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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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5,486 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,486
Reviews: 1,607
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 180
Gots: 675 | FT: 23
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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

ranger7, Apr 23, 2014
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Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%

Pours a deep reddish brown with a pretty thin off-white head,big bold aromas of butter and brown sugar with some whiskey notes in there as well the alcohol is very prevelant.Flavors of dark fruit and alcohol are big here with some caramel just adding to the sweetness but this is fine for the style a big malt bomb for sure here.A warmer a sipping beer alcohol makes itself known for sure I have to stop now or I wont see the ending of Revenge of the Sith.

oberon, May 19, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance – The beer itself is nice, a dark brown in color, but the head is absolutely magnificent. It’s moderate in size with the most luscious copper tone that I’ve ever seen in a head.

Smell – The scotch aroma is light and not boozy in the least. Too many of these efforts have that vanilla-like boozy smell but this is a pure Scottish malt character. There’s some light sugary cane as well. It nicely complements the malt.

Taste – The mating of beer and scotch flavors is right on for my tastes. The scotch flavor lingers at the finish making this a long, wonderful drag. It’s a powerful flavor yet somehow light in the mouth.

Mouthfeel – This is maybe medium-bodied with some surprising bitterness. The carbs are in the background but just enough to make this a fun drinker.

Drinkability – The bitterness might scare away a novice drinker but any fans of the style, and especially any lovers of fine scotch, will thoroughly enjoy this effort from Founders.

RoyalT, Oct 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

DanGeo, May 28, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

Turbo, Oct 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours a deep ruby red with mild clarity and a decent amount of light shining through. Creamy, tan colored head on a somewhat aggressive pour; beer appears pretty thick and syrupy. Has a pretty basic, sweet and malty aroma, slightly boozy and full of dark fruity. Taste hits first with a bit of that alcoholic warmth, right alongside a handful of fruity, dark esters. Bourbon-soaked raisins are the first thing that come to mind. Some caramel sweetness leads into almost a slight tartness that takes on a white grape type of flavor. Heavy yeast was noticeable in the aftertaste as the beer fades, leaving your mouth tasting like bread soaked with booze - not bad. Body is medium - slightly thinner than the pour and appearance would have you think, mild creaminess and overall low carbonation.

This is a very nice wee heavy that I've been fortunate enough to have available year-round in most stores. Definitely a slow-drinker with a strong 8.5% ABV profile, but very inviting and flavorful all the way down.

tectactoe, Nov 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Allenicomp, May 04, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev -4.2%

A: Dark amber with a small off-white head that settles fast. Minimal lacings.

S: The smell is malty with notes of caramel, toffee and vanilla. Quite a lot of fruity notes reminiscent of fruit candy.

T: The taste is very balanced. It's not very complex, but it's rich and round in character. Malts dominate with notes of caramel and dark bread. Lots of fruit aromas. It's fairly sweet, but nowhere near cloying. Notes of leafy hops and vanilla. The finish is somewhat bitter with notes of leafy hops, malts and subtle alcohol.

M: Medium body, smooth mouthfeel. Very easy to drink.

D: A balanced and tasty beer. Despite the sweet and malty character, it's very easy to drink. I like the subtle complementary hop notes and how they add a little something to the overall character.

ricke, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of ExtraStout
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%

A deep ruby brown with small tan head leaves lace, Dirty Bastard improves tremendously after it breathes and warms. Worth the wait and the drinkability is vastly improved.

Dark caramel brown sugar roasted barley and alcohol aromas. More complex aromatics rise with the temperature. Maple and roasted grain with some earthy peat flavor mellowed by dark sweet (never cloying) caramel.

Mouthfeel was creamy with full body and modest carbonation withdrew had a slick feel. Whiskey soaked plums and butterscotch and lingering caramel malt flavors in finish. Little going on with hops.

Not really my style but it was quite enjoyable.

ExtraStout, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of brownbeer
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%

Russet in color with a creamy tan head.

Powerful nose of rum soaked raisin, candied red delicious apples. Malt driven with subtle red fruit.

Full bodied with toasty malts, raisin, and a dry hoppy finish. The alcohol shows enough to let you know it's there.

Really unique, though I wouldn't want more than one in a sitting. A nice cold weather sipper that I should have poured into a snifter rather than a pint glass.

brownbeer, Dec 16, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Tiernan, Apr 25, 2013
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3.28/5  rDev -19%

12oz. bottle poured into a John Smith snifter. Bottle dated 6/24/09

It pours a Chestnut brown with deep ruby highlights. A creamy tan head capped the beer.

It smells deeply of a medium to high lovibond crystal malt without much body with a noticeable alcohol burn. A fairly boring and uninteresting nose.

The taste improves on the nose just a little bit. The sweet crystal malt is coupled with just a little bitterness. The finish is on the sweet side which fits with this style. I'm thinking this bottle is just touch oxidized as well. The body is also on the fuller side which I feel masks a lot of the alcohol that is present in the nose. Even though the nose and taste are just about average for me, it is very drinkable for a 8.5% beer.

weatherdog, Oct 12, 2010
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4.04/5  rDev -0.2%

Thanks to Holmes698 for sending this brittle to me in a recent trade.

Poured from bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

A- Pours a very dark red color with a half finger head that dissipates fairly quickly. Leaves a nice lacing on the side of the glass.

S- I get sweet, dark fruit very faintly. After a quick swirling, I can really get some pretty noticeable alcohol notes. Not overbearing though. It is pretty pleasant and meshes nicely IMO.

T-Same as the smell. Not overly complex. Great for the style. The alcohol is a little more pronounced here.

M- There is medium carbonation with a body to match. It coats the mouth but is not "thick" like some others of the style.

O- This is a nice scotch ale that is not available to me here in Louisiana. I am glad I got to try it once. Wish I could get more Founders brews here. I enjoyed it and would have another if I had a second bottle.

tbryan5, May 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

J2L, Oct 25, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

GameOfBeers, Aug 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

ajkiser12, Nov 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

delaced21, Mar 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

JacobMutberg, Oct 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

readicculus, Dec 14, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +2%

Served in a Founder's pint glass at Tyler's Taproom in Apex, NC.

Dark reddish-brown with a relatively thin light-brown foam head of perhaps a finger or so. Likes pretty typical of the style as presented in the glass.

The aromas give the first hints of the complexities of this brew by releasing some fantastic malty richness. It's one of those brews that you put your nose in and can just tell it's going to taste great! Alongside the malts are some smells of dark fruit, a little of that earthy peat smell, and the slightest indication of earthy hops.

A multiple malt marathon balanced incredibly well without being sweet. The malts come in waves, with some sweetness, some smoky peat, some caramel, and more. The balance comes in with some kind of hops that match well with the earthiness of the malt. Some warming reminds you of the gravity of this beer, but there isn't a hard hit of alcohol. Finish smooth and malty.

With as much going on in this brew, it's great how it all comes together with a smooth somewhat creamy mouthfeel. the whole package is incredibly enjoyable and easy to drink. Fantastic brew!!

SIRIUS2, Jun 21, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Brent_ray, Feb 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

BubalooBrewMaster, Mar 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

bdkucharski, Feb 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Dark garnet body. Initially had a one finger light tan head. Finished as a thin layer.

Mainly a sweet caramel smell which blends nicely with a good dose of alcohol. Some raisin sweetness rounds it out. Taste definately has its sweet side but has a toasted nuttiness as well. Finishes with some tea characteristics. Alcohol is well hidden in the flavor. Has a touch of bitterness in the end.

Nice smooth full body, but not much carbonation. Overall a nice aroma and flavor with a smooth mouthfeel make this a drinkable brew.

blitz134, Nov 28, 2005
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

sabitu, Apr 01, 2012
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Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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