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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,302 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,302
Reviews: 1,426
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 661
Gots: 1,550 | FT: 143
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:
Scotch Ale aged in bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: CortexBomb on 01-30-2007)
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ColterKoch22

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-17-2013 15:26:09 | More by ColterKoch22
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Bigtwin

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

12-17-2013 15:16:21 | More by Bigtwin
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Gemini6

Michigan

5/5  rDev +15.5%

12-17-2013 09:24:48 | More by Gemini6
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BKBassist

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-17-2013 06:06:42 | More by BKBassist
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LotsofLupulin

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-17-2013 05:14:59 | More by LotsofLupulin
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bcerv-ca

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-17-2013 02:33:14 | More by bcerv-ca
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kevinlater

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

12-17-2013 02:20:55 | More by kevinlater
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Arcous

Michigan

5/5  rDev +15.5%

12-16-2013 19:32:11 | More by Arcous
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1FatJ

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-16-2013 18:31:32 | More by 1FatJ
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SeanBond

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-16-2013 16:52:19 | More by SeanBond
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ryan604

Alabama

5/5  rDev +15.5%

12-16-2013 16:35:06 | More by ryan604
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zero_signal

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-16-2013 13:16:35 | More by zero_signal
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Dave2234

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-16-2013 06:11:40 | More by Dave2234
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uncccegr

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -7.6%

12-16-2013 05:33:04 | More by uncccegr
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-16-2013 04:14:31 | More by stereosforgeeks
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Weavagra

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

12-16-2013 04:00:25 | More by Weavagra
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eblythe1

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

12-16-2013 01:46:20 | More by eblythe1
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Roguer

Connecticut

4.65/5  rDev +7.4%

Extremely dark brew, actually fairly clear (non-cloudy) but almost completely black, with reddish purple highlights. Pours a small, <1 finger beige head which quickly dissipates to an oily sheen.

Smooth bourbon aroma, with some toffee or chocolate behind (I don't think there's chocolate in this beer, but that's what I get). Strong malty grains - wheat - and a hint of tartness, a la red grapes. Despite being fairly subdued, the bourbon is still doing a good job masking other aromas.

Amazingly smooth! I daresay the bourbon comes across smoother and more refined in this beer than in BCBS. Some sweetness, similar to a red grape profile, and smooth oatmeal or wheat as a dominant malt base. There's a strong cocoa finish, not unlike chewing on a chocolate bar. Despite the relatively high IBUs, any present hops are just balancing out the brew, and not providing any bite.

Full-bodied but unbelievably smooth. There's a definite alcohol warmth on the backend. Chewy feel, and nice lingering residual sweetness. Just enough sting to come across as slightly lively, but not so much that you don't want to sip and savor.

Wow, I'm really having a hard time describing everything going on in this beer, other than, "Awesome!" I absolutely did not expect this beer to live up to the hype; I was absolutely wrong.

12-16-2013 01:23:33 | More by Roguer
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MagnusThunnus

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

12-16-2013 01:04:58 | More by MagnusThunnus
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cornucopia

Puerto Rico

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

12-16-2013 00:28:00 | More by cornucopia
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EB1

California

4/5  rDev -7.6%

12-15-2013 23:39:22 | More by EB1
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ISmith87

Arizona

4.68/5  rDev +8.1%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a clear plastic glass (didn't have anything better while I'm visiting here in Palm Beach). I'm excited to try this one since it's so revered by beer geeks, and is the amped up/oak aged version of Founder's Dirty Bastard, which is a great beer!
A - 4.25 - Nice looking beer. Dark brown/dark red color, with a nice tan head on it. Lacing is really good, coating the glass.
S - 4.5 - Nice vanilla, scotch, caramel, toffee, butterscotch.
T - 4.75 - Great. Vanilla, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, boozey scotch/peat flavors. Raisins and plums. Oak.
M - 4.75 - Nice medium - heavy thick creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol present but it should be at 10.2%. Aftertaste is a boozy scotch with vanilla/cream/caramel flavors.
O - 4.75 - This is a great beer. It's definitely unique, I'd love to put it next to the other wee heavy's because I think it would stand out. Glad I could score this guy at TW in WPB Florida.

12-15-2013 23:11:41 | More by ISmith87
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DanSmith17

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-15-2013 23:03:03 | More by DanSmith17
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kew

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-15-2013 21:36:34 | More by kew
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partisan

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

12-15-2013 21:22:34 | More by partisan
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 5,302 ratings.