Backwoods Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

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4.35/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#354
Reviews:
1,936
Ratings:
8,470
pDev:
10.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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1,041
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3,437
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Ratings: 8,470 |  Reviews: 1,936
Photo of beersampler6
3.59/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark rich color with mild head, smells of bourbon, maple and malt. Nice deep taste, just like it smells with additional notes of mild floral hops and fruitiness. Smooth mouthfeel, not too heavy, light carbonation, alcohol taste not too strong throughout. Definitely a beer to sip slowly and savor.

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Photo of LarrysDeerGut
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of elohim
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jt_thomas18
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Paul_Apsley
4.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MeIquiades
4.61/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dawon
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of IronLover
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown in color with ruby hues and a hazy appearance. Poured with a tall, creamy, dark tan foam with very good retention. Sweet bourbon, earthy dark malt and toasty malt aromas with notes of vanilla, dark fruit and brown bread. Full bodied with medium light carbonation. Rich, creamy smooth feel up front followed by pleasant boozy warmth through the finish. Medium high, boozy bourbon flavors with sweet dark and toasted malt flavors. Medium light, earthy hop bitterness through the middle is difficult to distinguish from the prickly, boozy bite. Dark malt with dark caramel notes on the back end with hints of dark toasted crust. Finished with mellow, sweet, boozy bourbon notes, hints of vanilla and earthy dark malt. Although I am not a bourbon drinker, this was pretty tasty. Definitely a sipper. Malt character was able to show through just enough to balance the boozy scotch presence. Fabulous feel , with pleasant warmth.

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Photo of chill-i-am
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shrimply_pibbles
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of degueulasse
4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer may look like a beautiful, Grade A maple syrup, but it smells like malty caramel, and the bourbon tastes are matched with a sugary (but not too sugary) body of amber, toffee, orange rind, and Fuji apple. That this beer is both perfectly carbonated and delectably smooth is simply further evidence that Founders has the knack.

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Photo of Twitgeek
3.92/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mcthfg
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Coronaeus
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ejmontoy1
3.77/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Djoneil
3.86/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught 12oz snifter at the BrassTap in Mount Vernon, Baltimore. Founders knows bourbon. Interestingly, given the (slightly) lower ABV, the bourbon is more pronounced here than in yesterday's 2018KBS - which in my VERY subjective opinion works against this beer.

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Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jbalintjr
4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jduprey007
3.84/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ssgunbond
4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RayCannata
4.02/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of j0hnc2468
4.07/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DodgerLove
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Beautiful deep ruby red, can barely see a finger through the glass. The head is a nice half finger, colored a hazelnut brown. The lacing is absolutely superb, very thick.

Smell - First note for me is strong oaked bourbon, but there are subtle hints of vanilla here as well. A bit of sweet fruit comes through as well, most likely raisins.

Taste - The immediate flavor is strong bourbon, has that nice spiced bite at the back of the throat as well. Subtle hints of cherry and vanilla.

Feel - Full bodied and chewy. Not overly thick and actually has a little bit of carbonation which works great here.

Overall - This is a fantastic scotch ale, great oaked bourbon flavor with a nice spicy kick complimented with sweet raisins and molasses. Definitely a slow sipper, hints of vanilla and spice really play up as the beer warms.

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Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 8,470 ratings