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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
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5,214 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,214
Reviews: 1,594
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 166
Gots: 550 | FT: 21
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with 7 varieties of malt (varies over the years).
50 IBU

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 01-03-2003)
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. amber bottle with no apparent freshness date. Thanks to BeefyMe for this one.

Poured a semi-hazy burnt amber in color with an initially monstrous tannish-colored head. After an eternity, it finally settled down to a finger-thick level. Sporadic lacing of the glass. Aromas are dominated by chewy-thick caramel. Notes of dark figs and spices. Flavor is very sweet, but tempered somewhat by a hoppy bitterness. Finish is a complex mix of sweetness, toasted grains, Heath bars, and a hint of smoke. Low-medium carbonation. Thick and chewy mouthfeel. Even with an ABV of 8.3%, this one is quite easy to throw down.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2004 02:35:40 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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MIbeer27

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

07-26-2014 19:18:12 | More by MIbeer27
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4/5  rDev -1%

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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355 mL bottle picked up in Port Huron, bottled May 24 2014. It has been well over a year since I last tried a new wee heavy. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a murky brownish-ruby colour, topped with one finger of frothy, off-white head that wilts rapidly over the next minute or two. A soapy film remains, along with a narrow collar; not much in the way of lace. The aroma is big on the malts, with notes of toffee, plum, treacle, vanilla and cherry-flavoured red licorice. Very rich, and a little fruitier than I expect this style to be.

A delicious scotch-style ale. Molasses and toffee are first to hit the palate, followed by more plum/raisin fruitiness and red licorice. Some nutty chocolate notes and toasted malts then begin creeping in, with a whisper of peaty malt becoming more noticeable toward the finish, which is earthy with a hint of tobacco. Lingering bitterness interacts nicely with the peat and malt sweetness. Medium in body; maybe a little on the thicker side, with restrained carbonation that gives this brew a rich, smooth, luxurious feel on the palate. Surprisingly drinkable given the abv - some slight ethanol heat is detectable on the tail end of the sip, but it blends in nicely.

Final Grade: 4.33, an outstanding A grade. Founders' Dirty Bastard is one of the finest wee heavies I've had the pleasure of drinking in my 8 years on this site, with a beautifully bold malt backbone that works perfectly with the smooth mouthfeel and earthy hop finish. This is not one of my favourite styles, but like all of Founders' offerings (at least - the ones I've tried so far), I'd be more than willing to pick up a sixer at some point in the future, as this is a quality malt bomb that is sure to be a crowd pleaser. A fabulous brew to ring in my 700th BA review.

Serving type: bottle

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4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an old favorite of mine. I haven't had it in three years though and perhaps my palate has changed. Here goes:

A: A dark reddish-brown. It's very opaque and little light gets through. While the head was rather small, the lacing more than made up for it.

S: OK, neither good nor bad. Actually smells quite like a barleywine. There's a lot of caramel and amber malts, and these impart a very sweet-smelling character. Can detect lots of dark fruits such as figs, raisins and plum. English hops are somewhat apparent, but these are dominated by the malty smell.

T: Very good. The taste follows the nose. The malt is very sweet, and in it I can taste lots of figs, plums, raisins, raspberry and cherries. Almost too sweet, but I suppose this is a style issue (Scotch ales are brewed at very low temperatures and this winds up leaving a lot of residual sugars, as the yeast aren't as active).

M: Very good. Thick and creamy. It glides down the throat rather well.

O: A very solid beer. Goes well with fruit-flavored cheesecake and chocolate fudge.

Serving type: bottle

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Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 5,214 ratings.