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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,166 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,166
Reviews: 1,419
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 626
Gots: 1,516 | FT: 140
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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AshJazz

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

12-12-2013 07:00:16 | More by AshJazz
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jordanimal

Ohio

4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a ruby red, slight purple, or dark brown depending on how the light hits it, an off white creamy head that's about half a finger that dies dow quickly. Slight to almost no carbonation and the smell is of caramel, oak, toasted almonds, vanilla and warm bread(where are those 50 IBUs?). Taste is caramel and oak up front followed light berries and a vanilla sugar finish and finally that delayed hop coating. The mouthful is huge, slightly lighter than a stout, on par with a barley wine. The alcohol to me is very minimal in this one especially for the 10% ABV, the only time present to me was in delayed drinks when I could feel my tongue soaking it in. Well balanced, great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 06:14:57 | More by jordanimal
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

12-12-2013 06:10:40 | More by ZEB89
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KVNBGRY

Florida

4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Brilliant mahogany, 1/2 finger full almond head, spotty lacing.

Aroma - Sweet bourbon, banana bread, vanilla.

Taste - Follows the nose, with a drying woody factor replacing the banana bread. It's nutty, malty, and hides the alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, low to medium carbonation.

Overall - Fairly complex, delicious, rich, malty, sweet with flavors mixing well.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2013 04:07:13 | More by KVNBGRY
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Curloftheburl

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-12-2013 00:22:02 | More by Curloftheburl
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PaulsBrew

Virginia

5/5  rDev +15.5%

12-12-2013 00:00:13 | More by PaulsBrew
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shawlaqua

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-11-2013 23:44:05 | More by shawlaqua
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Zorora

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-11-2013 22:16:58 | More by Zorora
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fsck

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-11-2013 21:12:20 | More by fsck
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soldat329x

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.6%

12-11-2013 14:39:50 | More by soldat329x
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HoneyLamb

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-11-2013 11:25:01 | More by HoneyLamb
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Wompus

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-11-2013 07:43:15 | More by Wompus
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scotorum

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/12/13

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip.

a: Clear dark ruby, half finger thick beige head disspiated to thick surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Bourbon

t: Bourbon with hop bite over heavy malt base. Very tasty, bourbon flavor lingers in the mouth. Alcohol is felt on swallow but not with much burn. As it warms caramel malt comes more to the forefront, but this is still more about the bourbon barrel aging.

m: Medium to heavy, very smooth.

o: A superb combination, although the bourbon flavor tops the malt sweetness, the heft of the malt supports that flavor and both mediate the 50 IBU hops.

UPDATE 12/28/13: Had another and was struck by how much this tastes like a heavier-bodied Innis & Gunn Scottish Porter, which I just had a few nights ago, and which is also aged in liquor barrels. I must admit, much as I love I&G, I liked this better because of the more substantial body and slightly better malt/whiskey flavor balance. I like a hefty mouthfeel, and Backwoods Bastard is hard to beat! Of course it also tops the ABV of Innis & Gunn by about 3%.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 06:26:24 | More by scotorum
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ChrisWood6000

Missouri

5/5  rDev +15.5%

12-11-2013 03:19:07 | More by ChrisWood6000
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threedaggers

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-10-2013 23:08:09 | More by threedaggers
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dataylor21

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-10-2013 22:23:08 | More by dataylor21
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rojapa

New York

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

12-10-2013 22:05:34 | More by rojapa
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kustard

Illinois

3/5  rDev -30.7%

12-10-2013 21:02:49 | More by kustard
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DersOne

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-10-2013 18:36:41 | More by DersOne
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Kevinhcraig

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-10-2013 18:33:45 | More by Kevinhcraig
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HattedClassic

Virginia

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
A clear and very dark reddish brown. Almost no head happens when it pours with a little bit of lacing left.

Smell:
Strong alcohol and bourbon smell with vanilla. Vanilla and caramel pretty much dominate the nose.

Taste:
Vanilla and a bit of oak but the oak is very faint. The beer also has a little bit of alcohol underneath the vanilla and dominates the aftertaste. A bit of malt is also there but overpowered by the vanilla.

Mouthfeel:
Lightly carbonated and a somewhat thick texture with a a silky feel.

Overall:
Pretty good occasional beer and indulgent.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 15:27:47 | More by HattedClassic
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this one stashed in the fridge from last year. I poured it and it has a black color body with just a small head. The aroma is very strong bourbon. The taste has a strong bourbon presence with a nice maltyness to it. The mouthfeel is very smooth and the bourbon lingers on the tongue. Overall this is a damm good beer and i wish i had some to age.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 03:17:59 | More by chefhatt
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Pookie

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-10-2013 02:30:17 | More by Pookie
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xk6m6m5x

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-10-2013 02:17:36 | More by xk6m6m5x
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CreightonSM

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-10-2013 02:12:54 | More by CreightonSM
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 5,166 ratings.