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Founders Backwoods Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Backwoods BastardFounders Backwoods Bastard
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Founders Backwoods BastardFounders Backwoods Bastard

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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

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Served on tap in a snifter in FL

Scotch ales are usually hit or miss for me, but this hit it out of the park.

I was nervous at first because Bastard is so overpowering bourbony on the nose, but once I had my first taste I was hooked.

A lot of nice bourbon flavor without the kind of burn I would expect out of a 10+% brew. A little vanilla on the back end, and even some creaminess, if you haven't tried this beer before and you can find it in your area, do yourself a favor and give it a go.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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

L - nice deep copper color w/ burgundy hues. An initial 2.5 finger head that recedes to 1 finger of foam after a few minutes.

S - caramel, brown sugar and bourbon, bourbon, bourbon!

T - sweet malts, like the smell ... more caramel and brown sugary goodness backed with some oak flavors and a definite bourbon presence.

F - For the 10.2% this one is an easy drinker, albeit a sipper. The carbonation is nearly perfect for this type of brew. Silky smooth & almost creamy.

O - This brew from Founders is another outstanding beer like most of their others. I'm happy to have landed a few bottles of this. I can only image this brew will improve with a little age on it but it is also an exceptional drinking beer within a couple of months off the bottling line.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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This is the best founders I've had so far. Highly recommend.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: [4.00] Deep red to brown beer. The pour produced a 2 finger tan head. The head is tight and dense with uniform bubbles. The bottle lists the brewed date (10/01/2014), the ABV (10.2%) and the IBU (50). Other brewers please take a note from Founders.

S: [3.50] Caramel and bourbon are the scents that I am picking up.

T: [2.75] There is alcohol upfront then smooth bourbon in the middle. The finish is mildly sweet with some breadiness.

M: [3.00] Smooth on the tongue but a fairly heavy alcohol bite.

O: [3.25] This is very alcohol forward in my opinion. The booze and bourbon mute a lot of other flavors. I let it warm before drinking. Perhaps a colder beer would have suppressed the alcohol. I had really high hopes for this - but I think it is just not my thing.

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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 8,232 ratings
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