Founders Backwoods Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

Founders Backwoods BastardFounders Backwoods Bastard
8,155 Ratings
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: 8,155 |  Reviews: 1,847
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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.52/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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

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4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This was the most gorgeous color of red I have ever seen. I know I shouldn't judge the color by holding it up to the light, but when I say

S: Very earthy, oakey, and a little nutty and alcoholy.

T: The taste followed suit from the smell; very oakey and earthy. And the bourbon taste is very present as well. Very complex.

M: Very much a bourbon style beer. Very dry, crisp and not too much carbonation.

D: This is a sipper for sure. If you enjoy bourbon style beer's you should enjoy this one.

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.81/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - murky, translucent dark brown/burnt sugar which pours with a half finger head which quickly recedes to a khaki ring and thin top coating just around the glass. I want more bubbles!

S - This may be one of the most pronounced vanilla aromas i've ever smelled. I know this doesn't make sense, but the vanilla just smells sweet, smooth, creamy, silky. To adapt a classic George Costanza line, "I would bathe myself in Backwoods Bastard if it was socially acceptable". The background aroma is riddled with delicious molasses, oak and a hint of dark fruit and alcohol.

T - After that aroma, how could this be bad? The taste does not dissapoint, the flavors are deep and delicious. The bourbon imparts lots of brown sugar, sweet vanilla and a slight dryness from the wood. The malts are bringing out a lot of nuance - hearty bread, pecan, caramel, raisin, plum. The hop profile is not lost, but not pronounced. A very mild citrus and bitter character is present and does a great job of balancing all of the sweet flavor qualities going on in backwoods bastard.

M - Creamy, smooth, low but tingly carbonation. Medium - thick body is just right.

D - I've got to say, I love bourbon, but this is like the bourbon barrel aged beer for the person who doesn't love a heavy dose of bourbon. The bourbon sweetness is highlighted, while keeping the alcohol heat at bay (though there is a bourbon aftertaste). Because of this, this was a beer I began sipping, but couldn't stay away for long.

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4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap here at Stubbys in MKE. Got the very last one - keg blew right as this finished pouring onto a globe.

Appearance: Pours a caramelish color with a nice head that retains for a couple minutes.

Smell: chocolate. Little bit of booze. Luxurious. Yeah, that's a good word for this.

Taste: slightly boozy, definitely not obnoxiously so. Chocolatey, caramel, melts in your mouth taste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Oh, so smooth. Right up there with the Skull Splitter in this department.

Overall: very nice. Wish they didn't run out here, but happy I got to review it!!

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 10.12.12 (I think... hard to read, smudged a bit.) Contentedly consumed on 11.15.13.

Poured from bottle into DFH signature glass.

Pours a lovely translucent coppery color with a thin eggshell head. Very bourbon forward smell, hits you hard. As one that generally doesn't like bourbon it was a bit off-putting, but not enough to want to put it down. The taste.. Amazing? Bourbon is definitely there, but not even half as strong as it is in the nose. Bit of a twang, but in a good way. Hints of a bitter vanilla/burnt caramel. Silky mouthfeel, warms nicely as it fills and goes down. Overall a great balance and really quite lovely. ..and this is coming from one that thought they didn't even like Scotch Ales. Very nice.

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4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.4/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a Backwoods Bastard from a friend, so I figured I’d give it a try tonight. Beer was chilled to ~45deg and poured into a snifter.

A – Beautiful mahogany color, with a nice toffee colored 2 finger head. Great head retention, stuck around for pretty much the entire drink.

S – I could smell a nice light burnt oak, with a warm alcohol aroma.

T – The first thing I tasted was malty sweetness. It was followed by light bourbon undertones. And finally a nice light oak with mild hop bitterness.

M – A really nice smooth beer that blended the alcohol well with the sweetness from the malt and hop bitterness. The carbonation was perfect. When I finished the beer there was a ton of lacing left in the glass.

O – Overall I really enjoyed this beer. I thought the flavors all complimented each other well. I would recommend this beer to anyone who likes bourbon barrel aged beers.

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4/5  rDev -8%

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