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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,148 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,148
Reviews: 1,500
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 737
Gots: 1,959 | FT: 180
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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3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2013 Release

Appearance - Pours a dark, rustic brown with a sandstone colored half-finger head which dissipates quickly, leaving a broken, webbed layer of suds on the surface. Lacing is small and spotty, with little stick.

Smell - Predominant bourbon aroma, backed by a subtle caramel undertone. Hints of chocolate come through as the brew warms.

Taste - Deep caramel flavor upfront and throughout, with notes of chocolate and traces of roast. Fair amounts of bourbon heat and flavor seep through mid-taste and ride out into the finish, which is a touch astringent.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with low carbonation. Quickly thins, leaving a bone dry finish with slight burn and a warming sensation.

Overall - Hmm. Not crazy about this beer. I just don't think a Wee Heavy has enough strong flavor and complexity to withstand the Bourbon Barrel Aging process... at least for me. Too much prominent bourbon influence for me to truly enjoy.

TheSixthRing, Jun 16, 2014
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4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drank from my Ciney sniffer

A - Pours a deep deep Mahogany colour with a tanned head that reduces quickly but laces.

S - Creamy vanilla, caramel and malt with a tiny hint of coffee.

T - Up front some nice coconut notes, heaps of flavour here ! Caramel, vanilla and toffee overload on the mid palate to the finish. The finish is very creamy with a burnt toffee character.

M - Medium to full body. with low to medium carbonation.

O - An outstanding brew, This brew manages to master the fine line between one dimensional overload and balance in an array of flavours. Superb !

eric5bellies, Jun 15, 2014
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4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
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The beer pours out in this dark murky brown with a small tan head. Deep, deep amber in the light.

Sweet barleywine aroma, vanilla, caramel, oak, smokey, dark brown sugar. Just a lovely deep and sweet aroma.

The flavor is just fantastic. There is deep vanilla, caramel, dark brown sugar, and toffee. There’s also a bourbon soaked raisin flavor along with lots of dark fruit like dried dates and figs. Having had the Dirty Bastard, this turns up the beer to a different level. It rounds out the beer, but also gives it some rich intense qualities. The mouthfeel is actually medium to medium plus, which makes it quite drinkable despite the high ABV.

In general, the beer is a bit too dominated by a hop presence of wood, roots, and leafy qualities almost of an American barleywine.

The finish is actually pretty easy and sweet, but the alcohol presence is there. It’s almost like a barrel aged barleywine, but without as much sweetness and fruit qualities.

The beer has this beautiful play of sweetness, dark fruit, and then the woody bitterness and barrel character on the end.

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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,148 ratings.