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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,647 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,647
Reviews: 1,580
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 804
Gots: 2,258 | FT: 209
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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:
Beer added by: CortexBomb on 01-30-2007

"Wee Heavy", cave aged in oak bourbon barrels.
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Photo of dcloeren
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep burgundy with ruby edges and about half a finger of carmel colored fizzy head that quickly recedes to a thin film

I'm catching bourbon right off of the bat with very sweet and sticky carmel and brown sugar. Also getting subtle notes of vanilla and oak. This beer is smelling very warm and inviting. If you like bourbon, this beer smells exceptional. I guess its a good thing I do!

Caramel malt, brown sugar and bourbon dominate the palate with very smooth touches of vanilla and some serious heat! This beer is pretty boozy and I like it! Once the beer warms up I got a little more vanilla and the oak came out as well.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation (which I think is just the right amount for this beer) This beer is pretty slick on the tongue, not as sticky as the smell leads it to be. Very warming boozy aftertaste that somewhat numbs the tongue with each sip

Overall this was an excellent bonus. Thanks to prototypic for this gem. I loved every sip of this beer. This beer had the right amount of sweetness and some serious boozy notes. Bottom line: if you cant take the heat get out of the kitchen son. This beer will eat your lunch!!!

Photo of Celtics76
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of nzerbe
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Gosox8787
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle courtesy of Spleeb. Poured into my Portsmouth Brewery tulip.

Appearance: Dark to medium brown in color with some nice amber highlights throughout. Poured s one finger head that immediately recedes into nothing.

Aroma: Caramel, molasses, and a whole bunch of bourbon. It's pretty hot for the most part. Some vanilla and brown sugar are there as well. Really pleasant, but hot.

Taste: Caramel, vanilla, and brown sugar dominate here. Much smoother than the aroma. The bourbon is really pleasant and compliments the other flavors well. Not overly sweet, with a nice balanced finish.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of carbonation and full bodied. Warming, but very smooth.

Overall, a really nice bourbon barrel aged scotch ale. The booze is a bit heavy in the nose, but it blends well in the taste. A nice, complex and warming sipper. Definitely recommended.

Photo of carrollmel7
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was bottled on 10/13/11 and reviewed on 12/12/11. Served in a snifter.

Appearance was very, very dark. When held up to the light, the color is identifiable as dark, dark mahogany with significant haze (unfiltered). As with many high abv, barrel-aged beers, carbonation is low and the thin tan head quickly dissipates. The beer has a pronounced bourbon nose. Vanilla, oak, and butterscotch tones predominate. There's a lot going on here in the nose and it takes some patient swirling to dig it out. Your patience is definitely rewarded.

Flavor is wonderful. First, you get sweet malty caramel, toffee, and creme brulee flavors. Then you get vanilla and bourbon with a touch of coffee and a gentle hop kiss. The barrel-aging goes wonderfully with this style. Drinking it reminds me of the taste of Asbach Uralt (those wonderful brandy-filled German dark chocolates). The mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, but somehow this only seems to add to the (illusion of) drinkability.

This is an amazing beer. It is like a luxury model of one of my all time favorite beers - BBC's Bourbon Barrel Big Brown. I do love barrel-aged stouts, but I wish more brewers would make barrel-aged versions of easy-drinking sweet, malty beers like brown ales and Scottish/Scotch ales. The oaky tones of the bourbon just go perfectly with these beers.

Photo of Williaar
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a flute.

Appearance: Dark semi-opaque amber. Head isn't thick settles rather quickly I would be lying is I said it made it to 1/8", comes off slightly dark brown.

Smell: Like pure alchol, ok maybe not..but definitely gives an aroma of fine red wine.

Taste: Comes off like a butterscotch rum, yes seriously just slightly carbonated. Might be sweet to some but the presence of the alcohol is obviously present.

Mouth: Light carbonation, not as light as some "draught" beers but not that heavy either. I like it! Compliments the sweet alcohol flavors.

Overall: Unique beer, I can compare it some but I will let you be the judge, if you like rum meets malts with slight hints of vanilla you will love this beer. It's definitely not for most but definitely for all real beer drinkers alike, Cheers to all!

Photo of Keananmichael5
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of funkyaudio
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of dsshuck
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Booner818
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: hazy mahogany. A thin off white head. Thick lacing for a 10+%.
Smell: sweet caramel. Smoky Bourbon. The nice out of the fridge and gets better and better as it warms.
Taste: As great as the nose. Full and malty with an a nice Scotch like edge to balance. Strangely mellow.
Overall: awesome. Founder's big beers are simply works of art. A creative, great brewery on top of their game.

Photo of KCBeerNerd
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of WoostaBia
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%

Dark Brown sweet smelling with almost no foam. The taste is a revelation and surprising. Amazing beer. Had waited a long time to try and was worth the wait. Alcohol hidden and bourbon character in the back.

Photo of jsurfs82
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of samie85
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a rich colored auburn brown with a light tan, one finger head. I don't normally figure in the bottle's appearance, but I love the label on this one.

S- I'm getting a lot of oak and vanilla with some rich bourbon and some mild, sweet alcohol. I also get some dark fruit notes. It reminds me of GI's Imperial Brown Goose.

T-It follows the nose with vanilla, oak and bourbon with some caramel. Nothing is standing out, it's really nicely balanced. A little alcohol on the finish.

M- Really smooth and creamy with low carbonation. It's medium bodied with some warm alcohol in the throat.

D-Wow, this beer is really mellow for being 10%+. That being said, it's still definitely a sipper.

Photo of CWhite
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Pecan
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of patm1986
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Welcome to the night cap.

12oz bottle into a snift-worthy.

Very pretty off-white head, thin, but more than expected for a beer like this. Not too much residue retained, yet still more than expected, like light webs at the rim of the glass. Oak hue when held to light exposes more of an auburn coloration.

Caramel, chocolate toffee, light brown sugar, younger bourbon. This smells like a drop of jim beam found it's way into my beer. Booze is sharp but not off-putting. Very pleasantly sharp.

This is aptly named. It tastes like a back-country concoction. Burnt sugar, a lighter coffee roast, baker's chocolate, bourbon vanilla, and boooze. It brings back that homemade barrel aged beer flavor from dropping a bit of bourbon in your ale, except that the sweetness is more refined from the actual aging. Awesome.

A little thin. Not as full bodied as expected. This has been a good drink at chilled to cellar temp. Any warmer and the consistency lessens greatly, much like scotch ales in general. Thought the barrel time might add some more umph.

Gem. Still able to find this in four packs, so there's more to savor. The fact that it's a scotch ale makes it more palatable from the barrel. Big flavors, high alcohol, but not as big of a commitment as other bourbon barrel aged stuff, which is really a token to founders' methods.

Photo of Giggy
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of NilocRellim
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap in a 10oz pour. Had a hazy brown/ruby tint. Poured a yellowish/tan head that slowly faded down. The smell had a maple syup nose to it. We sat with a couple of friends that thought it had a strong whiskey smell, but we thought it was on par with most scotch ales. the ale was fairly complex and went through multiple flavour changes. It started off with a sweet maple flavour, which faded bitter and then finished sweet and scotchy. Aftertaste notes of fig or almond which lingered nicely on the palate.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

Photo of alamode
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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