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:
#339
Reviews:
1,909
Ratings:
8,387
pDev:
10.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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1,030
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3,409
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Ratings: 8,387 |  Reviews: 1,909
Photo of Jason_cs
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Darrin_Smith
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DisgruntledGinger
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigedal60
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of stanale
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pootz
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle - from 4 pack, racking date 5 weeks from tasting according to the date stamp ......pours a lightly hazed medium to dark red amber color with an average, frothy glass-lacing, lasting, beige head. Aroma is intoxicatingly complex and pungent - burnt treacle, oak, vanilla, smoke, caramel, fusel and grassy tones. Flavor is big in front with malts, cocoa, died dark fruits, smoke...gets more complex as it settles on the palate and flavors intermingle earthy caramel tones with roasty vanilla pod notes, light hopping is more herbal than bitter - long wet warming finish as the alcohol is detected for the firs time....rich oily complex character in this finish....first rate barreled strong beer not unlike traditional British strong ales which were hard to tell from barley wines. Great for sipping with a rich desert of a fine Dominican cigar.

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Photo of SeemyAK47
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thingsBEER
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mikeinportc
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zaktcc
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of red_5_sooner
4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dshansen1184
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MizzouBrew
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Schlafly tulip. Pours near black with half inch tan head that settles into a nice topper. Dripping oily lace after each sip, The smell is quite spectacular - exactly how I would want a bourbon barrel aged scotch ale to smell. The taste is delicious - like dirty bastard, but with an extra smoothness and sweetness from the bourbon barrel. Medium bodied. This is a real treat and another classic from Founders.

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.63/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It's a good joke. A scot drowned in bourbon.

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Photo of jbehlar
3.65/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RichieRich1812
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Nice dark Amber burgundy color
Smells of raisin and bourbon
Taste of roasted malts, raisins, bourbon hotshot
Mouthfeel is medium thick and slides down slippery smooth
Overall delicious

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

Photo of timfelix
4.92/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Full of various wonderful flavors. Intense but smooth. Tastes the Bourbon barrel, rich malts, smokiness, sweetness, vanilla and a bite that links all these flavors together

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Photo of sbuck
3.64/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SonOfKyuss
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jet812
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of suejoeb
3.23/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of beaulabauve
4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jesterr44
4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/cherry colour with a small mocha head. Aroma is rather faint compared to an IPA but there is some chocolate and most notably a smooth boozy sweet smell from the bourbon. Wow, I'm going to have to drink this slowly. The first sip hits you with some chocolatey roasted malts but then the bourbon flows in and dominates the end of each sip. That is a kick your ass beer, but the taste is all pleasant as opposed to the harshness of some of the imperial stouts I've had. I'm still not a huge fan of this style, but this one was quite enjoyable.

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Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 8,387 ratings