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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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5,364 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,364
Reviews: 1,429
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 673
Gots: 1,556 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An older and dirtier bastard for sure.

Pours a mahogany color with ruby edges. The half finger of beige head does not linger very long. Bourbon notes are distinctly present in the nose. The blend of malt and bourbon in the flavor profile is near perfect and this offering finishes with a slight malty sweetness. The body is hearty, rich, creamy and smooth – excellent as an after dinner digestif.

This is a well crafted barrel-aged beer that does not end up tasting harsh or cidery. The craftsmanship in the creation of this offering is evident.

57md, Dec 19, 2013
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4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large tulip, straight out of the fridge. Best before is hard to tell, but it was a recent batch just released.

A: Very dark brown, poured a initial 2 finger, off-white, light tan/beige head, which died down but has left a very nice froth on top, and lots of lacing to the sides.

S: Lots of bourbon on the nose, followed by some burnt toffee.. but alcohol really dominates the smell here, hard to pick up other aromas.

T: Right off the bat, toffee, caramels, Werthers, lots of roasty malts, not overly sweet, some aging seems to have smoothed it out, but as it finishes, you get that nice vanilla sweetness, and more bourbon on the finish... though the aging/bourbon seems to be overpowering the more typical subtle scotch ale flavours such as tea and wood....

M: Smooth, easy drinking, light carbonation, not overly sticky, only hints of burn on the after taste.

O: Nice beer, well balanced in flavour and booze, the bourbon is a tad strong, but this is a hard thing to control, and does bring an otherwise nice characteristic to balance the toffee sweetness.... not extremely classic as with any aging, but is certainly up there for this style. The beer really comes alive with a bit of time in the glass breathing and warming up, which seems to smooth over the booze a bit. Won't be minding that I picked up a 4 of this one, this winter.

4ster, Dec 19, 2013
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Skunkyluvmuffin, Dec 19, 2013
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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