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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,861 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,861
Reviews: 1,623
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 843
Gots: 2,416 | FT: 230
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:
Beer added by: CortexBomb on 01-30-2007

"Wee Heavy", cave aged in oak bourbon barrels.
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Ratings: 6,861 | Reviews: 1,623
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4.15/5  rDev -4.4%

Too much Bourbon flavor. Not enough smoothness in my opinion for a scotch ale which lowered its rating.

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4.52/5  rDev +4.1%

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4.56/5  rDev +5.1%

This beer is kicking my ass. A Bourbon punch to the face, but then it goes down smooth.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.35/5  rDev +0.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.45/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.48/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

A heavy looking beer that pours dark brown with a khaki head that leaves a lot of trail on the glass. The smell was full of wood and alcohol but also some vanilla on the end. The taste was amazing with hints of big flavors such as the vanilla and bourbon up front and then the sweet malt masking a slight burn on the end. Very well done and very tasty. Also really liked the weight of the beer.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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3.64/5  rDev -16.1%

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4.3/5  rDev -0.9%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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3.8/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of WesMantooth
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very unfiltered looking dirty mahogany brown color just like appropriately named Dirty Bastard. Produced a thin head as with many barrel aged scotch ales

The smell sets the bar pretty high for the taste on this one. Tons of bourbon. You get the oak, vanilla, caramel, molasses, maltiness, and dark fruit.

It is a bourbon bomb. Tons of sweet, oak soaked dark fruits, caramel and vanilla. Plenty of deep, rich malts and slight cocoa. No peat in this one like some traditional Wee Heavy beers. Significant burn in the aftertaste. Alcohol is not hidden at all, and I am a bourbon guy.

Feel is a little thinner than regular Bastard, but still above medium bodied I think.

Overall, if you do not like bourbon, you are not going to enjoy this beer. It really isnt balanced really well. It does improve quite a bit as it warms. It is really hot initially though, like Curmudgeon is fresh. My score is probably a little favorable because I love bourbon and think this is an excellent beer, but if you want a better balanced barrel aged Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy, try Wulver.

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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