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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,384 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,384
Reviews: 1,429
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 680
Gots: 1,565 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

TheSleepyMonkey, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of polloenfuego
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz bottle to a tulip.

A: deep drown with reddish hints, this beer pours with a decent one and a half finger head which broke fairly quickly leaving good lacing and a thin foam cap.

S: bourbon, vanilla, malts, leather and molasses.

T: the bourbon comes through first followed by some darknfruitrs and molasses. The booziness does play into the taste, but does not detract from the flavor.

M: medium body, with a dry finish.

O: well...after after a long search and pursuit I finally have this beer in my cellar. I think the chase was worth it. Bourbon barrel aging is either hit or miss for me, and in this case it is hit. It is well done and the bourbon really makes this beer drinkable and enjoyable. A well deserved reputation.

polloenfuego, Dec 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Leftofthedial, Dec 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

drewone, Dec 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Schulte30, Dec 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Jonny41, Dec 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

david18, Dec 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

DocDownUnder, Dec 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.7%

Mersh, Dec 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

JeffZeltwanger, Dec 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

KRella, Dec 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

KAF, Dec 28, 2013
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

HoppingAlong, Dec 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

edhizdeid, Dec 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

delyea, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of mdagnew
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle bought from Drinkstore, Dublin

Poured a deep dark russet brown colour... creamy mocha head poured small and quite fizzy then faded fairly quickly to patchy wispy covering with thicker edging... some light strands of lacing...

Aroma - Vanilla and bourbon upfront followed by lots of rich treacle sweetness mixed with dark fruits (dates, prunes, fig and raisins), toasted bready (mainly fruit loaf) malts, nutmeg spiciness, sweet toasted nuttiness, dark chocolate and liquorice, faint trace of smoke, some of the 10% alcohol just noticeable..

Taste... Bourbon and molasses, alcohol soaked fruits (figs, prunes, date, some raisins also), some light smokiness comes through after the sweetness, fresh vanilla, toasted bready malts, malt loaf, Marsala notes, quite a lot of spiciness - pepper and nutmeg, some light medicinal notes, faint anise...

Feel - Fairly rich and creamy... medium / full bodied... Drinkability is pretty decent even for a beer of 10%..

Overall - An excellent example of a barrel aged beer... highly recommended

mdagnew, Dec 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

nuckbuc, Dec 28, 2013
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4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Goody goody gumdrops! Raul got himself a Backwoods Bastard and he's not scared!

Smells like Christmas oughta and tastes like Scotland after a cool, long rain. Sweet and sticky like a night that you will never forget, and like being at Irinya Shank's pool party, I wouldn't mind jumping in for another dip.

Sweet, rich, and deep dark in color, Backwoods Bastard almost makes Raul blush. (Almost.)

RaulMondesi, Dec 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Benish, Dec 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

FFreak, Dec 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Kaveman, Dec 27, 2013
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 5,384 ratings.