French Toast Bastard
Founders Brewing Company

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From:
Founders Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #8
ABV:
11.1%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,407
Avg:
4.24 | pDev: 9.2%
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
128
Status:
Active
Rated:
Today at 01:31 AM
Added:
Jan 27, 2017
Wants:
  9
Gots:
  22
SCORE
94
Outstanding
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Notes: Formerly Mothership Series #10: French Toast Bastard

Backwoods Bastard gets the full-fledged breakfast treatment! Our malty and rich bourbon barrel-aged Scotch ale is introduced to the essence of smooth maple, warm cinnamon and notes of sweet vanilla for an incredibly decadent brunch-inspired sipper. One taste and you’d swear you were digging into your Sunday morning French toast. Breakfast for dinner, anyone?
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Rated: 4.52 by BirdsandHops from Oregon

Today at 01:31 AM
 
Rated: 4.25 by imperialking from Illinois

Yesterday at 08:46 PM
 
Rated: 4.25 by TylerJ from Iowa

Yesterday at 04:36 PM
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Reviewed by Kw123

2.66/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
2022 release poured from 4-pack of 12-oz bottles.

I am a huge fan of the original backwoods bastard but this variant is not even in the same league. Cinnamon is the dominant flavor and it drowns out everything else, to such an extreme level that makes it undrinkable. This feels like a beer that got pushed out the door anyway because dumping it was too expensive.
Yesterday at 02:48 AM
 
Rated: 4.01 by DudMan from New Jersey

Sunday at 07:22 PM
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a MacAndrew's thistle glass. Pours a dark reddish brown with a two finger aged ivory head with great retention and solid lacing. Aroma of dry caramel malt and french toast with cinnamon and butter. Flavor is caramel malt and french toast with cinnamon, butter and maple syrup; it's uncanny. Faint hints of peat smoke. Medium bodied with moderate creaminess. Well, they absolutely nailed the French toast, it's like someone put a plate of it into a blender. Sadly, it dominates the underlying Scotch ale character to the point I had to really dig for it in the taste (and it is there). Fortunately, there is definitely an affinity between the breakfast and Scotch ale flavors and it tastes great. Not sure this would be an everyday quaff for me, but I will certainly get it again if I see it. I've been watching for any new Founders and this was the last bottle on the shelf when I spotted it, so it's likely the last one this year. If you like French toast, this is a must.
Sunday at 05:03 AM
 
Rated: 3.53 by SFNC from North Carolina

Sunday at 01:50 AM
 
Rated: 4.29 by Mdez from Virginia

Saturday at 09:42 PM
 
Rated: 4.76 by DruC4 from Michigan

Saturday at 06:31 PM
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Reviewed by GrumpyGas from Illinois

4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottle marked "bottled 09/20/22" and poured into a tulip shows a clear, ruby-tinged, brown body and a vigorous pour causes a 3" tall head of cream colored bubbles that falls to a glass sheet of nothingness. Agitation generates tiny, leggy bubbles that race back to the body.

The aroma is killer. Cinnamon and maple sends me right to the breakfast table. Aroma memories are strong and well wrought here.

Flavors include the maple and cinnamon additions coating the base toffee notes, but that's just it. The base fights through the coating and comes off a little too bitter; in a burnt sugar kind of bitterness. It's not too much as to induce a drain pour, but I will be gifting more of these than I drink.

Mouthfeel is full, and falls just short of creamy, yet oily, though the palate finishes cleanly.

Overall a pleasant experience I could smell all day long.
Saturday at 04:05 PM
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Reviewed by xmanden from Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours opaque brown. Smells of maple syrup, caramel, butterscotch/toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, and molasses. Taste fantastic. Taste like it smells, full flavored french toast in a bottle.
Saturday at 04:02 AM
 
Rated: 3.89 by sjones5045 from Pennsylvania

Saturday at 01:31 AM
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Reviewed by cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
The aroma hits the intended target pretty well, with the maple running strong; unfortunately, this continues a bit too much into the taste. The back end of the beer has a moderate bitter counter, at least - one that inches forward with warmth. Unfortunately, the barrel and base barrel-aged beer get a bit lost; the ending tastes a bit more like an aged Backwoods that has run just a little beyond its prime age.
Thursday at 02:30 PM
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottled 09.19.22 poured into a Founders mug at 55° Fahrenheit 11.1% ABV. The beer pours medium brown from what I can tell with reddish tinted khaki colored head. Head recedes to a thin ring and single layer of bubbles. Lots of lacing left behind. The aroma is pronounced maple with vanilla and cinnamon trailing. It might be my mind playing tricks, but this actually smells like French toast. The taste is sweet, sticky maple with cinnamon jumping out next. Very little bourbon or barrel and just a hint of Scotch Ale. Zero bitterness. The mouthfeel is full bodied & sticky with average carbonation and an undry, cloying finish. Overall, mixed bag. They nailed the beer smelling and tasting like a food item thing, but failed to impress me with a BBA Scotch ale.
Thursday at 01:04 PM
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Reviewed by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The cinnamon flavor was very strong. Almost overpowering. I would be interested to see if the flavors meld together better with some age on it. Excited to sit on one and find out.
Thursday at 03:09 AM
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Reviewed by ilikebeer03 from Texas

3.19/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Pour is a deep, deep amber red. Lightly khaki head. A finger and half of thick. Lasting foam. Good lacing.
Nose is as advertised. French toast. Nailed it. Cinnamon, maple, vanilla, hint of bourbon.
Taste follows. French toasted followed by hints of bourbon, maple, cinnamon. A bit of alcohol warmth. Too sweet and too much of the underlying beer is lost within the “French toast”

Really, mostly like drinking French toast splashed with bourbon.
Thursday at 02:32 AM
 
Rated: 4.29 by EdFed from Illinois

Wednesday at 11:27 PM
 
Rated: 4.72 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

Nov 23, 2022
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Reviewed by hardy008 from Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Dark brown with a 1/2 finger beige head of foam. Has an amazing aroma with maple, vanilla, cinnamon, bourbon, oak, and toasted coconut. Very nice aroma. Tastes exactly like it smells. Sweet, smooth, and almost silky. Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Has a sweet vanilla and maple aftertaste. Very nice and well worth buying.
Nov 23, 2022
 
Rated: 4.08 by MaximumYuks from Oregon

Nov 22, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Nov 22, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by heysuz from Indiana

Nov 22, 2022
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Rated by SushiSakeBeer from Oregon

4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Very unique, the cinnamon is a strong back player, deadpan against the vanilla,
Nov 22, 2022
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottle into a goblet. Bottled 9/19/22, so 2 months old.

Looks very nice. Deep red black body, clear wine when held up to the light. Decent off white head shrinks to a fat ring and covering, spider's web of lacing.

The aroma is magnificent. French toast, the barrel, a touch of cinnamon. Made me hungry.

On tasting, slightly sweet, light cinnamon and vanilla notes. Very boozy, and strong barrel.

Mouth full, finish warm sweet and strong.

Overall, a tasty treat to be sure. Aging might help in taking the edge off the barrel notes. It's worth noting that the base wee heavy is hard to find.
Nov 22, 2022
 
Rated: 4.69 by chiefz1 from New York

Nov 21, 2022
 
Rated: 4.21 by zotzot from Vermont

Nov 20, 2022
 
Rated: 4.39 by TheEpeeist from Maryland

Nov 20, 2022
 
Rated: 4.4 by prototypic from Ohio

Nov 20, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

Nov 20, 2022
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Reviewed by Iamaskier from Idaho

4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
L: Nearly black body, foamy head.
S: Quite literally, exactly like French toast. The maple, vanilla, cinnamon, sugar, it’s all there, plus a whiff of bourbon.
T: Follows the nose. Quite sweet, but not cloying. Maple syrup, brown sugar, bourbon, a hint of hops, vanilla, spice, then more bourbon. French toast in a bottle.
F: Silky smooth, nice heat.
O: Incredible, does a great job balancing maple and bourbon. One of my favorites now, even among other beers from founders.
Nov 20, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by Danmullens1 from Wisconsin

Nov 19, 2022
 
Rated: 4.36 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

Nov 19, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by cryptichead from Illinois

Nov 19, 2022
 
Rated: 4.69 by DrStiffington from New Jersey

Nov 19, 2022
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Reviewed by Griffin2 from Virginia

4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 12 oz bottle dated 9/19/2022 into a snifter glass.
L - Pours a reddish brown color with a slight white head that dissipates quickly.
S - Smells of maple syrup, vanilla and booze.
T - This really tastes like French toast.
F - Medium body and carbonation.
O - Very tasty scotch ale. The French toast flavor isn’t overpowering, but rather tasty.
Nov 19, 2022
 
Rated: 4.34 by richj1970 from Alabama

Nov 19, 2022
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Reviewed by foundersasap from Michigan

4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Beautiful looking beer, burgundy hue, creamy well sustained head, carmel , brown sugar, toffee, sweet but not overly, bourbon is there, nice warming sipper, well done
Nov 18, 2022
 
Rated: 1.39 by Yukang_

Nov 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4.34 by QuintusHorace from California

Nov 18, 2022
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