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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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5,226 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,226
Reviews: 1,594
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 167
Gots: 549 | FT: 22
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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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.

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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).

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Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 5,226 ratings.