Backwoods Bastard
Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #2
Ranked #805
4.35 | pDev: 10.11%
Tuesday at 12:45 AM
Jan 30, 2007
Backwoods BastardBackwoods Bastard
Notes: 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 JPadilla from Florida

4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Deep, dark brown with a cloudy and thick head that lingers. Smells of oak, caramel, and slightly of alcohol. The taste is of oak, malt, chocolate, and bourbon, strong and pleasant. The feel is surprisingly light and lingers in the palate.

For a 11% stout, it is surprisingly drinkable and delicious.
Tuesday at 12:45 AM
Rated: 4.44 by Danzifer from Ohio

Nov 26, 2022
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Reviewed by LucidoMMA from California

4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
For the dark purple color when head up to the light with a thick pillowy head.

Smells of bourbon, with notes of chocolate in the back.

Tastes of like those chocolate-covered cherries. A bit of dark chocolate comes through in the mid. Finishes clean and dry leaving a bit of lacing.
Nov 12, 2022
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Reviewed by JesseJames81 from California

4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Appearance: Pours a deep, dark color, raspberry red when you hold it up to the light. An off-white foam head that doesn't retain too well.

Aroma: maraschino cherries, vanilla, and oak barrel. A little bit of chocolate and molasses.

Taste: Cherry and roasted malts up front. Some dark fruits in the middle. A sweet but not too sweet, slightly boozy finish.

Overall: Wow. Ok. This right here is one delicious Scotch ale. The ABV content is well hidden. Quite complex and balanced. The Brewer has done an amazing job with this one.
Nov 09, 2022
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Reviewed by Anacross from Oregon

4.77/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Poured from a 12oz bottle. Dark brown and awesomely foamy. Scotch whisky smell fills the nose and taste fills the mouth. Nutty, caramel and malty, delicious in every sip. Smooth and warm all around. One of the best scotch alkes out there, and one of the beers you must to drink before you die. Cheers!
Nov 05, 2022
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Reviewed by tradershmulie from Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Haven't had this in a while - and never rated it.

Very beautiful pour - nice brown caramel color and a bit of head.
No noticeable smell.
Very delicious. Creamy. Smooth mouthfeel. Not too much sweetness.

Excellent beer.
Sep 21, 2022
Rated: 3.77 by brandoneast from Texas

Sep 17, 2022
Rated: 4.54 by RalphStanley34 from French Polynesia

Sep 14, 2022
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from Florida

4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12 oz bottle into a Founders snifter. Top popped and everything seemed to leap out!
Immediate Scotch aroma fills the space. Lively fizz that lays down quickly.
Taste is Scotch & soda, caramel sweetness, barrel dryness, quick finish.
Feel is old ale heft, low to medium carb.
Overall, supurb sipper.,.
Sep 11, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by GFK from Michigan

Sep 02, 2022
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Reviewed by DrOfGolf from Delaware

4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a dark brownish color with a small tan colored head that didn't last long. The smell was of malt, caramel and a strong alcohol. The taste was that of malt with some caramel and the influence of the scotch barrels for a warm alcohol finish. A really good beer.
Aug 12, 2022
Rated: 4.14 by mattjp03 from Alabama

Aug 12, 2022
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Reviewed by NCSapiens from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Super hardcore and outrageous scotch and oak barrels combine nicely with the base scotch ale. It’s oaky, a bit roasty, with caramel sweetness, some tobacco and dark fruit. Bombastic but nice.
Aug 03, 2022
Rated: 3.56 by JoeDKSki

Jul 21, 2022
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Reviewed by REDAMI from Ohio

4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured from 12oz bottle into Chimay goblet.

L - Dark brown pour, with a light cream colored foam.

S - Vanilla, caramel, barrel.

T - Caramel, malt, vanilla, peat, black coffee. Starts sweet and works its way into a nice smooth bitterness.

F - Not heavy, but has a nice weight on the tongue. Creamy and dry at the same time.

The barrel cures the weak points of the original Dirty Bastard and turns it into an outstanding Wee Heavy.
Jul 15, 2022
Rated: 3.04 by beefbucket from Missouri

Jul 13, 2022
Rated: 4.7 by Best_Username from Florida

Jun 09, 2022
Rated: 3.94 by Hawkfish from Washington

Jun 05, 2022
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Rated by sglooney316 from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
My first scotch ale style beer. Simply great. Another great Founders beer.
May 04, 2022
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Rated by shu from Georgia

3.96/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Initially loved dirty bastard (the original) but just too much 'oak' for beer. Still a great beer with singular flavors and aromas but not my taste.
Apr 09, 2022
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Rated by Mapping_Jim from Oklahoma

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Ones of my favorites so I'm not very objective. Love the bourbon that comes through. This years version is a little thin but still very very good.
Apr 08, 2022
Rated: 4.09 by not2quick from Missouri

Mar 31, 2022
Rated: 3.13 by xmanden from Michigan

Mar 20, 2022
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Reviewed by DBlairo

4.97/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I tried this brew a couple of years ago and remembered that I really liked. Today is the first time I have seen it back in stock at my local beer store so of course I had to try it again. I'm a fan of dark bourbon beers and this one ranks right up at the top. The initial pour unveils a dark amber ale with a short lived frothy head. The smell is sweet with an obvious bourbon scent. The first taste is remarkably smooth and rich, sweetness on the tongue with a mild pleasant bitterness arriving at the end which left me craving for my next sip. Ahhhhh, so yummy! This is a first class sipping beer that you should keep on hand for your favorite house guests...if your the generous type.
Mar 13, 2022
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Reviewed by Herbabee from Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Bottled on 09.27.21 - 2nd try on this one, which drives this very review - found the barrel taste too strong & fresh-coopered first time, but impressions seem to be diminished this round...)

Pour into 5oz snifter leaves an appealing bubbly tan head reducing to cloudy mists on the surface with a bubbly creamy little ring surrounding the fill line. Color such a lovely translucent deep burgundy. Nose is barrel woods, sweet molasses, perhaps a nuance of tangy fruitiness in there too. Taste is a lovely bittersweet, a little tang & fizz on the tongue. Swallow is bittersweet, not overly sticky.

I can see why appreciators like aging this one. It's a sweet lil' treat.
Mar 08, 2022
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Rated by BillyBoxer from Wisconsin

4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Superb scotch ale
Feb 17, 2022
Rated: 4.24 by cbuzz24 from Mississippi

Feb 15, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by johnny_c from New York

Feb 14, 2022
Rated: 4.15 by dan_amdg from Illinois

Feb 12, 2022
Rated: 4.34 by beerjerk666 from Florida

Jan 29, 2022
Rated: 4.31 by jschurter from Georgia

Jan 29, 2022
Rated: 4.33 by Blazer22 from Colorado

Jan 28, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Resistance88 from California

Dec 25, 2021
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Reviewed by Viaduck from California

4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Fairly dark body, browinish burnt copper color with a decent light tan head. Very pretty aroma: caramel, vanilla & bourbon. Sweet with just of hint of bitter. Very tasty: caramel, brown sugar, spices, bourbon, scotch, ripe dark fruit, vanilla & oak barrel flavors. Medium feel, good carbonation & a fair amount of alcohol heat in the mouth & stomach. Excellent scotch ale.
Dec 24, 2021
Rated: 4.71 by Gukkor from Texas

Dec 22, 2021
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Reviewed by tolar111 from New York

4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
This sample was bottled 9/28/12. Poured into a 16oz nonic, a tan off white head forms and quickly dissipates leaving a light cap of foam on top. The color is a slightly translucent reddish brown. The smell is of boozy roasted malts, bourbon and candied dried fruit. The taste is slightly sweet, boozy malt, with notes of dried fruit and bourbon. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly slick. Given the age of my sample I assume the carbonation has toned down from the original packaging, the mouthfeel is smooth. Overall, this is an excellent beer that I would definitely buy again.
Dec 20, 2021
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Reviewed by TommyTuneUp from Michigan

4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
When compared to KBS it is a step lower. BUT - that does not make it undesirable. If you are a connoisseur of ales you will love it. If not - the pilsner people and BudNiks will notice the bloaty feeling and over-handed sweetness and put it down around a stale Oh Henry. Newbies will be hypnotized - the Seasoned will say "meh."
Dec 09, 2021
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Reviewed by NotABeerDrinker

4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
This is a fantastic dark beer, especially considering you don't have to go to a boutique micro-brew in order to get it. It's available at my local grocery store! The flavors are complex without feeling artificial or over-powering. The bourbon barrel aging is evident. It forms a very nice, almost nitro-style head. IMHO, this is the best offering Founders puts out...which is saying a lot since they make some outstanding beers.
Nov 07, 2021
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Reviewed by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
11/7/21 from a 12 oz bottle 4 pack.... Birthday present from DW.

Nose: maple, pecan and bourbon barrel.
Taste: " " and brown sugar. Warms you up real nice! Nice and smooth front and back end. Wee heavy!
Nov 07, 2021
Rated: 4.16 by QuintusHorace from California

Oct 31, 2021
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