Founders Backwoods Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Backwoods BastardFounders Backwoods Bastard

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.20%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Wee Heavy", cave aged in oak bourbon barrels.

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

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of ms11781
2.78/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on 10/02/2010. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a very cloudy, very dark brown color with a small tan head that doesn't last very long. No real lacing to speak of.

Nose is a lot of bourbon up front. Not really overpowering as the scent isn't strong at all. But it is all bourbon. Slight oak and maybe a hint of sweet malt but not much at all.

Taste is some bourbon up front but it fades quickly to reveal a very sweet malt that is almost candy like. Slight warming from the alcohol as each sip finishes. Not really the malt flavor I expect from a scotch ale. Not even close actually.

Feels medium to thick in the mouth. Low carbonation that doesn't seem out of the ordinary for a beer of this ABV and style.

Drinkability is ok. Goes down smooth enough and, while the alcohol is high, it's not really a problem. Definitely a one and done due to the ABV though.

This is a difficult beer to rate for me because I do like some things about it but it doesn't have any characteristics of a scotch ale. Tastes like a decent bourbon barrel "something", just not a decent bourbon barrel aged scotch ale.

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Photo of Auror
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of mcrawford
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark reddish-brown. I get a lot of cotton candy and some vanilla in the aroma. Taste is pretty much vanilla and brown sugar with the base wee heavy beer coming through on the finish. It's no Wulver but for the money it's a good barrel aged beer.

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Photo of jwswigs
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reddish brown hue with vanilla and bourbon in the aroma. Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, and oak with a touch of heat on the finish. Nicely done Founders!

10/28/15 Edit. 2015 version is quite delightful with sweet vanilla and maybe some more malt making the flavor profile much more enjoyable than the 2014. Rated 4.6 late year but it's going up now.

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Photo of Brabander
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in an (almost) in person trade with a Facebook Beerbuddy called Jeremy Adams. I shipped some Westvleteren beers to his hotel where he stayed in Germany and he left there some nice beers for me to pick up.

This bottle was a real treat, very surprising to say the least.

Poured in my Struise glass this is a very fine looking beer. Deepdeepdarkred to brown fluid with a very nice thick head.

Very nice smell with chocolate but not too much. Hints of whiskey.

Taste is very soft and creamy. This is a hell of beer which makes you very happy while drinking it. The alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of bonkers
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bottle into a snifter. It is murky and muddy in apperance with a slight white head. The nose is full of bourbon, vanilla, oak, and sweet caramel. The taste is bourbon heavy, but not overbearing. It is nicely rounded out with some vanilla. The finish is hot with alcohol. It has a medium/full body and has nice carbonation. I really liked this. The bourbon really works with this one.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A dark brown with no clarity, head, or lace. Just dark!

S - Ok, sweetness, and bourbon. Bourbon dominates. Toffee, brown sugar.

T - Very sweet! Lots of sugar, toffee, caramel, and finishes with a huge burst of bourbon, from the aging process. Amazingly smooth for a bourbon barrel agad beer.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, lightly carbonated.

O - The best Bourbon barrel aged brew I have had. And I have not had many that I have enjoyed. This one is actually smooth and balanced. Good stuff!

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Photo of millelacsmark
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Wizzle32
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stumac
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of bismarksays
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of bmur112
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of captainbearcat
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of jklecko2
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of amalburg
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Pours garnet color with a quickly fading white head that leaves little to no lacing.

Smells of bourbon and rich malts.

Tastes of a more subdued barrel character but plenty of malts. Malts lead off with notes of caramel and toffee. Plenty of sweetness. Barrel notes add in with vanilla and fragrant wood. Touches of dark fruits come through as well. Finishes with some lingering oak.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slight amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a good barrel aged beer.

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

Photo of FBarber
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a barrel aged snifter - blind tasting.

Pours a crisp reddish hue with a thin tan head. Head slowly dissipates leaving a thin tan lacing along the top. Great color for the style.

Smell was of raisins, blackcurrant, and oak, maple. An overarching boozy smell was noted, hallmark of barrel aging. Also got some minor notes of peat and scotch - very pleasant for the style.

Taste is immediately remarkable because it is so smooth and mellow. Notes of vanilla, wood, raisins, prunes come through giving way to undertones of bourbon soaked oak, bready malts, biscuits finally finishing with a pleasant mild bitter taste.

Feel was thin and light, but not watery - tons of flavors here keep it hefty but its still very drinkable. Medium carbonation keeps it crisp.

Overall this was tasted as part of a blind tasting of five barrel aged wee heavies. Wonderful example of the style - and given the availability and price point for this one, its unbeatable.

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Photo of domdomdomdom
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of derkfromwi
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/7/11 Reviewed 1/27/12 Poured into pint glass

A: Nice tan, one finger head. Cloudy, dark amber, some carbonation fighting it's way up. I wouldn't say a lot, but some nice lacing 4.5

S: Bourbon, malts, spice. And a bit of scotch? 4

T: Malty, bourbon/scotchy alcohol, some fruits, caramel 3.5

M: Smooth, light carbonation, feels about right for 10.2% ABV 4.5

O: Very good ale, a bit more on the taste would have made this awesome/amazing for me, I'm going to have to do a side by side with Dirty Bastard, which I like a lot 4

Bottled illegible 2011 Reviewed 2/19/12

A: Thin tan head, hazy deep dark amber color, decent carbonation, little bit of lacing 4

S: Very nice blend of bourbon, scotch, malts, caramel, dark fruits, some oakiness 5

T: Sweet maltiness, dark fruits, caramel, vanilla, roasted flavor, a lot of goodness going on here, definitely noticeably different and better than the last one I had 4.5, would be 4.75 if available

M: Creamy and smooth, light carbonation, medium to full bodied, viscous, alcohol nicely balanced in there 4, would be 4.25 if available

O: Different than the last batch I had from 2011, can't wait to try again, this is good stuff 4.5

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Photo of GTB
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Mattyb79
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got ahold of a four pack of this after wanting to try it for a couple years.

A: Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Minimal head with the beer being a dark brownish red, almost burgundy color.

S: Mostly bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Very little of the base beer smell makes it through, but that's OK with me.

T: Very impressive combination of sweet bourbon, wood, and heavy malt. The bourbon dominates here.

M: Medium bodied in the mouth with just enough carbonation to tickle the tongue a bit.

O: Very impressed with this brew. The barrel aging does wonders for the beer as I don't really care for Dirty Bastard, but this is great! Can't wait to see how my other three bottles change over the course of the next year.

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Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
4.26 out of 5 based on 8,118 ratings.
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