Founders Backwoods Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

Founders Backwoods BastardFounders Backwoods Bastard
8,146 Ratings
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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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev -8%

Pours garnet color with a quickly fading white head that leaves little to no lacing.

Smells of bourbon and rich malts.

Tastes of a more subdued barrel character but plenty of malts. Malts lead off with notes of caramel and toffee. Plenty of sweetness. Barrel notes add in with vanilla and fragrant wood. Touches of dark fruits come through as well. Finishes with some lingering oak.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slight amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a good barrel aged beer.

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of titletown30
4.99/5  rDev +14.7%

Pours a thin white head, and dark garnet color when held to light. Bourbon flavor is well balanced and has a velvety mouth feel. Hints of toffee and milk chocolate come through with the oak and has a pronounced bourbon finish. If you like bourbon this is an excellent beer. Need to find more!

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4.92/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Gajo74
4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dense looking dark brown. Thin creamy looking white brown lace that clings to the side
Highly aromatic. Malty sweet with licorice overtones and gum overtones. Although it is aged in bourbon barrels, I'm picking up more of a dark rum aroma.
Taste is malty sweet, coffee like, with very low bitter hops presence. Aftertaste is woody. I have to say that by itself I was not really diggin this taste. However, 1/4 of the way thought the drink, I paired it with chocolate and found that the two complemented each other beautifully. The chocolate sweetness made the beer's finish appear more bitter, which eliminated some of the medicine like aftertastes I was detecting when drinking alone.
Feel is full bodied, slightly creamy, but with low carbonation. I would certainly not drink this on a hot summer day; however, I can see how this would go down quite nicely after coming home to a warm home or bar after braving the elements of a cold windy, rainy and/or snow winter/late fall day/night.
Overall, I still find myself getting acclimated to the scotch ale styles since they are so unlike what I have conventionally accepted as beer. I have been a long time fan of good scotch. Later in life, as I have acquired a greater knowledge of craft beer and extreme beer styles, I have gained a greater appreciation for non traditional brews. As I'm nearing the end of this drink, I can tell that the potency of this brew is almost comparable to the feeling you get from drinking scotch. However, the malty sweetness in the aroma and the licorice feel (a taste I have never enjoyed) is slightly disconcerting. As I said, I love me some good scotch but more for the bitter and spicy elements it brings. This scotch ale does not provide that for me. However, I will acknowledge that as someone who is still learning about the diverse and dynamic nature of beer, this one could become an acquired taste in the future.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of spacecake9
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

This is a very enjoyable beer. Those of you who shy away from bourbon barrel aged beers should try this one. Yes it is there and you can taste it but it does not dominate. Another great beer from Founders. Very good!

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4.9/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.8/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.6/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of ClePaul
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look 9/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 38/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 90/100

Great big full bodied Barrel Aged Scotch Ale, huge Bourbon and Vanilla notes. Very well balanced, warms nicely and has just great flavor. Smooth all the way through, although at 10.2 some booze shines through and leaves a burn. Overall a great BA Brew that I will always seek out~

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4.16/5  rDev -4.4%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 8,146 ratings
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