Founders Backwoods Bastard

Discussion in 'Beer Releases' started by A2HB, Nov 21, 2013.

  1. A2HB

    A2HB Oct 30, 2013 Michigan

    "Expect lovely, warm smells of single malt scotch, oaky bourbon barrels, smoke, sweet caramel and roasted malts, a bit of earthy spice, and a scintilla of dark fruit. It’s a kick-back sipper made to excite the palate."
    • ABV: 10.2%
    • IBUs: 50
    • Availability: November

    Anyone had any of this year's batch yet? Is it even available? Sounds really tasty to me. ISO starting today...
  2. kdb150

    kdb150 Mar 8, 2012 Pennsylvania

    I got my case. It's as good as always, although the last couple of years I didn't catch any smoke where the first time I tried it, the 2011 batch had a touch of smokiness. Still, great beer that is worth tracking down.
  3. lowbit

    lowbit Jul 24, 2013 Wisconsin

    This was released at the beginning of November, and there've been mountains of it available FT in the last few weeks.
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  4. MikeCactusGordon

    MikeCactusGordon Feb 20, 2011 Ohio
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    Great beer and worth trying to find some.

    Between friends we have around a 18 bottles left. Pop 1 or 2 every weekend. Love this time of year ( I say that every month)
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  5. CraftFan5

    CraftFan5 May 14, 2013 New York
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    Just got a 4 pack this time around. Probably will get another one or two in the next few weeks. I was spoiled by having it on tap a few times; it's just luscious on tap.

    My advice: don't just open and drink, at least not the whole thing. Let at least half of it sit and warm up.
  6. GreesyFizeek

    GreesyFizeek Mar 6, 2013 New York
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    Had it on tap a few weeks ago, first time trying it, it was stellar. One of my new favorites.
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  7. MikeT77

    MikeT77 Jul 2, 2010 New York
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    Always loving the BWB. Such a great beer for this time of year. Picked up a case of 2013; still have a 4pk of 2012 and a 4pk of 2011.
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  8. Stugotzo

    Stugotzo Jun 13, 2012 Florida

    So, you're saying it's available in November, has 50 IBUs and and ABV of 10.2%? o_O
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  9. striker2160

    striker2160 May 5, 2013 Minnesota
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    In Minnesota it was here and gone in less then a week. I didn't get any. It sounds like some states got a lot more then others.
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  10. A2HB

    A2HB Oct 30, 2013 Michigan

    Yeah sorry about that, I don't know how that happened with it going on there multiple times like that, it didn't look that way when I posted. Oh well

    Well glad to hear it's out and available at places. I haven't sen any at my usual store I'll have to start looking around some other places.
  11. tvazteca

    tvazteca Sep 27, 2011 Massachusetts

    We got another case in at my store this week. It doesn't fly off the shelves like I expect it. Love it though and scooped up some for me.
  12. Hopheadhiker

    Hopheadhiker Mar 21, 2013 New York
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    I have gone through two 4 packs already and have some tucked away in the cellar. One of my favorite annual releases from any brewery. I usually do not refrigerate and just open right from my cellar. Great stuff.
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  13. FATC1TY

    FATC1TY Feb 12, 2012 Georgia
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    Been out and around. Multiple shipments have come and gone. Sits on the shelf in some places. I've bought a case atleast so far. Love it. One of my favorites and something I look forward to every year.

    Word of warning, it's not really great to age it, IMO.

    Been trying to drink through my 4 packs from last year. Fresh taste so much better.
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  14. core42

    core42 May 5, 2010 Michigan
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    I've bought two 4 packs of it on 3 times over the past couple of weeks. It's out there in MI
  15. Andreias21

    Andreias21 Feb 3, 2011 Florida

    I'm on the opposite end of your spectrum, I had a 2009 recently and it was stellar, which is why I have a case in the back of the closet to wait around for a while.
  16. thewrongtone

    thewrongtone Oct 15, 2006 Texas

    So good! This is the first year I've had it, and I was floored.

    Just an awesomely done beer.
  17. Jadjunk

    Jadjunk Dec 6, 2009 Georgia

    It was far less limited in Georgia this year, they even got second shipments in. I lucked out last year by finding a 4 pack stashed behind a bunch of stuff, that was 2 days after it hit market, 2 weeks this year and it's still in stock on shelves. I'm hoping this is good news for 2014's accessibility of KBS and any future backstage series releases!
  18. MikeT77

    MikeT77 Jul 2, 2010 New York
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    Question for everyone else - the case I've picked up, plus between 6-8 other 4pks I've picked up for others - didn't have the Founders logo on the cap. It was just a simple, plain black bottlecap. Did tey run out of branded caps and use unbranded ones? Or are all Backwoods Bastards capped like that this year?
  19. Frankinstiener

    Frankinstiener Jul 28, 2009 Illinois
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    great beer, they don't make enough for it for me to enjoy anymore. Missed it the past two years. Had a bottle at the bar the other night. They make just enough for me to be made that I can't have more, its more of a tease than anything. I want at least a few four packs, so I can pair a couple bottles up with a nice cigar.
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  20. Drew26

    Drew26 Nov 2, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Always one of my favorite beers, year after year.
  21. Frankinstiener

    Frankinstiener Jul 28, 2009 Illinois
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    yes they ran out of caps, all of their beers bottled around that time had plain black caps.
  22. Preluderl

    Preluderl Sep 27, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Got my four pack the week it came out. Great stuff but it's such a big beer I don't drink a ton. The four pack is just enough to satisfy the craving for me.
  23. shnsajax

    shnsajax Jul 2, 2013 Idaho
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    First time to have it tonight. I would say I like this better than FBS. Curious as to which one people would prefer over the other.
  24. blamethemovies

    blamethemovies Mar 11, 2012 Florida

    Been lucky to find it several times in Orlando for the first time and happen to be drinking one right now. Having this and Breakfast Stout readily available in Florida has made the Holiday season so much better.
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  25. core42

    core42 May 5, 2010 Michigan
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    As was mentioned there was a period of time where all brews had just the solid black cap including the 4 pks that I had of Harvest Ale along with BB. The 4 pks I have now & am seeing at the store all have the Founders cap back on them
  26. MosinMan762

    MosinMan762 Oct 21, 2013 Ohio

    This year's is also the first time I had it and it immediately moved into my top 5, maybe #1. I truly believe it is the perfect beer. I had an opportunity to buy a case when I got my 4 pack but I passed it up due to cost, and not knowing if it lived up to the hype. Of course I haven't seen it anywhere since, and that was weeks ago.
    I must add that this past Saturday after watching UFC, drinking an Enjoy By bomber, a six pack of local IPA, a Anchor Christmas, and several cheapo beers I decided to have a Backwoods as a nightcap at like 2am... talk about feeling like total crap the next day. Ouch!
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  27. AaronRodgersMVP12

    AaronRodgersMVP12 Jan 20, 2013 Wisconsin

    completely different beers.
  28. SawDog505

    SawDog505 Apr 9, 2010 New Hampshire
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    I liked fresh more also, but maybe more time will make it even better. I do Bigfoot tasting every year and they get stail and boring at a certain stage and taste amazing a year later. Love the process of finding the sweet spot. That is why I have an awesome cellar.
  29. Gr1mmy77

    Gr1mmy77 Nov 12, 2013 South Carolina

    Sold in a day here... If you can get some stuff up there (back home for me) I'd be willing to give up a 4pack or two. None of the bourbon county beers get here, new glarus, and I do miss surly!!!!!! Be nice if schells did some barrel beers!!! Maybe they do now idk
  30. Dupage25

    Dupage25 Jul 4, 2013 Antarctica

    Still some in D.C. Good stuff, can't decide if I prefer this year's or last year's.
  31. kdb150

    kdb150 Mar 8, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Listen to this. If you listen to people who tell you to age it you will be sorely disappointed.
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  32. JT99125

    JT99125 May 7, 2013 New Jersey

    I have not yet seen any of this in South Jersey. sad face.
  33. Jjski

    Jjski Nov 2, 2013 New York

    I wonder if people are finding out about this and demand is up? Last year there were multiple cases in Rochester for months. I suspect there will be another distro coming. It's not really a "Limited release" , but worthy of all the acclaim.

    An excellent, easily obtainable ( until this year) bourbon barrel wee heavy,
  34. PlayaPlaya

    PlayaPlaya Sep 19, 2012 Illinois

    I have not a single clue how beer distribution works, clearly.

    The stores 25 miles from me got this almost a month ago. The stores in my town just got it this week.....

    One or two stores have it marked at $14.99 each! Ouch!
  35. TheJessica

    TheJessica May 24, 2013 Virginia

    The distribution here to Virginia was pretty limited, but we had the option to buy it 2 weeks ago and the distributor had already sold out of it by the next week :-/ I've noticed a couple of local Total Wines still have some in-- I'd suggest the Tyson's Corner or Springfield, VA store for those looking for it here in VA. I've not noticed anyone with it on tap though :( I shake my fist at the lack of kegs! ;-)
  36. core42

    core42 May 5, 2010 Michigan
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    In SW Michigan I see it for 11.99 almost everywhere but we have one place that has it at 14.99
  37. HawkeyeNation

    HawkeyeNation Jun 18, 2013 Iowa
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    They're $14.99 in my area, every store. However, one store does have it for $13.99 as they just got a bunch in.
  38. MikeCactusGordon

    MikeCactusGordon Feb 20, 2011 Ohio
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    $13.99 in OH at 3 different places I've seen it.
  39. turbotype

    turbotype Nov 5, 2013 California
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    2 different stores in southwestern PA.
  40. Gr1mmy77

    Gr1mmy77 Nov 12, 2013 South Carolina

    I paid 4.69$ a bottle... Yours isn't anywhere close to being an ouch!!!!
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