Backwoods Bastard
Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #2
Ranked #813
4.35 | pDev: 10.11%
Jun 09, 2022
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 shu:
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3.96/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by shu from Georgia

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
More User Ratings:
4.7 by Best_Username from Florida on Jun 09, 2022
3.94 by Hawkfish from Washington on Jun 05, 2022
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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 sglooney316 from Texas

My first scotch ale style beer. Simply great. Another great Founders beer.

May 04, 2022
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4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
by Mapping_Jim from Oklahoma

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
4.09 by not2quick from Missouri on Mar 31, 2022
3.13 by xmanden from Michigan on Mar 20, 2022
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4.97/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by DBlairo

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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4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Herbabee from Pennsylvania

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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4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by BillyBoxer from Wisconsin

Superb scotch ale

Feb 17, 2022
4.24 by cbuzz24 from Mississippi on Feb 15, 2022
4.25 by johnny_c from New York on Feb 14, 2022
4.15 by dan_amdg from Illinois on Feb 12, 2022
4.34 by beerjerk666 from Florida on Jan 29, 2022
4.31 by jschurter from Georgia on Jan 29, 2022
4.33 by Blazer22 from Colorado on Jan 28, 2022
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
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