Feb 12, 2010

Founders Backwoods Bastard

My notes for this brew are actually from late December/early January, but I just happened to crack open my last Founders Backwoods Bastard this week in an attempt to soothe an aching back — stupid snow… stupid shovel.

Backwoods Bastard is a bourbon barrel aged scotch ale that is boozy, warming and full flavored. The bourbon really comes through, giving the beer a strong taste to go along with the higher 10.2% ABV. The combination makes for a near perfect brew for after dinner sipping on a cold, snowing night.


This scotch ale pours a rich mahogany in color with a decent, medium tan head that faded quickly.


This thing is boozy as all get out, with an underlying bourbon note. There’s a great oak presence within the nose that can come across a bit earthy and funky. The scotch ale maltiness and sweetness are also there, mingling nicely with the bourbon and wood notes.


I know that I’ve used “wow” in reference to several of Founders’ products, but, wow, this brew is damned tasty. I love the big time scotch ale malt and upfront sweetness that transitions to the wood and bourbon flavors. The finish on the brew is surprisingly smooth and drinkable.


Backwoods Bastard hit the spot wonderfully. It’s boozy, warming, rich and smooth. I tried to store some in the basement for a later date, but pilfered it all too quickly. Now, I just need to find more of it.

Rating: 4/5

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