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Founders Backwoods Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Backwoods BastardFounders Backwoods Bastard
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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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Ratings: 8,215 |  Reviews: 1,860
Photo of ksimons
3.56/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-a deep ruby color with a nice fingers worth of light tan head

S-some malt smell with smokiness, but mostly just a large amount of bourbon

T-Wow that is a lot of bourbon flavor! I'm really not getting much else out of this beer unfortunately. Edit-as it warms the flavor improves slightly with more malt and caramel, but the bite still masks things too much in my opinion.

M-medium body, light carbonation, pretty hot from the alcohol

Overall I was excited to finally see this beer in my area and to try it. The bourbon is sort of overpowering, feels like I am having whiskey not beer. Maybe some age or warming would help improve things.

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Photo of stumac
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of bismarksays
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of bmur112
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of amalburg
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Speiglau BA glass.

Look is a dark reddish brown, hazy with no head.

Aroma is vanilla, oak, and maybe a little coconut.

Taste matches aroma exactly. Lots of vanilla, oak, and definitely coconut.

Really delicious BA beer.

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Photo of dddddddd
4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Angerhaus
3.91/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of derkfromwi
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
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 +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Mattyb79
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
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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Photo of scxcrunner
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

appearance: dark amber with an off white tan head that dissipates quickly. Smell is bourbon, sugary dark fruits/candy, and vanilla. Taste: bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and some coconut. mouth feel is smooth slightly syrupy.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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

Photo of CreightonSM
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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

A - Pours a deep brown with a hints of red and a thin white head.

S - Lots of vanilla, caramel, oak, and bourbon.

T - Just like the smell. Nice mix of vanilla, bourbon, and oak. Slighty boozy finish.

M - Medium mouthfeel with little to no carbonation. Very easy drinking for the ABV.

O - An awesome beer. This is such a well balanced beer with the flavors blending seemlessly. I will have to save a few of these for the colder months.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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

Dark brown, Nice and thick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. The barrels have added a very pronounced whisky nose, and it’s a good one, with wood, vanilla and a bit of smokiness. Dried fruit too, which carries into the taste, alongside lots of deep malt, syrup and some smoky spice. Finish is lingering pepper and tar.

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Photo of LambicKing
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of dental
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Dirtyhands
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%

Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 8,215 ratings
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