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

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

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3.83/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours out a burnt caramel with a thin ring of bubbles for a head. Barrel is overwhelming in the nose: oak, vanilla, char. Flavor is a good marriage of the base beer and the barrel aging. The bourbon notes tone down the overbearing esters of Dirty Bastard. Toasty caramel malts work very well with the oaky vanilla tones. Finishes sweet. Aftertaste has a lingering dried fruit bourbon thing going on. Mouthfeel is chewy, thick, and smooth. I'm usually not a big fan of bourbon barrel aging, but this is a solid example of when it goes right. I don't even care much for the base beer, so I'm surprised at how the barrel improved the original product, whereas normally I see it as detracting from the base product.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a tulip to a deep brown with a small light tan head that is quick to fade to a collar around the edge of the glass
S: smells of caramel, toffee, vanilla and bourbon
T: taste is caramel, vanilla and bourbon flavors with a decent sweetness that isn't cloying with the faintest hint of bitterness. swallow is caramel and more bourbon with a bit of wood.
M: mouthfeel on this beer is on the heavier side of medium with soft and slightly prickly carbonation and the finish is neutral
O: This beer is pretty smooth. it has some age on it so the flavors blend very well together and it isn't the least bit harsh and the alcohol is hidden very well.

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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 8,226 ratings
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