Backwoods Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

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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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4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Have had this quite a few times, but haven't reviewed it. 2016 vintage poured from fridge temp to snifter. Pours a nice dark brown with good carbonation. Smell is sweet caramel - Werther's style! Definitely getting some barrel and some dark fruit. Taste is lovely. So smooth. Tons of caramel and a tiny bit of bitterness on the back end. I get a lot of nutty notes, and the bourbon is definitely there. Alcohol is well hidden. This is my favorite beer from Founders. Mouthfeel is probably the lowest point of the beer - it's a bit thin for me. However, it's still lovely.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok, 5/5 isn't easily earned but for me , this beer couldn't taste better than it does, perfection!

Pours darker than I expected, dark brown allowing minimal light to shine through. Not much of a head or lacing, but that's not important to me. Corbonatotion levels can make or break a beer and this one doesn't need any more or less.

Smells of Bourbon with a slight sweetness cutting through.

The taste...oh the taste! First impression leads you to believe this I going to be a boozy monster of a beer, BIG bourbon takes front and center only to lead to a sweeter butterscotch flavor that counteracts the alcohol taste perfectly!

Medium bodied and sticky on the tounge , the taste that lingers on the palate is remarkable!

Overall, this is one of the best beers I've had, lives up to the hype and then some! Dangerously drinkable for 10.2%.
Founders has given me another reason to consider them one of the best breweries out there!

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Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 8,393 ratings