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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,418
Reviews: 1,522
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 766
Gots: 2,089 | FT: 191
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.

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Beer/Brewery - Founders Backwoods Bastard, Fonders
City/State- Grand Rapids, Michigan
STYLE – Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
ABV –10.2%
IBU – 50
DATE – 18 OCT 2011
SERVING TYPE – 12 oz bottle
GLASSWARE – Tall footed Pilsner
APPEARANCE – A cherry red color with a ¼ inch head on it that lingers good bit of bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Nice lacing, like a curtain.
AROMA- Strong oak and bourbon aromas. Hit of roast malts
TASTE – Bourbon right off the bat, like carbonated bourbon. Even in the after taste and on my breath I taste the alcohol. Also good bit of earthiness as well.
MOUTHFEEL – smooth, but a little thick. Very light on the carbonation, but it lets you know it is there.
CONCLUSION – Interesting beer, not an everyday beer but very good. I could see sitting down and sipping on this while puffing on my pipe or a good cigar.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle served in a small Tripel Karmeliet tulip. Bottled on 9/30/2011.

A- Dark reddish amber. It has a small, fast white head that dissipates to a thin lacing that has light, sticky retention. Looks a little thin.

S- Raisins, toffee, caramel, and bourbon dominate the nose. Some vanilla, yams and cane sugar exist as well. Nice, very nice. Only problem is where is the oak? A little hot but its not too much.

T- Not as heavy as the nose but it follows well. Raisins, toffee, caramel and bourbon. Some slight brown sugar and yams. The oak finish is dry, something I didn't pick up on in the nose. It's a little hot, but with age i feel this has amazing potential.

M- Carbonation is active but dim. For a barrel aged Old Ale this is fine IMO. I feel it's a little thin, I wish it where a little more chewy but still a decent mouthfeel.

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2013 poured into a globe.

A- Deep, rich amber brown. Fast head that barely coats the surface and dissipates quickly. Lacing is then, no retention, nice legs.

S- Bourbon, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, malt, alcohol, dark fruit, raisin, tobacco, leather and light oak. These are all my favorite qualities to a barrel aged beer, and there all present!! What a nose.

T- Bourbon, vanilla, oak and alcohol are the dominate flavors. Brown sugar, leather and tobacco on the back end. Some smoke and peat flavors as well. As it warms the alcohol hides and the sweet aspect comes forward. Very good

M- For the style it is perfect. Medium carbonation, sticky body and smooth alcohol burn.

O- One of the best there is. As always Backwoods delivers. I like it with about a year to a year and a half on it but still amazing fresh. I will always seek this beer out and grab a case or two, it's that good.

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Poured from bottle into Portsmouth tulip. Sat out at room temperature for 20 minutes before reviewing.

A: A dark reddish brown with a small off-white head that quickly dissipates into a small halo along the glass' edge. Leaves some lacing.

S: Bourbon heavy with a lot of sweetness coming through. Picking up some notes of vanilla and a little bit of cocoa if I'm not mistaken. A big fan of this, even more so as I sniff on it more. Some dark fruit and tobacco coming out as well.

T: Definitely get the bourbon up front, which quickly coats the tongue before fading away to the dark fruit and tobacco I got from the nose. The taste lingers a relatively short while, especially in comparison to what I expected. Some nice malt flavor at the end. Definitely going to savor this.

M: A lot thicker than I expected, especially for the style. Does a good job of coating the tongue and palette. Some alcohol heat at the end, but in an enjoyable way. The barrel is definitely establishing its authority here.

O: I'm really glad I cracked this tonight. Looking for a beer to slowly sip and enjoy, I'm looking forward to seeing how this one warms up. Also happy I have three more bottles to sit on. I'll likely drink two soon since I'm liking where it is right now, but will be interested to see how it ages.

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,418 ratings.