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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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5,118 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,118
Reviews: 1,419
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 623
Gots: 1,511 | FT: 139
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Scotch Ale aged in bourbon barrels.

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jhoban19

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

A: deep reddish-brown, hazy with light brown head. Foam settles rather quickly but leaves a strong amount of lacing that holds strong all around the glass.

S: Backwoods Bastard has initial aromas of molasses. As it warms strong aromas of caramel, vanilla and bourbon come forward. Further warming reveals some dark fruit, cherries I think, and some very subtle roasted and chocolate malt.

T: Flavors are heavy on the caramel, bourbon and cherries. Subtle hints of vanilla and molasses linger in the aftertaste. As I approach the bottom of the glass, a mild bitterness from the roasted malts swirl around the back of the tongue.

M: Medium bodied and syrupy with a long, lingering finish that has just the right amount of sweetness and carbonation. That sweet finish is followed up with a snap of boozy dryness and a gentle tingle / numbness that I associate with a good scotch.

D: I've done this a little bit backwards- I haven't yet had Dirty Bastard to compare with its barrel-aged brother. On its own I'm really enjoying this brew. The combination of flavors and finish are just right. The 10.2% is definitely noticeable but not overly hot. I think it would be even better with some grilled pork in a rich mushroom sauce- perhaps next time.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 03:09:09 | More by jhoban19
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kirkpjr

Alabama

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes - 5/6/10.

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a very dark brown that light up with red when held to light. Two fingers of light beige head. Lacing develops immediately.

S: Maple syrup, light bourbon, and cream. This is one of the more unique beers I've smelled. Biscuits and breadiness here, with some very sweet malts - smells almost like pancakes with some type of bourbon butter.

T: Oak, vanilla, sweet malt, and bourbon. Pretty much tastes just like it smells. Very warming and filling.

M: Creamy with lightly above average body. Moderate carbonation. Nice lingering, warming bourbon finish.

D: Quite boozy. Couldn't have more than 1 or 2. Nice filling after dinner beer though.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 00:22:59 | More by kirkpjr
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ChrisPro

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 12 oz. bottle pours murky brown, with only the slightest hint of ruby. Little cream head.

S - Aroma of caramel, vanilla and fig

T - Taste is a nice sweet toffee and caramel, followed by some slight roasted nut. Definitely delicious bourbon on the finish.

M - Medium body with some solid residual sweetness. Very light carbonation, with a slight tannic roasty finish.

D - A little boozy, and I think I'll try to age my remaining bottle and see how it mellows.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 03:47:14 | More by ChrisPro
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youngblood

Indiana

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

50 IBU and 10.2% on neck. Needs to be updated on here. First scotch ale here.
A- Poured with small head (only had 5 oz. pour). Deep amber color.
S- Smells very much like bourbon. I knew I was in for a treat just by the smell. Semi-sweet, obviously upfront alcohol notes.
T- It was like a less potent bourbon. Simply amazing. Sweetness was fit right in between initial alcohol punch and slight hops at the backside.
M- Very nice feel. Crystal smooth and gentle feeling.
D- ABV is a knock out.
Overall, fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 14:31:29 | More by youngblood
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Infiniteingest

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Generally: Beers aged in Bourbon Barrels = not my thing. I find almost universally that the vanilla from the oak itself, and the residual bourbon notes overpower the malt and, when brewers try to balance it all out with hops... chaos. Leave it to Founders to provide the exception to the rule.

The Pour: A handsome looking beer, falling right in line with the chestnut browns typical of Scotch Ales. There's a very light, almost wispy head that lingers for just a moment or two.

Face in the glass: Bourbon and caramel malts, with some subtle hints of earthiness and spice.

With Regard to Taste: On more than one occasion, I have dumped my whisk(e)y into my beer. This reminds me of that concoction in the best possible way. A parade of bourbon and oaky vanilla riding around on delicious caramel and spice floats. Extremely well balanced.

Epitoma: A wonderful late-fall sipper, guaranteed to warm your bones.

Serving type: Bottle

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 00:44:09 | More by Infiniteingest
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Pellinore1

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep, cloudy amber, with about a finger of tan head.

Powerful nose of oak and bourbon, with a bit of fruit as well.

The smell does not lie. This beer starts with flavors of bourbon and wood aging, and follows with vanilla, caramel, a bit of fruit, and alcohol warmth at the end.

Smooth and thick, this is pleasant to drink. The alcohol is clearly there, but not overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 05:02:36 | More by Pellinore1
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kimcgolf

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle to a hazy dark borwn-red with a strong aroma of bourbon, malty dark fruit and a hint of molasses, with the 10.2% alcohol entering the fray at mid-glass. Mouthfeel is full, slightly chewy and a tad tingly, as the taste perfectly accentuates the scents of the nose. Rounds to a nice long warming finish.

Enjoyed with a nice cigar to round it all out.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 01:19:07 | More by kimcgolf
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aorloski

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh Bottle

Appearance - Beautiful maroon / dark red, barely a head on it and what is there disappears rather quickly. Alcohol sticking to the glass, great lacing.

Smell - BOURBON, seriously in your face. It kind of smells like i just smelled a shot of jim beam, but it is pretty balanced. A nice warm vanilla undertone to move you through the bourbon smell. You can smell the wood and definitely reminiscent of a scotch ale. Smells amazing

Taste - Definitely follows the nose, bourbon, vanilla, oak, deep deep malts and dark fruits. It tastes a little hot right now but this is a pretty fresh bottle.

Mouthfeel - thick and chewy, little carbonation. nice for this style

Overall - I had this beer for the first time when it had a year on it and i was absolutely blown away. I think i prefer this beer with more age on it. When i found out my local shop had it i went and bought three 4 packs because thats how much i loved it when i first had it. However, the newer bottle tastes a lot different than an aged one. I really wanted to review this one higher, i should have taken notes on the first one. But honestly this is a spectacular brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 23:19:41 | More by aorloski
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Backwoods Bastard pours a ruby mahogony with a dense off white head and some lace. Poured into a snifter to maximize aroma.

Nose is of sweet bready malts and a whiff of bourbon like booziness.

Flavor features some complex maltyness. There is a bourbonesque booze and a woody, earthy note from the barrel aging. Chocolate covered cherries. Vanilla. Oak.Faint resinous hops. Then some clean solvent alcohol in the warming finish.

Luxurious and smooth.

A strong, full flavored beer. Complex and a sipper for sure, though I could drink so much more in an ideal setting.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2009 05:49:30 | More by Stinkypuss
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KidsDoc

California

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into tulip

A: dark orange/brown with full tan head that sat tight and left pure residue down the glass

S: very sweet: toffee aroma, woody, a coconut smell I can't explain. Very subtle bouron aroma

T: Much stronger with the wood/oak flavor but even more pronounced in the taste is this "coconut" that I couldn't get past. It certainly wasn't bad, but nothing I expected from this - it truly was reminiscent of a pina colada with the mix of bourbon (in place of rum)/coconut. This all set on a huge sweet, malt backbone.

M: light to medium body with full but soft carbonation

O: alcohol incredibly well-hidden. Not at all the tast profile I anticipated but certainly enjoyable. For the price (at least in my area), this will not be a yearly must-have but I will no doubt enjoy this beer another time or two.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 00:58:20 | More by KidsDoc
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haazer

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into a pint glass. Been wanting to try this one.

A- The pour is a mohagony red, with orange and ruby highlights. Good carbonation is present. The head settles after a minute to about one and a half fingers worth, very creamy and good retention with the high abv. The head is tan in color. The brew appears to become darker as it sits. I compare it mostly to a cream soda in appearance. Lace is left on the glass as this goes down.

S- Aroma upfront is a sweet vanilla blend. Transitions well from the vanilla into dry oak. Good amount of bourbon in the background, and the slightest hint of the booze. The best and strongest aroma in this is the vanilla. It's like this was vanilla cream stirred for a few minutes with an oak branch. There is an "after aroma" of fruityness, suggesting a decent serving of hops.

T- This is bourbon whiskey in beer form. Reminds me a little bit of makers mark. With the intial taste is smack in the palatte bourbon flavor. There is a subtle transition to vanilla and oak midway through the flavor. Molasses sneaks its way in, then is buried by the heat from the barrels and 10.2%.

M- The mouth is medium bodied, and smooth. Slightly dry finish at the end. Interestingly enough theres some heat in this beer in the beginning, but the heat mellows out as the beer warms.

D- I'm gonna have to give the score the lowest on this. The look is great, the smell is great, it tastes good, but the bourbon is almost overbearing. I have a lot of flashbacks of my prior whiskey binges in life and instantly feel hung over. I shouldn't let that deter the drinkability because I do like whiskey but its extreme. Definitely one for those who love bourbon though.

Founders does not make a bad beer. The do just about everything right in any style they try.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 06:20:42 | More by haazer
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired at a DLD trade, I believe from my man EliteDigger, but feel free to speak up if I'm wrong!

Pours an cloudy orange/red, a bit muddy, nice thick tan head forms, slowly settles to a thin layer, nice ring, some lace spots on the glass, a fine looking head! Smell is nice, buttery, toffee, bourbon, alcohol, vanilla, oak, touch of chocolate and coconut, brown sugar, boozy but rich, I like. Taste is similar, buttery beginning, some citrus, toffee, heavy vanilla/coconut, brown sugar, alcohol, bit spicy, woody, chocolate, toast and bourbon in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, low to medium carbonation, some alcohol warmth, but nicely drinkable, and pretty balanced, even though I think the bourbon is a bit heavy.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2008 02:59:49 | More by Viggo
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Wildman

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear very dark red amber color and formed a nice foamy off white head that left laticed lace as it subsided. Very little carbonation was present. An aroma of malt, smoke/wood, caramel and lightly of cherry. The flavor was of malt, chocolate and again the woody/smoke probably from the cask aging. The the body was medium light and the finish was slightly burnt.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 01:28:08 | More by Wildman
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A dark brown, slightly reddish/mahogany pour. Small tan head that disappears almost immediately. Decent lacing.

S: Very strong. Tons of bourbon, oak, caramel, caramelized brown sugar, molasses. Maybe some fig and plums and raisin? Strong alcohol too.

T: Pretty much exactly like the nose. Lots of bourbon and oak from the barrel. Huge caramel malt and burnt brown sugar. Dark fruits are there too. Certainly a bit of a bite from the alcohol. No noticeable hops. Almost no bitterness.

M: Not as heavy as you would think. Pretty medium bodied despite the higher ABV. Relatively smooth if not for the bourbon and alcohol bite.

O: Good sipping beer on a cold night. Lots of strong flavors (and ABV) in this one. Try to enjoy it warm, it's way better. Not really my style of beer but a good example of the style nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 03:25:14 | More by Dope
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youngleo

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to a caramelish head and about 1 fingered at that. Head hung around and left some good lacing with every swallow. Brew itself was a dark brown in color. Boozy smell was very evident with the opening of this bottle. Also smelled of caramel and hops. When opening, I didnt think I was going to enjoy this brew. But I was wrong. Strong bourbon taste at first. Then you got a nice creamy slightly bitter taste of booze, caramel and dark roasted coffee. Flavors blended pretty good. Felt thicker in the mouth. Carbonation was good. You couldnt make this a session beer. After drinking I sure had a good buzz. But it wood be nice to enjoy every now and then.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 20:14:19 | More by youngleo
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VikingBeer

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 release (I believe), fridge-kept and poured at cellar temp into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance
A gentle pour, to avoid disturbing the significant sediment, yields a dark-ruby glassful with a half-finger of dense white head, which quickly subsides to a ring around the edge of the glass. What little sediment made its way into the glass hovers just off the bottom, as a few tiny bubbles rise to the surface. Beautiful. 4.5

Smell
Unholy Hell, I can definitely tell how this was aged! A gigantic oaky, buttery blast of bourbon-barrels rolls in on the first sniff, bringing with it all that entails: raisins soaked in brandy, roasted nuts (hazelnuts, methinks), burnt sugar, maple, and hints of dried fruit, mainly cherries. Subtle smoky, charred aromas lurk in the background throughout. A big pumpernickel-like spiciness, from the rye in the bourbon or from the yeast, rolls in on the middle.The alcohol is surprisingly muted for the beer's 10.2% alcohol, mainly riding in at the end. Yeast aromas are prominent throughout, with that rich, spicy dark-bread dough smell mingling with the overall spiciness and fruitiness. 4.5

Taste
Oh, THERE'S the alcohol... This one is certainly going to be a sipper. Many of the appetizing aromas noted earlier are masked in the mouth by the prominence of the buttery charred-oak and sweet bourbon-barrel flavors. After the shock of the initial bourbon-ball-on-Stanozolol blast of boozy oak and burnt sugar, the nuts, raisins, and dark cherries slide in slowly, but the flavor remains VERY oak-forward. The smoke is relatively subtle, but as in the aroma it is always lurking in the background. The yeastiness mentioned earlier is also very prominent, maintaining a bready, peppery spiciness reminiscent of pumpernickel dough throughout each sip.

Backwoods Bastard is a "brootal" punch of bourbon-barrel oak at first, and this continues to dominate the flavors, but careful, SLOW sipping allows nuances to emerge. Now the hops I've been searching for for 20 minutes finally sneak in, bringing a ghostly bitterness that reveals itself most distinctly in the finish with a candied orange-peel flavor. Most of the bitterness seems to come from the oak and the malts; it's difficult to tell where those end and the hops begin, but it's a hell of a lot of fun trying. 4.0

Mouthfeel
Damn near dead-on for the style: rich and thick, with just enough carbonation to smooth the ride. I've never had Founder's regular Dirty Bastard, but if it's like this, but without oak and less alcohol, I imagine it's damn near quaffable...or maybe not. 4.0

Drinkability
Well, for a heavily oaked-and-charred, 10.2%, unfiltered Scotch ale, I suppose it's as drinkable as it can be. B.B. is pretty much the antithesis of a session beer, with it's palate-wrecking bourbon-and-oak flavors, sweetness, and high A.B.V., but for those extreme-beer lovers with patience and time to kill, it's plenty sippable. Take at least an hour and play "find the flavors in the oak," or, better yet, drink to accompany a good cigar. Skål! 3.5

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 01:07:53 | More by VikingBeer
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kbutler1

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with a bottled on date of 10/27/09.
Pours a nice deep caramel color with a slight tan head, not too much carbonation it seems. Heads settles down fairly quickly.
Wow! Smell that bourbon barrel age right off the bat. Followed by caramel, malty aroma. Maybe it's just me but kind of smells like banana too.
Bite of the tongue on the first sip. Strong flavor from the barrel aging process following by a meduim/heavy malt taste. Slightly bitter aftertaste followed by alcohol. Very little hop flavor which would be correct for this style.
Similiar to Fouder's Dirty Bastard but with an added kick of the bourbon barrel!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 01:04:49 | More by kbutler1
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a great, deep ruby that stubbornly lets a little light pass through it. Makes me think of a mans cognac or brandy. No head or lace to speak of. Very meaty aroma of sugared fruits, like pruins, figs, and apricots with a definite touch of oak and alcohol. The taste starts with vanilla and malty figs. A good oaky finish but with a bit too much alcohol that lingers a little toolong. Still a good sipping beer. The palat is thick and fruity with an undeniable oak and creamy standard vanilla tone. Good for a long sipping night cap. No more than one a day. I'm glad I got to try this beer. Considering I really like the old dirty bastard.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 05:46:21 | More by scruffwhor
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Foothills tasting glass. Forms two fingers worth of creamy off-white head that rests on top of an amber-copper body. Leaves nice waves of lacing. Looks quite good.

Sweet malts, honey, bourbon and vanilla rise up from the glass. A little earthy and oaky with a touch of alcohol.

Sweet and bready with light bourbon and vanilla. Malt backbone has a little bit of spice to it and plays nicely with the barrels. Tastes like there is a bit of rye in here as well. Nicely done.

Body is smooth with a good helping of warming booze. Almost creamy, but the carbonation on the finish breaks it up a bit. Touch of bitterness on the finish.

Drinkability is good for 10.2% barrel-aged scotch ale. Sweet and boozy, but there is some nice bitterness that evens things out. One bottle is enough for me, but quite enjoyable on a cold night. I like this just a touch more than the non-barreled offering. As usual, Founders brews tasty beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 03:19:45 | More by sisuspeed
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wgarton

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark color into a pint glass. There is almost no perceptible color until I hold it under the light, at which point there's a dark-purple-red that shines through. There's a bit of haze when seen through the light. I could have had some more head, though. With the pour there was a thin white head that quickly parted to just a white lacing.

S: Very enjoyable smell. It hints at the coming sweetness and speaks more to the alcohol content than the taste does. There's some cherry in the nose.

T: Sweetness and no hint of alcohol. There's a caramel in there too, as well as some woody flavors likely from the barrel aging.

MF: A good scotch ale carbonation with a little creaminess. Cleanses the palate on the way down, would go really well with a creamy cheese as it would push through it and clean it from the mouth.

D: Overall, this is a beer that is way too drinkable for its abv. Very enjoyable, especially on a rainy night getting ready for the holidays. If i weren't told that this is so alcoholic I may have been in trouble! A god pick.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 01:32:34 | More by wgarton
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I found a 4-pack of this at Stimmel's in Bowling Green Ohio. Tonight my wife and I are drinking it, poured into Sam Adams glasses. The beer's appearance is 50% perfect: hazy dark brown color with loads of fine floaties but absolutely no head. I can feel the carbonation when I drink it but really no foam on top.

The aroma is strong, bourbon and malt, maybe you could guess it was even a rum and coke. The flavor is way complex, rum, coke, bourbon, sweet and roasted malts, unreal. Alcohol is really evident as well, which limits the drinkability for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 03:52:02 | More by TurdFurgison
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ncketchum for the bottle...(2012 vintage) Poured this into a CBS snifter and drank at room temperature.

A) Pours out looking like a thin maple syrup. Deep brown with some red tone. There was no head, and no lacing. Some alcohol feet.

S) That American oak is very present. This is pleasantly woody, with vanilla, caramel, roasted malt, and certainly some bourbon. Very nice aroma.

T) A good amount of malt flavor. Again, nice and woody. Vanilla and caramel are also noted, but this is not overly sweet for my tastes. Definitely some alcohol, and the accompanying warmth one would expect.

M) A medium body, and really not much carbonation at all. Kind of a sweet sticky feel. It's smooth, but I really felt it would be a bit heavier. Finishes warm and a little dry. Nice aftertaste...

O) This is very good, but honestly, I found myself just slightly disappointed. This is likely because my expectations were sky high, based upon anything barrel aged I've had by Founders, which have been amazing. Having said all of that, I will gladly revisit this offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 03:33:51 | More by RoamingGnome
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bbeane

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... starts with a small brown head that almost disappears completely. Beer is dark brown in color, a shade of ruby when held up to the light

S- Smells great... notes of chocolate, raison, fig, and bourbon. After some swirls of the snifter more sweet malts come out with light notes of bourbon. Bourbon and heat intensifies as it warms

T- Not as complex as the aroma... Starts with malty sweet taste accompanied by notes of bourbon and wood. Finishes with the oaky bourbon taste intensifying and some notes of vanilla

M- Medium body and light carbonation

O- Wasn't as good as I had expected, but a quality libation for sure. I thought the nose was amazing with the body and taste lacking abit. All in all worth trying once for sure

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 02:36:56 | More by bbeane
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jvillefan

California

4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Almost no head when poured vigourously. The body is a muddy brown with a tinge of red.

S: Bery hot with prominate bourbon flavors. There are subtle caramel malts present.

T: There are caramel notes but harsh bourbon flavors rip through the body of the flavor of this beer.

M: The carbonation was very sharp but the texture was smooth and a little silky.

O: Good beer but not great. Definitely worth trying though.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 02:51:27 | More by jvillefan
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CurtFromHershey

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brownish red with smooth head comprised of exceptionally small bubbles, a sign of quality. Head fads to a thin rim.

Smells strongly of Bourbon, cedar, pine sap, and cherries.

Taste is similar to the nose, although Tue bourbon presence feels a bit heavy hands to be honest. As much as I like bourbon in beers, I think this guy would he better with a shorter time in the barrels.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Ever so slightly too viscous for me for this style.

Overall I would certainly buy this again, but it feels just short of something really brilliant.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 21:55:23 | More by CurtFromHershey
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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