Founders Backwoods Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

8,108 Ratings
no score
Send samples
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

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 8,108 |  Reviews: 1,840
Photo of apasternak
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of reebtaerG
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft in a snifter at churchkey on 5/10/14

A-Very dark brown pour, with a large beige head. Great lacing!

S-Loads of oak, caramel malts with some roast. Notes of vanilla, cherries, plums, and bourbon

T-The bourbon really hits you immediately but this gives way to caramel, toffee, dates and raisins all featuring. There’s more than a touch of cherry sour, roasty bitterness and warming alcohol in there, but the sweetness dominates.

M-Mouthfeel is quite creamy and the carbonation relatively lively.

O-A very nice, quite complex scotch ale a great sipper.

 571 characters

Photo of brandon911
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Sean32
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of henryclay_
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of EdVandenberg
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of hobobumguy
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of foobula
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle date 10/5/12. Good amount of sediment in the pour. Appearance is dark reddish brown. Cold outta the fridge, nose is sweet & bourbony with some pungent notes. Sweetness is muted, mainly noticeable up front. On the sides, get some puckering bitterness. Toward the back, booze is noticeable, with a lingering sweetness in the finish. Half an hour later, and 25 degrees warmer, it's like a different beer. The sweetness dominates, with bitterness still there but taking a back seat. I know that most beers change character as they warm but this one takes it to an extreme. Barely enjoyable cold, it becomes a real treat as it approaches room temp.

 650 characters

Photo of bellb
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Mightykingmalard
3.66/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: very little head. Deep brown. Almost opaque. 3.75

S: super oaky. Sweet bourbon. 4.

T: a little closed when cold. I'm going to wait a few minutes...
Later: very booze forward. A nice brown ale taste underneath. Earthy. Malty. 3.5

M: has a nice carbonation and bite to match the bourbon bite. 3.75

O: pretty good. I'm not a huge brown ale fan so my review is a bit skewed. It's very good for an aged brown. But my lower mark is due to my preference. The reason i dont love it is that the base flavor isn't really noteworthy. Pretty good, but not great. 3.5

 561 characters

Photo of MSCUSN
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Hopyard57
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of davidwhatshisnam
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of McNazz
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of treznor
3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of mad3air
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Fitze
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of jakea
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Iamstryker
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of TahoeTweezed
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of MikeWard
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of ljc973
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of whitenads
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of patrick802
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of adjunctlager
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
4.26 out of 5 based on 8,108 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More