Backwoods Bastard
Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #2
Ranked #812
4.35 | pDev: 10.11%
Dec 25, 2021
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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Ratings by aronamerican:
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5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by aronamerican from Ohio

Ahhh, the annual meet and greet with the Bastard. How could I forget the boisterous rambunctiousness that ensues when you egress from your hiding spot?

Looks like cola, tastes like a libation suitable for the gods.

Jan 17, 2017
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4.5 by Resistance88 from California on Dec 25, 2021
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4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Viaduck from California

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
4.71 by Gukkor from Texas on Dec 22, 2021
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4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by tolar111 from New York

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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4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by TommyTuneUp from Michigan

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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4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by NotABeerDrinker

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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4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

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
4.16 by QuintusHorace from California on Oct 31, 2021
4.14 by slimntubbs from Pennsylvania on Oct 31, 2021
4.8 by Meddwol from Michigan on Oct 22, 2021
4.52 by BLPasch from Michigan on Oct 14, 2021
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4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Notes from Thanksgiving Day 2019. Bottled on 6/26/2019.
12 oz bottle into a small snifter glass.
L: deep dark brown
S: bourbon, candied caramel, spicy peppery wood.
T: oak, bourbon, smoke, nuts, dried up fruit, figs, raisins, pectin, fruit cake, pecan pie. Not too sweet.
F: medium bodied and kind of sticky. Balanced and fairly smooth.
O: Deep, full flavored barrel beer with a hearty soul. There is light alcohol. It is excellent.

Oct 13, 2021
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4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Patrick2012 from California

Very smooth, malty ale. The dark fruit and caramel notes seem to be the most prominent for me. Highly drinkable for an 11%.

Oct 11, 2021
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4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by doclh

Great beer for the days when you worked out and feel you deserve a reward. I like it cold. I love malty brews and this one doesn’t disappoint. Smell is what I’d expect from a Guinness Extra Stout that was dark brown rather than black. Pour is like any well brewed beer and the taste is malty with a touch of sweetness. The finish is long and pleasant. A nice beer to drink with medium swallows to enjoy the feel and lingering graininess. Hard for me to find, but when I see it, I buy it!

Oct 10, 2021
3.73 by Mavigo from Michigan on Oct 09, 2021
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2.42/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
by Wardoff from Rhode Island

This used to be my favorite Wee Heavy. I've bought a couple of 4-packs of this over the last few months from a packy in Putnam, CT. The whiskey flavor is overpowering in these 4-packs. I can barely recognize that it's a Wee Heavy. I mean, it's like Wee Wee Wee Wee HEAVY. The whiskey flavor is so strong, that I might never buy this again. Seriously, it used to be among my favorites! Bummer. There are just not enough good Scotch les out there.
I wonder if the distributor unloaded a few cases of BWB mistakes on this packy, which probably has a relatively high percentage of customers that buy nips as opposed to beer connoisseurs.

Sep 27, 2021
4.46 by DrewTheBrew from Ohio on Sep 17, 2021
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Tomlarson123 from Ohio

Drank at home.

Aug 25, 2021
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4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by robwired from Kansas

It pours a think tan/beige foam head that is so slow to dissipate, I almost hated to take the first sip, it was so pretty. But, taking one for the team, I took a sip that was bottled on 05/13/21, poured into a nanobrewery's tulip glass, such as those are.
The taste is of the wee heavy variety with a barrel-aged chocolate tongue and a cookie-like texture going down. Another sip. Yep. Wee heavy. And there's a foamy surface with great lacing, sticking to the glass in the shape of a swirl. The mouthfeel is medium-thick delicious.
I think I got a good batch.

Aug 04, 2021
4.25 by KT3418 from Colorado on Aug 01, 2021
4.56 by joran from Kansas on Jul 19, 2021
4.53 by DarrellK from Florida on Jul 18, 2021
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4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Kkasprzak from Wisconsin

Pours a deep, transparent red with a medium-size head. Deliciously sweet with noticeable bourbon and cinnamon aroma inviting you in. Thin-ish and smooth.

Overall, its aroma and flavor simply invites you in for more.

Jul 11, 2021
3.5 by mpenske from California on Jul 10, 2021
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4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by blazerkor from Nevada

Smells like malts and whiskey.  There's a lot of wood in there and a kick of liquor.

That tastes like a boilermaker.  Some beer flavors dominated by woodsy alcohol.

It's thin with mild carbonation.  The whiskey flavor lingers along with a finish that's a little bready.

It's really good. Like a supercharged scotch ale.  I give it a 5.3 out of 6.

Jul 01, 2021
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4.97/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by aBosslyElephant from Florida

L- Nice mahogany body that is opaque but not see through. Almost no head.
S- Nice berry and caramelized brown sugar. Oaky and super complex.
T- Super scotchy. Super easy to drink. Very woody and spicy like a scotch. Dark berry sweetness towards the end. Out of this WORLD.
M- Crystal clear, not very carbonated.
O- Couldn't recommend enough, I might have found my new favorite beer!

Jul 01, 2021
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5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Pumpking91

Highly recommend if you can get your hands on it. Somewhat hard to find in the South. Great beer especially if you love Bourbon.

May 23, 2021
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4.61/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by AccipiterofBeer from New York

Poured into a belgian tulip/snifter style glass

L: 4. Mahogany body with a small to medium head. Evident carbonation.
S: 4.75 lots of barrel notes. Vanilla. Oak. Dark fruits.
T: 4.75 barrel characteristics up front. Oak and vanilla. Chocolate. Back end is the fruits, notably cherry.
F: 4.25 Not as harsh as expected. Thick bodied.
O: 4.5 Deserves its reputation. Cheers.

May 20, 2021
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3.94/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by BEER-NICK from Pennsylvania

Very good, but a bit "barley winish" for what it's supposed to be, that is Imperial Stout.

May 08, 2021
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4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by JacobusFavier23 from Texas

L-Pours a deep mahogany colored beer with a slight red tinge to it. A healthy and frothy head is created on the pour and takes a while to dissipate to a lace hugger.
S-Up front dark stone fruit. This is followed by a nice caramelized brown sugar aroma. Past that, I get a mellowed aroma of oak barrel and scotch. Some slight, but clear, roasted firewood and earthy notes and a bit of oat, earth and booze.
T-Sweet right off the bat. Malt forward with a bitter bite at the end. Sugary stone fruit, oak and smooth single malt scotch. Slight booziness, but it clearly works with the flavor notes. Earthy throughout.
F-Medium bodied with slight carbonation.
O-Very very good beer. Probably the tastiest Scotch Ale I've ever had. Incredibly well made and flavorful at every sip. The beer progresses in flavor as it wars too. A true sipper.

May 08, 2021
4.63 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska on May 06, 2021
4.75 by Burg from New Hampshire on May 05, 2021
3.5 by jeschaefer from Texas on Apr 18, 2021
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4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by detgfrsh from Texas

From a bottle produced 11/11/20. Nearly black with an inch of tan colored head. Smells of bourbon and raisins. Medium body. Roasted malt, raisin, and whiskey flavors. A little sweet but less than other scotch ales (fine by me!). Great, complex flavor.

Apr 17, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by backblast from Alaska

Pours a dark mahogany with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly.

Taste the barrel influence and the toffee/caramel, and a bit of spice with dark fruits lingering in the finish with a hint of smoke.

Apr 16, 2021
4.07 by Latarnik from New Jersey on Apr 08, 2021
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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Sigmund from Norway

355 ml bottle, vintage 2014, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 10.2%, 50 IBU. Deep ruby colour, large to moderate off-white to beige head. Aroma of Scotch whisky and bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, grain and dust. Medium sweet flavour with the same elements as the aroma, also a distinct hoppy bitterness in the finish. Warming mouthfeel. Not bad at all.

Mar 23, 2021
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4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Derptiluderp from Indiana

Poured from a bottle. Slightly reddish hue to this dark guy. Minimal head. Not as much lacing as you'd think. Effervescent for a barrel aged ale. Nice bite goes with it though. Not a fan of scotch ales typically. This one is warmer with the bourbon influence though. Founders is incapable of making a bad beer. Even a varietal I don't like. Smells like whiskey and malt. Pretty smooth and doesn't have the lingering anise flavor, typical of scotch ales.

Mar 19, 2021
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