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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,777 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,777
Reviews: 1,610
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 830
Gots: 2,368 | FT: 227
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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4.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting a long time for this one to come out and made sure I found it before it sold out. Definitely prejudiced toward Scotch ales, and definitely a fan of bourbon barrel beers (stouts, barley-wines, porters...) but this is my first wee-heavy having spent time in bourbon barrels...

A: Light and fluffy two-finger head settles to a thin cap with minimal lacing. Color is a deep dark red with garnet highlights , a little hazy but mostly clear and very attractive.

S: Bourbon and vanilla and a sweet strong malty base. And tropical fruits and oak.

T: Just delightful. Vanilla, oak, coconut, pineapple, caramel, raisins and dark fruits, maybe even a bit of chocolate. Not especially screaming Scotch Ale, but a delicious pairing of barrel and beer.

F: So smooth and well-carbonated, substantial and viscous, but incredibly inviting. Very easily drank despite the ABV. There simply isn't enough of this made...

O: Worth my wait and interest. Should probably get more before it's gone...

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

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4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.1/5  rDev -5.5%

Years trapped in wood,
Crawling out covered in syrup,
Eyes flash to the bar,
Grin of missing teeth.

A: Caramel brown and brilliantly clear -- a thick creamy head that just refused to subside (3/3)
S: Like a shortbread cookie at first, then blending to clear bourbon and booze, with notes of raisin and toffee in the middle (9/12)
T: Remarkably rich and dessert-like (burnt toffee on a sweet whiskey-soaked sponge cake?), but that alcohol (with a bit of coffee maybe?) kicks you in the ass at the end(17/20)
M: Very creamy, surprisingly so given the superbly clear appearance (4/5)
O: Tread lightly, this old bastard shoots to kill. This is a great cure for a cold night or a good companion for a small, rich dessert. Otherwise, this guy is going to overpower anything it touches. (8/10)

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Bourbon notes right off the pour. A sweet, caramel-chocolate taste that's not too strong and very pleasant. Really smooth. An easy drinker and one that packs in the alcohol without harshness. Great relaxation beer.

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4.4/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.84/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz poured into pint fresh 2014 bottling (been looking forward to this all year!)

A - poured thick and almost oily. Murky amber with no head even though I poured hard. Thick (like cankle thick) legs...
S - Bourbon. Sweet, syrupy malt behind, but bourbon all up in front
T - Holy... F($*&@^... Crap.... Just yes. Yes to every boozy vibrant bourbony note that sings over the top of a fantastic deep caramel malt backbone like Mark Knopfler's '61 strat over John Illsley's baseline. In just under 6 minutes time I will be putting this on repeat.
M - Thick, rich, just f#*(@($ awesome. Like feltching god

O - Just awesome. everything about this is what I remember from prior years. Kudos to Founders for upping production (apparently) without quality slipping. Hands down one of my top 5 beers ever.

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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 6,777 ratings.