Backwoods Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

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Backwoods BastardBackwoods 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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Photo of Tiernan
5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a ruby red, slight purple, or dark brown depending on how the light hits it, an off white creamy head that's about half a finger that dies dow quickly. Slight to almost no carbonation and the smell is of caramel, oak, toasted almonds, vanilla and warm bread(where are those 50 IBUs?). Taste is caramel and oak up front followed light berries and a vanilla sugar finish and finally that delayed hop coating. The mouthful is huge, slightly lighter than a stout, on par with a barley wine. The alcohol to me is very minimal in this one especially for the 10% ABV, the only time present to me was in delayed drinks when I could feel my tongue soaking it in. Well balanced, great example of the style.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Brilliant mahogany, 1/2 finger full almond head, spotty lacing.

Aroma - Sweet bourbon, banana bread, vanilla.

Taste - Follows the nose, with a drying woody factor replacing the banana bread. It's nutty, malty, and hides the alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, low to medium carbonation.

Overall - Fairly complex, delicious, rich, malty, sweet with flavors mixing well.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/12/13

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip.

a: Clear dark ruby, half finger thick beige head disspiated to thick surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Bourbon

t: Bourbon with hop bite over heavy malt base. Very tasty, bourbon flavor lingers in the mouth. Alcohol is felt on swallow but not with much burn. As it warms caramel malt comes more to the forefront, but this is still more about the bourbon barrel aging.

m: Medium to heavy, very smooth.

o: A superb combination, although the bourbon flavor tops the malt sweetness, the heft of the malt supports that flavor and both mediate the 50 IBU hops.

UPDATE 12/28/13: Had another and was struck by how much this tastes like a heavier-bodied Innis & Gunn Scottish Porter, which I just had a few nights ago, and which is also aged in liquor barrels. I must admit, much as I love I&G, I liked this better because of the more substantial body and slightly better malt/whiskey flavor balance. I like a hefty mouthfeel, and Backwoods Bastard is hard to beat! Of course it also tops the ABV of Innis & Gunn by about 3%.

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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3/5  rDev -31%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a very light creamy head that has the color of cream. The beer itself is a clear and very dark brown with some red notes. The beer leaves a nice bit of lacing to it.

The beer smell has some very strong notes fighting for dominance. Strong alcohol and bourbon smell with vanilla. Vanilla and caramel pretty much dominate the nose.

The beer taste is deceptively simple despite the various notes in it. The beer taste is primarily dominated by the vanilla from the barrels and a bit of oak as well. However, the oak is faint compared to the vanilla and adds to the other notes. The beer also has a little bit of alcohol underneath the vanilla and dominates the aftertaste. The malt sweetness is pretty strong and mixes well with the vanilla. The two notes are pretty strong and a little bit hard to distinguish from one another. The bourbon taste is also there but it seems to become weaker over time.

The beer is heavy bodied but somewhat light despite the ingredients used. The beer is lightly carbonated and a somewhat thick texture with a a silky feel.

A very good and very indulgent beer. I definitely think it's worth the cost per four pack. However, I don't think it's worth aging because the bourbon notes tend to get lost over time.

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4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this one stashed in the fridge from last year. I poured it and it has a black color body with just a small head. The aroma is very strong bourbon. The taste has a strong bourbon presence with a nice maltyness to it. The mouthfeel is very smooth and the bourbon lingers on the tongue. Overall this is a damm good beer and i wish i had some to age.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 8,436 ratings