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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,587
Hads: 7,065
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 913
Gots: 2,526 | FT: 243
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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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Reviews: 1,587 | Hads: 7,065
Photo of BigAl723
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor. Served in a 10oz tulip.

A: It pours a very dark brown/red. Like a dark rusty color. Very nice tan head about an inch and a half thick.

S: Dark Fruit, caramel, bourbon, molasses, light oak...I had to taste this to get more out of the smell. It was a little hard to pick up for some reason.

T: Here we go. Kind of hoppy and heavy. Very complex...a lot going on. The taste and smell came out real nice once I tasted it. Bourbon dominates along with sweet notes of chocolate, caramel, and molasses. The taste of this beer grew on me while I drank it. I had to get two of them because they were so good.

M: Fairly heavy in the mouth with moderate carbonation. Perfect really.

D: For being over 10% ABV, it has great drinkability. The more I drank, the more I wanted. I had to stop myself after two.

Overall, I've only tried this once before and it was last year around this time. It was good but this year's batch is outstanding. I really enjoyed this and will be seeking out a four pack soon. Founders +1! (1,041 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours thick, a dark bronzed brown that can't be seen through. I'm assuming the lightness of the head and lacing is due to the high ABV, but I get a somewhat dense one finger ot so and, when it dissipates, a decently thick foam that manages to leave some thin patching with lots of webbing.
There's plenty of enticing elements in a rich, complex aroma: some caramelized sugars, a boozy note (bourbon? I suppose it would make sense), something nutty, something woody, perhaps even earthy, a strong malt, a light spiciness, dark fruits, a sweetness alongside the initial (vanilla, perhaps), even something leafy. This MUST be inhaled quite a few time to get it all. It's pretty intense.
It's all in the flavor. I didn't know what to expect out of the whole "oak-aged, bourbon barrel" thing, or even if it would make a difference in there. But it's there. I have to wonder if the rich oak notes I'm detecting would be there otherwise, and I can certainly doubt that it would have the tasty scotch / bourbon flavor otherwise as well. There's a gentle alcohol burn in the finish; otherwise, a very high ABV was well masked. Just as a side note, I was told I needed to grab one of these without knowing anything about it first, so I did a "blind" test. I had no idea beforehand what it was.
Just looking through the reviews beforehand, I came upon one that claimed this was too thin. My only response was to laugh to myself. Either there's no chance a bottle that seemed thin could possibly have been good or someone drinks way too much motor oil. This stuff came out as thick as I've ever seen a liquid pour from a bottle. It was thick on my tongue and in my mouth, huge, rich and creamy. This is massively full-bodied. Not only that, but there was even just the right crispness to it in a low carbonation that allowed it all to work together.
The only reason I wouldn't drink a barrel of this in a sitting would be to remain conscious and for the slight alcohol burn. (1,974 characters)

Photo of MPLS
3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up from a fine selection of single bottles the worlds oak aged and bourbon really stuck out like.

A: Dark copper body with a amber bottom. Cascading head with a soapy head that appears to have gotten just a slight tan. Faint and mild-mannered lacing.

S: Dirty caramel infused bourbon, butterscotch, almond, alcohol.

T: Very sweet and malty, the butterscotch/caramel dominates the beer. Small linger hop profile. I might have had bigger expectations of this beer, maybe it's the style that doesn't work well with the oak-aged bourbon barrels. maybe I'm spoiled with bourbon-aged stouts?

M: Medium bodied would be generous, a bit thin for a "big beer"

D: Hmmm...the bourbon element entices me to want it, but the thin mouthfeel and not to my liking sweetness of this beer make would make me grab for it if it were in the back of the fridge. (860 characters)

Photo of endincolorado
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, deep reddish-brown with some haze, and very little light coming through. Tasty looking, creamy tan head settles slowly with bubbles of various size. Nice sheets of lace stick around on the sides of the glass.

Delicious notes of oak and bourbon right up front, accompanied by a malty sweetness in the background and some grain that reminds me of single malt scotch. Faint alcohol. I cannot wait to sip.

Damn, i wish this was more readily available. A perfect medley of vanilla, bourbon, oak, malty sweetness, and toasty caramel that is carried by a rich, creamy texture with just the right amount of carbonation. Some alcohol is noticeable and helps complement the brew. This beer takes me back to September tours in Bardstown, KY inside the Maker's Mark distillery, with all of the smells of the sour mash and wood.

I could drink this all night (and with breakfast in the morning) but that probably wouldn't be wise). As a bourbon lover, (and lover of scotch ale, and Founders Brewing Company) I might be a little biased, but I strongly urge any fan of barrel-aged beer to give this one a shot. (1,112 characters)

Photo of claminat420
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- poured a dark burgandy brown color. off white one finger head.

S- sweet malt with a sweet caramel blend. woody with a slight cherry or some other fruit hidden deep down inside.

T- the caramel malts and the woodiness of the oak barrels deliver in the front. alil spice from the alcohol and a weird fruit hidden delivers in the backend.

M- medium to heavy bodied. awesome on the carbonation.

D- for 10.2 abv i was expecting more. the four pack isn't to rough to handle.

Overall- this is definitely worthy to pick up. (523 characters)

Photo of MrStark
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass.

Appearance is a dark reddish brown with a small off white head that unfortunately dissipated quickly.

Smell is has a nice caramel sweetness to it with vanilla as well. The bourbon is there for sure in strength, to me making it a quite inviting aroma.

Taste is what the smell would make me expect, a pretty heavy bourbon flavor. And although its strong, its certainly doesn't seam overpowering and makes for a nice rich and sweet flavor with a bit of bitterness towards the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. Seams pretty slick on tongue and is quite pleasant.

Drinkability is great! I think it goes down quite easy for the amount of alcohol. I don't think I would say its a session beer though as it might sneak up on you. This is something I would have one in a night. Something to savor every now and then. (871 characters)

Photo of stoutfiend27
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter

a-dark burgundy color...fast fading one finger off white head...lacing and legs forever

s-sweet vanilla...bourbon and oak...tannins and tobacco...malty sweetness faint hops

t-sweet malt up front..bourbon lingers in the back..vanilla...oak and roast..slight hops to hold it together...

m-creamy and oh so smooth...oily and sticky...wonderful

d-you would never know this brew is 10.2% at all....slightest warmth makes it feel more like a 6% brew...if not for the abv i would drink this all night

a nice surprise as im not a wee heavy fan at all...this is one easy drinkin brew...i cannot get over it..damn (641 characters)

Photo of KeefD
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber brown, small head that's gone in a flash, no lacing. Aroma is of caramel and apples, chocolate, bourbon and oak. Taste pretty much follows the smell. Lots of caramel and light fruitiness reminiscent of apples, light chocolate, some roastiness, and plenty of warming bourbon. Alcohol is a tad hot, but not bad. Good stuff. (332 characters)

Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a quasi tulip,looks very nice.deep brown with great lacing. rich bourbon and vanilla notes in the nose,bit of caramelized sugar.bit of dark fruit.

rich caramelized sugar sweetness,vanilla and oak flavors. bit bourbon burn in the finish.moderate clean bitterness. overall pretty nice,real into the strong bourbon flavors.

mouthfeel is medium bodied,doesn't take away much from the beer itself. the beer is a nice sipper,the abv is high which takes away from the drinkability imo. still kinda hot as well,but i like this rough version. (547 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2009 12 oz bottle.

A: Pours a brownish red with a surprising amount of clarity. Light shines through. Thin white head forms and leaves loads of lacing.

S: Onslaught of oak and bourbon. The bourbon lends a nice vanilla aroma which meld nicely with notes of toffee and caramel. The nose is predominantly bourbon and smells very nice.

T: The bourbon is very strong in the flavor, but its not hot on the booziness like I expected from all the bourbon on the nose. This beer has a very nice bourbon character that never is overpowering. I am surprised at how tame the alcohol presence is with this beer.

MF: A nice viscous thick body. I served this one without letting it chill too much which seems to really work for this beer. It is thick and velvety in the mouth and never feels sticky.

D: This is TOO drinkable for a 10% bourbon barrel aged brew. The flavor is complex and delicious which keeps me going back for another sip. I really enjoy this one, even if I am having trouble detecting what I am used to in a wee heavy. (1,027 characters)

Photo of mwilbur
3.62/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a dark red-brown with almost no head.
S: Strong wood (oak) and bourbon notes. Less strong but still prominent alcohol too.
T: Follows aroma fairly well. Strong wood, bourbon, and alcohol. A tad bitter at the finish...softens with warming. Hint of vanilla with warming.
M: Medium body. Surprisingly light for 10.2% ABV. Wish this lingered at least a little bit on the palate.
D: You can have only so much 10.2%, but if this was a better brew this would score higher here. This is a nice one, but can't hold up to other bourbon aged beers. Not sure it was worth the $4 paid for the bottle. (635 characters)

Photo of kegger22
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish brown with a small head that almost instantly dissipated to almost nothing. The aroma was musty and boozy. The taste was heavily alcohol, sweet but with a lightly bitter bite to it (may have just been the alcohol). The feel was full bodied and oily, with very little carbonation. Drinkability was decent for a 10+ ABV. Very good beer, perhaps a bit over rated because this time, the bourbon barrel aging did not significantly improve the brew. (460 characters)

Photo of Katahdin
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was totally surpriseed by this beer. At 10.2% and a Wee Heavy one would think it would be a big beer. Not all to my surprise. The beer had a great taste, wonderful texture on the mouth and went down smooth. A ver deceaiving beer, it tastes and is as smooth a s a 5% beer, the alcohol can easily sneak up on you. (313 characters)

Photo of Burl41
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Served in a bottle into a pint glass

Apperance- Dark brown red, with solid head from a rough pour into a 1/4 inch rention with solid lacing.

Smell- Wow an intence scotch smell, you get the alchohol upfront too, with a caramel backing. Intense.

Taste- hmmm, again caramel flavor is upfront followed by a solid bourbon taste. I don't even know how to review this, I should have put this into a brandy glass, this beer is strong and complex unlike many even in this catagory. Vanilla and alch linger on the pallete.

Mouthfeel- Thick and heavy, this is a strong brew, high gravity to be sure, almost have to chew this one.

Drinkability- Wow i'm not sure, I enjoyed it alot, but it should be served in a brandy glass not a pint glass. Thick and high abv.

I would have this one again, around a fire with friends on a cold winter night. To be savored slowly. (859 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Backwoods Bastard pours a ruby mahogony with a dense off white head and some lace. Poured into a snifter to maximize aroma.

Nose is of sweet bready malts and a whiff of bourbon like booziness.

Flavor features some complex maltyness. There is a bourbonesque booze and a woody, earthy note from the barrel aging. Chocolate covered cherries. Vanilla. Oak.Faint resinous hops. Then some clean solvent alcohol in the warming finish.

Luxurious and smooth.

A strong, full flavored beer. Complex and a sipper for sure, though I could drink so much more in an ideal setting. (569 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with a bottled on date of 10/27/09.
Pours a nice deep caramel color with a slight tan head, not too much carbonation it seems. Heads settles down fairly quickly.
Wow! Smell that bourbon barrel age right off the bat. Followed by caramel, malty aroma. Maybe it's just me but kind of smells like banana too.
Bite of the tongue on the first sip. Strong flavor from the barrel aging process following by a meduim/heavy malt taste. Slightly bitter aftertaste followed by alcohol. Very little hop flavor which would be correct for this style.
Similiar to Fouder's Dirty Bastard but with an added kick of the bourbon barrel! (638 characters)

Photo of Buebie
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single for $4, with a bottling date of 10/27/09

Poured from the brown stubby, with a now pop cap, no more twist off's. Went into a pub glass forming an inch of tan head. The beer is s pretty dark brown, showing reddish auburn highlights when held to the lamp. The forming head and carbonation mixture off the pour was also interesting to watch, allot of color there.
Head retention is a thick collar with foamy bubbles on the cap. Lace is sticky and coats the glass well.

Aroma is bourbon, wood, mild hops in the form of pine. Loads of dark sugar and burnt caramel malt in there. Buttery almost, in a caramelized butter sugar combination. Mild vanilla and maple syrup.

Man, this is one rich sipper. Some boozy warmth from the barrels, still plenty of sweetness shinning through. Bitters creep along with toasted wood and deep into the distance hops bite and linger. Loads of burnt caramel and some cereal grains. A touch of chocolate and vanilla, something in there is reminding me of dark Belgian candy sugar also.
Warmth into the linger after the swallow, not hot, just your very distant bourbon throat warming.

Mouthfeel is bordering a syrup slickness with just a little carbonation keeping any flat feel at bay.

This is tremendous! (1,255 characters)

Photo of Stunner97
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- dark brownish to dark copper in color, a very thin white head slowly forms and then quick fades, low amount of carbonation,

Smell- lots of upfront malt sweetness, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, brown sugar, just smells very nice and something that pulls you into wanting that first taste,

Taste- slight hop bitterness can be noticed on the finish, overall a good amount of malt and sweetness, the flavor really livens up as it warmed a bit as it was slightly to cold to start, a lot of sweetness vanilla and brown sugar, good amount of oak and definite bourbon is noticeable and actually quite enjoyable, one of the strong points to me in the flavor of this beer is the fact that it does maintain a decent punch of hops just to keep all that malty goodness slightly in check, long lingering finish, very nice,

Mouthfeel- medium bodied not really quite as heavy in body as one might actually expect, nice tingling warmth is noticed in your mouth all the way to back of your throat,

Drinkability- To me this drinkability is extremely high, I am someone is a fan of bourbon so I would have to say this beer is definitely right up my alley, it doesn't over kill you with that bourbon but has alot of it there, it also is very sweet but doesn't over smash you with sugar maintaining a bit of bitterness, this beer to me is actually extremely well crafted and well made, one that while i can I will buy extra of to have around, (1,434 characters)

Photo of biggred1
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber with a creamy two fingers of beige colored foam that slowly melts leaving sheets of lace on the glass. This beer smells fantastic, toasty oak and nutty with vanilla and dark fruity notes. The flavors are pretty bourbon heavy, strong, toasty and woody but well balanced with sweet maltiness, dark fruit and just enough hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is fairly light for the style but not to a fault. A really nice beer for those that enjoy whiskey, I do. (465 characters)

Photo of kkipple
3.51/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've got well over 30 beers languishing in my notes to review, but for some reason - it could be the torrential rain on a dreary November day - I felt like something woody, something soothing, something... bourbony! Thanks to my fridge for hanging onto this one for a while. 2009 vintage.

A. Backwoods Bastard is a dirty looking, sediment-heavy, caramel red with just a touch of lacy head that eventually flattens out. Looks a bit thin and watery, the yeasty bits remain suspended in the brew. One of the odder looking brews to grace this snifter.

S. Initial nose is sweet malt and a pronounced woodiness, followed by brown sugar, a bit of char and a good amount of bourbon and alcohol heat. There's an estery, date-like sweetness that's often found in barrel aged beers, but it too seems overmuch. As it warms you get more: vanilla, a bit of heather-dirt, more nuanced roasty-sweet malt. Not bad. But as a whole the experience is sweet, sharp, and boozy.

T. Hmm... what we have here is an over-bourboned, very sweet Wee Heavy. Now, I love bourbon, but it needs to be in harmony to the beer (see BA Sexual Chocolate for a world-class example) or be so insanely tasty that you just don't care. Backwoods Bastard is not quite there. There's a big estery, brown-sugar sweetness, a LOT of barrel character, and booze to spare. This is 10% and shows. The bourbon is the heart and soul of this beer, the scotch ale (the more interesting flavor to be had) seems to work around it, filling in the cracks in the woody, sweet, alcoholic and warming base. The sweetness is just shy of being too much, and the finish is sugary, woody and warm with some distracting aspirin-like bitterness.

M / D. Strangely thin, not quite watery. Carbonation is low but adds some needed punch; I would prefer more. Not easy to drink, I'm sorry to say. The bourbon is too sharp, the sweetness distracting. Founder's own Old Curmudgeon does this thing better.

Backwoods Bastard isn't exactly a miss, but if I was doing this in a lineup I'd use it of an example of a bourbon beer that doesn't quite hit the mark. (2,086 characters)

Photo of auroracrisis
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow, was surprised to see this at the beer store this afternoon! I was lazily making a mixed six pack and found these in the Founders shelf so I just had to throw one in there. Poured from the bottle into my Duvel tulip after chilling in the fridge for an hour or so.

Pours viscous with a one finger head that dissipates quickly. After the head is gone you are left with an outer rim of foam around the edges of the glass. The body of the beer is ruby red. Thin lacing as the beer is drank.

The smell is nuts. Lots of alcohol in the smell, it almost smells medicinal. The bourbony vanilla is dominant with the malts in the background.

First sip is a bourbon and malty explosion. The alcohol is hot too. My palate began to numb after the second sip but the aftertaste was still there. Lots of bourbon in this one and some scotchy malts in the background. I wish I could have tried Dirty Bastard before this one to have a familiarity with the beer before I tasted it bourbon barrel aged. Maybe I would have gotten more out of the taste. Overall, the taste is much like it smells. I think it'll taste better with some age on it due to it being so hot right now.

Mouthfeel is alright. Kind of on the thinner side of a scotch ale with minimal carbonation. The etching on this glass helps keep the bubbles going but not much. Still a good feeling to swish it around your mouth but not excellent by any means.

Drinkability is fair. I'm not too big on bourbon bombs and this one appears to be so in its youth. Maybe with 6 months or so on it, it'll be more palatable and drinkable to me. Overall though, a good beer. (1,613 characters)

Photo of bamadog
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Absolutely fabulous drink, definitely becoming more and more of a fan of barrel-aged beers and items like this are going to make this a true trend. Founders really has yet to let me down.

Appearance: Pours a ruddy coppery/caramel brown that is fairly dark and shows some deep ruby highlights when held to the light; a small one finger head that just looks creamy fades pretty quickly to a thin and uneven frothy skim that looks closer to something that would sit on top of a glass of milk; body is mostly opaque but shows some light through it and some signs of moderate carbonation; decent washes of full lacing left sporadically on the sides of the glass.

Smell: My favorite part about this drink! Bourbon - big and up front; nice and sweet carmally maltiness and strong hints of vanilla and oakiness. Nose is strong with this one, no need to breathe too deep to pull out those scents.

Taste: Bourbon, but nice and smooth because of the big malty/carmally sweetness to it that helps mask the alcohol a bit (although it's still definitely present); nice vanilla presence and the flavors are rounded out in the end with a nice earthy woodiness. Very nice and not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Body is actually a little thinner than I thought it would be, but still maintains a nice creaminess; mouth, throat, chest and belly are left quite warm; I'm kind of surprised how watery my mouth is left as opposed to being dry from the ABV.

Drinkability: I love the smell and the flavors, but the detracting factors would be the higher ABV, the sweetness gets to be a bit much for my palate and stomach after a bit, and the cost - 14 bones for a 4 pack, while not necessarily unreasonable, would definitely dent the wallet if I wanted to enjoy this more often. (1,795 characters)

Photo of beerman207
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark red brown color with a head that stays for a while leaving a nice skim.

S: brown sugar, alcohol, raisin, bourbon, vanilla, great smell

T: Bourbon dominates the taste and it is creamy, rich, dark fruit coming through with alcohol coming in towards the finish - not too much. Just enough alcohol warms the palate. Very nice.

M: Very sticky, moderate carbonation, and fantastic.

D: I have to rate the drinkability here very high. I am certainly sad that I didn't have another to follow my first. I can't say that this is a wee heavy but then again there's no wee heavy bourbon barrel category. For what it is, this is a fantastic beer. The art is cool as well. (669 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
3.13/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a nearly opaque dark brown color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into a ring of lacing. The aroma is of strong candy sugar, caramel, bourbon, and wood. It is a very strong aroma, but all the candy sugar makes it seem to lack any sort of complexity. The taste is very malt, as a Scotch Ale should be. It has the same simple candy thing going on as the aroma, and although it is still strong it isn't as dominant as it is in the aroma. Still it makes the taste come across as simple. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a velvety texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this beer is not doing it for me. I'm not sure if extra sugar was added to boost fermentation, and subsequently ABV, but is sure seems like it. And the result is a beer that taste/smells like candy aged in bourbon barrels, instead of Scotch Ale aged in bourbon barrels. I am certain I will not drink this again, and am wondering what I should do with the other three bottles I have. Maybe some of that sugar will mellow out with time. (1,048 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Almost no head to speak of. What is there leaves a bit of lacing. The beer is a murky muddy red. Next to no light passes through.

S- Cherry dominates over some oak and caramely sweetness.

T- Similar to the nose. Sweet, malty, earthy with a slight twang of bourbon on the end. Its earthy and really smooth.

M- Amazing mouthfeel. Substantial body and unreal smoothness.

D- I want more of this. Aside from the booziness brought on by the bourbon this is really drinkable. (475 characters)

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,587 ratings.