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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 10/5/2012, poured into a Bell's snifter and quaffed today, 5/4/2013.

Aroma: I love this. So much going on here- thick toffee, sweet candy, molasses, bourbon, vanilla and oak. I usually compare my BBL scotch ales to the CCB BA Big Sound- the one that got me started on bourbon barrel beers. And this is just as good! Full thick nose that definitely gets my taste buds roaring. (5)

Colour: Pours an opaque dark cola brown, though a bit more reddish than stouts- as you'd expect from a scotch ale. Comes with a <1cm tan head that disappears into a thin collar. There isn't a ton of lacing left. Fairly appetizing, but nothing too special in terms of how it looks. (3.5)

Flavour: Niiice. Lots of sweet molasses, vanilla and oak up front. There's a big toffee presence throughout the entire sip that keeps it sweet and mellow... and follows through at the end with some vanilla and oak complementing it- the molassy sweetness has died off then, but that's replaced by some nice smoky bourbon! Thoroughly enjoyable sweetness that definitely brings the bourbon smoke and flavour. I'd like a little more bourbon, but I'm really just nitpicking here. (4.5)

Mouthfeel: This is also awesome. Thicker medium bodied beer with solid carbonation that delivers a smooth finish that is both drying and refreshing. The body itself is rather resinous and syrupy, coating my palate in the malt sweetness and singing it with the bourbon at the same time. It's simply drinking excellently at 6 months. I'd like a little more carbonationi but then again it is 6 months old and I'm nitpicking. (4.5)

Overall: Excellent. This beer has taken the last 6 months well. Smooth, sweet and brings bourbon heat still. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and will be picking up a lot of the 2013 vintage and aging some more of it. It's almost up there with Cigar City's BA Big Sound- it's not as complex but its certainly mellow despite packing a good bourbon bite. (4)

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Thanks to Rutager for a long time want.

Deep ruby red wityh a bit of brown, ring of eggshell head with little lace. Smell is a nice mix of bourbon, oak and caramel, vanilla with over ripe fruit and toffee, really well intergrated nose. Taste is malty with lots of oak and vanilla flavours, bourbon, caramel and toffee, mildly sweet, oaky finish, bourbon and fruit aftertaste. Lightly carbonated, medium full body. Great stuff here, really drinkable despie high ABV, something I will be searching out again.

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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 8,232 ratings
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