Founders Backwoods Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

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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:
#337
Reviews:
1,896
Ratings:
8,354
pDev:
10.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,025
Gots:
3,392
Trade:
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Ratings: 8,354 |  Reviews: 1,896
Photo of 88caprice
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

This is not my first wee heavy, but it is my first barrel aged one. A premium, hearty, great brew.

Looks dark reddish brown. A thin head.
Smells of creamy chocolate, wood, dried cherries, vanilla, and a hint of almond.
Tastes similar with an enhanced woody bourbon character and a high degree of wafting alcohol.
Feels full bodied, but not too heavy. A little smooth, a little sticky and coating. Quite warming.

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

I’m a big fan of scotch ale and enjoyed this one too. The barrel aging seemed to really mellow this one out so that it had a smooth taste all the way through with a nice sweet taste. Finishes with some of the barrel taste, I would definitely pick it up again.

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Photo of Badger2121
4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass from a bottle. Dark brown and little head. On the nose I smell fig. Great balance on the taste. Chocolate notes on the back end. Been drinking this beer for a while, first time reviewed. Awesome beer for the $’s compared with other barrel aged beers.

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

Photo of harsley
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tnelson1
4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

Photo of Shaneb818
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of darkfruits
4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MrZach76
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good, isn’t ridiculously priced, and is pretty easy to find where I’m at.

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Photo of Strohm
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SeymourDunn
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mikeg67
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours brown with tall, long lasting, fluffy, beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is of dark fruit, bready malt, cherries, alcohol and vanilla. Body is full and smooth. Taste is of alcohol, wood, vanilla, caramel, dark fruit, spices and herbal hops. Finish is long and spicy. Great brew.

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Photo of Tomesco
4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cmurphy7
3.77/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Tasted from a 12 oz bottle in a red wine glass.

L - Dark brown color that shows red highlights and good clarity when held up to the light. Tan head threatened to climb out of the glass on initial pour but settled into a thick, creamy sheet and rock solid sheeting.

S - Chocolate and coffee in the initial whiff, but quickly overtaken by mellow bourbon, vanilla and cherries. No obvious oak or hot, boozy alcohol.

T - Like the aromas. the flavors are more reminiscent of whiskey than stout. There is coffee, chocolate and a bit of toasted wood, but also strong bourbon, vanilla and a hint of coconut. No hops flavors.

F - Medium to thick body that lightly coats the mouth. Creamy but moderate carbonation. Medium to high hops bitterness and moderate alcohol burn, which blend together into an overall warm finish.

O - This is a warm and hearty bourbon-aged scotch ale with a good depth of flavor without being overwhelmed by the whiskey and barrel notes.

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Photo of dlos
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark brown with ruby undertones, minimal head. Tons of oak, coffee and vanilla hit the nose. Tastes so good, same as it smells really but with bourbon in the mix and is an easy drinking brew.

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Photo of IBUBrew
4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of lost_sailor
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of brenn79
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle- Pours hazy dark brown with a red hue and a light tan head that reduces. Aroma is coconut, vanilla, toffee, oak, bourbon, caramel, all the barreled goodness that i have come to expect and hope for. The taste is velvety smooth, creamy, toffee, caramel, oak and bourbon are spot on, there but not overbearing. Delicious.

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

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 8,354 ratings
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