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Founders Backwoods Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
4.35/5
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8,291 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:
#333
Reviews:
1,877
Ratings:
8,291
pDev:
10.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,028
Gots:
3,360
Trade:
275
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Ratings: 8,291 |  Reviews: 1,877
Photo of RajaSTL
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kbwalters
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look = 4.25 Pours cola brown into an opaque brown with fire red highlights. One finger of brown head fades quickly leaving a medium dense lace. Nice color.
Aroma = 4.5 Very sweet caramel malt upfront with candy and vanilla notes; big bourbon notes come in with oak notes and alcohol.
Taste = 4.0 Big caramel and vanilla flavors upfront before the big bourbon kick rolls in with oak notes complimenting. Low bitterness but sweet with a lingering alcohol taste.
Feel = 4.0 Full bodied, low to medium carbonation, sort of creamy and smooth.
Drinkability = 3.5 Big boozy presence hurts drinkability somewhat
Overall = 4.1125 All around pretty good BB scotch ale here but I’ve got it a notch or two below Wulver and Central Waters.

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

Don't feel the need to explain flavor, look, ect... other reviews sum it up. What i would like to say is that the 2015 version is the best version of this beer Founders has made in my opinion. Increased malt bill has added more body and flavor with the bonus of a little more alcohol... Awesome Job Founders!

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Photo of Risenhower
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AdamSteve
4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BlushingMonk
4.89/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours malty brown with small white head. Delightful nose smells of bourbon, toffee, and vanilla. Moderately thin mouthfeel tastes just plan delicious. Alcohol is present, but you'd never guess 11.6% from the taste. Sweet, but not too sweet, carmel, bourbon, and malty cereal. No bitterness to speak of. This is a great beer! Robust and warming. I'll be stocking up to drink now and cellar some too.

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Photo of Gardmark59
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of satoberg
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours cola dark brown, smells of bourbon. Very nice mellow overall taste. Alcohol isn't hidden, but doesn't burn you either. just enough carbonation to make this a great sipper.
Tasted in a Jekyll brewing tulip glass , and at 50º. bet it pairs great with a nicely charred, juicy steak. KBS jr!

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Photo of Caesars0331
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L-Dark, Dark brown almost black with a 1/2 inch off white head. The head recedes to a half centimeter ring with excellent lacing.
S-Malty sweetness with traces of bourbon and hints of roast.
T- a complex mix of malty sweetness, bourbon, caramel and alcohol throughout. Finishes with alcohol warmth.
F- Mouthfeel is thinner than the taste suggests. All the flavor of a stout with the mouthfeel of an ale. A really great combo which makes it stand out.
O-One of the best beers I've ever tasted. My new favorite wee heavy moving just ahead of Old Chub. I'll be buying this whenever I see it.

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Photo of TruePerception
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Founder's Backwoods Bastard, Bourbon barrel aged Scotch ale. 11.6% ABV.

A: Very dark, yet clear red, appearing black out of the light. Honey colored in the dimple. Light tan head. Decent lacing. Light sheeting.

S: Deep caramels and spiced toffee. Slight cereal grain backing. Quite nice, though a little simple.

T/MF: More of the expected char on the palate, though it is softer and more light. Dark cocoa, cereal grain, dark toffee. All leaning on the sweet side. Finish is more of the cereal grain, with a touch of sweet char. A bit understated overall (for a Scotch ale), but easily the best Scotch ale I've had.

I like this better than the KBS. personally, and it's $10 less a 4-pack.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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

Photo of avengefulgod
4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AndreRus
4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love me some bastard

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Photo of Missy732stbf2
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ananddullabh
4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lastmango
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark caramel brown with one finger head. Minimal lacing. Nose is wonderful with maple syrup, oak and vanilla. Taste of oak, bourbon, and caramel. This has a bit of a heavy, oily feel. The beer is a sipper and not to be consumed on a heavy meal. With 11.6 abv - watch out! This is one great brew to take the chill off a cold night.

Update 10/2017: A year or more (I think) later and revisiting my earlier review. Drinking a 2016 vintage. Nothing has changed. Still an awesome Wee Heavy Ale. I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of ChrisP802
4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brother_rebus
4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lowlow2010
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's amazing !! A true fall clasic!

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Photo of justinthegypo
3.52/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of GregJ
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bmf5581
4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 8,291 ratings
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