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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

6,433 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,433
Reviews: 1,527
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 767
Gots: 2,106 | 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 Stillmakingnoise
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrcraft
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KathyG
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of oatsodas
4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DTown
3.76/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gabepesce
4.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Mikedhoppy
3.61/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lots of vanilla! Too sweet for me but will be great for fans of bourbon aged beers

Photo of Jstonerock24
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zibby1214
4.86/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of beercirone
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of larryarms847
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a rusty brown with soft red hues and a very appealing single finger of lathery foam.

Caramel, bourbon, vanilla, and oak.

Oh my! Tons of vanilla, presumably from the bourbon barrels, of course (delicious) notes of bourbon, woody, caramel malts, and toffee.

Medium-bodied, low-medium carbonation, warming, and smooth as hell.

Overall, my favorite Founders brew second to KBS.

Photo of Amundra
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

2013 vintage. Really nice barrel influence on this to have such a presence after more than a year's aging. Nice cherry/plum flavors and hints of vanilla from the oak.

Photo of CraigP83
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark Brown, Lightly Carbonated.
Odor: Caramel, Whiskey, Charred Oak
Taste: Reminds me of drinking a Rootbeer & Windsor, There is a light fizz that dances on your tongue, coffee syrup aftertaste.

Photo of mabermud
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Deep and dark
Smell: Sweetness + bouron
Taste: Good balance. A weaker Wulver.
Feel: Low carb.
Overall: Wulver is better...I would take either, but prefer Wulver.

Photo of TheItalianStallion
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz poured into a tulip

A: Pours a bright amber that is very similar to bourbon or whiskey in color. Dense 2 finger head that dissipates after a minute or 2 to a thin collar. There are only a few spots of lacing randomly dotting the glass.

S: Caramel right up front with a good amount of oak and bourbon notes. Big aromas of toffee and brown sugar blend everything together perfectly.

T: Sweet flavors of bourbon and caramel dominate with a solid oakiness on the finish. Toffee and brown sugar are also there, but nowhere near as pronounced as the bourbon and caramel flavors. The bourbon takes center stage in this beer and is one of the main flavors, as opposed to faintly existing in the background. Alcohol is masked well, but becomes evident as the beer warms.

M: Body is medium-full with low carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is only really detectable on the finish as the beer warms.

O: This is a very interesting beer with an amazing aroma of caramel and big bourbon flavors that are a major part of everything. There is definitely some oak on the finish, but it is not overwhelming and is the perfect touch. This is a great beer, but personally I would like it more if the bourbon was slightly less pronounced. Nonetheless, it is a fantastic beer and now I am regretting only buying a single 12oz.

Photo of dannycohen62
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pmbasile06
4.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,433 ratings.