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Backwoods Bastard by Founders Brewing Company
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
10.20 % ABV

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. 

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Review by duhast500 on 10/28/11  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 2 11 19 5 9 2011
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Goose Island pint glass.

The color is a deep maroon with about finger and a half of foamy brownish head.

The smell is malty with some nice bready aroma and an interesting caramel aroma. Things seem to be well balanced even here in the nose.

The taste is sweet malts and some bourbon barrel overtones. Some oak flavor is there throughout the flavor. Some nice bitterness that goes back into a sweet malt flavor.

The feel of this beer is bold and complex with plenty of flavor to dwell over. Bitterness it countered by some sweet malt and things seem to battle back and forth but always seems to even things out toward the end.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 12/13/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 10 19 5 10 2010
Heavy looking and dully lit crimson rust hue. A small lift of dark beige foam appears briefly before sliding to a thin collar and a few spots and globs of lace stick to the glass.

Deeply dark, wafty, and sweet of bourbony thick maple syrup and brown sugar dashed with cinnamon and vanilla. Quite breakfasty...hmmm...a medley of CBS and Old Crum?

Excellent taster! Lots of yummy oily, greasy, thick play of malts and warmth. Deep dark bourbon soaked caramel oatmeal bread smoothered in maple syrup makes a huge core of malt to drench the palate. Nice little touches to cinnamon, vanilla, peet, and tobacco. Really diggin' the bourbon aspects and malt complexity mixing with the spices. Amazingly yummy stuff!

Thick, smooth, chewy, warm, oily body of malt laden perfection. Ecellent additions of dark bakery spices mingle about with a nice tone over the maple bourbony center. It really sinks in from first sip to the dizzying last. Yum!

Backwoods Bastard is some damn yummy stuff! Founders astounds with this one. If there is a bastard who lives in the backwoods somewhere in Michigan, probably the U.P., this would be what's for breakfast.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by everetends on 06/12/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 18 4 8 2010
Old Review
12 oz bottle thanks to IBUnit63. This beer probably has the coolest artwork I have seen on a brew. Served up in a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a really nice milky, murky brown color. This beer doesn't allow much of anything through and you can't see through it. Held to the light, more red comes out in this beer and really lets you see the milkiness that moves around in there. The beer poured a finger of head but it didn't have any retention though. Fades almost completely away, and doesn't get you any lacing. Ah well, the stellar part of this beer is the color and murkiness going on.

S: Smell is a really nice bourbon and scotch aroma just spilling out of the glass. The booze smell is just amazing and you can really smell that bourbon presence. There is a nice brown sugar and caramel working in there. Rounds off with a bit of some nice oaky goodness. Smells boozy but still light enough so that it doesn't seem to be too much, just enough. Very nice.

T: Taste is about the same as the nose, just better. The bourbon really comes out with a nice creamy richness. The booze is just perfect, doesn't overpower at all. Then that booze is controlled by some nice caramel and brown sugar. Toffee comes out as well. The wood in here really comes up and controls all these flavors nicely. Damned good.

M: This is a medium brew on the full side. This beer is nice a creamy, with a slick syrup like feel. ABV is felt with a touch of heat on the throat but the aroma and flavors seem like it would be a bit hotter on the palate and on the way down. Carbonation is really nice and medium, making this one drop easily down the throat. Aftertaste is mostly some booze and oaky goodness.

D: Oh my. I had to keep myself in check and stop myself from killing this in a few gulps. For such a big beer with such big flavors, it is damned easy drinking. Goes down so easy and sits very nice. I just think that Founders did a great job of keeping these boozy bourbon flavors in check and from getting out of control. So damned good. Thanks, Larry. Love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-26-2009 06:12:46

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 11/17/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 10 17 4 8 2009
12oz Stubby
$10.00 4-Pack
Sicilianos, Grand Rapids

Backwoods Bastard pours a fairly clear burnt caramel that glows ruby when backlit. There are some tiny suspended particles of protein. A one-plus ecru head rose as I poured and eventually faded to a creamy crown leaving some big sticky patches as I drink.

Sweet caramel and toffee come through nicely in the aroma. Smooth notes of vanilla and oak glide through flawlessly. While there is a touch of smokey bourbon it's in the background and only works to compliment the other aromas. This stuff smells exceptional!

Flavor walks right along with the aroma. All the flavors meld seamlessly to create an excellent Wee heavy. Caramel and toffee are the base of this beer but the real highlight is the vanilla and oak from the barrel aging. There is a hint of alcohol in the flavor that wasn't there in the aroma. This knocks down the score a notch.

The body is on the heavier side of medium although feels thick and creamy on the tongue. Velvety smooth as it glides along. I'd venture to guess the barrel aging makes the body as velvety as it is.

This beer is very easy to sip. It's cold outside, there's football on tv and this is the beer I'd most like to be drinking right now. Hits the spot.

I don't think this needs to be said but this is another great beer from Founders. They've really opened things up this year with all the new bottled releases. A great beer from one of the best breweries in the country.

Reviewed: 12/16/07

Price: $10.00 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by mar on 02/03/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 2 9 17 4 7 2008
thanks to Nucular for this one. bottle says 10.2% and is a completely different label from what is shown. deep ruby color that’s almost black with no head at all. vanilla, malts, peat and bourbon. thick on the palate with a big peaty flavor with a touch of bourbon and vanilla in the finish to fix you just right.

Served In: Snifter

Review by seaoflament on 03/22/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 2 10 16 3 7 2008
Thanks to northertimber for this one!

Pours a dark amber color, a bit muddy. Not too much head, maybe a quarter inch but it quickly recedes to the skinniest ring. It also pours a little like syrup.

Lots of caramel and dark fruits with hints of vanilla and oak in the background. I’m picking up some scents of raisins soaked in rum, ripe figs, dates, and lots of toasted bread. The beer seems a bit too cold so I’ll let it warm up a few more minutes and I should be able to pick up more aromas. The fruit aromas intensify as it warms up as well as some brown sugar, hints of red cherries, and caramelized fruits. The bourbon works very well with the malt profile and tying together the caramel and fruits.

A little hot in the first sip but not too bad. Raisins and dried plums are intense with a sugary residue in the finish. The toasted malt and caramel quickly follows with a lactic sweetness as well. Vanilla and oak finish with hints of diacetyl and butterscotch. Slight smoky flavors in the aftertaste as well as a dry grape flavor.

Fairly creamy texture with a good amount of carbonation but just a tad of a numbing sensation on the tongue and some alcoholic heat in the finish.

Quite a good beer actually. This is not a style I’m too fond of but the oak bourbon ageing gave this one some more dimension.

Served In: Bottle

Review by Tip Top on 03/02/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 2 10 17 3 8 2008
A - Pours a medium brown color with garnet highlights. Clean and clear. Small head is beige and made up of tight bubbles. Recedes to a ring around the glass fairly quickly.

S - Barrel aging is obvious right away. Big notes of rich vanilla and bourbon. Toffee and caramel. Boozy, but not overpowering.

T - Starts off with loads of sweet malts, bringing out flavors of molasses and rich toffee. Elements of the barrel aging come in. Rich vanilla compliments the toffee flavors still lingering. Bourbon is here, but not the biggest presence. A light bitterness presents itself towards the finish, following by an oaky flavor.

M - Medium bodied. Carbonation is a bit fizzy and hard.

Overall - Nicely crafted beer that seems to use the barrel aging just about right. I really like how the toffee and vanilla flavors play off of one another.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by mr. furley on 12/24/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 2 10 15 3 7 0
received from Eileen in the 07 Secret Santa. bottle says 8.7% abv.

this baby is as flat as my first girlfriend. doesn't effect the aroma which is powerfully boozy from a distance of 3 feet. taste is heavily boozy too. bit of caramel in there. some chocolate. mostly scotch though.

goes down smooth. leaves a scotch taste on the roof of my mouth. leaves a sharp aftertaste.

this is more of a "sit on it for a while, sip it, let it warm up and relax" type beer than anything else. not that it detracts from the enjoyment. would love to have one of these at the bar with a good burger.


Served In: Pint Glass

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