RATINGS: 1931   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 348   ABV: 11.6%
Big and delicious for your perty mouth. 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 cherries. Its a kick-back sipper made to excite the palate.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
freedivesurfer (13) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2013
"Big and delicious for your perty mouth." Founders more or less sums this beer up in seven words. Year after year this a favorite. This is my last bottle this year, oh so sad. Big oaky bourbon, vanilla nose. Let this one warm up, if you didnt already know. Enjoying with my two best friends, 2 pit bulls!! Poured from a bottle. She changes personalities as she warms up. Bourbon up front, vanilla and oak. Caramel notes, but a well balanced sweetness. For such a big beer its relatively medium bodied. Several months ago I was privileged enough to be at a party with a keg of this, its very possible to enjoy several of these. This is one of the best beers out there. No matter what style beer you enjoy try this!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tognetta (935) - So Paulo, BRAZIL - APR 29, 2017
Vermelho escuro quase marrom, turva, espuma bege de aspecto cremoso, boa formao e longa persistncia. No aroma Bourbon e madeira antiga, malte, leve caramelado e defumado, complexa. Paladar de dulor intenso e mdio amargor lupulado muitissimo bem inserido. Corpo denso/cremoso, mdia carbonatao. Final aumenta a sensao do amadeirado, ameixas e cerejas maduras, Bourbon sempre presente e bem dosado.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
rami_pl (3062) - Warszawa, POLAND - APR 28, 2017
Rami Rami is drinking a Backwoods Bastard (2016) by Founders Brewing Co. at Powiśle
Super profil beczki, waniliowo-migdalowy, do tego sporo karmelowo-chlebowych klimatow, bardzo slodkie choc niewiele ciala. klasa. Przy [...]
Rami Rami: [...] czym to jakas dziwna wersja: 11.1%, warka do 04/06/17. Aaa, jeszcze troche kandyzowanych i suszonych owocow jest.
Rami Rami: Migdalow wiecej niz wanilii
Rami Rami: A moze nie :)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrepintado (3226) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - APR 26, 2017
Bottle from beer4u, so paulo, brazil. Appearance is light hazy. Color is dark red brown black. Thin beige head. Taste is medium bitter, light to medium sweet. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Aroma and flavour is caramel, bubblegum, chocolate, roasted, chili, vanilla, alcohol, licorice, dark red fruits.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SebBrews (131) - Bucharest, ROMANIA - APR 26, 2017
Dark brown pour with medium thick, dense beige head with moderate retention and nice lacing. Notes of whisky, butterscotch, spices (vanilla, cloves), dried prunes, figs. Taste is abundantly malty, but skillfully balanced by the barrel oak, slightly smoked whisky texture and spiciness. Warm, spicy and boozy kick in the aftertaste. Low carbonation, full bodied. An amazing beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tryemallonce (24) - Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2017
Fantastic Scotch Ale. Ages very well. Even more interesting after sitting in the cellar for 6 months. Actually, much better than when released. Lets go Founders, I need more!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
thomashall (902) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2017
12oz bottle, 2015 vintage. Dark caramel brown pour. Nice strong whiskey, chocolate pour. Taste pretty much follows, full bodied, well balanced. Really well done in this style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christos (5471) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - APR 22, 2017
(Founders Backwoods Bastard) Bottle 355ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 11.6% Dark brown colour on the body, almost a full finger of beige head on top, with good density and retention. Aroma of caramel, dark fruits, bourbon, toasted malts, toffee. Taste follows, caramel and toffee, red fruits, plenty of bourbon, alcohol. Medium thick body, soft carbonation. Nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (5685) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2017
Bottled. 35cl sample. Enjoyed during the second quarter final battle between Schalke 04 and lucky Ajax. The aroma has vanilla, bourbon, dried fruit, caramel/butterscotch. Clear, copper-brown coloured beer with a thin head. The taste is moderate sweet, light bitter, boozy, has butterscotch and vanilla. Medium bodied beer due to barrel aging. Nice, but for me a bit too much bourbon there.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PabloZab (1440) - Wroclaw, POLAND - APR 21, 2017
Bottle 330ml (BB 04.06.2017 11.1 ABV). Brown-red colour with huge, beige head with good lacing. Aroma is great, malty with sweet vanilla and dry wood notes, very good balanced, intense, really nice. Sweet, malty, vanilla at the beginning and dry, wood, alcohol finish plus very gentle spicy note in aftertaste. Really good with oil texture, quite drinkable but warms inside very well. Rather dry than sweet with great aroma, very good taste, Im really surprised because I didnt expect so much but the beer is rich, great balanced and its really top level.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (6410) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 19, 2017
Bottled 9/30/2015, drunk 3/14/17.
Pours a clear, dark amber with bright auburn highlights and a good-sized, dark beige head showing moderate retention.
Spicy whiskey notes mix with even oak showing light vanilla, sweet maple and toffee as well as lots of pepper. Light on the alcohol and nicely malty yet not overly so/cloying. Not much oxidation, if any, either, which is surprising, given this is 18 months old. Light brown bread, bits of fig and date-like notes, though this is pretty low on the fruitiness/English aspects, overall.
In the mouth its nicely attenuated though still provides ample malt texture as well as notes of caramel, toffee, fig, date, vanilla and honey. The barrel adds spicy whiskey, very dry prunes and lots of pepper character which balances the malt character nicely. Low carbonation, fairly engaging with very low alcohol for this high an abv. Some warmth and light esters, but otherwise well-controlled. Good expression/flavor on the barrel-aging and thankfully the beer is pretty well-attenuated. I think a lot of this has come from letting the beer sit. Its still a bit devoid of overall personality and retains some alcohol and sharpness (inevitable at this level of abv), as well as being a bit dominant in the barrel character.

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