Founders Backwoods Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

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4.35/5
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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:
#336
Reviews:
1,894
Ratings:
8,350
pDev:
10.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,024
Gots:
3,392
Trade:
274
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Ratings: 8,350 |  Reviews: 1,894
Photo of dahahnii
4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Strong bourbon and high ABV to match. Very enjoyable sipper

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of frothy_80
3.66/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

2015 Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Look- One finger light brown head that is dissipating quickly. Murky dark brown color.
Smell- Burnt sugar, toffee, oaky vanilla character from the barrel, and dark fruits. Slight smokiness. Surprisingly the bourbon comes into play after the malt aromas. The finish is sweet alcohol.
Taste- Upfront are the burnt sugar, caramel, toffee, and vanilla followed with raisins or dates. The oak follows right behind and helps to balance the sweetness of the first initial flavors. The bourbon kicks in at the backside followed by the alcohol.
Feel- Full bodied. Carbonation is higher than I had anticipated but still low to low-med. The alcohol legs coat the mouth making mouthfeel somewhat silky and smooth.
Overall- The aroma and taste are not doing it for me. Every flavor stands out on a singular stature instead of coming together in harmony. As it sits right now, this beer is a flavor disaster. Hopefully this beer balances itself out with age. If it does, this beer is going to be great.

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Photo of BEER88
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mazinblue
4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of uwmgdman
4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of kbwalters
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look = 4.25 Pours cola brown into an opaque brown with fire red highlights. One finger of brown head fades quickly leaving a medium dense lace. Nice color.
Aroma = 4.5 Very sweet caramel malt upfront with candy and vanilla notes; big bourbon notes come in with oak notes and alcohol.
Taste = 4.0 Big caramel and vanilla flavors upfront before the big bourbon kick rolls in with oak notes complimenting. Low bitterness but sweet with a lingering alcohol taste.
Feel = 4.0 Full bodied, low to medium carbonation, sort of creamy and smooth.
Drinkability = 3.5 Big boozy presence hurts drinkability somewhat
Overall = 4.1125 All around pretty good BB scotch ale here but I’ve got it a notch or two below Wulver and Central Waters.

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Photo of KingEdward
4.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Don't feel the need to explain flavor, look, ect... other reviews sum it up. What i would like to say is that the 2015 version is the best version of this beer Founders has made in my opinion. Increased malt bill has added more body and flavor with the bonus of a little more alcohol... Awesome Job Founders!

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Photo of Risenhower
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AdamSteve
4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BlushingMonk
4.89/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours malty brown with small white head. Delightful nose smells of bourbon, toffee, and vanilla. Moderately thin mouthfeel tastes just plan delicious. Alcohol is present, but you'd never guess 11.6% from the taste. Sweet, but not too sweet, carmel, bourbon, and malty cereal. No bitterness to speak of. This is a great beer! Robust and warming. I'll be stocking up to drink now and cellar some too.

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Photo of Gardmark59
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of satoberg
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours cola dark brown, smells of bourbon. Very nice mellow overall taste. Alcohol isn't hidden, but doesn't burn you either. just enough carbonation to make this a great sipper.
Tasted in a Jekyll brewing tulip glass , and at 50º. bet it pairs great with a nicely charred, juicy steak. KBS jr!

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Photo of Caesars0331
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ta_hagen
4.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L-Dark, Dark brown almost black with a 1/2 inch off white head. The head recedes to a half centimeter ring with excellent lacing.
S-Malty sweetness with traces of bourbon and hints of roast.
T- a complex mix of malty sweetness, bourbon, caramel and alcohol throughout. Finishes with alcohol warmth.
F- Mouthfeel is thinner than the taste suggests. All the flavor of a stout with the mouthfeel of an ale. A really great combo which makes it stand out.
O-One of the best beers I've ever tasted. My new favorite wee heavy moving just ahead of Old Chub. I'll be buying this whenever I see it.

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Photo of TruePerception
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Founder's Backwoods Bastard, Bourbon barrel aged Scotch ale. 11.6% ABV.

A: Very dark, yet clear red, appearing black out of the light. Honey colored in the dimple. Light tan head. Decent lacing. Light sheeting.

S: Deep caramels and spiced toffee. Slight cereal grain backing. Quite nice, though a little simple.

T/MF: More of the expected char on the palate, though it is softer and more light. Dark cocoa, cereal grain, dark toffee. All leaning on the sweet side. Finish is more of the cereal grain, with a touch of sweet char. A bit understated overall (for a Scotch ale), but easily the best Scotch ale I've had.

I like this better than the KBS. personally, and it's $10 less a 4-pack.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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

Photo of avengefulgod
4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AndreRus
4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love me some bastard

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Photo of Missy732stbf2
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 8,350 ratings
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