Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

Founders Backwoods Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Founders Backwoods BastardFounders Backwoods Bastard
BA SCORE
4.35/5
Outstanding
8,295 Ratings
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:
#333
Reviews:
1,878
Ratings:
8,295
pDev:
10.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,028
Gots:
3,360
Trade:
275
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 8,295 |  Reviews: 1,878
Photo of Bajdog
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TomDestail
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of southsidejoe8089
4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shane-L-Waddell
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jltrovil
4.01/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

While reviewing this I poured into a 10oz snifter. I want to give a fair comparison to the first time I had Dirty Bastard on tap.

Look: A very deep amber with a highly retained beige head. Very nice to look at.

Nose: Bourbon, caramel, and orange peel, but mostly bourbon. The nose is nice, but the bourbon drains out the other characteristics I enjoyed from the standard Dirty bastard: butterscotch and caramel in particular.

Taste: Very overpowering bourbon--almost too heavy in my opinion. But, it finishes out with the nice caramel characteristic I remember enjoying from the original. It finishes with the taste of pure alcohol which really isn't my thing. The orange peel doesn't come through.

Mouthfeel: Wonderful. It is medium bodied, creamy, and smooth. Definitely helps with the high bourbon presence.

Overall: A fun beer to try. I enjoy it, but I prefer Dirty Bastard on tap. Bourbon Barrel aged variants tend to be a notch up, but the was the opposite for me unfortunately.

 1,012 characters

Photo of Logiebear
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A nice reddish-Amber color with light tan head, lots of lacing. Nice flavor of bourbon, can be strong if you're not into bourbon, and hints of toffee, maybe some chocolate with a sweet smooth finish.

 200 characters

Photo of dustin22martin
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JAck199
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Samact
4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eagle109
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stubbzz04
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drh88
4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Marluc
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Eddyfunt
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of colerw
4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of neliam24
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TerryMills
3.34/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Big bourbon flavor , nice body , medium thickness. Nice smooth sweet vanilla finish.

84 characters

Photo of Simon212
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Helixoon
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

Very well balanced.

19 characters

Photo of rarigney
4.81/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sethcroisant
3.57/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bnewt21
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Vixie
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks dark at first, but when held up to the light, is actually a very nice deep ruby color, making htis one of the best looking beers I have seen. Very little head, not surprising considering the alcohol content.

Smell is a bit sweet, like caramel. Little fruit as well, and the oak gives it a smell that reminds me a bit of the outdoors.

Lot of caramel and booze up front, seems whiskey like. Picking up fruit notes, mainly cherry. There is an earthines from the oak, and leaves a lingering burn from the alcohol at the finish.

Little on the harsh side, there is a burn to it, but not exactly a bad thing.

Overall a nice diversion, as normally I an inclined towards Belgian beers. This is a nice complex beer, and a good one for a chilly night. If you like a big boozy beer that is also complex, give it a try.

 816 characters

Photo of keithv70
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours dark reddish brown with just a thin ring of foam. The smell is all oak for me. The taste is oak, nuts and slight fruit, and very well blended. It goes down much lighter and smoother than expected, so be careful with this one. Overall it's a nice beer I hope I find again.

 287 characters

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 8,295 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.