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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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5,301 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,301
Reviews: 1,426
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 662
Gots: 1,550 | 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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Photo of bluemoonswoon


4.38/5  rDev +1.2%

12oz stubby brown bottle, poured into an imperial pint glass. This years batch claims to be 10.2% ABV.

A: Pours a clear and dark, glowing amber. Iced tea red, much like the dark horse doppelbock. The beer is topped with a one inch thick, creamy loooking, sandy brown head.

S: Smells very similar to the Curmudgeon, notes of vanilla and oak are very noticable, but this beer seems just a bit sweeter than its old ale counterpart.

T/MF: Heavy on vanilla, heavy on oak, slight bourbon/whiskey flavors and closes with a bit of a grainy finish. Its funny, this beer seems to have more character than the Curmudgeon. Slight peatiness in the finish, but otherwise quite sweet and smooth. Halfway through the glass and the bourbon on this is becomming more noticable. This beer seems a bit differnet than the Dirty Bastard that I am familiar with, which itself seemed a bit sweeter and a bit fuller than this beer, but that was about a year ago the last time I had a DB and again, this is not to take anything away from this beer, which is quite interesting in itself. The oak and vanilla notes make for quite the complex beer when coupled with an already nice caramel sweetness. The beer is full bodied but still remains quite creamy and smooth on the tongue.

D: Insanly high, heavier and bigger (it seems) than the Old Ale, this beer is a champion of barrel aging and has done very well for itself. Looks pretty, drinks easy and feels great on the pallate, a great beer all around.

10-19-2008 05:06:12 | More by bluemoonswoon
Photo of Kenai4


4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

02-05-2012 16:41:19 | More by Kenai4
Photo of zac16125

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%

12oz bottle into a snifter
2012 Vintage

I rarely comment on bottles/labels, but man is that guy on the front creepy. Anyways...

A: Pours a thin appearing, very dark cherry wood color with ruby tones when held up to the light. A ring of tan head builds and quickly fades. Leaves effectively no lacing, and only very faint alcohol legs. Pretty color though.

S: Big aroma, with fresh oak, dark fruits, a touch of smoke, bourbon, nutty, vanilla cake batter. The aroma is very sweet. This is excellent.

T: The first sip is dark fruits up front and huge bourbon notes on the finish. I also get oak, a touch of bitterness, unsweetened black tea, candied pecans. I really appreciate how strong the bourbon notes are. Very well done.

M/D: Carbonation is minimal, which is appropriate. Medium bodied, but a touch thin for my liking. ABV is restrained and plays well with the palate profile. Warming as it goes down. A slow sipper, but drinkability is good.

O: Overall, this is excellent. I had heard good things, and this did not disappoint. It seems like everytime Founders puts a beer in a bourbon barrel they hit a home run. I highly recommend and will certainly drink this one again.

11-13-2012 01:15:34 | More by zac16125
Photo of HopsHopenstein


4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-16-2012 05:48:16 | More by HopsHopenstein
Photo of Roguer


4.65/5  rDev +7.4%

Extremely dark brew, actually fairly clear (non-cloudy) but almost completely black, with reddish purple highlights. Pours a small, <1 finger beige head which quickly dissipates to an oily sheen.

Smooth bourbon aroma, with some toffee or chocolate behind (I don't think there's chocolate in this beer, but that's what I get). Strong malty grains - wheat - and a hint of tartness, a la red grapes. Despite being fairly subdued, the bourbon is still doing a good job masking other aromas.

Amazingly smooth! I daresay the bourbon comes across smoother and more refined in this beer than in BCBS. Some sweetness, similar to a red grape profile, and smooth oatmeal or wheat as a dominant malt base. There's a strong cocoa finish, not unlike chewing on a chocolate bar. Despite the relatively high IBUs, any present hops are just balancing out the brew, and not providing any bite.

Full-bodied but unbelievably smooth. There's a definite alcohol warmth on the backend. Chewy feel, and nice lingering residual sweetness. Just enough sting to come across as slightly lively, but not so much that you don't want to sip and savor.

Wow, I'm really having a hard time describing everything going on in this beer, other than, "Awesome!" I absolutely did not expect this beer to live up to the hype; I was absolutely wrong.

12-16-2013 01:23:33 | More by Roguer
Photo of whynot44


4.58/5  rDev +5.8%

Very nice bright clear amber red color with a small short lived frothy head.

Very definite bourbon aroma with hints of oak, plums, and caramel.

The taste is dominated by bourbon and caramel malt with hints of plum and vanilla, lots of alcohol warmth in the finish, very rich and pleasant.

Moderately heavy body, very smooth mouth feel goes perfectly with the taste and aroma.

Overall, another excellent brew from founders, very enjoyable, especially for colder weather.

12-31-2012 03:20:11 | More by whynot44
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

11-19-2013 05:23:26 | More by JSchock7
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

11-15-2011 07:01:03 | More by ithinkimasofa
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

04-05-2013 17:08:16 | More by fehrminator
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

11-18-2011 01:28:58 | More by nanobrew
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

11-11-2013 03:48:52 | More by schmidtmattsays
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

08-23-2014 03:20:49 | More by udubdawg
Photo of jeonseh


3.35/5  rDev -22.6%

A - Brown with a bit of a golden tint to it; small nearly non existent head sits on top.

S - Smoky peat mixed with hint of vanilla and oaky; slight hint of maraschino cherry

T - a bit smoky with hints of oak mixed in; roasted malt comes out as well as a bit of bitterness that hangs on the back; Rather rough flavor profile as the beer seems to want to rip your mouth apart; you can feel the strong bitter flavor ebb and flowing along your palate; nice spiciness comes in on the back side every once and awhile. this is one beer that became much noticablely better when it warmed up . Hints of oak and vanilla increased with the strong bitterness seemed to mellow out.

MF - Has a good bit of tingle to it as it just really makes your toungle tingly; this last for a while; the beer itself is a bit thin for my taste and the style

D - Overall, i wasn't too impressed by this one. It was sort of rough in the mouth and the flavor profile wasn't anything too special. I really didn't care for how the peat, bitterness and oaky spicness came together. They just didn't seem to blend right as one area was always a bit out of whack. We'll see what time does for it but i wasn't too impressed.

11-01-2008 02:29:25 | More by jeonseh
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

02-28-2013 17:01:04 | More by Ristaccia
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -7.6%

06-25-2014 20:05:54 | More by huntermop
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New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

01-26-2012 17:59:18 | More by juliusseizure
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

11-23-2011 17:53:25 | More by Mark000
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -7.6%

01-24-2013 00:04:41 | More by mattparsons
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

12-08-2011 05:59:52 | More by JustinMatthew
Photo of dstc


4.7/5  rDev +8.5%

Pours a thick looking cloudy brown with a slight orange tint. Has a small tan head that falls to nothing but a rim. Not really any lace.

Real nice fruity malt nose. Smells like deep red fruits, plums, raisins. Alcohol is present. Smells awesome.

Taste mimics aroma. Nice and sweet. Fruit taste is nice and backed by big alcohol. Just wonderful.

Medium to full in the mouth with a slight alcohol bite.

This beer is truly awesome. Love it.

01-09-2010 14:10:30 | More by dstc
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

07-13-2012 17:01:20 | More by ajs4bd
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

04-20-2013 03:10:09 | More by craft_shannie
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

11-18-2011 23:46:26 | More by lakersfan16
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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

02-24-2013 22:40:29 | More by speedvagen
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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

12-13-2013 12:25:05 | More by NonicPanic
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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