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.

Added by CortexBomb on 01-30-2007

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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 CaptainFleeker
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Danobold
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of jrohrbacher
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of savagepm
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of drone
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kingjohnh
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of WCKDVBZ
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Buck89
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Dark copper, rusty brown color with a moderate tan head. The one-finger head didn't stay around very long, but it left some nice tracks in the glass. The nose was full of whiskey, oak, vanilla, toffee, and plum. After one whiff, I was excited about this and the first taste did not disappoint. My mouth was flooded with waves of whiskey, vanilla, wood, chocolate, plum, and caramel. Very well-balanced - the boozy tones were most prominent but seemed like a great platform for the other players. Nice warming smooth whiskey on the finish. Creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. This is a stellar brew.

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Photo of gillagorilla
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Thishops4u
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Boston_Steve
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of lunarbrew
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of snowmageddon
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of brother_kenneth
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


12oz bottle, poured into a snifter glass. This one was fresh, bottled on 10/5/12. I will be putting a few away to try next year as well.

A- Pours a nice looking dark brownish red. Little head to speak of on this one, as I expected.

S- Smell is righteous. The most prominent scents are vanilla and oak. Honestly, I know it was bourbon barrel aged, but I am really getting some rum here. Probably just all the vanilla notes from the oak, but I do think of rum. Perhaps a rum barrel-aged scotch even (think Balvenie Rum Cask).

T- Incredible taste. Lots of vanilla with some oak; the bourbon is really noticeable! I notice a bit of fruit, nuttiness, and a nice bitterness on the finish. When left in the mouth too long, one becomes confused as to whether or not he just took a sip of beer, or bourbon. ABV is high, but I think it blends very well here.

M- As others have pointed out, this is not a very carbonated beer, which is good. It is rather thick actually and goes down warm, much guessed it -- a bourbon.

O- This is one of the best bourbon barrel-aged beers I have tasted. I will definitely keep an eye out for these every year from now on. Excellent seasonal brew!

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Photo of Dirtinabottle
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of rudabegga9
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of johnyb
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of mythaeus
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Almost no head to speak of. What is there leaves a bit of lacing. The beer is a murky muddy red. Next to no light passes through.

S- Cherry dominates over some oak and caramely sweetness.

T- Similar to the nose. Sweet, malty, earthy with a slight twang of bourbon on the end. Its earthy and really smooth.

M- Amazing mouthfeel. Substantial body and unreal smoothness.

D- I want more of this. Aside from the booziness brought on by the bourbon this is really drinkable.

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Photo of zac16125
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a snifter
2012 Vintage

I rarely comment on bottles/labels, but man is that guy on the front creepy. Anyways...

A: Pours a thin appearing, very dark cherry wood color with ruby tones when held up to the light. A ring of tan head builds and quickly fades. Leaves effectively no lacing, and only very faint alcohol legs. Pretty color though.

S: Big aroma, with fresh oak, dark fruits, a touch of smoke, bourbon, nutty, vanilla cake batter. The aroma is very sweet. This is excellent.

T: The first sip is dark fruits up front and huge bourbon notes on the finish. I also get oak, a touch of bitterness, unsweetened black tea, candied pecans. I really appreciate how strong the bourbon notes are. Very well done.

M/D: Carbonation is minimal, which is appropriate. Medium bodied, but a touch thin for my liking. ABV is restrained and plays well with the palate profile. Warming as it goes down. A slow sipper, but drinkability is good.

O: Overall, this is excellent. I had heard good things, and this did not disappoint. It seems like everytime Founders puts a beer in a bourbon barrel they hit a home run. I highly recommend and will certainly drink this one again.

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

Photo of Roze
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of RickS95
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Kind of an odd pour. Very brown with a slow cascading head. However, as it sits, the beer darkens to an extremely dark ruby brown and the head lightens to a creamy white. Moderate retention, but once it starts to die, it dies quickly. Each sip produces an attractive spotty lace.

There isn't much scent, it's very subdued. What's there is a combination of rye and caramel. As the beer warms, you start to pick up the oaky, smokey notes from the barrels.

A lot of depth in the flavor from the barrels. Bourbon is very present, the alcohol shining in this beer. Oak, vanilla, caramel and spicy rye made appearances at different times. Spirit drinkers would like this.

This beer packs some heat, literally and figuratively. It starts off sweet, but heat is growing as the beer works its way from the front of the tongue to the throat. There's an almost number effect on my gums and throat. Sweetness is dominant early on before a spiciness begins and transitions to the warming finish. It's a heavy beer and very warm.

Overall this is another great beer from Founders. This one means business. It's very strong, but if you sip it, it's a great nightcap.

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Photo of Sazz9
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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