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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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 200th beer review on Beer Advocate and its one of my favorites anywhere in the world. Granted ive reviewed 500 plus beers I only have so much time to record them all on here, so its very much a work in progress, but this is one that deserves to be written about.

12 oz brown stubby Founders style bottle with may be my favorite from Founders. Label is of a dude looking like he's straight out of the backwoods in my home state of Kentucky. He is the backwoods bastard and the artwork is simply bad ass. The colors are just meant to be paired together. I've poured this in many styles of glassware over the last few years, but my favorite for this is a nonic pint glass or a stemmed tulip style glass.

A - dark mirky brown with highlights of burnt brown and ruby red. Head is of a small size but leaves a nice ring of splotchy lace with some decent stick. This brew is gorgeous regardless of the head with its cloud covered body and the small sediment floating about.

S - sweet caramel with a load of bourbon goodness up front. Rich vanillas and oak barrels. Darkest of fruits with some cinnamon like spice, and a touch of smoke. Barrel aged aromas at its finest. Even hints of milk chocolate from the bourbon oak in the finish. Nice whiffs of faint Booze as backwoods warms.

T - lovely rich caramel notes to start with the more desired bourbon notes of vanilla, chewy caramel, and a charred Oakiness. A nice solid hit of dark fruit blends lovely with the bourbon sweets. Spice provides lovely but soft cinnamon stick notes. A touch of chocolate just before a bourbon barrel inspired finish with an awesome booziness that only grows in depth as it warms.

M - full bodied and creamy mouthfeel. Thick as usual from Founders and packed with loads of mouth coating flavor. The thickness and texture is an example of perfection. Some booze but the bourbon barrel characters are to die for. A highly enjoyable beer.

O - I love Backwoods Bastard and its one of my highlights, beer wise, every late Fall. It's a simply stunning Bourbon Barrel giant and a true 'as good as it gets' type creation. The definition of perfection with a nice, big wee heavy and bourbon barrel brilliance!

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a glass

Clear Dark ruby brown with carbonation leading to a thin taupe layer of foam. Nice lacings.

This beer smells great. Bourbon over sweet malts.

Bourbon notes on the first sip. Alcohol present. Sweet & smooth . Big mouthfeel.

A winter warmer for those cold, cold days.

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3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid appearance, dark brown-orange hue

The smell is the best part of this beer. Light bourbon overtones

Taste - Somewhat underwhelming to me, it's a very nice beer and the bourbon is present, but the scotch ale flavor is somewhat lost

Mouthfeel - Solid

Overall - A very good BB aged scotch ale, but I've had better (St. Arnold Bishops's Barrel 5 trumps this one big time.)

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3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First ever Scotch Ale /Wee Heavy brew

A: A burnt caramel color with a very fine quickly dissolving cream colored head. Has small little remnants floating around .

S: Starts off when cold to smell very malty with a strong smell of alcohol, as it warms though the smell of vanilla, caramel, and bourbon start to emanate and get stronger the warmer the beer gets.

T: Just as it initially smelled very malty the initial taste of it is very malty. As you drink more and more you get the vanilla, bourbon, maybe a small hint, as it warms up, of toffee/caramel. The aftertaste thankfully and unlike many heavy beers such as this is very very pleasant you get a nice malty and strong vanilla flavor.

M: For the style and ABV this beer is remarkably smooth and very enjoyable, it doesn't leave a lingering taste on your tongue.

O: It is a very warming beer and certainly a great sipper, much like scotch is. This is a very pleasant and well crafted beer. Do not let the styles name deter you from drinking this beer, even if you don't like scotch you will certainly enjoy this beer.

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4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Growler. Deep mahogany color. Half inch head of tan bubbles. Lace dissipates quickly.

Smells of molasses and vanilla. Undertones of whiskey, oak, and roasted malts.

Highly complex flavors ranging from caramelized sugars, molasses, caramel, and vanilla. Dried dark fruits such as raisins and figs. Toasted oak and whiskey on the back end with some warming alcohol on the finish. Very intense.

Not highly carbonated. Velvety smooth.

Overall an amazing brew. So many interesting characteristics in the smell, taste, and mouthfeel. Happy to have been able to grab a growler fill of this.

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