Backwoods Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
4.35/5
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8,439 Ratings
Backwoods BastardBackwoods 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:
#351
Reviews:
1,925
Ratings:
8,439
pDev:
10.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,038
Gots:
3,429
Trade:
269
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 8,439 |  Reviews: 1,925
Photo of Gonzo53
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great over all barrel aged beer! Strong taste and smell. Excellent for anyone who likes whiskey and bourbons.

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

Photo of frasergrove
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nose is reminiscent of dates, plum, some barrel notes, a hint sweet and light maltiness. Warming as you sip, but not overly boozy or harsh. Extremely smooth, light vanilla touches as it crosses the palate. An outstanding barrel aged beer

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

Photo of Brandonparrent
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: very dark red, almost black. A film of head with big lacing on the glass
S: bourbon and a sweet strong ale
T: fairly smooth bourbon, still a sipper though. I get the alcohol, but again it's pretty smooth. Great lasting flavors in the finish.
F: fairly thin, and carbonated
O: I ilke the bourbon presence in it, but not worth hoarding.

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Photo of Abk542
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Overall a great beer. Very bourbon/scotch forward. I would recommend it.

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Photo of JonathanR
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

No head, great lacing. If i wasn't such a stout snob, this would be my favorite beer. Barrel aged exceptionally well with a wood/oak smell. Toasted coconut and vanilla flavor with a finish of sweet caramel. NO hint of abv is simply incredible

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Photo of Nomis
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of RacerX5k
4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best values in beerdom, $13 4 pak Wegmans Allentown PA. And this beer will get better in about a month when that scintilla of cherry starts to blossom ... that's not to say age this for a year, my well known belief that beer may change but certainly does NOT get better with age. I've had this beer on draft back to back years side by side and the newer was way better.

Pretty red, amber I don't know the exact shade or color. Big aroma, malt, scotch, vanilla, hints of bourbon. That's what it tastes like, vanilla malt bomb. More bourbon in the flavor then the aroma. Smooth all day, 2 bottles and you're just where you need to be.

Overall outstanding. Will get more.

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

Photo of Beerhemoth
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ryan33iowa
4.02/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OhioRay
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of calcutron
4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of CJCouillard
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StevenH1974
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jtransel
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hardysf
3.63/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a meh beer to me. To each their own. I think this beer is like watered down bourbon. The barrel and bourbon notes really come through. Little if any other tasting notes. The bourbon flavors are good, but if I wanted bourbon on the rocks, I'd order bourbon on the rocks. Founders usually crushes it in my book, but I think this one just isn't for me. I'll have to give it another try on a different day.

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Photo of benzalman
3.63/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Vlaminck
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 8,439 ratings