Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 7,031
Reviews: 1,651
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
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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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Photo of sprucetip
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark mahogany with ruby highlights when backlit, clear, very active, 1 finger tan head, modest retention, spotty lacing.

SMELL Lightly smoky, oak, malty sweet, boozy, balanced mostly but with bourbony heat coming on strong late. Has legs.

TASTE malty sweeta, peaty, dark fruity, only mildly boozy compared to nose. Mild bitterness in the finish. Smooth, balanced and complex.

FEEL Brief acloholic bite then creamy, thick, rich, full and viscous.

OVERALL pretty easy drinking big beer. Alc not really so evident other than the nose.

Photo of cokes
3.38/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark crimson colored with a tight beige lace that leaves larges bubbles as it relocates to the rim of the glass.
Earthy malts with brown sugar and liquorice, given the full barrel treatment. Tons of oak, with butter and vanilla, and a loud black cherry accent. And a lot of flagrant booze as well. There's a bit of wavering dill aroma that I sometimes pick up in barreled brews. Chilled, it comes out, but fortunately fades as it warms.
It begins caramelly, with some danker notions of peat and dirt. The barrel hits almost immediately, stripping the malt of its girth, and showcasing the oaky tannins- with vague vanillins and buttered toast- and mentholated black cherries. It fades around the swallow, as the booziness takes hold adding flame and a vapid overstrong fruity dark rum drink notion.
It begins gripping and full bodied, but sheds weight throughout the sip, ending on the vacant and flaccid side, despite its obvious alcoholic heft.
The malt profile seems to be going through the motions, and for this to succeed, it needs to carry the beer. As such, it is too reliant on the barrelled traits. Here, they seem unattached and over-imposed. The beer needs to catch up with the Bourbon, not be simply an afterthought.
If you simply want boozy and barrel-aged, look no further. Forget finesse.
Personally, I want to be able to identfy the Scotch Ale traits underneath it all. And this doesn't allow me to do that.

Photo of caresville
3.54/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a deep dark chestnut brown with an almost non existant beige head.

S- smells like a pretty decent single malt scotch, with clove, cinnamon and some smokiness coming through.

T&M- consistenly while sipping this, i think of a watered down scotch with an oaky, smokey, black licorice taste.

D- well it seems very good to sip one or two or these but i cant imagine drinking anymore than that for that fact it actually makes my mouth and tongue water. as in i need to be replenished with water. not bad by any means, but most certainly not a session beer. good for sipping and makes me all tingly on the inside.

Photo of mdcrouser
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the stubby bottle into a standard pint.

Deep mahogony, with slivers of red and orange when the light shines through. Just a bit of thin head at the pour, but hardly any retention, save the whispy ring around the top. Very little lacing to follow.

Great on the nose - hints of dark fruits, vanilla, burnt sugar, and a bit of alcohol are prevalent. It's kind of like barleywine-lite.

That's tasty, and not for the meek of mouth. Heavy dark fruits, lots of vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, and a touch of smokiness are the highlights, but somebody else could probably list another 20 flavors - it seems like one of those beers that everybody would find something different. The only negative is that the alcohol is apparent.

Good in the mouth - sweet and settles on the tongue with just a bit of spice to close.

Highly drinkable, if only for enjoying after a big dinner - great to warm the insides on a cold winter day.

Photo of jjanega08
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A= Pours a hazy brown color leading onto black but still sticking with a definite brown that is a hazy and an amber color when you hold it up to the light. The head is a little disappointing being just half a finger high and falling to a thin sheet on the beer. This this sheet leads to some solid lacing and actually has some pretty average retention.

S= Vanilla! A total vanilla bomb in my opinion. Smells very very similar to some sort of vanilla ice cream or a pudding. There is a little bourbon smell to it but nothing compared to the solid vanilla that comes from the barrels. There are also some typical Wee heavy characteristics in it however they are all blended into the delicious vanilla smell. I almost get some coconut in the nose as well. Really tasty smelling.

T= Here the bourbon comes through a little more however the vanilla coconut taste is intense. This is a total vanilla bomb. The heavy sweeter malts are there as typical from Wee Heavy's. In my opinion this is the perfect beer to put in a bourbon barrel. The vanilla flavor is the ultimate complement to the sweet malts in the Wee Heavy. Mellowed out perfectly. As it warms up the bourbon taste mellows more and the awesome sweetness follows through more. I really notice a ton of woody oak flavor as well. Really one of the best barrel aged beers I've ever had.

M= Totally smooth and mellow. My only problem with this is that i wish it would have a little less carbonation. Awesome otherwise. You can't have everything I suppose

D= Great beer. One of the best beers I've ever had. A total Vanilla bomb and everything you could want from a barrel aged beer. This has all the great woody oak flavors you can ask for without having over powering bourbon flavors and just enough of everything to make this a great beer.

Photo of Soneast
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Sugar Maple in Milwaukee.

Served in a nondescript snifter. Pours a deep mahogany color, developing a half inch thick, tan colored head, that doesn't so much dissipate as it does form a dense creamy mat on top of the beer, leaving dollops of suds on the glass as the beer recedes.

The aroma is full of an earthy oakiness and vanilla notes as well as a brown sugar character with a touch of tobacco, very much like a fine bourbon. No smokiness to speak of....which is NICE!

The flavor is intense, this is a sipper for sure. First you got your standard Scotch Ale malt forward profile of toasted grains, brown sugars and caramel, but then the barrel aged flavors really make their presence known, assaulting the taste buds with a pungent earthiness, leaving quite a boozy impression. The finish has a great dryness to it, though that doesn't ruin the amazing malt and bourbon flavors, but rather only serves to balance the overall sweetness.

I could think of nothing better, then to sit in front of a warm fireplace on a cold winter's eve sipping a snifter of this beer. And when I drink Backwoods Bastard, that is the scene that instantly comes to mind. A great after dinner drink, with a great amount of complexity. A rich creamy body, and very mild amount of carbonation really improves the overall drinkability despite the high ABV.

Photo of drtth
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a clear light reddish brown with a 1/3" off-white head that quickly recedes to a smallish ring of foam and a thin patch of foam on the liquid. Sipping leaves some small patches of lacing and areas of sparse speckled lacing. For most of the beer there is some scattered lacing.

Smell: The aroma fills the nose with bourbon, vanilla and a trace of oak. This mixture is accented by light caramel, some cocoa and a dash of tart cherry.

Taste: The flavor is a complex mix of caramel and brown sugar mingled with the vanilla from the barrel, the taste of bourbon, some oakiness and a trace of alcohol. In the background and quite persistent trough out is a citric bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied, smooth and creamy with the medium to light carbonation. The finish is long with the caramel malt sweetness leaving the scene first leaving the wood and bourbon flavors behind to slowly disappear into dry citric final bitterness.

Drinkability: This beer goes down smoothly a sip at a time, with each sip leaving me wanting another. I won't hesitate to have this one again. And am already thinking that it would be a fine beer to serve as a digestive after a tasty meal with good friends. However there also is a bit of rough edge to the bitterness on this one and I'm thinking it needs a few more months in the bottle for the flavors to become truly integrated and smoothed out.

Photo of homebrewhawk
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a snifter. Poured a dark amber with a finger of off white head. Amazing aroma of vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, and a little alcohol. Big, rich and smooth body. Toffee and more vanilla in the flavor. A fair amount of hop bitterness, but just to balance the malt. I wouldn't call this a hoppy beer though. Very long finish of vanilla, oak and bourbon. Might be a bit over the top with the bourbon, but in a good way! One of the best beers I have had this year.

Photo of raverjames
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark amber with a 2 finger head. Head retention is great.

S: Bourbon, vanilla, smoke, and caramel.

T: Roasty and malty. If you could make a beer taste just like bourbon, it would be just like this. Tons of oak and vanilla.

M: Smooth, sweet, and rich. A tad sweet, though it compliments the heavy bourbon flavor and booze.

D: Great beer that is pretty easy to drink for the abv. Perfect brew for a cold night in front of the fire. Founders doesn't seem to make a bad beer, and this is just another example of their best work.

Photo of webmanspidey
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a chalice. This a medium translucent amber/brown color with only slight head. There's a lot going on in the smell: vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, maple syrup, oak, and loads of bourbon and scotch... very inviting.

Taste is exceptionally sweet with more traces of maple syrup, vanilla, and varying whiskeys.. but not quite as diverse and complicated as the smell. Not very heavy or hot for something with double digit ABV, this is pretty drinkable. Enjoyed

Photo of PDXHops
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip.

A deep reddish brown boddy is capped by a smallish tan head that soon reduces to a small island of foam in the middle of the glass, with a thin ring around the rim. A bit of lacing.

Sweet aromas of oak, restrained bourbon, baked apples and vanilla. The bourbon is more assertive in the mouth, but not at all overpowering. Plentiful sweetness of caramel malt, vanilla and oak. Maybe a hint of chocolate as well. Some roasted malt and a sort of grassy bitterness keep things in check. The finish is surprisingly dry, with a bit of warming alcohol. Mild bourbon/oak aftertaste.

Overall impression: Probably an nice candidate for cellaring, although the bourbon is perfectly integrated into the beer already. Very enjoyable sipper.

Photo of Anthony1
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thin cap of tan foam, that receded after five minutes, leaving a ring of bubbles at the edge, and a cool spiderweb pattern across the mahogany surface.

Big bourbon aroma. A swirl kicks up a sweet maltiness behind it, hinting at the base beer's character. Otherwise it's sweet, woody whiskey and sour mash fumes: hints of corn, cherry, and fried plantain. Full fledged bourbon flavor too, more or less steamrolling the whole thing. Luckily not as harsh as straight bourbon, but the full flavor is there. Flashes of sweet malt underneath, with a growing warming sensation in the gut with every sip. Low carb and medium body, the strong flavor takes centerstage.

Photo of trbergman
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Ruddy chestnut with ruby highlights and a thin sand-colored head.

S - Breadcrust, molasses, fig, raisin, tobacco, sherry. Pronounced caramelized maltiness with the barest hint of bourbon.

T - Quite malty at first, with full, caramel flavors. Dried fruits are also present, as well as pleasant notes of sherry and tobacco. Bourbon barrel aging adds further complexity, with hints of toast and vanilla. The wood lends some astringency, which, in combination with hop bitterness, balances the rich malt. As the beer warms, prickly alcohol becomes more apparent in the back of the mouth.

M - Full, rich body. Incredibly smooth and lush, with an understated carbonation that cleanses the palate and keeps the beer from becoming cloying.

D - While this is not an incredibly boozy beer, the alcohol can grow tiresome. That aside, this is a solid beer worth seeking out again.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

200th review! A nice molasses brown with bourbon highlights. Almost no head, although I can't knock it too much because of the ABV. Nose is very reminiscent of other big bourbon beers, notably similar to BCS. By that I mean that the nose is nearly all bourbon, but I still like it. Vanilla, oak, and earthy notes abound. Again, this is quite like a lighter version of BCS. Delicious. Amazing how underneath the initial bourbon assault comes a bit of leafy/earthy hops and a decent alcohol and slightly spicy kick. Fantastic take on bourbon aging, surprised more people don't try it with ales. Mouthfeel is creamy, slick, and full bodied. I'm really impressed. Tremendous sipper, interesting, complex, delicious.

Photo of Reaper16
3.84/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle served into a Chimay goblet

Pours a thick looking reddish-brown that is reminiscent of caramelized sugar. This may not make sense to anyone but me but it looks like it will have toffee flavors (this color in the past for me has accompanied toffee flavors in beer). No head, not even what you could call a cap. There is an infitisimal amout of off-white foam that -- to my surprise -- doesn't lace all that poorly.

Backwoods Bastard is a cacophony of aromas. Tree bark, maraschino cherries, gooey caramel, cinnamon, pine nuts, vanilla bean... its all there simultaneously. Bringing up the back end are traces of alcohol fusels that ground some of the scents in a "bourbon" context (though I must confess that I don't really smell bourbon). Its malty and phenolic and kind of Belgian and pretty nice.

The first things that my tongue picked up on were the familiar iced tea flavors from the Founders Dirty Bastard that serves as the base beer for Backwoods Bastard. Then I get smacked with some relatively strong alcohol flavors. Slight brown spirits flavor, sure, but it mostly subsides and becomes other kinds of tastes. Cherry and pear come to mind, but not the flesh of the fruit, not really. More of a pear skin kind of taste. There is a large woodsy, smoky quality to this beer. The bourbon barrels impart more barrel taste than bourbon taste, for sure.

I like the mouthfeel. Its medium-bodied at first but swish it in your mouth and it thickens up proper. Drinkability can't be scored higher than 'average.' Its 10.2% ABV and tastes like it. The flavors, especially the smoky bark flavors, are too much to warrant opening a second bottle after you finish the first.

Its always cool when breweries barrel-age a style of beer that isn't typically barrel-aged. I can't think of any other notable Scotch Ales that are aged in bourbon barrels, which makes this a nifty beer to try if only for the story of it. Make no mistake -- it's not a gimmick. The barrel flavors -- while perhaps not executed to the degree that they should be -- do improve upon the base beer. This is a fine sipper.

Photo of nanertak
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip.

Appearance: Poured 1 1/2 finger amber head with hints of red. Dark red/brown in color, very clear.

Nose: LOT of sweet malt. Oak and honey in the background, a bit of boozy sweetness.

Taste: Sweet malts up front, fades into oak, finishes strong toasted oak and medium malt. Not much hint of the 10% ABV, very well masked. Small amount of heat on the breath. Little sweet for my tastes.

Mouthfeel: Round, somewhat oily. Mild carbonation. Bordering on cloyingly round.

Drinkability: Very slow occasional sipper. Strong flavor, strong ABV.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.63/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A = Forms a firm half inch head of small bubbles which exhibits good retention and leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass as it recedes. Liquid is fairly clear but with some amount of particulates, dark reddish brown, very dense until held up to the light when the red color shows through.

S = Sweet smells of bourbon, vanilla, oak, fresh baked cheese danish, decent smells, but a bit too much alcohol shows through.

T = Chocolate powder, oak chips, almonds and vanilla, light coconut, maple syrup. Very tasty but the oak is perhaps a bit more present up front than I would have preferred.

M = Medium-heavy body, frothy, good mouthcoating.

D = This is good, but perhaps a bit cloying by the end of the glass

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of light brown head on top of a slightly hazy, amber-brown body. The foam settle quickly to a thin layer and leaves moderate lace.

S - Sweet caramel malt that blends with, and becomes indistinguishable from, bourbon barrel aromas of oak, coconut, cherries, and booze. Lots of burnt sugar notes with a little bit of pine sap character.

T - Strong, thick malt up front with toffee, caramel, and brown sugar notes. The bourbon character comes in fast and hard with a lot of spicy alcohol notes and more complex, dark sugars. The finish is spicy and alcoholic with a strong, phenolic smoke note that brings out a lot of the woody, boozy, harshness of the bourbon. Lingering notes of smoke, char, brown sugar, and pine sap stick to the back of the tongue.

M - Moderately thick body, low carbonation, and an only slightly sweet finish with some alcoholic warmth working its way down my throat to settle in the pit of my stomach.

D - I expected something big, round, sweet, and bourbon like, but what I got is something far leaner and meaner than one would expect from a scotch ale. There is a lot of phenolic smoke character in this beer, either from abused yeast or from peat, and it does some strange things when it meets the bourbon. The phenolics seem to bring out a lot of the boozy and astringent qualities of the whiskey that are usually not present in barrel aged beers; combine this with the relative dryness of this brew, and the fact that it is not at all shy about its 10% abv, and you have a weirdly convincing bourbon beer. I'm still not quite sure what I think about this one. It has managed to capture a lot of the harsher qualities of distilled spirits that I prefer not to see in a beer; on the other hand, I have to respect the fact that they have brewed what I can only regard as the liquid equivalent of the grizzled, scotch-irish mountain man that graces the label of the bottle. This is quite a unique beer, and while I won't be rushing out to buy another one, I am certainly grateful for the opportunity to try it.

Photo of BigMike
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a dark mohogany color with slight burnt orange highlights. A very hard pour produced a huge fluffy three finger head that leaves tremendous lacing.

Smell has a very strong alcohol presence. Very much vanilla and chocolate liquor. I can smell the oak from the barreling and i can get some of the bourbon notes as well.

Theres a lot of complexities as far as flavor. I can taste, chocolate, figs, dates, molasses, bosc pear, sour apple, banana, oak, and a touch of vanilla. Alcohol is very noticable and not hidden at all. Very much bourbon like.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavy. Lots of alcohol on the tongue and on the swallow.

Drinkability is a good as you're going to get with a face melter such as this.
I would recommend this to someone who enjoys a good bourbon This is definately a sipper.

Photo of mbudner
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into a snifter. Side-by-side with Dirty Bastard

A- Pours a murky brown w/ a ruby hue. Very thin, white head.

S- I will start off by saying that I'm a sucker for bourbon barrel-aged beers. This smells like a phenomenal one. Lots of vanilla and woodiness. There's definitely the obvious smell of "bourbon," but I find the vanilla more pronounced than much of the spice and other flavors I often get. It smells sweeter and smoother than many of the BA beers I've had. I also get some chocolate.

T- Most predominant is a sweet, luscious vanilla flavor finishing with a bourbon bite. Some chocolate (sweet, not bitter), great woody, barrel flavor. I get some Coca-cola-like flavors as well.

M- The mouthfeel is really just perfect for me, and quite unique. The sweetness upfront makes you think it might be a bit cloying, but then it dries up instantaneously. This dry finish makes way for a nice bourbon warming in the throat, leaving me wanting more and more.

D- Amazingly drinkable. I find this easier to drink than the Dirty Bastard I'm having with it (less of the cloying maltiness.) The bourbon is obviously there (in the finish, specifically), so that would keep drinkability down for some.

Photo of brian23456
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clouded, murky brown/reddish with little to no head

S- Mmmmm, Bourbon, oak and vanilla. Smells good to me!

T- Very malty with a good dose of bourbon. There is also oak, honey, vanilla, caramel and some more bourbon. The more I drink the more complex it becomes. Sweet and very very tasty on a cold Wisconsin night, defintaley a dessert beer.

M- Slightly viscous for a Scotch ale, smooth, low carbonation.

D- Goes down easy considering the ABV, I'm having no trouble getting this down although the flavors make me want to savor this brew.

Great scotch ale, the only big complaint is the lack of carbonation, but that won't keep me from buying a couple 4 packs! A fine dessert beer.

Photo of Zorro
3.81/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chill hazed reddish brown colored beer with no head formation.

Strong scent of whiskey is the first thing I notice. Lots of caramel, vanilla, chocolate, malt and especially Whiskey! Lesser scent is a little cookie dough.

Starts out malty with a strong whiskey flavor. Malt comes on after you get past the whiskey. Next to no bitterness here. Try as I might there is no way around it; this is more whiskey than beer.

Mouthfeel is a little light probably because of the alcohol content.

Personally I like this stuff, but it IS pretty strong in the whiskey department. Easy call if you like whiskey you will love this. If you do not like whiskey this will be a drain pour.

Photo of womencantsail
3.92/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to tendermorsel for this bottle!

A: Backwoods Bastard pours a cloudy, muddled amber/brown color with pretty much no foam.

S: This certainly smells like a fine liquor. A lot of bourbon and vanilla. There is also a very strong oak aroma.

T: The taste has many of the same characteristics of the nose. A lot of oak, vanilla, bourbon, and maybe a touch of chocolate. There is also a bitterness in there somewhere.

M: Very smooth, creamy, and full bodied. The carbonation is on the low side.

D: I was expecting to be blown away by booze, but it really was quite manageable. That said, you still feel it after enjoying a bottle.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Wasatch in a recent trade. I think this may be an older vintage as the ABV is listed at 8.7%.

A: Aggressive pour yields a murky brown beer with a slightly cream colored cap that disappears into a ring of bubbles on the edge of the glass and a small island in the middle.

S: Booze, big bourbon profile, lots of malts, never really a great sign when the first thing I notice in a beer is the booze, but it actually is growing on me. Some notes of wood and vanilla, a little char. Nice.

T: Smooth syrupy malts that lend flavors of vanilla and roasted malt, which leads into a great bourbon profile. Honey, vanilla, oak, caramel, slightly astringent alcohol flavor. Man the vanilla note in this really stands out, I love the lingering aftertaste of the vanilla on this. Wow, chocolate creeps in on the back of the vanilla as well. Very sweet beer, but it serves its purpose well as dessert. Delicious.

M: Fairly thick body, very low carbonation, dry, and incredibly smooth. Just enough warming alcohol to know it's there.

D: A little sweet and strong to be a session, but this is a stellar dessert beer. Excellent. Will definitely try and revisit this beer in any way that I can. Great work from Founders, I have yet to be disappointed.

Thanks John!

Photo of pourmeup
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- dark amber color to the beer with a off white head the eventually resides to a thin white ring around the pint.
S- smells of a good cognac, very oak, lots of alcohol on the nose
T- oak comes through so well, has a slight sourness, very malty and sweet
M- very creamy, coats the pallet with flavor, nice carbonation level
D- not as drinkable, but i could definitely drink two

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 7,031 ratings.