Founders Backwoods Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
8,098
Reviews:
1,838
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
10.56%
 
 
Wants:
1,013
Gots:
3,270
For Trade:
285
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Ratings: 8,098 |  Reviews: 1,838
Photo of brittanylicious
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrMullet
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby/brown.
Smell is sweet toffee and bourbon.
Taste is sweet malt, raisin and dark fruit.
Bourbon finish.
Mouthfeel is not too thick.

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Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Skillet
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KGilmour
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mkh012
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 version, poured in March 2017. Bottle is 6 months old.

Deep reddish-brown with a short-lived head.

Nose is earthy raisin and wood with hints of dark chocolate and toffee.

The taste follows. Scotch Ales aren't typically my thing, nor are beers that overdue the barrel character. This is pretty restrained though, particularly for an 11% ABV beer. Scotch, wood, and dark fruit. Suggestions of anise, caramel, and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is medium. An initial zip of carbonation tapers into a smooth finish.

Overall, do you like Scotch Ales? This is definitely a good one. Just not my go-to flavor profile or style. Becomes a touch astringent as it approaches room temperature.

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Photo of eml0690
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lynjen70
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just what a Scottish Ale should be.

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Photo of Nrod
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Babalu614
4.81/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Longhorn08
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sam671217
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kraticus41
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jillzee
2.69/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of RMW66
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlehouseVanHouten
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OldManMetal
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The 2016 iteration of this barrel-aged Scotch Ale is a great-looking beer: a large, pebbly peach/tan head sits atop an effervescent, deep-brown beer, leaving excellent lacing in the form of dense sheets and thick bands. The nose is big and heady: bourbon and more modest coconutty oak lactones over a fairly rich, light-complected caramel character that shows a bit of butterscotch at the top; significant alcohol overtones ride atop everything else. Up front, the palate is darkish, slightly bitter caramel with hints of bourbon; mid-palate the malt character becomes darker yet as a semi-sweet chocolate character joins the caramel. The bourbon and coconut notes are much more subtle than on the nose, acting more as accents than as the center of attention. Significant alcohol overtones keep the malt well in check, preventing the beer from coming across as the least bit sweet. The finish is a good hit of caramel and booze, and is quite warming; the linger is a lasting modest oaky bitterness that has a slight solvent-like tang. Retrogustative olfaction is redolent of bourbon, and is quite boozy. Mouthfeel is commensurate with the medium body, and is slightly warming; the texture is medium-creamy, slightly slick, and slightly peppery from the somewhat restrained carbonation. (12 oz bottle, 142 days after pkg)

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Photo of Z-man
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Biggtriksta
4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Timc32
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of greengorilla
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sgttibbs
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of iridius
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jsalz21
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
4.26 out of 5 based on 8,098 ratings.
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