Backwoods Bastard, a Scottish Ale by Founders Brewing Co.

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Backwoods Bastard is a Scottish Ale brewed by Founders Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a snifter from a bottle.

Packaging art for the Backwoods Bastard by Founders Brewing Co.

Packaging art for the Backwoods Bastard by Founders Brewing Co.


The Scotch Ale pours a clear mahogany brown with ruby highlights popping through. It’s topped by an inch-thick head of tan foam that shows fine retention. The reduction leaves behind a thin film of residue and foamy collar.


The ale has a heady aroma of bourbon, vanilla, and a hint of chocolate.

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A mellow earthiness of oak and tea crests towards a bright citrus note of orange followed by flavors of bourbon, caramel, cherry, and dark fruit. The base has a slight earthiness of oak mixed with booze and vanilla.


The feel luxuriously smooth and dry with a full body and less-than-moderate carbonation. There’s an expected warming sensation from the alcohol that approaches hot.

Label art for the Backwoods Bastard by Founders Brewing Co.

Label art for the Backwoods Bastard by Founders Brewing Co.


Backwoods Bastard is a strong brew. Both in character and alcohol. Aged in bourbon barrels, that liquor permeates both aroma and taste. First served, the strength of the bourbon nearly quashes its complex palate, but as it warms, those rich and decadent flavors really come through. This boozy Scotch Ale is an easy-sippin’ palate pleaser.

About this Beer

Backwoods Bastard is a variant of the Dirty Bastard Scottish Ale and part of the Founders Barrel-Aged series. This Scottish Ale is so popular that Founders Brewing has made this brew available year round.

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