Founders Backwoods Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

Founders Backwoods BastardFounders Backwoods Bastard
BA SCORE
94.2%
Liked This Beer
4.35 w/ 8,139 ratings
Founders Backwoods BastardFounders Backwoods Bastard
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:
1,847
Ratings:
8,139
Liked:
7,671
Avg:
4.35/5
pDev:
10.11%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,020
Gots:
3,264
Trade:
279
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Ratings: 8,139 |  Reviews: 1,847
Photo of JTuomi
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of neil2me
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ASoftMachineMan
4.69/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked it up in local vínbúðin as a four pack, while disgustingly expensive (as all booze in Iceland is) certainly proved worth the 4700 ISK cost.

Look: Pours dark brown to form a nearly-opaque, almost cola-like body. Minimal off-white head dissipates rapidly to lacing.

Smell: Relatively subdued nose with faint hints of toffee, wood (from the barrel) and bright alcohol ester.

Taste: This is where the Backwoods Bastard really shines. Up front the tongue is bittersweet burnt caramel, bourbon, and sweet malt with a back palate formed of lingering honey and vanilla notes with a faint hardwood bitterness keeping it from getting cloying. A delicious and beautifully balanced brew!

Feel: Medium body with lingering syrup on the tongue. Minimal carbonation.

According to the bottles it was put out in 2015, so with at least two years aging it comes out pretty damn tasty.

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

Almost 1 yr past bottled on date. Deep ruby pour 1/2 finger head. Smells of light bourbon and amaretto. Taste is sweet malts and amaretto. Little bit like wood soaked in cherry infused bourbon. Has a smooth start and a dry finish. Overall it mellowed out compared to fresh but still really good

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Photo of mintzmeet
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

WAHWAHWEEHWAHAH! Wow! First sip tastes like bourbon. Obviously the barrel treatment, but still, hard to overstate the bourbonyness of this. Beautiful thick mouthfeel, creamy, with a subtle vanilla undercurrent.

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Photo of Burke4375
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mdaniel723
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been looking for this and lucked into a 2016 release. This beer exceeded my expectations. The deep caramel color and great nose were only exceeded by the taste and mouthfeel. Excellent beer.

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

Photo of Nage37
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Parmesan
4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a thick muddy burgundy red color with a small tan head that dissipates quickly and no lacing on the glass.

S; Strong caramel, molasses, and bourbon, with a slight bit of a soy sauce aroma in there. Definitely bourbon barrel aged.

T: Strong notes of molasses, caramel, dark stone fruit and bourbon. Alcohol is definitely noticeable. Very malty and lots of bourbon character.

F: Oily and thick, this is a big beer.

O: This is a very malty and beast of a barrel aged beer, highly recommended.

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Photo of _nickg_
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of corywalston
2.83/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of GtBoros
4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Heavy malt and round scotch finish. Delightful and drinkable.

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Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Tstromer
3.83/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StormAles
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of SynthetikReality95
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jkblr
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled 9/24/15 poured into a Duvel tulip after a 15 minute warm up from fridge temp 11.6% ABV. The beer pours a brown color with snow globe particles throughout. Two inches of tan head settle into a barely there ring around the glass. The aroma is oak and vanilla with only a suggestion of bourbon. The taste is a rich, slightly smokey malt with a notable bourbon barrel flavor coming in behind. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, moderately carbonated and somewhat soft leaving a barrel heat on the tongue once swallowed. Overall, very good. I am not a bourbon fan and it is not a fan of me. This is the third beer I've tasted from this four pack and I do enjoy these more with age. It's a trade off losing heat and bourbon prominence but getting floaties that are a little distracting. This bottle was stored in my basement around 60 degrees.

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

Photo of burk1982
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94.2% out of 100 with 8,139 ratings
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