Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company
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4.29/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours a ruby red, slight purple, or dark brown depending on how the light hits it, an off white creamy head that's about half a finger that dies dow quickly. Slight to almost no carbonation and the smell is of caramel, oak, toasted almonds, vanilla and warm bread(where are those 50 IBUs?). Taste is caramel and oak up front followed light berries and a vanilla sugar finish and finally that delayed hop coating. The mouthful is huge, slightly lighter than a stout, on par with a barley wine. The alcohol to me is very minimal in this one especially for the 10% ABV, the only time present to me was in delayed drinks when I could feel my tongue soaking it in. Well balanced, great example of the style.
Serving type: bottle
12-12-2013 06:14:57 | More by jordanimal
4.31/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Appearance - Brilliant mahogany, 1/2 finger full almond head, spotty lacing.
Aroma - Sweet bourbon, banana bread, vanilla.
Taste - Follows the nose, with a drying woody factor replacing the banana bread. It's nutty, malty, and hides the alcohol.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, low to medium carbonation.
Overall - Fairly complex, delicious, rich, malty, sweet with flavors mixing well.
Serving type: on-tap
12-12-2013 04:07:13 | More by KVNBGRY
4.43/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip.
a: Clear dark ruby, half finger thick beige head disspiated to thick surface foam and dense lacing.
t: Bourbon with hop bite over heavy malt base. Very tasty, bourbon flavor lingers in the mouth. Alcohol is felt on swallow but not with much burn. As it warms caramel malt comes more to the forefront, but this is still more about the bourbon barrel aging.
m: Medium to heavy, very smooth.
o: A superb combination, although the bourbon flavor tops the malt sweetness, the heft of the malt supports that flavor and both mediate the 50 IBU hops.
UPDATE 12/28/13: Had another and was struck by how much this tastes like a heavier-bodied Innis & Gunn Scottish Porter, which I just had a few nights ago, and which is also aged in liquor barrels. I must admit, much as I love I&G, I liked this better because of the more substantial body and slightly better malt/whiskey flavor balance. I like a hefty mouthfeel, and Backwoods Bastard is hard to beat! Of course it also tops the ABV of Innis & Gunn by about 3%.
Serving type: bottle
12-11-2013 06:26:24 | More by scotorum
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 5,196 ratings.