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 Fcolle2
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark dark brown nearly solid with a thin half finger head that has decent retention. There are some faint deep red undertones.

Smell is awesome. There is some rich malt notes forward that are dominated by toffee aromas and slight caramel malt. Some faint dark fruit aromas are followed by the oak and bourbon that smell nicely balanced.

Taste follows nose with rich toffee and caramel flavors before a great dark fruit flavor that consists mainly of plum with some slight cherry flavors following. Some vanilla flavors and oak finish it along with a slight bite from the bourbon.

Mouthfeel is great. Medium body and moderate carbonation leave this highly drinkable and dangerous. Good stickiness from the malt.

Overall this is an awesome beer. Defiantly going to put some of these away.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of timc100
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

right fresh

Absolutely beautiful looking beer. Deep, dark ruby and dark brown mix - huge creamy amber tinted beige head, fantastic lacing and retention for a barrel aged beer - big bubbles, alcohol legs laced across the glass.

It is not a overly aromatic beer, more suble. Tons of oak, bourbon soaked oak, oaky vanilla and very slight coconut, bourbon-soaked oak caramel as well as earthy tobacco. When it reaches room temp notes of cocoa powder, toasted brown sugar, toffee, and very slight dark fruits, shine through

Incredibly balanced and well blended. A lot like the nose in that it's oak dominate. Slight bourbon heat - tastes bigger than the aroma suggested. Rich caramel, oaky vanilla, some cocoa powder, sticky alcohol sugar. Incredibly smooth mouthfeel - medium/full body that complements the beer greatly. Very low carbonation, fittingly.

This is a fantastic beer - one I look forward to every year.

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Photo of Qbdoo
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark but not quite black with a very gentle tan head. Scent is vanilla, toffee, and a bit of the bourbon. Taste is pretty similar with a touch of sweet dark fruit. I had this two years ago and was overwhelmed by the sweetness. I feel like this version is toned down, which makes it more drinkable but a bit less complex. Still a great sippin' beer on a cold November night.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of utopiajane
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich brown. Mahogany with hues and highlights of ruby. Hazy cola color. Nose is rich and sweet. Leaves a thin ring and alcohol legs behind. Bourbon and oak. Earthy grain and dark fruit. This beer has every malt sweetness on the nose. Caramel, toffee, sugar. Fragrant vanilla and dark fruits. The taste is charming. Smooth and creamy body that boasts a sweet richness. The fruits are dried dates, raisins and figs. The vanilla adds smoothness and the bourbon enhances the lush sweetness. It finishes dry and pleasantly boozy. Has an earthy peat character underneath that offsets all the sweetness so it is not cloying.

Wonderful! Drinks big with an intense malt character that is deep and full.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of TheCuriograph
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It’s a foggy mahogany ale with a slight tan head. Nutty, with vanilla and butterscotch. For a bourbon barrel-aged ale, there’s not much fruit or smoke in the nose. It tastes lovely and decadent, though: hazelnut, cinnamon-raisin bread, molasses, with finer hints of banana and plum. This is a heavy, hot ale, on par with a stout, and you definitely feel every point of the 10.2% ABV.

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Photo of MWilt
5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Ri0
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

poured 12oz bottle into chalice. Bottled 10/2/13.

A - Dark oak brown with an amber hue in the light and a thin sandy head. Almost no retention and some splotches of lacing.

S - Huge aromas of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and roasted malt all blended with a fantastic Wee Heavy base. It smells like the best beer I have ever smelled.

T - Such a great base Wee Heavy to age in barrels of bourbon. Big on the vanilla, bourbon, and caramel. Roasted malts and just a light amount of sweet smoke and Oak. Some alcohol at the end. Just incredible.

M - Smooth and rich with a medium body. Decent carbonation for the style.

O - The best BB Wee Heavy IMHO. I have had both Wulver and CW BBSA and they come up short to this heavy weight.

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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