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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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96
world-class

5,172 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 5,172
Reviews: 1,420
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 627
Gots: 1,520 | FT: 141
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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Jaysmittyland

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

11-24-2013 05:18:21 | More by Jaysmittyland
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tfsimpkins

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

11-24-2013 03:56:18 | More by tfsimpkins
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mrchrisray

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

11-24-2013 03:49:36 | More by mrchrisray
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wonothesane42

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

11-24-2013 03:34:55 | More by wonothesane42
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dgherm

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

11-24-2013 03:30:11 | More by dgherm
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StoutItOutLoud

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.6%

11-24-2013 02:56:35 | More by StoutItOutLoud
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stealth

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

11-24-2013 02:32:12 | More by stealth
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HawkeyeJosh

Arkansas

5/5  rDev +15.5%

11-24-2013 02:17:53 | More by HawkeyeJosh
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xVERITAS

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

11-24-2013 00:43:38 | More by xVERITAS
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roger617

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

11-23-2013 21:18:54 | More by roger617
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AndrewScottPentland

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

11-23-2013 21:09:04 | More by AndrewScottPentland
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DIPAFAN

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

11-23-2013 20:53:29 | More by DIPAFAN
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jimilayne

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

11-23-2013 18:48:00 | More by jimilayne
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JamLand

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

11-23-2013 17:19:06 | More by JamLand
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lookrider

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

11-23-2013 14:29:13 | More by lookrider
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Rudy

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

11-23-2013 08:49:10 | More by Rudy
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GameFreac

Georgia

4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally had the 2012 version at a bar from a bottle. It was good but I didn't see what all the fuss was about. I'm also not a fan of Dirty Bastard.

The hype returned so I tried a single of the 2013 version

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color and it looks like there will be no head but the carbonation slowly creeps up (similar to a nitro beer) and forms a dark brown head. Looks real nice.

Smell: Really awesome nose. Vanilla, toffee, butterscotch, dak fruits, bourbon. Very sweet.

Taste - Taste mirrors the nose with more bourbon. Really great vanilla aftertaste. Just a tiny bit of booze/bourbon burn on the aftertaste but it's barely there.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel.

Overall: Way better than I remember. Love this beer. The thing I love about this beer is that the bourbon is blended well and isn't boozy or overpowering the other flavors. They just mix together perfectly. Amazing beer and my favorite scotch ale now. Had to go back and get a 4 pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 06:19:41 | More by GameFreac
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Soto

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

11-23-2013 04:11:04 | More by Soto
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Wufdogger

Ohio

1/5  rDev -76.9%

11-23-2013 03:32:18 | More by Wufdogger
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nosavingsaccount

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

11-23-2013 03:12:37 | More by nosavingsaccount
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DavidBart

New York

3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

11-23-2013 01:10:58 | More by DavidBart
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Sarge3130

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.6%

11-23-2013 00:30:52 | More by Sarge3130
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StompingClover

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

11-22-2013 23:48:22 | More by StompingClover
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IPA1978

Missouri

4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- dark cola in color, thin head little to no retention, wine like lacing.

S- Dark fruits, vanilla, toasted marshmallows, cocoa, boozy, reminds me of port.

T- Thick rich dried fruits, figgy pudding, vanilla, caramel, oak, hops are there but hard to discern amongst the strong flavors but bitters and brings it all together. Finishes surprisingly dry and a boozy but not overwhelmingly so.

M- velvety smooth light carbonation, fills the mouth with a warming fullness similar to port.

O- An absolute surprise, possibly the best bourbon barrel aged beer I've had. A bit rough at times but I can see this beer approaching perfection with some age

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 23:45:24 | More by IPA1978
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Techichi

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

11-22-2013 23:15:28 | More by Techichi
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 5,172 ratings.