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

Pours a dark brown with red tints that has a very nice head and lingering lacing. Nose is of bourbon against a molasses, dark malt and chocolate background. Carbonation is average and the mouthfeel is a light medium. I was expecting a full medium body, but the lightness helps bring the bourbon flavor forward. The 10.2% alcohol is well hidden in this very well balanced beer. Bourbon against the molasses and dark malt backbone is the taste profile. Finishes with bourbon and malt sweetness with a touch of oak and a nice alcohol burn that lingers along with the oak. Another outstanding Founder’s offering that takes Old Ale brewing to a new level.

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

Bottle and on tap.

A- A very burnt caramel color with hardly any head when poured appropriately into a snifter.

S- Very deeps hints of vanilla, alcohol, oak, caramel, and tobacco.

T- Very creamy mouthfeel fresh and when aged. Has nice velvety mixes of caramel and brown sugar. Dark currant and figs mix with an almost absent hop presence. A noticeably hidden booze taste comes at the epilogue. Let it warm up and the flavors blend even more.

M- Very light on carbonation and an easy mouthfeel. Only complaint is it feels a bit "thin." Very easy to take back two or three in a round.

O- Overshadowed by other barrel aged beers from Founders. I find BWB easily available and this year...incredibly inexpensive at $12 a four pack.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a flat glistening cola perception.

Mellifluous aromas of brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, graham crackers, glazed donuts and I almost forgot, bourbon.

Bourbon forefront with peat malt. Sweet caramel, vanilla wafers and alcohol.

Velvety, warming and inviting.

Malt heads dream. Bourbon is spot on and drinkable now- no need to tame this one down. Very difficult to get around here but yet thru tenuous searching, was able to score a few 4 pks. Definitely worth the hunt down and reminds me every year that Thanksgiving is around the corner. Very similar to my liking of Central Waters barrel aging. Fantastic BA scotch ale!

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Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 8,421 ratings