Founders 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:
#336
Reviews:
1,897
Ratings:
8,360
pDev:
10.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of OKFine
4.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoctorEvil65
4.9/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Pens1967
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mblk6062
4.69/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Raime
3.36/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Founders Backwoods Bastard.


ANDDDDDDDDD NOWWWWWW FOR THE SCOTCH ALE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD. THIS BEER COMES IN AT 11.6%, AN UNKNOW IBU, FIGHTINGGG OUT OF MICHIGAN, LADIES AND GENTLEMAN...IT'SSSSSSSSS TIMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!.

Alright enough of that shit. Stuff finally arrived in my town and this is the first year I was able to actually get ahold of some. At $16.99 a four pack it better be as good as the hype would have you believe. Let's do it.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle directly into a snifter. Pours smoothly and cleanly with an amber body that is virtually crystal clear like the waters of the bahamas..only y'know, amber like the liquids of my slain enemies instead of blue like the oceans. The head mounts to a solid one finger of slightly off white bubbly head that doesn't stick around for more than maybe thirty seconds. Eventually the head dies down to some weakened cloud formations amongst the top of the swill. Carbonation appears to be very low. No lacing is left after the beer is gone.

Smell - Admittedly the nose isn't as large as what I had expected. Lots of bourbob up front exactly as expected, but I'm not getting a whole lot of the maltyness I assumed would be in this beer. A bit of the oak characteristic comes through, as does some peat levels and smaller amounts of vanilla. Overall this nose is dominated by the bourbon and not much else. It screams a higher ABV than only 11.6%. Maybe it needs to just warm a up a bit and we'll see what we get. Alright now that it has warmed up a bit the vanilla notes really come through and dominate alongside the bourbon but it still isn't quite as strong as I had expected.

Taste - Boozy with a capital B. Big scotch levels boozyness with a large oak presence and a vanilla that lingers well into the afterlife. Really astounded at the notability of the alcohol in this beer given than 11.6% isn't THAT much by todays beer standards. Caramel malts finally do come through but it is once again, highly dominated by the massive level of alcohol.

Feel - Body is as thick as I had expected though a bit cold. Carbonation is very low. The vanilla is there along with the oak barrel bullshat and a big boozyness exactly as expected. Swallows a bit rougher than I was anticipating. Burns at a moderate level as yoy swallow it.

Overall - Well...I'm disappointed. This is an alright beer, do not get me wrong, but there wasn't much more than just a big boozy concoction thrown into a bottle. The oak and vanilla surely come through but I didn't feel there was enough of the actual scotch ale components for this to be considered great. At $16.99 a four pack, and with this specific flavor profile and the absolute failure of booze hiding, I will most definitely pass in the future. I'll have no problem finishing the 4 pack, but there is no way this should be the highest rated scotch ale on here..

I'll drink a second at room temperature to see if anything changes, but at 53F it stands as written.

ROOM TEMPERATURE EDIT. No changes. Cept it looks a bit better.

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Photo of chrisjws
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tomrd123
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of foundersfan1
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tard24
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 8,360 ratings
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