Founders Backwoods Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

Founders Backwoods BastardFounders Backwoods Bastard
BA SCORE
94.2%
Liked This Beer
4.35 w/ 8,138 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:
#336
Reviews:
1,847
Ratings:
8,138
Liked:
7,670
Avg:
4.35/5
pDev:
10.11%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,019
Gots:
3,264
Trade:
279
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 8,138 |  Reviews: 1,847
Photo of MTGoeltz
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of foxyaardvark27
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Oleg85
3.86/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Poured into a thistle, the appearance was a mostly dark brown close to black color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that softened to leave some thin speckled sliding lace.
The aroma had a superb blend of sweet caramel/toffee malts, dark bread, nice level amount of peat, light amount of smoke, sweet wood, vanilla, some earthiness and just a hint of allspice.
The flavor brought all of the previously mentioned aromas together in an awesome manner, even the allspice but even that seems mostly to be just an afterthought in this beer. Some dark fruits slide in underneath. The aftertaste yields to the sweetness of the wood, dark fruits, dark bread, caramel/toffee malts and the peat.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a clear sipping quality about it. A fresh bottle of this, I have found tends to be a bit stronger in the boozy heat quality while an aged bottle of this, the booziness tends to subside to create an exceptionally smooth well rounded quality rolling over my tongue. At no time during the life of this beer, I have never found anything cloying about this.
Overall, call this a combined "fresh" to "aged" review of this beer, if you will, but no matter whenever I have this beer, it always is an absolutely fantastic experience.

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Photo of Robemiller9
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Superheatnsubcool
4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/22/2016. Pours hazy very dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, coconut, brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, cherry, and date; with lighter notes of chocolate, leather, tobacco, smoke, herbal, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready/light roasted malt, bourbon barrel, and fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, coconut, brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, cherry, and date; with lighter notes of chocolate, leather, tobacco, smoke, herbal, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light herbal bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, coconut, brown bread, leather, tobacco, light smoke, herbal, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malt, bourbon barrel, and fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitter/spiciness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky, and lightly sticky/chalky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 11.2%, with no barrel booziness. Overall this is an incredible barrel aged scotch ale. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malt, bourbon barrel, and fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Watkinsmike83
4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Everydayoff
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into a snifter.

It pours a tawny deep brown color topping up with a finger of foamy light tan head that stands for a while before collapsing to some everlasting bubble sheet on the surface and leaving some spotty and patchy lacing on the glass-side.

It is very malty and sweet in the aroma with notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, burnt coconut-like, some smoked, roasted, toasted biscuit, brown bread, and wood. The bourbon barrel profile lends its oaky, spicy, vanilla, and some fruit while hop provides its scents of earthy and spice. There are also notes of dark fruit and licorice to add up the depth.

Malt and malt and malt and bourbon through the palate sensation, it is led by rich malt bill of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, burnt coconut-like, some smoked, roasted, toasted biscuit, brown bread, and wood just like the aroma while the bourbon barrel-aged provides its oaky, spicy, vanilla, and some fruity flavors together with earthiness and spice from hop as well as some dark fruit and licorice. There is some bitterness at the almost end from both roasted malt and hop while the aftertaste is lasting with pleasant bitterness and some residual malt sweetness and roasted.

The body is rather full but not sticky or syrupy with smooth mouthfeel and moderate crisp carbonation. The overall feeling is very well-rounded with a pleasantly dry finish.

This one is a supreme malty beast that is amped up with oaky and bourbon barrel profile making it deep and rich also very tasty and very good for sipping.

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Photo of jcole524
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

from bottle, '16 version. smooth caramel, toffee, vanilla. Sweet taste reminds me of belgian strong dark style.

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Photo of rljkeimig
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of josanguapo
3.25/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3.25

From Saveur Biere. In Teku glass. Watching Narcos 2x10. A bit of a letdown given the hype. Plenty of bourbon, wood and alcohol here, too much for my liking, causing it to require slow drinking.

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Photo of mjgpy3
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Michiganman2325
4.9/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Phineasco
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Moneyman11
3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Bruno74200
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Well this is bourbon goodness. It brings vanilla and cherries notes. The base beer is all in all very balanced and very malt forward with a nice toffee presence along some dried fruits. The bourbon is all over the place. Very nice

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Photo of BJB13
4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 10/3/16
12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark cola color and consistency with one finger of tan head that fades to a bubbly crown but rises with a swirl of the snifter. The nose is strong enough but I had a hard time picking out individual aromas other than sweet caramel and some bourbon. My first couple of sips were straight up coconut which is perplexing to me. This character fades but never leaves as other flavors open up. Dark fruit, caramel and bourbon are most notable. I don't find it very boozy though it does finish with some heat. Medium to full in body and I would say both creamy and a little frothy.

A great tasting sipper. I wish I had tried this one years ago!

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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94.2% out of 100 with 8,138 ratings
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