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:
#351
Reviews:
1,925
Ratings:
8,438
pDev:
10.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of epterina
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Photo of spongebob2
4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sauced4life
4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Korymiller
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Dark red like a scotch ale, very light head.

S: So much going on here. Getting bourbon, oak, fruit, vanilla.

T: Very smooth and creamy. I pick up quite a bit from the scotch.

F: Awesome feel, thin and smooth for the ABV. I could drink a couple of these in a sitting.

O: Really good barrel-aged beer for the price and availability.

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Photo of jrc1093
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2016 (bottled on 10/6/16)

Look: deep amber-brown with a short-lied but beautiful off-white head; lots of lacing follows each sip

Smell: lightly charred oak chips tossed with dark fruit strike first, synchronizing perfectly with the oncoming bourbon and vanilla

Taste: the more decadent side of the fruits and bourbon arrive, but never become too cloying amongst scotch notes which have now become firmly established as the backbone of the flavor profile; an unexpectedly savory dark chocolate finish also presents itself on occasion

Feel: so smooth and creamy, and there really is no trace of alcohol in this

Overall: this is almost stunningly well-structured, and the 1.5 years of aging has only seemed to reveal the nuance in this beer's myriad of flavor even further. I'm usually one for more of a bite to my higher ABV brews, but the character shown in this one despite the lack of a kick just can't be ignored; I'm no expert on the style by any means, but it's tough to imagine another scotch ale topping this, at least in terms of flavor and mouthfeel.

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Photo of ronniebruner
4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of n2492004
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sokol_1993
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An excellent beer! Sweet and malty, and extremely warming.
However, a bit too herbal to be a scotch ale.

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Photo of BennyProfane
3.96/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

2017 release. 12 oz bottle from the US. Served cool into a tulip glass. I was super excited when I saw this was waiting for me at home. Cracking this bottle has a slow eruption of foam that requires quick thinking to get it in the glass.

Appearance - Pours clear and the darkest shade of ruby I've ever seen. Near black unless held up to natural light when a mahogany and ruby mixture appears again. Capped with two fingers of yellowy tan head, pretty decent retention, curtains of lacing stick to the glass.

Smell - Oh Yeah! Single malt whiskey is apparent on the nose, with toffee and butterscotch, figs, raisins and dates, with hints of oak as well as bourbon. Complex, inviting, everything good it's got in spades. Smells like a boozy Christmas cake too.

Taste - Hard to describe since there's so much going on. Initially sweet with toffee and butterscotch and caramel, followed by a hit of booze (bourbon mostly). Some earthy hops shine through momentarily before oak and whiskey come through to enhance the middling bitterness. Figs and raisins are interspersed. If I have a complaints it's the the full breadth of flavors don't linger on the plate quite as long as I'd hoped, because they are some delicious flavors.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is present, but super smooth and sticky, this slides down the throat way too easily. A nice little whiskey burn at the end, but luscious, thick and slick.

Overall - Yeah, this is about as good as a wee heavy can get, loads of flavor, amazing aromatics and a feel to die for. The only thing I'm missing is smoke, but with some high quality whiskey flavors in there, I can live without the smoke, I might try this a bit colder to see how the flavors change while warming up, but hats off to FOunders on creating a near perfect Wee Heavy.

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Photo of enslamment
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JerryHelper
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of TheGent
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lorgeous
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark ruby red brown. Smells of scotch and bourbon with slight maple. What a taste... tastes exactly how it smells and it’s near perfect. Light body with slight carbonation. Leaves a wickedly thick bourbon aftertaste... in a good way.

= I put this close to KBS from Founders. A wee heavy done about as good as I’ve had.

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

Photo of Bubba743
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beersampler6
3.59/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark rich color with mild head, smells of bourbon, maple and malt. Nice deep taste, just like it smells with additional notes of mild floral hops and fruitiness. Smooth mouthfeel, not too heavy, light carbonation, alcohol taste not too strong throughout. Definitely a beer to sip slowly and savor.

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4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of jt_thomas18
4.61/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MeIquiades
4.61/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

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Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 8,438 ratings