Founders Backwoods Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

Founders Backwoods BastardFounders Backwoods Bastard
8,146 Ratings
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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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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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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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours brown, with a ruby tint. Not a lot of head, but scotch ale isn't a very highly carbonated style. Some lacing. Excellent clarity.
Huge bourbon aroma. Vanilla, caramel, toffee, spice, coconut? Lots of complexity. Very inviting.
Some bourbon on the palate too, but very balanced. Sweet caramel malts, biscuits, vanilla, dark fruits. Yum. Medium body and low carbonation. A flawless beer.

A wonderful barrel aged beer at a reasonable price point. Greatest thing ever? One of them.

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 10.12.12 (I think... hard to read, smudged a bit.) Contentedly consumed on 11.15.13.

Poured from bottle into DFH signature glass.

Pours a lovely translucent coppery color with a thin eggshell head. Very bourbon forward smell, hits you hard. As one that generally doesn't like bourbon it was a bit off-putting, but not enough to want to put it down. The taste.. Amazing? Bourbon is definitely there, but not even half as strong as it is in the nose. Bit of a twang, but in a good way. Hints of a bitter vanilla/burnt caramel. Silky mouthfeel, warms nicely as it fills and goes down. Overall a great balance and really quite lovely. ..and this is coming from one that thought they didn't even like Scotch Ales. Very nice.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter. Pours a cloudy ruby color with only a ring of tan bubbles that leave mild lacing. Vanilla and caramel with a bit of alcohol on the nose, very typical notes for a bourbon barrel aged beer. The nose is very bold and pleasing though. Taste is very sweet with a minimal amount of heat finishing it up. Very think and creamy mouthfeel on this one, and the vanilla flavor finishes this one up nicely.

Overall: I have had this one in the past, and not only did this beer get me into barrel aged beers, but it also got me into bourbon. The barrel aging makes a huge impression on this one, and it's not for those that steer clear of that type of thing. For those that like that though, this is one of the best BA beers out there.

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 8,146 ratings
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