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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,098 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,098
Reviews: 1,419
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 618
Gots: 1,510 | FT: 140
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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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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown, nearly opaque with a bit of a ruddy hue at the edges, a little muddy. Little foam, just a smattering of fine, beige bubbles that produced a bit of spotty lace. Vanilla and bourbon aromas up front, with toffee and a bit of smoke in the background. Low bitterness relative to malt, same characters as in the aroma. There was a bit of fruity raisin to start, plus cocoa notes in the middle and finish. Bourbon character was more pronounced and it had a warm, alcohol finish. Really good stuff. The texture was rich and malty with light carbonation. Founders hasn't let me down yet.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 02:51:04 | More by DrJay
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tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing a bottle with me.

A - dark amber with a soft, off white head leaving a thin lacing

S - big bourbon aromas, some fruit, caramel

T - caramel, huge bourbon flavors, alcohol, dark fruit

M - warm, medium to full bodied, well carbonated

This is a decent beer. It's a bit simple, but it's good. The bourbon is a bit heavy and the underlying scotch ale at times seems to struggle with it. On the whole, this is a very nice beer that is worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 01:45:56 | More by tdm168
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok so this brew is probably better than I am giving it. Not to say that it wasn;t a very enjoyable brew. It's just that i had bourbon county earlier today and yes i know stout vs. ale is different, but i did and so be it. The appearance is a nice medium golden hue. Has a nice mellow smell of bourbon with a wee bit of vanilla and toffee. A nice mellow bourbon taste followed by vanilla and spice. Feels a bit heavy for an ale, but still easily drinkable. I enjoyed this brew just not as much as the previous brew i had. I could have a had one or two more but that would be it before the bourbon sweetness got to me. Definitely worth a try though.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 20:55:50 | More by Kelp
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz received as a completely great extra from orbitalr0x.. big thanks Donald. 1" head.. slim lacing atop a hazy mahogany/walnut brew.

aroma is vanilla and smoky wood .. caramel and figgy fruits..

Flavor mirrors the aroma but with a bunch of raisin and plum.... vanilla.. a little bit of char.. smokey... caramel.. and sweet bourbon. very smooth.. fairly big body with a low carbonation..

This a pretty great beer.. Alex says it has a year on it.. I am not interested if it is fresh... it just seems like there is too much going on. smoke.. vanilla.. toffee.. Scotch. Bourbon.. nice.. but not tonight.

3.5/4/4/3.5/3.5

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 07:36:08 | More by JohnGalt1
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glid02

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a murky reddish-brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sticky and slightly mineral-like caramel malts with good amounts of whiskey and vanilla. As the beer warms booze-soaked golden raisin aromas waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel malt flavors with huge whiskey and vanilla undertones and hints of butterscotch kick things off. Hints of boozy dark fruits enter into things midway through but allow vanilla to dominate through the mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I was more impressed with the bottle version I had last year as I feel like the whiskey notes were more well-defined. Still, this remains a very good beer and one that's worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2010 03:48:08 | More by glid02
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sendbeer

Georgia

5/5  rDev +15.5%

11-01-2012 15:20:17 | More by sendbeer
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beertunes

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this bottle as a gift from BA johnmichaelsen when he recently visited my fair town.

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a slightly hazy medium brown with a bit of a reddish tint. the beer poured very still, no head at all, with just a couple whisps of lacing.

A very sweet, caramel flavor enters the nose. Behind the caramel is a touch of earthy malt and a hint of spiciness. The initial taste is sweet backed by a wallop of alcohol. After the first rush the other flavors become apparent, caramel, peat, spice and a touch of hops.

The body does a nice job of coating the tongue and satisfying the tactile sense without being heavy or overly sticky. Drinkability is very good, however at 10% and the sweet caramel aspects of this beer, I probably wouldn't have more than one at a time.

Overall, a very good beer that I enjoyed a lot. If this were more readily available to me, it would be in my regular rotation. Thanks again, John!

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 22:50:28 | More by beertunes
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +15.5%

11-21-2011 02:09:22 | More by PEIhop
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THECPJ

Delaware

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

reviewed from notes:

appearance: redish brown with 1 finger head

smell: vanilla, caramel, bourbon

taste: vanilla, caramel, malts, bourbon

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium to full body,

drinkability: this is a sipper beer. But damn do I love it. I'm a hophead at heart but damn this is tasty. Will except this beer with open arms anytime I can get it.

Cheers,
the CPJ

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 02:41:25 | More by THECPJ
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zestar

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

08-17-2013 05:27:51 | More by zestar
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dirtylou

Washington

4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, onbtained in some bif or another...missed its limited distribution in madison

appearance: garnet-mahogany body in my bells tulip, khaki cream head with fairly strong retention...definitely a sexy scotch ale here

smell: caramel and chocolate, bourbon and brandy, sweet malts, brown sugar and dates

taste: lovely big scotch ale, caramel, milky chocolate, raisin/plum/date

mouthfeel: thick, creamy, boozy

drinkability: woooowee

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2008 00:41:10 | More by dirtylou
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HopHead84

California

4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome extra from Bigdaddywil. Very dark reddish amber, almost brown. A one finger, off-white head lingers for a short minute. The lacing disappears quickly. Immediate slap in the face (nostrils) from the bourbon. Nice. Huge sugary malt notes in the nose with some caramel and brown sugar. Initial taste is sweet and malty bourbon, with some caramel and vanilla as well. Very boozy and delicious. The finish is remarkable. Long bourbon alcohol finish that lingers, imparting a sticky coating to the back of the tongue. Full bodied with good carbonation. Backwoods Bastard leaves my mouth dry and wanting another drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 03:21:14 | More by HopHead84
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I found a 4-pack of this at Stimmel's in Bowling Green Ohio. Tonight my wife and I are drinking it, poured into Sam Adams glasses. The beer's appearance is 50% perfect: hazy dark brown color with loads of fine floaties but absolutely no head. I can feel the carbonation when I drink it but really no foam on top.

The aroma is strong, bourbon and malt, maybe you could guess it was even a rum and coke. The flavor is way complex, rum, coke, bourbon, sweet and roasted malts, unreal. Alcohol is really evident as well, which limits the drinkability for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 03:52:02 | More by TurdFurgison
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dmorgan310

Panama

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-26-2014 00:49:09 | More by dmorgan310
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

10-25-2012 23:15:29 | More by chinchill
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billab914

Virginia

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. Poured a dark copper almost brown color with a small head that disappeared quickly.

Aroma is strong with Bourbon with some sweet vanilla and caramel notes. Taste also has a lot of bourbon flavor along with some sweetness. There is some vanilla and caramel much like the nose but also a hint of coffee or a latte in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and and light on carbonation. Drinkability is probably as good as it can be for a 10% beer that has a lot of bourbon flavor. I enjoyed one but couldn't drink this on a regular basis or more then one in a sitting. An enjoyable treat though none the less to have on occasion.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 03:01:01 | More by billab914
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afsdan

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

03-22-2014 21:00:05 | More by afsdan
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into large snifter glass

Pours a hazed deep auburn with burgundy and copper hues, almost deep brown in the middle. A lighter head disappears quickly, leaving behind some streaked film and spots of lacing.

Lovely evidence of the barrel aging right up front with warm oak, bourbon, vanilla, and a hint of smoke. Touches of leather and malted sweetness as well.

Potent bourbon right up front quickly mixes in with caramel malt sweetness. Notes of dark fruit including figs and raisins dance through with a bit of caramel. Earthy tones from the barrel aging create flavors of oak, vanilla, dark chocolate, and leather. Finishes with boozy warmth, bitterness, and some dark fruit sweetness.

Fuller body, some dry and stickiness in the feel. Definitely a super slow sipper, but delicious if you're into bourbon and whiskey flavors. You can feel this beer going all the way down, and despite it's super bold flavors, I found it very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 02:55:22 | More by xnicknj
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a great, deep ruby that stubbornly lets a little light pass through it. Makes me think of a mans cognac or brandy. No head or lace to speak of. Very meaty aroma of sugared fruits, like pruins, figs, and apricots with a definite touch of oak and alcohol. The taste starts with vanilla and malty figs. A good oaky finish but with a bit too much alcohol that lingers a little toolong. Still a good sipping beer. The palat is thick and fruity with an undeniable oak and creamy standard vanilla tone. Good for a long sipping night cap. No more than one a day. I'm glad I got to try this beer. Considering I really like the old dirty bastard.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 05:46:21 | More by scruffwhor
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into wine glass 27/4/13 cheers Rutager for the bottle

A clear brownish ruby when held to the light with some tiny bubbles moving suspended particles around, thumbs width of tan foam lasts for a couple sips and leaves some random lace where it existed

S a fair amount of barrel with vanilla, wood and a little smoky bourbon, loads of caramel with some fruity, nutty notes I can't quite place, hazelnut and plum? smells quite nice whatever it is, a little teriakyi as it warmed

T even more wood and a little booze I wasn't smelling, not too far from the nose but with a little heat that doesn't do much harm

M medium- full, enough bubbles to give it some life and some tannin from the barrel along with a little heat, woody, nutty, caramel on the finish

O solid beer without doubt, could use a little age but the heats a minor complaint, I'm curious how long this sits in a barrel as its rather strong

another winner from Founders and I don't think I've had a bad beer from them yet or even an average beer for that matter.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 17:39:15 | More by wordemupg
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

07-14-2012 18:51:10 | More by rolltide8425
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ccrida

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle (big thx to milwaukeeclassic!) with a really cool graphic of a creepy looking rip van winkle type character with an axe over his shoulder. Poured into my Deschutes snifter, Backwoods Bastard is a dark garnet/brown, with a quickly fleeting tan head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is big vanilla and stone fruits, with clean alcohol vapors and light phenols coming out as it warms.

Taste is also rather malty, strong cherry and raisin fruit notes (special b?), more vanilla then wood, which I definitely prefer, with very light, plasticy phenols. Pretty clean though overall, not as robust as I was expecting, but frankly, for the size, that makes it all the better. Jeeze, really like this, though much more of a barleywine by my mind, not as intense maltiness, and a bit too fruity for a scotch ale. But frankly, it doesn't say anything about style on the label, so I won't ding it. I'm impressed with how smooth this is at this strength, being that it's on the younger side.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, pretty light body for the size, with a dry finish.

Drinkability is really good, a tasty strong ale, basically an English style BW by my book, but enjoyable for sure. This bottle is on the newer side, but I'm sure it will age well. The funny thing is I just remembered that it was bourbon barrel aged. Didn't get much of that. Some vanilla from the oak though, which is really all I want from the barrel anyways.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 03:56:37 | More by ccrida
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.86/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Founders tulip.
10.2% ABV, 50 IBUs, and Bottled on 10/24/13.

A - It's difficult to see any clarity through this dark beer but it's ruby-hued mahogany color looks beautiful when held up to light. Little head forms over the surface of the beer but the tan skim and ring of foam stick around and dot the glass in specks of lace.

S - Building in intensity as it warms, Backwoods Bastard transitions from bold vanilla and warm bourbon oak nuances to a depth of malt complexity characterized by molasses, dark chocolate covered raisins, and a colossal bready, caramel and toffee sweetness.

T - The aroma suggests Backwoods Bastard to be barrel-forward but it's flavor profile relies heavily on the rich maltiness within, which mimics the aroma quite wonderfully. Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies and gooey caramel covered raisins make for a desert-like flavor that's paired with toffee slivers and finished with oaky bourbon balls; divine.

M - Smooth, delectable, and warming, Backwoods Bastard is anything but rough around the edges as it crosses the palate with simplistic ease, only to finish with a touch of carbonation and alcohol warmth.

O - Backwoods Bastard may have a rough, grizzly exterior, but it's a gooey, soft-on-the-inside sipping dessert beer that's seeping with malty sweetness reminiscent of Milano cookies and home-made bourbon balls. It's moderate barrel-aging makes it great fresh but also allows it to age gracefully for a beer that develops for years to come.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 00:25:40 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Zaphog

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

03-27-2012 16:41:27 | More by Zaphog
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

02-19-2013 02:18:33 | More by liamt07
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 5,098 ratings.