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:
8,107
Reviews:
1,840
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
10.56%
 
 
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1,016
Gots:
3,269
For Trade:
282
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Photo of Sassy_kitty
4.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Loved this beer very smooth and a wee bit heavy but I loved it

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Photo of MartzMimic
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally had a bottle of this up at the Cloverleaf Tavern earlier this week. I thought this was an IPA when I first gave it a go, which speaks more about my lack of discernment than the beer itself. Strong, smooth, and somewhat hoppy, there's enough of a Bourbon-like reminder here to keep this true to form. The aging of this beer really shone through when I had it and even though it warmed me up a bit, this was fabulous stuff that went down easier then I thought!

Appropriately, this was poured into a snifter and I let it up warm up for a bit before giving it a go. This had a nice mahogany hue to it with not a lot of head, a clear appearance, and some lacing that slid down the side of my glass as I worked my way through it. Strong bourbon and caramel notes in the nose with some nuttiness in the taste to go along with the strong, sticky mouthfeel but the latter tended more towards resin and less from sugar as would be found in other Scotch or Brown Ales. Very smooth with some molasses in the aftertaste and just a slight burn that gave this beer a good balance without detracting from the flavor profile.

Wee heavy? More like quite heavy, but this was worth savoring and the warming effect of the alcohol complemented everything else nicely. Founders brews some amazing beers and this one was no exception to it. I need to get a four-pack for this house and age a few as so many here have done. Shame that this was a fall release as I'd love this for all of the cooler months of the year. Yes, it's that good!

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Photo of bnelson997
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Bottle date of 9/2014. Thanks to marnet for this one.

Appearance- Pours a murky, auburn brown with little to no head. Settles to a nice film on top with legs on the sides of the glass.

Aroma- great balls of bourbon, smells like the inside of a delicious recently emptied oak bourbon barrel.

Taste/mouthfeel- subtle bourbon and oak flavor up front that cascades into toffee, burnt sugar, and dark dried fruit. Hardly any alcohol burn, which is scary because this 10%er is super easy to drink! The oak and sweet bourbon flavors meld very well and it has a nice full mouthfeel.

Overall- this is a fantastic and well rounded brew that has taken all the good things out of the barrel aging and left nothing behind. Drinking this with just under six months of age on it. I would love some more to be able to age and have the barrel flavors develop further. Great stuff!

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Photo of priwen
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with thin, tan head. Wonderful smell of bourbon with some malt and vanilla in the background. Bourbon dominates the taste of this one. Very easy drinking given the alcohol. Has a nice, semi-dry finish. Overall a wonderful beer that deserves to be sipped and savored.

12 oz bottle
Bottled date: 10/10/2014
Served in an oversized wine glass

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Photo of Azeotrope
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kevin_Mawhinney
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of the best barrel aged beers I've had. Pours like motor oil, the head is maybe 1/8th of an inch high bronze color. The smell is a good balance between bourbon, oak, vanilla, nuts and dark fruit. The taste is fantastically layered. Starts with a captivating bourbon dominance, transitions into layers of dark fruit and oak and finishes with a very long vanilla note. The feel is creamy and complex. Laid a few down in the cellar.

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Photo of greshdoghophead
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of tomholland
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thebeerbeast
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mbragado
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rodosman
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Slamdeal
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Jhfinn
3.67/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheFizzinator
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beermonster001
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of eisebeer
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Tons of vanilla and dark fruits. Prob the best Scotch ale out there IMO.

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Photo of ZaxGhost
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of odomosan
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TampaRainman
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Firebrigade
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of ranchosdancingbull
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love it! Would drink it year round. It tastes like having great sex with the best s'more on the planet!!

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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
4.26 out of 5 based on 8,107 ratings.
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