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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
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:
Beer added by: CortexBomb on 01-30-2007

"Wee Heavy", cave aged in oak bourbon barrels.
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4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a reddish chestnut with minimal white head

S - Smells heavily of bourbon, with some woody notes. Reminds me of CBS

T - Tastes of bourbon throughout with a sweet malty caramel layer underneath and just a tiny hint of hops at the end. It's a little smoky, too.

M - Very smooth mouthfeel with just a little carbonation

D - This is definitely a sipping beer, but it goes down relatively easy

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A:  Keep this away from children!  It looks exactlty like cola - transparent brown with big clinging bubbles and a tan head that quickly dies. 

S: Sweet bourbon and soda with a twist of lemon, and a little creamy as well.

T: Bourbon and raw sugar, unsweetened cocoa, earthy spice at on the finish.  Really nice and balanced.

M: Mouthfeel is medium/heavy but very clean and not heavy or clingy.

D: It goes down easy, very easy, too easy?  

Notes: Reminds me of the time when I found an old bottle of Double Crooked Tree and poured in a shot of rye to cover the dead hops. 

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Dark ruby/brown with a very small amount of khaki-colored, grainy head that quickly dissipates. Not surprisingly, there's only a slight bit of spotty lacing left behind.

Nose- Single-malt Highland Scotch very prominently, followed closely by dark fruits, specifically raisins, toffee, rum, and popcorn. This one smells very hot.

Taste- Surprisingly mild when compared to the heat from the nose. Very "fruit forward," to borrow a term from the wine community, but the bourbon shines on the tail end. Dark fruits, caramel, and a hint of vanilla. Mild, but pleasing alcoholic burn on the way down.

Mouthfeel- The consensus here is that it is a little thin in this respect and I find no fault with that conclusion. Vague carbonation on the back of the tongue.

Overall- Wow. As a bourbon and scotch enthusiast, this was right up my alley. A sipper for sure, but dangerously sippable at that. Another great brew from Founders, one of the greatest breweries in the country.

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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 6,647 ratings.