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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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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Joint review of Backwoods Bastard and Wulver (only using whole numbers as usual):

A: Poured both aggressively into identical Stone IRS snifters. Backwoods had about a half finger of head, Wulver with about 2 fingers. Both poured a deep ruby red / bronze, with Wulver just a tad darker. Score Backwoods a 4 and Wulver a 5.

N: Backwoods screams bourbon, which is a very good thing. A slight bitterness lies beneath the bourbon and scotch aromas. Wulver was slightly more subdued on the nose with the bourbon less pronounced and no bitterness whatsoever. Score Backwoods a 5 and Wulver a 4.

T: Backwoods is a delight, as usual. Definitely a bit boozy at 10.2% ABV, and I definitely get that hint of bitterness. Should improve as it warms. Bourbon takes a bit of a backseat to the booze and bitterness, as well as the classic scotch ale flavors of caramel and toffee. Now for Wulver after a quick palate cleanser. Wow, these taste very different, considering they're the same style. I don't get nearly the booziness on Wulver despite its 12% ABV. The bourbon and caramel/toffee flavors are blended much better, although I'm not certain that's a good thing, as it's robbed of some complexity. Still extremely tasty. Score both a 5.

M: Backwoods is a bit thin, although I get some coating around the teeth and mouth. This is really where Wulver shines; it's a full-bodied, frothy mouthful of heaven. Score Backwoods a 4 and Wulver a 5.

O: Both incredible, but different beers, and standard-bearers of the BA Scotch Ale style. I've yet to try BA Big Sound, but I'll pull it out of the cellar next year. Very well played by Founders and Thirsty Dog. 5 for each.

Happy Holidays, BA!

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Founders tulip.
10.2% ABV, 50 IBUs, and Bottled on 10/24/13.

A - It's difficult to see any clarity through this dark beer but it's ruby-hued mahogany color looks beautiful when held up to light. Little head forms over the surface of the beer but the tan skim and ring of foam stick around and dot the glass in specks of lace.

S - Building in intensity as it warms, Backwoods Bastard transitions from bold vanilla and warm bourbon oak nuances to a depth of malt complexity characterized by molasses, dark chocolate covered raisins, and a colossal bready, caramel and toffee sweetness.

T - The aroma suggests Backwoods Bastard to be barrel-forward but it's flavor profile relies heavily on the rich maltiness within, which mimics the aroma quite wonderfully. Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies and gooey caramel covered raisins make for a desert-like flavor that's paired with toffee slivers and finished with oaky bourbon balls; divine.

M - Smooth, delectable, and warming, Backwoods Bastard is anything but rough around the edges as it crosses the palate with simplistic ease, only to finish with a touch of carbonation and alcohol warmth.

O - Backwoods Bastard may have a rough, grizzly exterior, but it's a gooey, soft-on-the-inside sipping dessert beer that's seeping with malty sweetness reminiscent of Milano cookies and home-made bourbon balls. It's moderate barrel-aging makes it great fresh but also allows it to age gracefully for a beer that develops for years to come.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter

A-Pours a very dark brown like a traditional english porter, hard to see through because of the color but the actual clarity of the beer is very high. A gentle pour left the sediment at the bottom of the bottle. a large bubbled foamy head sat on top for a minute or so but quickly deflated leave some trailing sudsy swirls hanging out on top. good looking beer. This bottle could have as much as 6 months of age on it, that combined with a higher abv could be the reason for the lack of head retention. nothing to complain about.

S-No holding back here, sweet toffee and caramel erupt from the glass followed by hints of chocolate and lightly baked bread. Mostly a barrage of desert like aromas, no hops to speak of. Certainly has me interested in tasting it.ill come back if it opens with warming.* Nose didn't change too much after warming.

T-This has a lot going on. First is the initial toffee caramel sweetness which dominates the palate in the beginning, after hits strong vanilla presence hinting at oak which then melds into a brown sugar syrupy flavor that is reminiscent to molasses. On the finnish a warm boozy bourbon like alcohol slightly stings the tongue upon swallowing. All that in the first sip?!? if this beer doesn't define complexity I don't know what you have been drinking. As it warms the initial sweetness and the oak character melt together and the alcohol opens up a bit more.

M- luscious and smooth, this beer coats the mouth without being "oily". As it washes over your mouth you feel extremely tiny bubbles exciting your taste buds. Full and satiating , reminiscent of a meal in a glass without being fizzy or "bloating". A true luxury to sip on.

O-This beer hits the nail on the head across the board. Big but not overpowering. Its complex without being overdone. Sticks to the guns of a good classic scotch ale/weeheavy but brining a good modern twist with the oak barrel aging. Lets see this bad boy aged in an Islay scotch barrel with a heaping dose of smoke and salt water. sounds like heaven on earth to me.

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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 8,230 ratings
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