1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Founders Backwoods BastardFounders Backwoods Bastard

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,452 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 5,452
Reviews: 1,431
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 698
Gots: 1,580 | FT: 140
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Founders Backwoods Bastard Alström Bros
Ratings: 5,452 | Reviews: 1,431 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Bigtwin
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Bigtwin, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of Gemini6
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Gemini6, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of BKBassist
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

BKBassist, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of LotsofLupulin
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

LotsofLupulin, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of bcerv-ca
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

bcerv-ca, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of kevinlater
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

kevinlater, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of Arcous
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Arcous, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of 1FatJ
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

1FatJ, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of SeanBond
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

SeanBond, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of ryan604
5/5  rDev +15.5%

ryan604, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of zero_signal
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

zero_signal, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of Dave2234
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Dave2234, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of uncccegr
4/5  rDev -7.6%

uncccegr, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of Weavagra
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Weavagra, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of eblythe1
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

eblythe1, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of Roguer
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Roguer, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of MagnusThunnus
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

MagnusThunnus, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of cornucopia
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

cornucopia, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of EB1
4/5  rDev -7.6%

EB1, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of ISmith87
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

ISmith87, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of DanSmith17
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

DanSmith17, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of kew
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

kew, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of partisan
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

partisan, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of riversider76
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Not much retention, but a good lace. Aroma is of Carmel malts, brown sugar, whiskey, and dark fruits. Body is thick with some carbonation. Taste is whiskey up front, with dark fruits and malts through out. Nice rich finish. Excellent brew, that warms you up quick!

riversider76, Dec 15, 2013
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 5,452 ratings.