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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4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally had the 2012 version at a bar from a bottle. It was good but I didn't see what all the fuss was about. I'm also not a fan of Dirty Bastard.

The hype returned so I tried a single of the 2013 version

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color and it looks like there will be no head but the carbonation slowly creeps up (similar to a nitro beer) and forms a dark brown head. Looks real nice.

Smell: Really awesome nose. Vanilla, toffee, butterscotch, dak fruits, bourbon. Very sweet.

Taste - Taste mirrors the nose with more bourbon. Really great vanilla aftertaste. Just a tiny bit of booze/bourbon burn on the aftertaste but it's barely there.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel.

Overall: Way better than I remember. Love this beer. The thing I love about this beer is that the bourbon is blended well and isn't boozy or overpowering the other flavors. They just mix together perfectly. Amazing beer and my favorite scotch ale now. Had to go back and get a 4 pack.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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1/5  rDev -77%

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4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- dark cola in color, thin head little to no retention, wine like lacing.

S- Dark fruits, vanilla, toasted marshmallows, cocoa, touch of smoke.

T- Thick rich dried fruits, figgy, toasted coconut, vanilla, smoky bourbon, hops are there but hard to discern amongst the strong flavors but bitters and brings it all together. Finishes surprisingly dry and a boozy but not overwhelmingly so.

M- velvety smooth light carbonation, fills the mouth with a warming fullness from the abv.

O- An absolute surprise, possibly one of the best bourbon barrel aged beer I've had. A bit rough at times but I can see this beer approaching perfection with some age

10/28/16 - this years release has a lot of toasted coconut in the nose and flavor, great bb aged brew.

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4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a mahogany amber color but is quite dark once accumulated in my Charleston Beer Exchange tulip/snifter with a nice finger of darker caramel head with solid retention and very strong lacing.

S - Lots of sweet rich malts, tons of boozy sweet vanilla aromas, maybe a hint of raisin type aromas. Possibly some light licorice

T - Initially quite boozy followed immediatly by a fantastic sugary sweet flavor. Initial taste is heavy booze and vanilla, sweetness consists of molasses, caramel, dark sugar, vanilla and im getting nice subtle hints of coconut type flavors. Aftertaste is a mix of faded booze and sweet deliciousness. I'm kind of getting an almost marshmellowey flavor as well. Borderline 4.5

M - Fullish bodied, definitely a sipper, good carbonation, extremely enjoyable to drink at a moderate or slow pace. I'm going through this one rather fast - really loving this.

O - Fantastic flavor, still quite boozy but much better balanced from fresh 2012 BWB. The sweetness is absolutely fantastic and holds up to the booze reasonably well.

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

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Deep dark brown
Nose of bourbon, molasses, sweet malt, and toasted marshmallow
Taste is very similar to nose. Bourbon dominates with the brown sugar molasses following closely behind. Sweet with a hot finish.
Loved mouthfeel. Creamy and mouth-coating.
Just too much bourbon for me. I prefer a lighter bourbon touch to my beer. As the prolonged aging in the barrel adds to the vanilla sweetness so prevalent in oak. Plus, Dirty Bastard is already malty and sticky sweet

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Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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