Backwoods Bastard
Founders Brewing Company

Backwoods BastardBackwoods Bastard
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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #3
Ranked #794
4.35 | pDev: 10.11%
Monday at 10:40 PM
Jan 30, 2007
Expect lovely, warm smells of single malt scotch, oaky bourbon barrels, smoke, sweet caramel and roasted malts, a bit of earthy spice and a scintilla of dark fruit. It’s a kick-back sipper made to excite the palate.
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Reviewed by Tolianych_Pivomnabuhanych from Vermont

5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
A solid 11% barrel-aged ale aged in oak bourbon barrels. Moderate caramel sweetness, rich yet elegant malts, a hint of ripe fruit like very ripe figs and plums.

It's a sipper, ladies and gentlemen. Do NOT chug this one down.
Monday at 10:40 PM
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Reviewed by BigMac59 from Texas

4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours very dark copper to dark brown, almost black.
Beautiful dense head which dissipates to a thin remnant with normal lacing.
Smells of scotch, bourbon, caramel and malts.
The bourbon taste comes through with notes of fruit (someone mentioned apricots) and some sweetness (caramel, chocolate, malt).
Lovely mouthfeel, just right for a rich scotch ale.
Overall, World Class.
Feb 12, 2024
Rated: 4.7 by Jacob313 from Michigan

Feb 03, 2024
Rated: 4.25 by drstalker from Illinois

Jan 20, 2024
Rated: 2.96 by SeanP99 from North Carolina

Jan 11, 2024
Rated: 4.43 by kds2437 from Texas

Jan 02, 2024
Rated: 4.07 by TreyJ88

Dec 26, 2023
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Reviewed by Dathon

5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Incredibly smooth. This beer hits on just about everything. The initial flavor is caramel with a lingering flavor of oak, malt, and the added note of some sort of dark fruit not sure which but it comes and stays on the finish. I am a big fan of blackrocks barbaric yawp but I don't know if any beer in this category can compare to the backwoods bastard. Everytime I try this beer I am blown away. incredible.
Dec 10, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by Nyoder

Nov 26, 2023
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Reviewed by Jay430 from Montana

4.9/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
I’m no beer judge or can describe every little nuance in a beer. But I love to drink all different kinds of beer. And I absolutely love this beer. Scottish and Irish are my go to’s I must admit. With that being said I have tried and also home brewed a lot.
Looks yummy in the glass and the smell will make your mouth water. Taste is everything you like about Scottish Ales without anything being an assault on your taste buds. The bourbon flavor and aroma are immediate but pretty subtle and don’t take over in anyway. Even at 11% it’s almost impossible to sip this beer.
It leaves you with a bourbony chocolate taste in your mouth and in your nose.
If you even think you like Scottish beer and have a chance to try this, I highly recommend it.
Nov 22, 2023
Rated: 4.41 by Iggy88 from Ohio

Nov 07, 2023
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Reviewed by Lanoke12 from Michigan

4.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Great strong scotch ale. The bourbon adds to the complexity and deepens the malt flavors. Definitely a great sipper on a crisp night. Perfect for the fall or a late night any time of year.
Oct 31, 2023
Rated: 4.19 by FrancisM12 from New Jersey

Oct 28, 2023
Rated: 3.75 by Bear1964 from Nebraska

Oct 25, 2023
Rated: 4.15 by AJB46

Oct 06, 2023
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Reviewed by EVH5150

4.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
This is one of my favorite beers on planet earth. It has it all and I buy it any chance I get. It really does sip similar to a single malt scotch which is great because I had to swear off my whisky fetish awhile back. Beer makes me behave MUCH better. I get the typical notes of vanilla, caramel, and toffee from the bourbon barrels and it has a bit more sweetness than similar beers which I personally love. Not too much but just right. Lastly, the mouthfeel on this beer is top notch. I cannot recommend a beer more than this one.
Sep 18, 2023
Rated: 4 by webbcreative from Oklahoma

Sep 14, 2023
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Reviewed by aussiebushranger53

4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
335 ml bottle (bottled on 4/10/23). Samoled on 8/17/23
looks dark like stout on initial pour. Red highlights, bubbles when held under light
Smells boozy due to 11% abv
taste is dark bitter chocolate scotchy notes, apricots
feel; creamy and thick
overall; not bad a bit boozy
Defo a good beer. A plus imho. a sipper not a chugger.
i'd put this in the catagory of desert beer, it is like a hershey candybar melted in a peaty single malt scotch
Aug 12, 2023
Rated: 4 by Zachboyd3334 from Indiana

Jul 31, 2023
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