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
Ratings:
8,109
Reviews:
1,841
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
10.56%
 
 
Wants:
1,016
Gots:
3,269
For Trade:
282
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Photo of docdeens
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best examples of my favorite style

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Photo of Johnct
3.61/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Corrado42
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Birdlegs
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BarileMatt
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sasquatch53
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dankacheese
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Finally, I got my hands on one of these bastards, damn is it good...

Many times for me these hyped beers end up being a anticlimactic experience - where others describe an almost divine experience, my palate ends up being sadly unimpressed. Well, not the case here. Though it wasn't entirely impressive going into the glass, once it settled, it was something to behold. The brew has a dark caramel color, very dark, with tan head that keeps around and light amount of lacing. The smell was almost perfect, almost, as you are assailed with roasted malts, the strong boozy scent of bourbon, and chocolate, definitely some chocolate notes in there. The mouthfeel is carbonated, but not heavily, it is certainly full-bodied, and has a strong astringent quality on the tongue. Quite possibly this is the my least favorite aspect of the brew. The taste is truly special - bourbon, chocolate notes, the roasted malts - everything that I smelled I tasted as well, a big plus in my book.

So what I experienced was certainly up to the hype - this is certainly a bastard of a beer.

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Photo of Greenstone
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Stud122433
4.89/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Pours dark brown / reddish with small tan head.
Aroma has oak, dried dark fruits, raisins, plums, sherry,
Taste is oak, dried dark fruits, sweet, bitter cocoa.

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Photo of mishi_d
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Vinylboy20
3.42/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jp199763
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mcpat1993
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Touch of sweet and delicious full flavor

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

It is a good founders, not my favorite founders, and not my favorite bourbon beer, but solid. It has a great lack of aftertaste. Taste is better as it goes along.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark and hazy amber color with a 1/2 finger head. Head retention is minimal. Lacing is good. Aroma of toffee, bourbon and dark fruits. Taste is excellent! I get bourbon, some dark fruits, sweet malts and toffee. Actually very smooth and well blended. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly warming.

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

Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrMullet
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby/brown.
Smell is sweet toffee and bourbon.
Taste is sweet malt, raisin and dark fruit.
Bourbon finish.
Mouthfeel is not too thick.

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Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Skillet
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KGilmour
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mkh012
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 version, poured in March 2017. Bottle is 6 months old.

Deep reddish-brown with a short-lived head.

Nose is earthy raisin and wood with hints of dark chocolate and toffee.

The taste follows. Scotch Ales aren't typically my thing, nor are beers that overdue the barrel character. This is pretty restrained though, particularly for an 11% ABV beer. Scotch, wood, and dark fruit. Suggestions of anise, caramel, and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is medium. An initial zip of carbonation tapers into a smooth finish.

Overall, do you like Scotch Ales? This is definitely a good one. Just not my go-to flavor profile or style. Becomes a touch astringent as it approaches room temperature.

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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
4.26 out of 5 based on 8,109 ratings.
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