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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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. (355 ml) bottle purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits, Somerville, MA
Bottled on 9/28/12
Served in a snifter

With an aggressive pour, a billowing, three-finger tall, super tight and creamy, khaki colored crown topped the turbid, chestnut-mahogany liquid. The head settled into a thick dollup of bubbly foam. Thick, patchy streaks of lacing trickled down the glass.

The aroma was amazing. Super rich and robust. Very malt forward with loads of caramel and toasted malts. Bourbon notes came through strong. Lots of fragrant vanilla. Heavy dose of toffee and brown sugar sweetness. Super raisiny and figgy. Slightly spicy.

Boozy, bourbon notes hit hard right off the bat in the flavor profile. Like the nose, the beer was very malt dominant. Copious amounts of sweet caramel malts were apparent. Tons of fresh vanilla bean. Dark fruit notes (raisins, plums and figs) came through strong in the center. Somewhat spicy. The finish was very hot, almost to the point of being stinging. As the beer warmed and the flavors became more pronounced, the booziness seemed to be less of an issue.

On the palate, the beer was somewhat thinner than expected. Moderately creamy. Soft and supple with a fine, mellow effervescence.

If you can get past the overwhelming booziness of this beer, you will likely be blown away by the amazingly rich, robust and complex flavor profile. I cellared my bottle for a year and thought that it was far smoother than how I remembered the glass that I had on-tap. All in all, Backwoods Bastard is a fantastic example of what barrel aging can do to a fairly ordinary base beer.

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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
4.26 out of 5 based on 8,099 ratings.
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