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
Ratings:
8,104
Reviews:
1,840
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
10.56%
 
 
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1,016
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Photo of AGoodStout
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Everydayoff
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into a snifter.

It pours a tawny deep brown color topping up with a finger of foamy light tan head that stands for a while before collapsing to some everlasting bubble sheet on the surface and leaving some spotty and patchy lacing on the glass-side.

It is very malty and sweet in the aroma with notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, burnt coconut-like, some smoked, roasted, toasted biscuit, brown bread, and wood. The bourbon barrel profile lends its oaky, spicy, vanilla, and some fruit while hop provides its scents of earthy and spice. There are also notes of dark fruit and licorice to add up the depth.

Malt and malt and malt and bourbon through the palate sensation, it is led by rich malt bill of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, burnt coconut-like, some smoked, roasted, toasted biscuit, brown bread, and wood just like the aroma while the bourbon barrel-aged provides its oaky, spicy, vanilla, and some fruity flavors together with earthiness and spice from hop as well as some dark fruit and licorice. There is some bitterness at the almost end from both roasted malt and hop while the aftertaste is lasting with pleasant bitterness and some residual malt sweetness and roasted.

The body is rather full but not sticky or syrupy with smooth mouthfeel and moderate crisp carbonation. The overall feeling is very well-rounded with a pleasantly dry finish.

This one is a supreme malty beast that is amped up with oaky and bourbon barrel profile making it deep and rich also very tasty and very good for sipping.

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Photo of jcole524
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

from bottle, '16 version. smooth caramel, toffee, vanilla. Sweet taste reminds me of belgian strong dark style.

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Photo of rljkeimig
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of josanguapo
3.25/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3.25

From Saveur Biere. In Teku glass. Watching Narcos 2x10. A bit of a letdown given the hype. Plenty of bourbon, wood and alcohol here, too much for my liking, causing it to require slow drinking.

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Photo of mjgpy3
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Michiganman2325
4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Phineasco
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Moneyman11
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Campian
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bruno74200
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Well this is bourbon goodness. It brings vanilla and cherries notes. The base beer is all in all very balanced and very malt forward with a nice toffee presence along some dried fruits. The bourbon is all over the place. Very nice

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Photo of BJB13
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 10/3/16
12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark cola color and consistency with one finger of tan head that fades to a bubbly crown but rises with a swirl of the snifter. The nose is strong enough but I had a hard time picking out individual aromas other than sweet caramel and some bourbon. My first couple of sips were straight up coconut which is perplexing to me. This character fades but never leaves as other flavors open up. Dark fruit, caramel and bourbon are most notable. I don't find it very boozy though it does finish with some heat. Medium to full in body and I would say both creamy and a little frothy.

A great tasting sipper. I wish I had tried this one years ago!

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Photo of BSiegs
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely dark ruby brown in color. Ample light brown foam with excellent retention and lacing. The aroma is rich and complex. Massive notes of bourbon, oak, raisin, fig, vanilla, molasses, faint earthiness. Absolutely phenomenal. The taste follows with bourbon, dark fruits, and oak coming through most prominently. Light hoppy bitterness of the finish. Medium full body, low-moderate carbonation. Dry, slightly bitter finish. A fantastic example of a BA scotch ale.

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Photo of caburdette51
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of bshefftz
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of D-Rock76
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of emeyer
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of carlso_aw
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hudson2508
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BNarc
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lr300
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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