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
Ranking:
#337
Reviews:
1,896
Ratings:
8,354
pDev:
10.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 8,354 |  Reviews: 1,896
Photo of Gregf51
4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of senoreljefe
4.76/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of C_Pel
4.61/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of km02600
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of derekgw123
4.76/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

My first Wee Heavy and WOW they set the bar pretty damn high with this one. Simply put, it's the best bourbon barrel aged beer that I've tried. Perfectly balanced, super smooth, ideal for sipping on a cold winters night. Outstanding!

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Photo of Dirt286
4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mconner666
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beers-es
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 32 oz growler. The look of this beer is fantastic--a dark ruby/orange with the light behind it. Half-inch tan head didn't linger too long. The smell is bourbon and booze, though after it warmed the sweeter malt came through, and a little later, there was some chocolate and vanilla, and what briefly smelled like coconut. Taste was heavy on bourbon and alcohol, which gave way to a little malt sweetness, finishing with a slight bitter dryness. A little sweet, but not too sweet. Smooth feel that left a kind of alcohol coating on the tongue. I'd love to try this one after a year or so of aging. Seems to have all the elements to be taken to another level.

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Photo of GretchenVK
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This years, 2015, was definitely a bit different from pst years. I felt like it was a but thinner, even though the ABV went up, but overall had a thinner viscosity. Overall still a very good beer

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

So this year's version has a higher alcohol content so naturally I assumed would be more hot and would probably want to age to mellow out. Boy was I wrong. Founders somehow increased the alcohol content but the result was a smooth creamy taste of vanilla and bourbon. Got a 4 pack and was planning on aging 3 of them, but it's gonna be hard not to drink them sooner.

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Photo of Buck89
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Dark copper, rusty brown color with a moderate tan head. The one-finger head didn't stay around very long, but it left some nice tracks in the glass. The nose was full of whiskey, oak, vanilla, toffee, and plum. After one whiff, I was excited about this and the first taste did not disappoint. My mouth was flooded with waves of whiskey, vanilla, wood, chocolate, plum, and caramel. Very well-balanced - the boozy tones were most prominent but seemed like a great platform for the other players. Nice warming smooth whiskey on the finish. Creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. This is a stellar brew.

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Photo of npachl
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jroden5446
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Taste: big and bold spiced peat and malts, warming bourbon moth feel of alcohol.
Clear deep red copper color.
Big oaked malt nose.
Full body.
Tan refined head with nice lace.
50 IBUs

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Photo of mr-jj
4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 12 oz bottle.

Color is deep mahogany with a one finger off-white head. Notable lacing. Smell is oak, scotch, and caramel. Pretty boozy. Flavor is similar, with some dark fruits. Body is medium/full with moderate carbonation. Overall, a very tasty beer.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: deep Mahogany. Ruby to almost brown. Wine almost no head

S: one of the best smells I've experienced. Sweet candy. Oak. Scotch. Booze. Maple syrup.

T: oak. Scotch. Booze. Candied dark fruits.

F: creamy almost. Smooth. Booze front but soft finish. Low carb.

O: this is fantastic. Wonderfully done oak aged offering. Sweet but bitter. Balanced but boozy. Bravo.

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

Sweet, caramel and toffee. Excellent color, flavor, and body. This beer is an excellent wee heavy, the scotch notes are an added bonus.

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

Poured into snifter
Look; Nice deep garnet with a one finger head. Mild carbonation visible
Smell; Malts, oak and booze.
Taste; Well integrated oak and bourbon with the original maltiness of the Wee Heavy Ale. Nice vanilla presence. Smooth taste, the alcohol present in the smell is under wraps in the taste.
Feel; Creamy, a warming presence from the alcohol.
Overall; To me, this meets the hype. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of OKFine
4.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoctorEvil65
4.9/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Pens1967
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mblk6062
4.69/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Raime
3.36/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Founders Backwoods Bastard.


ANDDDDDDDDD NOWWWWWW FOR THE SCOTCH ALE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD. THIS BEER COMES IN AT 11.6%, AN UNKNOW IBU, FIGHTINGGG OUT OF MICHIGAN, LADIES AND GENTLEMAN...IT'SSSSSSSSS TIMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!.

Alright enough of that shit. Stuff finally arrived in my town and this is the first year I was able to actually get ahold of some. At $16.99 a four pack it better be as good as the hype would have you believe. Let's do it.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle directly into a snifter. Pours smoothly and cleanly with an amber body that is virtually crystal clear like the waters of the bahamas..only y'know, amber like the liquids of my slain enemies instead of blue like the oceans. The head mounts to a solid one finger of slightly off white bubbly head that doesn't stick around for more than maybe thirty seconds. Eventually the head dies down to some weakened cloud formations amongst the top of the swill. Carbonation appears to be very low. No lacing is left after the beer is gone.

Smell - Admittedly the nose isn't as large as what I had expected. Lots of bourbob up front exactly as expected, but I'm not getting a whole lot of the maltyness I assumed would be in this beer. A bit of the oak characteristic comes through, as does some peat levels and smaller amounts of vanilla. Overall this nose is dominated by the bourbon and not much else. It screams a higher ABV than only 11.6%. Maybe it needs to just warm a up a bit and we'll see what we get. Alright now that it has warmed up a bit the vanilla notes really come through and dominate alongside the bourbon but it still isn't quite as strong as I had expected.

Taste - Boozy with a capital B. Big scotch levels boozyness with a large oak presence and a vanilla that lingers well into the afterlife. Really astounded at the notability of the alcohol in this beer given than 11.6% isn't THAT much by todays beer standards. Caramel malts finally do come through but it is once again, highly dominated by the massive level of alcohol.

Feel - Body is as thick as I had expected though a bit cold. Carbonation is very low. The vanilla is there along with the oak barrel bullshat and a big boozyness exactly as expected. Swallows a bit rougher than I was anticipating. Burns at a moderate level as yoy swallow it.

Overall - Well...I'm disappointed. This is an alright beer, do not get me wrong, but there wasn't much more than just a big boozy concoction thrown into a bottle. The oak and vanilla surely come through but I didn't feel there was enough of the actual scotch ale components for this to be considered great. At $16.99 a four pack, and with this specific flavor profile and the absolute failure of booze hiding, I will most definitely pass in the future. I'll have no problem finishing the 4 pack, but there is no way this should be the highest rated scotch ale on here..

I'll drink a second at room temperature to see if anything changes, but at 53F it stands as written.

ROOM TEMPERATURE EDIT. No changes. Cept it looks a bit better.

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Photo of chrisjws
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 8,354 ratings
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