendanDouglas
5/5  rDev +15.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Double06
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of funkel81
3/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of trapper2408
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of chcfan
5/5  rDev +15.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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

A: Pours a hazy dark caramel color, more of a mahogany red with an almost non-existent head. A few tiny bubbles cling around the outside edge of the glass, but not much more.

S: A little boozy smelling with heavy malt notes, vanilla and bourbon, probably from the barrels this brew was aged in. A slight amount of oak is present as well.

T: Much like the nose in that the predominant flavors are the bourbon aged oak and notes of vanilla, an awesome combination.

M: Smooth and creamy with a mild amount of carbonation, everything works well together here.

O: Overall, this is quite good, very enjoyable, I would definitely buy this again if I found it.

Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of RTrain12
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of GehenHerzog
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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

Had this on 2011-11-25 in Pittsburgh, PA at Smokin' Joes, and again quite a few times in the bottle; most recently on 2013-11-15.

A - Fairly hazy mahogany with 1/2-finger tan head and no lacing.

S - Bourbon, vanilla bean, alcohol.

T - Lots of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, candied pecan and peaty malt. Touch of hops to quiet the sweetness.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Creamy and syrupy.

O - Like a Dirty Bastard with bourbon. Lots of flavor. One of the best very-strong-bourbon-tasting beers I've had. Perhaps it's the fact this is a Wee Heavy, but I prefer their Kentucky Bourbon Stout a little more. Nevertheless, this is one fine beer. It ages REALLY well.

Photo of CypherEnigma
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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

I used to think that Founders Dirty Bastard was the best Scotch Ale I had ever had until I tried Backwoods Bastard. This is by far the best Scotch Ale I have ever had and is 10x better then its little brother.

Do not let this fairly limited seasonal beer slip through your fingers another year.

Photo of ryancorn
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,419 ratings.