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: Fall

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

Added by CortexBomb on 01-30-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#354
Reviews:
1,931
Ratings:
8,456
pDev:
10.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of KennyWhite
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MEEK6382
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of h4ger
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Justincredble
4.94/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of npendres
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dukeandduke
4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

6/7/18: 2017 release, 12 ounce poured into snifter. ($6 per beer, four pack, purchased at Capone's). Pitch black pour, razor thin lacing. Strong bourbon aroma, Chocolate and bourbon predominant taste, hint of coffee. Strong carbonation holds, thin texture, easy drinking. ABV packs a punch.

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Photo of spectru
3.59/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Semi-opaque dark chocolate with a thin tan colored head, lots of lacing; A rich aroma with a whiff of alcohol, a hint of bread; Rich full-bodied flavor, chocolate and alcohol. Feels alcoholic, tangy, moderate carbonation. "Aged in oak bourbon barrels" the label says - The flavor leaves no doubt. Interesting - glad I tried it, but not one that I will drink frequently,

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

Pours a cloudy chestnut color with huge cream head

Bourbon, vanilla, maple in the nose

Sweet malt, sugar, vanilla, maple, bourbon. Hint of alcohol in the finish, nice complex blend.

Medium-thick mouthfeel.

A lovely sipper.

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Photo of BenTN
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BlueKurenai
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MattSn
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark ruby red with a thick tan foamy head and very sticky lacing.
N: Big bourbon notes up front with some coffee, chocolate, and caramel.
T: Lots of bourbon on this one with a mix of coffee, chocolate, and a semi-sweet feel of caramel/vanilla.
M:Full
O: Wow, big flavors on this one, outstanding bourbon notes but at the same time the rest of the flavors come thru. Well done barrel aged beer.

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Photo of Chilmer
3.52/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rickercollins
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A joy to the tongue and then the beautiful bouborn burn to warm your throat. Fantastic.

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Photo of cuy50
4.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jripley97
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of spongebob2
4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sauced4life
4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

L: Dark red like a scotch ale, very light head.

S: So much going on here. Getting bourbon, oak, fruit, vanilla.

T: Very smooth and creamy. I pick up quite a bit from the scotch.

F: Awesome feel, thin and smooth for the ABV. I could drink a couple of these in a sitting.

O: Really good barrel-aged beer for the price and availability.

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Photo of jrc1093
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2016 (bottled on 10/6/16)

Look: deep amber-brown with a short-lied but beautiful off-white head; lots of lacing follows each sip

Smell: lightly charred oak chips tossed with dark fruit strike first, synchronizing perfectly with the oncoming bourbon and vanilla

Taste: the more decadent side of the fruits and bourbon arrive, but never become too cloying amongst scotch notes which have now become firmly established as the backbone of the flavor profile; an unexpectedly savory dark chocolate finish also presents itself on occasion

Feel: so smooth and creamy, and there really is no trace of alcohol in this

Overall: this is almost stunningly well-structured, and the 1.5 years of aging has only seemed to reveal the nuance in this beer's myriad of flavor even further. I'm usually one for more of a bite to my higher ABV brews, but the character shown in this one despite the lack of a kick just can't be ignored; I'm no expert on the style by any means, but it's tough to imagine another scotch ale topping this, at least in terms of flavor and mouthfeel.

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Photo of ronniebruner
4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of n2492004
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 8,456 ratings