Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Founders Backwoods Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Founders Backwoods BastardFounders Backwoods Bastard
BA SCORE
4.35/5
Outstanding
8,215 Ratings
Founders Backwoods BastardFounders Backwoods Bastard
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:
#335
Reviews:
1,860
Ratings:
8,215
pDev:
10.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,021
Gots:
3,321
Trade:
276
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 8,215 |  Reviews: 1,860
Photo of grub
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

biegaman was nice enough to share this one. thanks jan!

12oz bottle. sampled feb 17/08 while watching the NBA all-star game.

pours deep ruby red with a touch of haze. a whisp of dense tan head clings to the edges and leaves a few spots of lace.

aroma is great. bourbon and vanilla. light alcohol. dark fruit. caramel. big bready malt. touch of dark chocolate. bit of smoke.

taste is great. bourbon and oak. vanilla. big bready malt. biscuit. caramel. light alcohol. bit of smoke. light toffee. some dark fruit. low bitterness level. love the malt depth in this one.

mouthfeel is excellent. low carbonation level. medium-large body. silky smooth.

drinkability is great. alcohol is dangerously well hidden. i could drink this all night. perfect balance. great malt profile. excellent balance of the barrel character against the base beer too. this is good stuff!

 866 characters

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this one was an anomaly to me. I had heard about it several times before, and received it as an extra from a BIF that I cannot remember, but that I do know contained tons of Founders at the time. This is a 2007 Vintage twelve-ounce bottle, that I do know and I have had it in the closet for at least a few months, so it has had a bit of time to relax. I am not sure what kind of concoction I am getting myself into over here; however, it looks intriguing to say the least. Retrieved the bottle from the fridge and let it warm up a few minutes, before serving it into a Sam Adams fluted pint glass.

A - Poured this one very hard into the glass, trying to elicit as much out of it as I possibly could. What I got was about a finger worth of tan head across the top, and this quickly faded before my eyes, and left behind only a thin film of lace and bubbles across the top to carry on the foam. This then faded rather quickly, and then really all that was left after that was a thin line of bubbles across the top. There was a very nice color to this, a deep hickory brown with a very cloudy and hazy consistency to it. Not bad overall, I could see some carbonation, barely making it out through the haze. Very nice looking indeed.

S - The aroma was full of bourbon and alcohol, absolutely ripe with it from the first smell I could take in. I t was really coming across quite heavy. Once I let it warm up a bit it started to take on much more character. A very nice deep malty backbone was starting to push through. Lots of sweet notes taking over on this one, with hints of caramel, vanilla and nice earthy grains starting to come to the front. Definitely, some wood somewhere in its history as the aroma of oak was huge on this one. I would really pick up the bourbon barrel clearly, and knew this was going to be a big one.

T - The flavor was a touch hot to be honest. Loaded down with alcohol a bit more then I thought it would be, and it took a good few minutes to really mellow out before I could appreciate it for what it was. Once the alcohol mellowed, some lovely sweet notes started to mingle in. Lots of caramel and vanilla starting to take shape here, really lightning it up and make it that much sweeter. Next up in the lineup was a full on assault of the oak and wood flavors that were coming through earlier. Strong hints of oak and bourbon dominating it here, really giving it a deep flavor and pronounced presence. Definitely some more alcohol in the finish now, no doubt about that, as I was left with a long drawn out flavor of rich bourbon and caramel, with the ever so slightly dry hop finish. Really quite complex and very nice indeed.

M - The feel on this one was a bit tricky to be honest. It was quite nicely nestled in the medium-bodied ale category with a nice rich profile and really complex finish. Good carbonation stayed with it till the end never letting it get dull or boring in any way. Definitely not thing, but it was a little slick to be honest. Still very nice, and smooth.

D - I could definitely have gone for another one of these when all was said and done. It was definitely a sipper due to the strong nature of it, however it was really quite complex, and the warmer it got the better it was received. Not something you would drink all night, but one or two would be no issue.

Overall, this was a really nice and quite complex wee heavy. I have had ones strong then this, but this was almost borderline on a old ale. It was just full of alcohol and really sweet tones. Very nicely crafted and definitely a quality brew. I look forward t having another one day.

 3,610 characters

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.42/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A slightly vigorous pour produces only enough head to cover the beer for a half second, what is there is a amber tinged tan color. The beer is a dark plum / dark amber color that shows a lightly hazy, cranberry red hue when held up to the light. At the first, the aroma is a nice mix between rich malt notes and oak aromatics. Deeper inspection yields much the same with competing aromas of ripe, bright, concentrated berry notes, some spicy bourbon, soft butterscotch, a touch of molasses, deeply caramelized malt, lightly toasted grain and browned biscuits.

Somewhat sweet, though this beer drinks much richer than the sweetness would suggest. The body of this beer is downright chewy, viscous and mouth-coating. Flavors of berries, hugely caramelized grain and a rich malt character slowly yield to spicy, oak and Bourbon influenced flavors that linger on in the finish. The buttery notes from the oak and Bourbon character really shows through in the finish and it adds a nice compliment to the up front malt focus of this beer. Peppery oak and a bit of hot boozy Bourbon notes provides a sharpness, almost harshness as the beer warms up a bit.

I really like that the malt character plays a slightly bigger role in the flavor profile than the bourbon barrel does; this keeps the integrity of the rich, Scotch ale style, but with an offsetting bourbon component that helps to offset / balance the thick malt character of this brew. Having said that, bourbon barrel aged beers seem to be a bit hard for me to get behind; there is something about the Bourbon notes that add a harshness the beers aged in the barrels that just doesn't quite work for me. As the beer warms up from its initial 50°F / 10°C it picks up more of the sharp, hot, Bourbon flavors which pull this away from being balanced. This is not a bad brew, but the Bourbon character is a bit much, especially as the beer warms up a bit.

 1,905 characters

Photo of joepais
3.58/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass produced a fingers worth of tan head that goes to lace sitting on top of a dark brown body

Alcohol, malt and bourbon aromas fill your nose

Tastes of sweet malt, bourbon, you get the barrel flavors as well

Medium smooth mouthfeel

Very big beer, good drinkablity will drink this one again. one per sitting though

 349 characters

Photo of DrJay
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown, nearly opaque with a bit of a ruddy hue at the edges, a little muddy. Little foam, just a smattering of fine, beige bubbles that produced a bit of spotty lace. Vanilla and bourbon aromas up front, with toffee and a bit of smoke in the background. Low bitterness relative to malt, same characters as in the aroma. There was a bit of fruity raisin to start, plus cocoa notes in the middle and finish. Bourbon character was more pronounced and it had a warm, alcohol finish. Really good stuff. The texture was rich and malty with light carbonation. Founders hasn't let me down yet.

 604 characters

Photo of msubulldog25
3.82/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. twist-off bottle; this version has an 8.7% ABV. Poured to a pint glass.

A: Warm cherrywood/auburn coloring, a little hazy with a fine suspended sediment. A few larger flecks of darker silt resting on the bottom. Almost no head, just a slight film and slim light tan ring. Few carbonation bubbles.

S: Smells fairly strong in the 'bourbon barrel' department - oaky, steeped cherries, alcohol. Sweeter notes of toffee and vanilla.

T: Dark fruit, butterscotch, drops of vanilla - all front a slightly tart, slightly dry bourbon/oak flavor. The flavors imparted by the barrel-aging are both boozy and tannic. A little earthy peatiness creeps in toward the finish, as does a bit cough syrup-like medicinal cherry.

M: Early fusel heat warms across the tongue and hugs the cheeks. Beyond that initial alcohol toasting, I found this one a little thin, even bordering on dull. Feel is light and velvety, carbonation low.

D: A good sipper with interesting aroma and flavor. Probably not one I'd want regularly; those 'barrel' qualities just get annoying after a while, almost too strong to enjoy after more than a few ounces. Glad I tried the Backwoods Bastard; it's worth grabbing one to try if you get the chance...

Thanks to hoppymeal (Derek) for sending...

 1,264 characters

Photo of number1bum
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of NEPA BC split #12.

Pours a garnet color, somewhat hazy with only about one finger of creamy light beige head. What it lacks in head it makes up in retention, keeping a very nice thin lace and leaving a bunch of stick, too.

Smells like sweet bourbon. It's interesting because even though it smells strongly of bourbon it's not a "boozy" sort of smell. I'm not getting a lot more beyond that, but it's definitely on the sweeter side so it must be some sweet malt, just indistinguishable to my nose at the moment. Ah wait there's some vanilla.

Taste is also strong on the bourbon but again it's a very nice flavor and not an alcoholic flavor. Sweet, candy like flavor goes along with it, as does some vanilla. Again like the smell it's not a distinguishable malt flavor. A bit of a fruity flavor, too, but the bourbon is the primary yet very pleasant flavor.

Mouthfeel is close to full bodied and is quite creamy and chewy. Soft carbonation makes it soft on the palate.

Kentucky Breakfast Stout is an awesome beer and I've even rated it more highly than this one, but I actually like what the bourbon does for this beer more than what it does for KBS. It's too dominant in KBS, in my opinion, where here it is just a perfect complement to the brew. Really tasty beer that is most certainly worth a try.

 1,312 characters

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to deuane for the sample

Pours a nice 1 1/2 finger head that stays for a while. Full dark brown color.

Smell is of chocolate mint licorice and raising with an undertone of plum

Taste has a raisin undertone throughout. STarts off with a chocolate sweetness with undertones of mint and licorice. Bourbon barrel aging adds a nice complexity. Citrusy bitterness cuts through the sweetness. Slight booziness is the only fault of this beer.

Smooth and slightly creamy mouthfeel. Slight astringency from the alcohol.

A viry nice scottish ale, but it is a little boozy and is a sipper for sure. A nice drink that would make a nice nightcap.

 645 characters

Photo of csmiley
3.92/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a medium brown color with a small amount of haze. Very little head that was gone after a few seconds. Lacing was good.

S - Aroma is sweet and candy-like. There are hints of bourbon but that main aromas that I got were butterscotch and sweet malt. Alcohol is also in the backround.

T - Follows the sweet smell with butterscotch and caramel. There might even be some vanilla in there as well. Alcohol stands out much more in the flavor.

M - This one is full bodied. Carbonation was good.

D - This one is a very sweet brew but that is balanced with a strong alcohol presence. Drinability is good but the abv puts the limit at one per sitting.

 655 characters

Photo of akorsak
4.07/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz stubby bottle from a case split with my good friend Deuane. Last time I had this, it was Dark Lord day from a growler.

A: The ale is a dark tawny color, a few shades browner that a nice port. The darkness of the ale makes discerning the clarity difficult. A finger of head did muster out of the glass but it doesn't stick around.

S: The aroma is bourbon, with vanilla and pepper notes, oak and just a wee hint of smokiness. The bourbon is definitely the star of this part of the show.

T: The sip is rather interesting, with strong bourbon up front before transitioning to a rather focused malt body. The barrel has done a number on the beer, overtaking the entire front of the sip, adding oaken bourbon and vanilla notes. The back end of the beer has a green grape-like tartness, not sour tart, but concentrated grains tart. The flavor is not as strong as the nose or the front of the sip would suggest. In fact, it quickly leaves the palate behind.

M: The mouthfeel upfront is glorious in the bourbon revelry. The back end drops off too significantly, dragging the overall feel down.

D: The abv is too far to make this a go-to beer. If you like the punch of a bourbon aged beer, this is worth a visit. The bottle is not as powerful as I remember the growler being, but that could just be the passage of time.

 1,322 characters

Photo of tayner
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle sayd 8.7% not the 9.2 listed on here

Poured dark brown with a very little head, leaving just a ring around the edge

nose was strong bourbon, some woody oak, and dark malts

I expected taste to be dominated by bourbon, but surprisingly it was a little less than the smell which indicated a bourbon bomb. this was more balanced than that.. sweet malt, bourbon, mossy oak, figs.

Thick and coating, not too carbonated.

Pretty easy to drink even for the high abv. think it would be too much to have more than one or two, like drinking a beer and a shot of bourbon, but i could drink one every day.

 605 characters

Photo of meatyard
3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a clear, dark reddish color with a short, dark tan head. The bubbles are very fine and the head falls away to a thin cover with almost no lacing.

The smell is clearly the bourbon from the barrel with dried figs, vanilla and a hint of alcohol.

The taste is very sweet, smokey malts, the bourbon and a number of dark, dried fruits. The alcohol stays fairly hidden in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium and smooth, quite nice.

It's very drinkable but more of a one bottle sipper. It takes some thinking about it for me.

This is an entertaining beer. I wonder what would happen after aging it for a year or two, I'd be curious to read about this later.

 662 characters

Photo of bennetj17
3.84/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No head after the pour, just a pencil thin ring. Carbonation appears pretty weak. Deep scent of plum/raisin and caramel, although not very roasty and not very alcoholic.

Fruity alcohol taste with raisiny caramel and a hint of burnt malt. Sort of a brown sugar or German Chocolate cake-like sweet flavor. It almost has a bit of a fruity spice to it. The alcohol is much more perceived in the taste. In fact the finish has almost a bourbon or whiskey character that gets more medicinal as it warms. Medium thickness, healthy carbonation that is quite tingly on the tongue.

This has a decent drinkablility and is definitely worth a try...

 638 characters

Photo of MDekker
4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

For Christmas, from my wife, through my brother.

Into a tulipish goblet this brew pours out very dark brown with some orange edges. A little bit of head, but what's there is thick. Not bad.

The aroma is nice: caramel, milk chocolate and notes of the oak barrels. It tastes wonderful, of syrupy bourbon, ripened berries, some alcohol, and a perfectly complementing finish. The mouthfeel is very smooth, with tiny bubbles of carbonation, but I wanted it to be slightly more harsh, less watery. Still good, though. That said, it went down so easily and was a most pleasant drinking experience. I look forward to finding this one again.

 634 characters

Photo of Bitterbill
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle as an extra in a trade with hoppymeal. Thanks Derek!

This pours from 12oz bottle a clear deep amber with a 2 finger head of off white foam. Lots of lacing and the foam just doesn't want to quit. Nice.

The smell isn't strong but I get good notes of carame and roasted malt.

The taste is a malty delight! Big caramel malt up front with notes of bourbon(done very nicely), chocolate, fig, and when I swish the beer in my mouth, I notice that it's very (dark) fruity. D licious. The alcohol is hidden pretty well with just some warming after the swallow. It borders on sweet but there's some burnt flavour there that adds just enough bitterness to balance the flavours. Very nice and it has a medium mouthfeel and it finishes with a slightly woody flavour. This is some good stuff!

Thanks again, Derek!!

 822 characters

Photo of Vancer
3.57/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Oh man, I almost pass out when I sniff a brew and get the malty bourbon aroma, no shit, it’s very close to Jim Beam – one of my favorites. And some vanilla tossed in the mix adds nicely to this brew.

In fact, adds TOO much to the quaff, it’s turning into a vanilla malt shake. Sweet to the point of cloying. Holy crap Founders forked up this one.

It tries to settle at mid-bottle, but it stays on the sweet side – and this hides any thought of 8.7% alcohol. But eh, I’ll try again next year.

 498 characters

Photo of lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice, deep, rich reddish hue to it. Some head though not overly carbonated. Somewhat muted aroma-slight oakiness and sweet caramel malt. Big malt flavor with a very heavy handed oakiness to it. Great caramel sweetness. Slight tinge of alcohol burn. Very soft and smooth body. Well balanced-maybe a touch of harshness off the alcohol but I am amazed how "soft" the beer seems. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Not a big fan of oak or bourbon aged beers but this one is quite good for my tastes.

 495 characters

Photo of Blakaeris
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours dark red-brown, almost completely opaque. Tan head is slight but leaves decent lacing.

Aroma is chewy toasted caramel malt, chocolate, and an earthy, smoky woodiness blended with vanilla and bourbon.

Taste is very dry and woody with strong oak notes. Rich smokey malt, and chocolate. Finish has sweet vanilla with a bourbon spiciness.

Mouthfeel is full and round.

Flavor is full and rich. Hops are hardly noticeable. Huge smokey malt character matches well with strong woody bourbon. Alcohol is clearly present, but I never would have guessed that it is 9.2%. A tasty and flavorful brew.

 597 characters

Photo of ultralarry2006
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves one finger of a biege head that slowly fades to foam ring at the edge, and leaves isolated spots of lacing. Body is the deepest possible brown, almost black.

Smell - the nose is filled with the aromas of oak, bourbon, and vanilla, with hints of plums, raisins, and dates that all struggle to assert themselves, and there is some spicy alcohol, and together everything is mouthwatering.

Taste - as promised by the nose. Oak, bourbon, and vanilla, washing over toasty malt biscuits that are studded with dark fruits like dates, raisins, and plums, and there is some caramel, and then spicy alcohol, as well. There is a great deal of vanilla on the finish, and some vanilla coke as well.

Mouthfeel - medium to full bodied, and slightly syrupy at times.

Drinkability - this is excellent, and quite hearty, only the high abv limits sessionability.

 882 characters

Photo of malcontent
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep, transparent mahogany body. Clarity is remarkable for a beer this dark. Reverse-cascading head is attractvi9e but far too short-lived.

Sweet aroma of dark fruit, tangerines and brown sugar smells almost like an old ale. In fact, very little barrel aged characteristics come through on the nose. Black cherry comes up on the back end like a sucker-punch. Huh?

Apricots and strawberries kissed with honey form an interesting and appetizing intro to this beer. Malt sweetness shows very little hop influence but the barrel aging seems to have imparted a rye-like bitterness. Smokiness rises up toward the back end with hints of vanilla and wood.

Body is thick but far from syrupy. Finish is dry as one might expect from a barrel aged brew. Although the drinkability score might seem less-than-stellar, I'm yet to find a barrel-aged brew that is sessionable. This is a remarkable example of what the barrel treatment can do for a beer and stands in stark contrast to a mistake like, say, Imperial Brown Goose. That was a style (Christmas ale) that didn't have the fortitude to stand up to the treatment. This (Scotch ale, presumably Dirty Bastard) beer had what it takes to deliver the goods. Really good bottled version of a barrel aged beer.

 1,247 characters

Photo of bashiba
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a light cola brown with a thin fizzy white head, quickly leaving a little soapy ring.

Smell had a nice bit of oaky malts with burnt smoked bourbon notes.

Flavor is dominated by bourbon barrel goodness, strong smokey burnt notes, big oakyness, and vanilla in the finish make it very whiskey like. But the backbone of smokey malts and crisp earthy hops are all beer. Flavors are nicely balanced and meld together nicely.

Mouthfeel is warm and thick with a touch of sticky.

A very easy to drink big beer, founders does it again, they just keep impressing me beer after tasty beer. I would drink lots of this if it were more readily available.

 650 characters

Photo of IntriqKen
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scotch Ale?
Wee Heavy?
I don't know...I'm getting Kentucky Bourbon here.

Pours a deep dark amber with just a hint of mahogany that is topped with a half finger of white. Head melts quickly but leaves a ring and minimal lacing as you drink it.

Aroma is very, very woody...almost dry to sawdust in aroma but then the bourbon comes through with a touch of vanilla.

Taste is full of oak and full of bourbon. First wood flavors that melt into bourbon then sweet candied amber malts and then back to bourbon. A touch of alcohol on the tale end.

Aftertaste is boubon and alcohol warmth with a touch of vanilla.

 607 characters

Photo of joe1510
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Stubby
$10.00 4-Pack
Sicilianos, Grand Rapids

Backwoods Bastard pours a fairly clear burnt caramel that glows ruby when backlit. There are some tiny suspended particles of protein. A one-plus ecru head rose as I poured and eventually faded to a creamy crown leaving some big sticky patches as I drink.

Sweet caramel and toffee come through nicely in the aroma. Smooth notes of vanilla and oak glide through flawlessly. While there is a touch of smokey bourbon it's in the background and only works to compliment the other aromas. This stuff smells exceptional!

Flavor walks right along with the aroma. All the flavors meld seamlessly to create an excellent Wee heavy. Caramel and toffee are the base of this beer but the real highlight is the vanilla and oak from the barrel aging. There is a hint of alcohol in the flavor that wasn't there in the aroma. This knocks down the score a notch.

The body is on the heavier side of medium although feels thick and creamy on the tongue. Velvety smooth as it glides along. I'd venture to guess the barrel aging makes the body as velvety as it is.

This beer is very easy to sip. It's cold outside, there's football on tv and this is the beer I'd most like to be drinking right now. Hits the spot.

I don't think this needs to be said but this is another great beer from Founders. They've really opened things up this year with all the new bottled releases. A great beer from one of the best breweries in the country.

 1,467 characters

Photo of chilidog
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked thisone up at the brewery, the last 4-pk. in the to-go case.

It poured a good looking clear caramel copper color. The head was tan and short-lived though some spotted lace was left.

The aroma is bourbon and vanilla malts.

The taste carried that bourbon vanilla but kicked up by the earthy oak and wooded malt feel.

The mouthfeel is good, smooth and easy, though the alcohol is strong and not shy about it.

Drinkability, sure as a sipper. The bourbon makes this beer what it is, a full bodied, medium carbonated, on its own brew. Sure it would go with beef real well.
I also picked up Old Curmudgean, tasted side by side and close in charactor.

 660 characters

Photo of prototypic
3.73/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It's a clear, dark brown color with a minimal head. Retention was short and very little lacing was left behind.

Smell: Certainly has a very heavy bourbon smell that dominates the nose. Certainly malty and has an oaked smell about it. Not picking up much else. Bourbon smell is overpowering.

Taste: Again, bourbon dominates here. There are some ancillary notes that are not noticeable by smell. It is somewhat sugary and sweet. Nice and malty. Has a bit of an oaked or wood chip taste to it. All in all, the sweet bourbon taste is predominant and overpowering.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's thick and definitely a sipping beer. It's pretty well carbonated. It's potent at 8.7%. I'd be hard pressed to drink more than two in a sitting. Overall, it's a pretty good beer. I'd definitely pick it up again (if I happen to see it).

 838 characters

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 8,215 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.