Founders Backwoods Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

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4.35/5
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Founders Backwoods BastardFounders Backwoods Bastard
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:
1,847
Ratings:
8,155
pDev:
10.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,018
Gots:
3,270
Trade:
276
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Ratings: 8,155 |  Reviews: 1,847
Photo of Eziel
4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of isu68mbt
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of tridge85
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tlema1
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Creamy, lingering sweetness, boozy finish

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Photo of antoneloc
4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SierraFlight
3.68/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into nonic. Clear dark ruby/amber with two finger khaki foamy head. Lacing all the way down. Smells of coconut, dark fruits, vanilla, and wood. No obvious bourbon notes. Flavor is malty and sweet with more coconut, vanilla, booze, caramel, and wood. Slight hop bitterness on the swallow. Medium bodied, creamy, low carbonation, and a touch thin.

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Photo of mick303
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2014 vintage, bottled in October, enjoyed in February. Poured a dark ruby brown, with a large initial tan brown head leaving great lacing and a nice retention on the film.

S - wow, this is some degree of wonderful. Rich velvety dark fruits, raisin, dates, molasses, and licorice, mixed with some sweet bourbon vanilla, dark brown sugar, notes of earthy/leathery notes and hints of the malty strength, but the alcohol is hidden. Rich and captivating.

T - again sublimely rich but also so balanced. Rich spice notes, molasses, cinnamon, some ginger maybe? coconut and chocolate, and a huge thick oaky and bourbon character, lots of vanilla to match. Some brown sugar, rum spiciness, with some robust maltiness, and an underlying caramel, not very sweet but flows throughout the beer with a nice even keel of caramelized malt. Bitterness works really well to keep this in proportion, this mixes rich christmas cake and an earthy dunnage warehouse, with lots of bourbon and vanilla. The proportions are fantastic and this is ridiculously easy to drink with hardly any hints of alcohol and a captivating flavour profile. Satisfying.

M - rich, malty and caramel body, big, with an even moderate carbonation, not overly sticky on the palate, but has gentle hints, delivers and then sticks around with a long vanilla/caramel aftertaste.

Any praise this beer gets would struggle to do it justice. It is phenomenal. From the aroma to the aftertaste it is a captivating, thrilling experience and keeps the alcohol so well in proportion with the bourbon and malt flavours. It is unbelievable pleasant and easy to drink, suited well to a cold winter night, and I beer I will be making a concerted effort to acquire more of. A delight!

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Photo of wolf_switzer
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ALC82
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very solid taste and feel!

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Photo of JudiciousDelicious
4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Blue cheese nose. Toasted coconut. Bourbon & oak for days. Better as it warms.

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Photo of justjonas
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Do u like bourbon? Cuz theres a ton of it to be had in this founders offering. Has opened my eyes to what can be done with a bourbon barrel aside from the usual (stout) suspects. Delicious!

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

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

Photo of Ahorrocks15
4.96/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

Photo of yannimou
2.89/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Be warned; there is A LOT of bourbon in this beer. It's sweet and malty, but bourbon is the dominate flavor in this beer. The alcohol is NOT masked at all. Imagine drinking a viscous, carbonated bourbon with 1/4 the alcohol content. That's backwoods. Sorry, but I'm not a fan. I like BBA stouts and even barely or wheat wines. This is not for me.

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Photo of sheetbird
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Rubenjr
3.93/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bp4171
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of jworkman
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 8,155 ratings
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