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:
1,931
Ratings:
8,452
pDev:
10.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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1,039
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3,433
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Ratings: 8,452 |  Reviews: 1,931
Photo of Tater511
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JamesLeung
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Evilyak
3.89/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

i'm thinking of ramirez in a canoe. this beer is connor macleod. it's unbalanced.

it's pretty like christopher lambert. pours dark brown, with a thick head and nice lacing. it smells of bourbon and vanilla and oak and bourbon (not like christopher lambert). it tastes of bourbon and bourbon (i've not tasted christopher lambert to know). the mouthfeel is cloying and one dimensional (like christopher lambert in mortal kombat - i mean, really, raiden?)

it's a good beer. it is what it sets out to be - a malty, barrel-aged, scotch ale. it just hits a single note and that overwhelms the entire brew.

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

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of zotzot
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Josholson666
4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jholmes0581
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaverCS
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a mahogany, almost cherry Coke like color with 1 finger of off-white caramel colored head. Some light does sneak through.

Aroma is an absolute bourbon bomb! Down-right delicious smelling beer. Tons of bourbon, charred oak, molasses, and loads of vanilla. A perfect smelling bourbon-barrel aged beer.

Taste is again dominated by bourbon, vanilla, smokiness, and oak. Middle of the mouth, a kiss of tangy hops shine through, but they quickly fade to the finishing notes. There is a beautiful toffee, caramel, and almost brown butter-like nuttiness in the finish. Alcohol heat and spice extend pass the sip. The mouthfeel is relatively thick, but thins out near the end of the sip.

Overall, this is an absolutely fantastic beer. I need to pick up more of this and would love to age a few bottles! The only thing is the carbonation is maybe a touch too much, as it makes the beer feel a bit too light or thin. While it is not thin by any means, it could be a bit thicker with a more creamy mouthfeel if the carbonation was less. Still a fantastic brew! I see this pairing well with a freshly baked, warmly-spiced fruit cake. It gets a 95/100.

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

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Very dark, almost more black than red in color, with 2 fingers of tan head. The nose just screams BIG beer! However, the taste is very well balanced and smooth, almost shockingly so based on the nose. Good carbonation, and the finish seems almost a bit spicy. I will quite happily have this in my fridge for the colder months. Quite impressed, well done Founders!

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

Photo of wilipbe
4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Roland7792
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MusicBeer_1961
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was able to score two 4 packs at one of my local bottle shops and consider myself lucky. This ale is a treat. I get the mello oak aged bourbon without the booziness..At 11.6%ABV, that's quite remarkable. I also get caramel and coconut.. Especially coconut in the aroma and taste. Everything meshes together perfectly. I'll be drinking 6 of these fresh and letting 2 age for a year.

Founders really hit a home run with the 2015 addition. We should expect nothing less from a great brewery...

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Photo of RoddyMedina
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I finally got my hands on a four pack of Backwoods Bastard and for all the hype and great recommendations it got, I wasn't impressed. Pouring it into the glass from the bottle you get a nice dark-red/brown copper like color, light head that faded pretty quickly. The smell is fantastic, I love single malts, so as soon as I got a whiff of the Backwoods I was excited. It has a very malty, sweet, scotch smell to it. My wife compared the smell of it to a whiskey and coke. Taking a drink of it, you get a malty, dark fruit taste with bourbon flavors all mashed together. Here was my disappointment with the Bastard, after a couple of sips it tasted flat, maybe I grabbed a bad 4-pack but it tasted super flat. Im gonna get another pack to give it a shot before they run out but I just hope it was a bad pack.

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Photo of South2NW
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 98green
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hopcat Ann Arbor. Finally tried this elusive one. I like dirty bastard and I like BBA so this seemed a natural. Pours a deep brown, minimal head. Smell is all barrel. Taste is the same plus some toasty malts. A wee heavy might be the ideal style for a barrel since the base beer isn't overpowering. Still, there is nice complexity here. Not boozy at all for a double digit abv. As good as expected.

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Photo of kwolf23
4.86/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of oldn00b
4.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a rusty copper, thin fuzzy head forms and slowly fades. Slight bit of lacing but not much.

Nose is big bourbon forward, vanilla and molasses come through big.

Flavor is fantastic - bourbon, vanilla, and caramel are huge. Slight smoke hint, clove, and pepper hints too. This is a delectable sipper. Surprisingly, "boozy" is one of the last things that comes to mind. Delicate, subtle, sweet but not cloying. Just a fantastic beer.

Feel is near perfect. It's a bit brash, in a good way, but a slightly rough edge does come through.

Overall this is a fantastic beer, one of my favorites for the season hands down.

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

Anazing beer that's rich, complex and incredibly smooth. Maroon, dark brown pour with a tight frothy head that fades away. Aroma of wood, freshly dug earth, scotch, bourbon and a bit of bitter hops. Taste flows suit with additional notes of butterscotch, smoke, caramel and vanilla. The charred-barrel flavor is awesome. Simply awesome. The lingering booze and vanilla after each sip both warms and sweetens the palette without being too hot or cloying. So smooth.

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Photo of AllanPatchin1016
4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Houlio_99
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 8,452 ratings