Founders Backwoods Bastard

Founders Backwoods Bastard

Rated 3.820 by BeerPals

Brewed by Founders Brewing Co.

Grand Rapids, MI, United States

Style:  Scottish Ale

10.2% Alcohol by Volume

50 International Bittering Units

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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.

ID: 29827 Last updated 2 years ago Added to database 16 years ago

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Overall Rank484
Overall Percentile99.1
Style Rank7 of 680
Style Percentile99
Lowest Score2.6
Highest Score4.5
Average Score3.915
Weighted Score3.820
Standard Deviation0.419

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  • SIGMUND 6506 reviews
    rated 3.8 2 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    355 ml bottle, vintage 2014, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 10.2%, 50 IBU. Deep ruby colour, large to moderate off-white to beige head. Aroma of Scotch whisky and bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, grain and dust. Medium sweet flavour with the same elements as the aroma, also a distinct hoppy bitterness in the finish. Warming mouthfeel. Not bad at all.

  • CHOPZ 7017 reviews
    rated 3.8 5 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Pours a deep amber, almost copper colour with a creamy warm beige cap, good retention, tiny particles and some foamy lace. Big aromas of liquorice and dark fruits (figs, dates) at first pour with a bitter storm and hints of soya. The taste is smoother with the dark fruits and caramel malts. Silky mouthfeel with some dryness in the finish, where bitterness builds. Hard to feel the oak bourbon barrels, as lost in the sweetness, and everything else going on. Some vanilla notes maybe. Just a scotch ale with a little more bitterness.

  • PALEALERIDER 2314 reviews
    rated 4.2 5 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Bottle from LCBO. Pours a fairly big thick frothy tan head and has a murky amber appearance. Decent sticky dirty lacing. Moderate carbonation. Aromas of roasted malts, herbal, spices, notes of caramel and hint of vanilla. Flavours are strong earth, herbs and roasted malt notes with a bit of the barrel aged notes readily apparent. Has a little bit of a smokey finish. Smooth and slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is quite noticeable but not offensive in the least. Good balance of sweetness and bitterness. Great price for a great beer!

  • FISHINGFAST 685 reviews
    rated 3.9 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Pours out a red Amber reddish hue color with thin tan head. The aroma is of wood and malt. The mouthfeel is thick but oh god the ABV is noticeable. The flavor is a little sweet but wow the Abv is really there.

  • R.ROUX 395 reviews
    rated 4.1 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Reddish brown in color with a tan head. Aromas of bourbon and malt with notes of caramel and a hint of vanilla. Bourbon is the dominant flavor now joined by a bit of woodiness, as the malt, caramel and vanilla help balance the strong bourbon presence. Has a surprisingly sweetish finish. Mouthfeel is full and indicative of the style. I must admit, the first few that I had, I wasn't completely sold on. But this is my third one of the 4-pack (but only my first beer this evening) and it has definitely grown on me. Another winner from Founders.

  • GIVMEBEER 795 reviews
    rated 3.9 9 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Even with an aggressive pour it looks like brown wine. That's the only thing bad about it. Aroma of oak, fruit and booze. Strong bourbon flavour, caramel malt, vanilla, fruit, smoke, and some spice. Medium smooth mouthfeel. If you're a fan of barrel aging, this is a good one to try.

  • PAULCARDOM 549 reviews
    rated 4.1 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Founders has arrived in Ontario with 6 new beers and after trying them all, we need more of these in Ontario. Backwoods Bastard is a barrel aged Dirty Bastard and the result is a great beer. A dark rust colour with a decent sized cap. Aroma is sweet malt, berries, molasses, and bourbon. Flavour is a beautiful mixture of sweet malt/molasses balanced by a hint of alcohol. Great beer.

  • CYRENAICA 2408 reviews
    rated 3.7 10 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    355ml bottle
    10.2% ABV
    King/Spadina LCBO Outlet (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
    December 13, 2013
    Part of the Founders Release at the LCBO. The beer pours a translucent dark brown with a thin tan ring for a head that laces well. Aroma is dark fruit, molasses, and bourbon. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation. Flavour is strong on the bourbon with the caramel and roasted notes in the background.

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 4.2 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    I like this one a lot. Bourbon in the flavor, strong but not overwhelmingly sweet. Heavy caramel malts with some light fruit as well. Appearance is a murky medium brown, with a mahogany tint. I actually thought the alcohol kick is somewhat tame for 10.2%. Only sampled a single to try out, but going to get a 4-pack and age a couple.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 3.2 10 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 6

    A reddish-light brown colored beer with a two finger off white, sudsy textured head. Not much hang time and not much lacing. Boozy, high octane, vanilla in nose and tasting. Light whiskey feel on the palate.

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