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Founders Backwoods Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
4.35/5
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8,288 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:
#332
Reviews:
1,877
Ratings:
8,288
pDev:
10.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,028
Gots:
3,358
Trade:
275
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Ratings: 8,288 |  Reviews: 1,877
Photo of GlennFreeman
4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Beerman811
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of SteveO64
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid and satisfying barrel aged ale with sweet overtones and a mildly boozy finish. Another quality release from Founders.

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Photo of spahlstrom
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

From a 355ml bottle served straight from the fridge at 8 degrees Celsius into a white wine glass. Best before date: 20.07.2018.

Look: The beer pours a clear, very dark brown with 5cm of dense, light brown head that dissipates into a craggy cap in 3+ minutes. Great lacing and good overall retention especially given the 11.1% ABV.

Smell: Medium-strong intensity with sweet balance. Rich and complex. Notes of dark fruit (raisins and prunes), milk chocolate, cooked sugar (caramel/toffee), and oak. Slightly vinous with a touch of minerality. The nose is a harmonious mix of fruit, sugar, and barrel-aging all soaked in alcohol – a dessert in a glass!

Taste: Bam! Strong and sweet – though not cloying. Significant oak presence with additional notes of caramel/toffee, milk chocolate, booze, and dark fruit (raisins and prunes). The finish is long, strong, and sweet with pronounced oak and ethanol. Absolutely delicious.

Feel: Full body with mild carbonation. Creamy, thick, and slightly chewy viscosity with notable alcohol warmth. This one has an impressive presence on the palate.

Overall: I love Founders – I haven't yet had a beer by them that I don't adore. A definite sipper, Backwoods Bastard is not for the faint-hearted; it's a punch in the mouth with plenty of alcohol to take you out fast. The brew is very complex in nature and displays excellent craftsmanship. As far as I'm concerned, this is a must try beverage. A companion to sit down and contemplate life with.

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Photo of kricks77
4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deg909
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer of 2016 and 2017.

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Photo of Segelstrom
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Grovejr20
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Manthon
3.72/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EvoRich
4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark amber in color. Smells like brown sugar and bourbon! Taste like bourbon with hints of caramel and again brown sugar. Magnificent!

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Photo of Tcsox
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bogdawg
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bajdog
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TomDestail
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of southsidejoe8089
4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shane-L-Waddell
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jltrovil
4.01/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

While reviewing this I poured into a 10oz snifter. I want to give a fair comparison to the first time I had Dirty Bastard on tap.

Look: A very deep amber with a highly retained beige head. Very nice to look at.

Nose: Bourbon, caramel, and orange peel, but mostly bourbon. The nose is nice, but the bourbon drains out the other characteristics I enjoyed from the standard Dirty bastard: butterscotch and caramel in particular.

Taste: Very overpowering bourbon--almost too heavy in my opinion. But, it finishes out with the nice caramel characteristic I remember enjoying from the original. It finishes with the taste of pure alcohol which really isn't my thing. The orange peel doesn't come through.

Mouthfeel: Wonderful. It is medium bodied, creamy, and smooth. Definitely helps with the high bourbon presence.

Overall: A fun beer to try. I enjoy it, but I prefer Dirty Bastard on tap. Bourbon Barrel aged variants tend to be a notch up, but the was the opposite for me unfortunately.

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

A nice reddish-Amber color with light tan head, lots of lacing. Nice flavor of bourbon, can be strong if you're not into bourbon, and hints of toffee, maybe some chocolate with a sweet smooth finish.

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Photo of dustin22martin
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 8,288 ratings
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