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Founders Backwoods Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

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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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Photo of PaulyB83
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Deep garnet/brown that you can just barely see any light through. Aggressive pour yields a medium light khaki head that quickly dissipates to a thin film. Surprised how fizzy the head was at the pouring.

S- Lots of vanilla and oak. Malty sweetness and some of the alcohol coming through. Caramel and toffee.

T- Similar to aroma, big vanilla and oak. Tastes like a soft bourbon caramel, do those exist?

M- Wonderfully coats the mouth without being too heavy.

O- A great beer and one of the most cost effective bourbon barrel aged beers I've encountered. Scotch ales are my favorite style and Dirty Bastard is one of the best examples of the style. This just amplifies all that beer's greatness by adding the oak and vanilla from the barrel.

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Photo of Jonathan2291
4/5  rDev -8%

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4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Thedrizzle
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of mjstacker
4/5  rDev -8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of serotoninronin
3.91/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a regular ole pint glass.

A: Jurassic Park mosquito amber. Color holds to the edge really nicely on the tilt, with shades of red and yellow. Very think head, which thins even more once it settles but never quite fades entirely. Minimal, spiraling lacing. Solar flares.

S: Bourbon is pretty sharp right up front in the head. But it invites you into deep, heavy cream and vanilla undercurrent, with spice dissolved in. Almost like horchata. Ground mace and ginger. This is probably my favorite part of the beer. Really pleasant.

T: Even more obvious bourbon, which I wouldn't have minded being wrangled a bit more. Other than that, strikingly balanced, with very few signs of the ABV. Lots of oak and sweet butter. Roasted peanuts and mild coconut water. A touch of plum jam. Warming, clearly.

M: Beautifully smooth, with all the cream in the aroma and flavor translating into the texture. Lots of body, but focused. med-low carbonation, which I love since it really is a necessary counterpoint to the ABV and bourbon flavors to avoid a flat syrupiness, which an unfortunate number of these BA beers don't understand. That sweet spot between sip-only and drinkable. The alcohol refuses to show up, now matter how inappropriately-long I let it sit in my mouth.

O: I love scotch ales. A lot. As has already been said, the style really does lend itself to this type of aging. Strong, but not an all-timer by any means.

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Photo of Nunya
3.25/5  rDev -25.3%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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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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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of AdamP
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of RochefortChris
3.82/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Ysgard
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of blue-dream
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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

2013 bottle, can't read the date, but I assume it's quite fresh on the shelf.

The season is winter, I've had a craving for anything aged in a barrel. Picked up a 12oz single at my local shop for something to drink for the night. I've heard about this brew, and I finally got to see it sold in singles, so I grabbed it with no hesitation.

Poured cold into a KBS snifter. A wonderful dark amber color, and it hits you with bourbon notes right away. I was afraid it was going to be too boozy, at 10.2%. I let it sit for a few minutes before taking the first sip, and WOW. Full of flavor. Bourbon, vanilla, oak, but... a bite of alcohol that quickly dissipates along the palate! VERY well done. Probably the most appealing feature to me. All the taste, none of the burn. I'm halfway through the snifter and I can feel the warmth slowly embracing me. I can't seem to stop taking sips even though I should slow it down a bit. This beer is wonderful. Pick one up when you can.


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Photo of jeff1973
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Hair of the Dog tulip. Bottled 9/28/12, so a 1 yr old at this point. Acquired in trade. Thanks beerbyrd.

A - Dark brown in color, slightly hazy. Light tan head that doesn't have much retention.

S - Lots of vanilla, caramel, coconut. Classic bourbon flavors. No alcohol burn. Everything blends nicely.

T - Again all the vanilla, caramel, and coconut from the bourbon. But then there is a creamy taste like condensed milk. Like a tasty milkshake. Again, no alcohol burn.

M - Medium thick. Carbonation is medium low. Gives a nice creamy mouthfeel.

O - Great beer. The Wee Heavy style really lends itself to bourbon aging. With the creamy mouthfeel and taste, it comes together perfectly.

Update: drank a bottle bottled on 9/23/11, so more than 2yrs old. Bit more watery. Still create flavors, but the mouthfeel is falling off.

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Photo of SafeAtFirst
4.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

10/13/11 bottle

Deep ruby color (back lit by my tablet) slow pour no head.

Nice mix of caramel malt and oak/bourbon. Some dark fruits. Real nice smells.

Flavor follows aroma. Caramel but not really sweet. Dark, dry fruits. Whisky. Touch of pepper.

Some heft coupled with some tannin. Finish is some what dry, chalky. Warming alcohol on the trip down.

Pretty good over all. Wish I had more.

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4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.77/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of dailyminefield
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JohnG190
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy ruby brown with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Nice lacing. Big bourbon notes on the nose with hints of oak and vanilla. Bourbon hits the palate right up front with a nice, sweet oaky finish. Light bodied with faint carbonation. Overall, a bourbon lovers delight. Well balanced and well crafted.

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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 8,288 ratings
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