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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,863 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,863
Reviews: 1,623
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 845
Gots: 2,414 | 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: 6,863 | Reviews: 1,623
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

This is a very enjoyable beer. Those of you who shy away from bourbon barrel aged beers should try this one. Yes it is there and you can taste it but it does not dominate. Another great beer from Founders. Very good!

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4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look 9/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 38/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 90/100

Great big full bodied Barrel Aged Scotch Ale, huge Bourbon and Vanilla notes. Very well balanced, warms nicely and has just great flavor. Smooth all the way through, although at 10.2 some booze shines through and leaves a burn. Overall a great BA Brew that I will always seek out~

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4.16/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 10/01/14
Consumed 11/08/14

Appearance- Deep dark mahogony, bright and beautiful ruby redish glow when held to light. Pours a slight off-white half finger thick head, dissipates quickly. Very transparent, excellent lacing.
Aroma- Sweet bourbon notes, oaky/ vanilla aromas as well, molasses and caramel. Maybe a touch of chocolates, dark fruits soaked in alcohol.
Taste- Sweet malts, a perfectly mild touch of bourbon, caramel and vanilla, big molasses notes. Nice warming alcohol, lingers around w/ tannin oaky flavors, astringent, earthy and spicy.
Feel- Slick and sticky at the same time, a nice medium body. Lower carbonation.
Overall- Bourbon barrel compliments the base beer beautifully, enhances and almost plays with the flavors in a wonderful way. Notes of bourbon are mild to subtle, but you also get a lot of oaky characteristics. Malt aromas and flavors are delictably sweet and satisfying. Rich and full of flavors, great to sip and savor.

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

I loved the 2013 Backwoods Bastard. The 2014 has even surpassed last years brew in quality. Rich and decadent, with pronounced milk chocolate and caramel flavors balanced out with light oak from the bourbon barrels. So smooth. Incredible mouthfeel. A bit boozy, but I fully expect that to balance out with a bit of bottle aging. As good as scotch ale gets.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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