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Founders Backwoods Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

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4.35/5
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8,295 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:
#334
Reviews:
1,878
Ratings:
8,295
pDev:
10.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,028
Gots:
3,360
Trade:
275
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Ratings: 8,295 |  Reviews: 1,878
Photo of Derr_drinks_beer
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of andrenaline
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Urk1127
2.64/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of nomadotel
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of moundbz
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DaveCash
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of andrewh995
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby red with a tan head. Smells of booze, malts, caramel, toffee, and vanilla. Tastes of bourbon, wood, vanilla, malt, caramel, dark fruits, and alcohol. Medium-heady body with medium-light carbonation. Overall this is the best wee gravy I’ve ever had. Incredible.

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Photo of MikeyPa77
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A dark, deep red, almost strong iced tea looking. No head at all. Nice strong raisin smell. No alcohol aroma. Nice raisin and fruit flavor with some sweetness of caramel. Still not strong on the alcohol. Lingering notes of dates and maybe prunes. Goes down smooth. Easy drinking for an 11.2% brew. An excellent beer. Overall this is a fine example of an American made Scotch ale if not the finest I've ever had. 2017 Release in 12 ounce bottles.

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Photo of Caseyk1088
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of porters4life
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

2017 release into pint glass. Pours a clear, deep reddish brown with a nice one-finger light tan head, which dissipates fairly quickly with minimal lacing. Initial impression is smoky caramel, vanilla, booze, and a hint of dark fruits. Alcohol is pretty much front-and-center, and unapologetic about it. Somewhat surprisingly, the mouthfeel is fairly hefty and quite smooth despite the ABV. This might be a good cellaring candidate, but I've come to the conclusion that if I only have one bottle I'm gonna drink it fresh. Finish is boozy but clean, with just a hint of residual bitterness. Good sipper.

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

Photo of jbeaumont
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Lahey
3.69/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad barrel aged scotch ale. The taste is a little hot and the feel is a little thin. I prefer barrel aged scotty karate from darkhorse brewing. Theirs is like a liquid tootsie roll to me. This is more of a dark fruit and whiskey flavor. Not bad, it just doesn't hit the right notes in the right way for me.

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Photo of pstam87
4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 10/6/17 11.21% abv. Opened on 11/2/17

A strange brownish, nearly black looking liquid until you hold it up to some light, then you see it's a very dark red and amber color. Brilliant hues. A small, but full cover of tan colored foam, thick and bubbly.

The aroma is simply unreal in complexity. Large amounts of classicly sweet, caramel and toffee, slightly toasty Scottish malt. Roasty, smokey, maple syrup type sweet effect with a dry, earthy hop thing in the back ground, vanilla oak cask just brings in more layers.

The heavy and thick mouthfeel directly relates to the massive amount of malted barley and the aging techniques on Cask, oak barrels. Campfire style roasty marshmallows, oak wood, dates and peppery herbs over a scotch style whiskey and caramel is easily identified within the malt charecter. The hops give a decent balance of dry/earthy undertones and a bitter bite in the finish.

There's nothing "wee" about this Scottish ale, it's ALL heavy! Fat complexity best left for the professional beer geek/Advocate. This one should come with a warning:, Caution: do not stop on tracks!

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3.68/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of dasunder
4.94/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 8,295 ratings
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