Backwoods Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Wee Heavy", cave aged in oak bourbon barrels.

Added by CortexBomb on 01-30-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#609
Reviews:
1,951
Ratings:
8,536
pDev:
10.11%
 
 
Wants:
1,047
Gots:
3,451
Trade:
268
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Photo of ian_graf
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeilSilber1
4.77/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark caramel with nice head. Notes of whiskey / scotch. Taste of bourben barrel ale whiskey with brown sugar and coffee. Great strong brew!

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Photo of brantleysmith
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mjw2808
3.96/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WickedBeer
3.94/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2017 Release.

This beer pours a deep rusty brown, murky and dark, but with a reddish hue that you can spot in certain lighting. The head is about two and a half fingers thick, frothy and leaving small archipelagos of lace around the glass as it settles.

Sweet, dark fruit, oak, malt, and molasses greet the nose. It’s got a subtle but present peat and as it warms, hints of chocolate as well. At first I wasn’t a huge fan of the nose , but as it warms I really get a well-balanced complexity that only improves with every sip.

For 11+%, I expected a heavier, more in-your-face flavor profile. Granted, this is 2017’s release, so it seems that time has only mellowed this beer. Peat, malt, bitter fruit, booze, and light hops characterize a beer that functions well together as a whole, but I expected just a little more when combining the complimentary oak bourbon barrels and scotch ale style.

Smooth, medium mouthfeel. A fairly low but apparent carbonation. Smooth, warm, and not overly boozy. Sticky finish.

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Photo of Kegger37
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Luckydog91
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of grm1007
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dakin
4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super complex... Heavy on the whiskey flavor. Smoky... Not bad, but not super drinkable either.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep mahogany with cherry glints. The gigantic tan head lasts forever and drapes the glass in lace. Malty, peaty aroma. Rich. complex malt flavors explode in the first sip. Peaty, roasty, turbinado sugar, vanilla all in the mix. Oakiness and warming alcohol in the back. Ripe berries and cocoa too. Full bodied with light, creamy carbonation. Light bitterness and thick maltiness in the finish. Alcohol heft is understated throughout.

A fantastic Wee Heavy, a celebration of malts. Juicy and complex. A must try world class beer.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LXMRTN
3.58/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Itzbroph
4.99/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best brew I have had in a long time. Strong and to th point.

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Fajitameatpete
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GratefulFC
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark dark brown. Low carbination. Smell is malt, caramel, currents, plums, raisons. Taste is malt, currents, slight nutty flavor. Brown sugar undertones. Alcohol is very well hidden. Coffee accents as it warms.

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Photo of crash8per
3.53/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of soundaurora
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zanico
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Diura
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Scott_McCool
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Heavy bourbon taste. More bitter than sweet.

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Photo of walkabout
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of desint
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of StanleysCup
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 8,536 ratings