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Founders Backwoods Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

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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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Ratings: 8,295 |  Reviews: 1,878
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4.28/5  rDev -1.6%

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

I've been waiting a long time for this one to come out and made sure I found it before it sold out. Definitely prejudiced toward Scotch ales, and definitely a fan of bourbon barrel beers (stouts, barley-wines, porters...) but this is my first wee-heavy having spent time in bourbon barrels...

A: Light and fluffy two-finger head settles to a thin cap with minimal lacing. Color is a deep dark red with garnet highlights , a little hazy but mostly clear and very attractive.

S: Bourbon and vanilla and a sweet strong malty base. And tropical fruits and oak.

T: Just delightful. Vanilla, oak, coconut, pineapple, caramel, raisins and dark fruits, maybe even a bit of chocolate. Not especially screaming Scotch Ale, but a delicious pairing of barrel and beer.

F: So smooth and well-carbonated, substantial and viscous, but incredibly inviting. Very easily drank despite the ABV. There simply isn't enough of this made...

O: Worth my wait and interest. Should probably get more before it's gone...

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.84/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.16/5  rDev -4.4%

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4.2/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Luckygreenmick
5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.56/5  rDev +4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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

Photo of TimZebGir
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%

Years trapped in wood,
Crawling out covered in syrup,
Eyes flash to the bar,
Grin of missing teeth.

A: Caramel brown and brilliantly clear -- a thick creamy head that just refused to subside (3/3)
S: Like a shortbread cookie at first, then blending to clear bourbon and booze, with notes of raisin and toffee in the middle (9/12)
T: Remarkably rich and dessert-like (burnt toffee on a sweet whiskey-soaked sponge cake?), but that alcohol (with a bit of coffee maybe?) kicks you in the ass at the end(17/20)
M: Very creamy, surprisingly so given the superbly clear appearance (4/5)
O: Tread lightly, this old bastard shoots to kill. This is a great cure for a cold night or a good companion for a small, rich dessert. Otherwise, this guy is going to overpower anything it touches. (8/10)

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4.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Sokpuppet1
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Bourbon notes right off the pour. A sweet, caramel-chocolate taste that's not too strong and very pleasant. Really smooth. An easy drinker and one that packs in the alcohol without harshness. Great relaxation beer.

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4.4/5  rDev +1.1%

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

12oz poured into pint fresh 2014 bottling

A - poured thick and almost oily. Murky amber with no head even though I poured hard.
S - Bourbon. Sweet, syrupy malt behind, but bourbon all up in front
T - boozy vibrant bourbony note that sings over the top of a fantastic deep caramel malt backbone
M - Thick, rich

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4.52/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.8/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Zubius
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 8,295 ratings
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