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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,310 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,310
Reviews: 1,426
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 662
Gots: 1,550 | FT: 143
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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HoppingAlong

California

5/5  rDev +15.5%

12-28-2013 19:28:06 | More by HoppingAlong
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edhizdeid

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-28-2013 19:27:06 | More by edhizdeid
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delyea

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-28-2013 17:32:32 | More by delyea
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.39/5  rDev +1.4%

330ml bottle bought from Drinkstore, Dublin

Poured a deep dark russet brown colour... creamy mocha head poured small and quite fizzy then faded fairly quickly to patchy wispy covering with thicker edging... some light strands of lacing...

Aroma - Vanilla and bourbon upfront followed by lots of rich treacle sweetness mixed with dark fruits (dates, prunes, fig and raisins), toasted bready (mainly fruit loaf) malts, nutmeg spiciness, sweet toasted nuttiness, dark chocolate and liquorice, faint trace of smoke, some of the 10% alcohol just noticeable..

Taste... Bourbon and molasses, alcohol soaked fruits (figs, prunes, date, some raisins also), some light smokiness comes through after the sweetness, fresh vanilla, toasted bready malts, malt loaf, Marsala notes, quite a lot of spiciness - pepper and nutmeg, some light medicinal notes, faint anise...

Feel - Fairly rich and creamy... medium / full bodied... Drinkability is pretty decent even for a beer of 10%..

Overall - An excellent example of a barrel aged beer... highly recommended

12-28-2013 17:11:04 | More by mdagnew
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nuckbuc

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-28-2013 04:05:15 | More by nuckbuc
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RaulMondesi

California

4.41/5  rDev +1.8%

Goody goody gumdrops! Raul got himself a Backwoods Bastard and he's not scared!

Smells like Christmas oughta and tastes like Scotland after a cool, long rain. Sweet and sticky like a night that you will never forget, and like being at Irinya Shank's pool party, I wouldn't mind jumping in for another dip.

Sweet, rich, and deep dark in color, Backwoods Bastard almost makes Raul blush. (Almost.)

12-28-2013 03:52:33 | More by RaulMondesi
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Benish

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-28-2013 03:43:10 | More by Benish
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Ted

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-28-2013 02:06:46 | More by Ted
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FFreak

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

12-27-2013 19:10:35 | More by FFreak
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Kaveman

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-27-2013 18:30:48 | More by Kaveman
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MarcWP

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-27-2013 03:07:15 | More by MarcWP
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dubdrop

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-27-2013 02:06:41 | More by dubdrop
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redman84

District of Columbia

4.78/5  rDev +10.4%

received two of these in Louisville from the Whole Paycheck. They were limiting sales to one per customer, so my brother and law and sister in law each got me one.

appearance - dark walnut

smell - fantastic notes of bourbon and malts.

taste - damn near perfect. Just behind bourbon county stout and kbs, IMHO.

mouthfeel - smooth and silky

overall - outstanding. Sneaky and drinkable, despite high abv, very very drinkable.

12-26-2013 22:29:36 | More by redman84
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Sudsday

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-26-2013 02:52:09 | More by Sudsday
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ToddGingerich

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

12-25-2013 20:23:36 | More by ToddGingerich
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Theogre83

Kansas

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

12-25-2013 19:12:20 | More by Theogre83
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Geech

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-25-2013 19:01:23 | More by Geech
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LostHighway

Maine

4/5  rDev -7.6%

12-25-2013 18:00:06 | More by LostHighway
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Hillbilly

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-25-2013 08:21:25 | More by Hillbilly
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HeadyTheElder

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -7.6%

12-24-2013 21:57:05 | More by HeadyTheElder
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ScottJWing

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-24-2013 21:05:02 | More by ScottJWing
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +2.8%

(poured into a fat tulip Delirium Tremens glass)

A: large, creme-colored foam stand on pour, translucent mist left above, some spotty lace... murky, deep-rust hued liquid, perhaps a little too dark, though reg. Bastard is dark and the barrel may account for this... looks about right... solid and standard

S: vanilla, crème brûlée, charred animal fat, soured bourbon (if that makes sense) but merely a highlight - something that peaks up through the center.... mildly grain alcoholic aroma

T: ooh wow!... obvious bourbon, bold but in superb balance with a touch of syrupy crystal and huge vanilla flavor.... coffee-cake-ish malt... sweetish, raisin-y, vaguely liqueur-like booze in the finish.... sweetish throughout, really, but not cloying, indicative of high end crystal (120? special B?).... not at all reminiscent of a Scotch Ale in the traditional sense.... moderate-high sense of herbal bitterness (and a flavor I can only describe as like licking a marble counter-top) long after.... all flavors are in excellent balance and proper intensities

M: fantastic, medium-light, compact malty body.... elegantly dry.... definite silkiness from start to a little past midway, yet drops off rapidly and wonderfully

O: several cuts above the Dirty Bastard and easily one of the top 5 bourbon barrel aged beers I've had

12-24-2013 20:42:12 | More by Bouleboubier
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xensure

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-24-2013 17:57:51 | More by xensure
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ChrisChagnon

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -7.6%

12-24-2013 14:39:05 | More by ChrisChagnon
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WTKeene

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

12-24-2013 04:49:39 | More by WTKeene
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 5,310 ratings.