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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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90
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5,348 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,348
Reviews: 1,602
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 173
Gots: 610 | 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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Campfire-Kev

Arkansas

1/5  rDev -75.2%

03-31-2014 01:03:14 | More by Campfire-Kev
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B_Sackett

Wisconsin

1/5  rDev -75.2%

08-15-2014 20:13:52 | More by B_Sackett
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Andragos

New York

1.25/5  rDev -69.1%

02-03-2013 09:08:52 | More by Andragos
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grassybranch

North Carolina

1.25/5  rDev -69.1%

12-29-2013 21:57:00 | More by grassybranch
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Chitty54

New York

1.75/5  rDev -56.7%

03-08-2013 20:17:57 | More by Chitty54
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cfrivera1

Minnesota

1.85/5  rDev -54.2%

Smells ok and for the first couple of seconds after sipping it actually tastes pretty darn good - smooth and creamy - chocolaty! But immediately after that, it left a real nasty-paint-thinner-like-vinegary after taste. Couldn't finish bottle - I was VERY disappointed and decided to stick with mojitos the rest of the evening (Christmas Eve). Just for kicks, I decided to give it another shot today - no change - starts out super delicious to the palate, but finishes with a super vinegary bitter bite which literally makes you shake your head and wonder "WTF? What happened here you dirty bastard?" To each his/her own.

12-25-2010 22:49:43 | More by cfrivera1
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

1.95/5  rDev -51.7%

Pours cloudy reddish brown. Produces little head, even with a rough pour. Minimal fine lacing. Not much to look at.

Smells like chocolate toffee meeting asphalt in that ozone spot right when it starts raining. Some fruits, all dark and all somewhat prune-juice like, poke through. Average is a stretch.

Has that flavor that I can't quite put my finger on, but I really can't stand. For such a highly rated beer, I can't by any means figure out why. Honestly it's one step away from a drainpour. Heavy super dark fruits and warm prune juice would be a complementary way to describe the flavor.

Feel wise it's typically Scottish ale like, thick and rich, low carbonation, not bad at all.

Drinks horrible. Will not seek out, recommend, or buy.

It's not just the style as I rated Bellhaven wee heavy quite highly. Something about this beer stands out as "I hate it." I'm sure it's not a bad bottle, but hey, I'm rating both to style and to my tastes, and this just plain tastes terrible. Sorry founders, I like some of your stuff but not this one.

12-16-2010 00:11:37 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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DJoe

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -50.5%

07-27-2014 02:35:03 | More by DJoe
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WraythOsu

Ohio

2/5  rDev -50.5%

06-07-2014 04:04:33 | More by WraythOsu
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Mudawg

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -50.5%

02-29-2012 22:16:11 | More by Mudawg
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SickNukes

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -50.5%

05-18-2012 18:23:44 | More by SickNukes
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AleWatcher

Illinois

2/5  rDev -50.5%

Why does this remind me of an old ale? Stale malts with caramel sweetness and only a mild bittering hop presence.

This is not impressing me right now.

Medium full body is lacking carbonation and feels slightly gritty.

Overall, what the hell is going on here? I love backwoods bastard, and this is terrible. This is like a strange old ale or aged barleywine. There is a boozy bite on the finish that is off-putting as well. Me no likey.

The beer looks murky rust colored reddish brown. Quite brackish and cloudy. Almost no head. Looks dull and lifeless.

10-09-2011 17:57:09 | More by AleWatcher
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Azpittil57

Illinois

2/5  rDev -50.5%

07-14-2013 00:41:39 | More by Azpittil57
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mlplus

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -50.5%

05-23-2014 11:12:22 | More by mlplus
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mcmeekin91

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -50.5%

10-16-2012 17:04:05 | More by mcmeekin91
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jham915

Ohio

2/5  rDev -50.5%

07-06-2013 18:23:39 | More by jham915
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C63AMG

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -50.5%

04-02-2012 15:04:08 | More by C63AMG
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pumarocks

Ohio

2.15/5  rDev -46.8%

I picked this up at the jungle in Fairfield, OH. This is a super malty brew. It seemed to me the alcohol was far more prominent. This was way to strong in my opinion and I will not be purchasing this angain. The Founder's Red Rye is a far superior offering and much more balanced and enjoyable.

03-28-2008 15:13:59 | More by pumarocks
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callieokc


2.25/5  rDev -44.3%

07-07-2014 20:19:58 | More by callieokc
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terence

California

2.25/5  rDev -44.3%

03-24-2014 04:22:27 | More by terence
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Gruntlumber

Missouri

2.33/5  rDev -42.3%

Is this one of those beers that I should pretend to like? Afterall, it has a high ABV, it's a dark burnt amber in color, and the label/name is cool. The name is actually quite accurate in my opinion...tastes dirty. The smell is truly horrendous. If you let it sit for a few minutes and let the fumes build up in the glass before you take a wiff, wow, it is not pleasant. I think that's what did it for me: the smell. It's a hard to drink beer, but you plunge through it because you paid $10 for a sixer. It would be a challenge to choke down more than one of these tonight. As I work my way to the bottom, the smell is seeming to dissipate somewhat, which helps a tad on drinkability. Sorry, this will never be in my fridge again. I think I'll go have the Samichlaus I've been saving for 2 years.

10-08-2009 01:41:42 | More by Gruntlumber
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Fartknocker

Wisconsin

2.35/5  rDev -41.8%

A- Dark ruby red color
S- sweet, sugary aroma
T- same as smell. Kool-aid sugar water with a strong black licorice flavor. Also a bit of alcohol at the end showing that the 8.5% is definitely present but muted.
M- Fairly flat with little carbonation. It must just be me but based on the BA Founders hype, this seems to be another of thiers that I just don't see where the hype is coming from. I've had much better scotch ales than this.

02-26-2012 04:57:40 | More by Fartknocker
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thelagerheads

Michigan

2.38/5  rDev -41.1%

This Scottish style ale pours with a head like Einstein and the brain of a Speak-N-Spell. I'm mumbling to myself right now with a bowl of salty tortilla chips next to me trying to keep the burn from my throat and the hot tremors from the rest of my body. Three parts propane and one part shark liver this is sure to rip your intestines to shreds like the flag on a paddle boat in a noreaster. I kind of enjoyed the first two or three sips but in a similar way that one of my old childhood friends did when he got an Egyptian eye tattooed on the side of his head, "It hurts but it's a good kind of pain." Needless to say he was an idiot and time has caught up and taught me a few lessons about practicality. Get a fire extinguisher and some Rolaids because the whole town is going to burn down inside your body.

06-26-2006 17:19:06 | More by thelagerheads
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MONKandTUCK

Pennsylvania

2.4/5  rDev -40.6%

A - deep red, almost brown. very dense.

A - sharp malt notes. sweet notes, dark fruit, some toast.

T - Very tart. Lots of caramel, prunes, mellow chocolate.

M - Thick, heavy.

O - Too much of a challenge. Too much going on to figure out what's going on. The dark fruit notes really dominate.

I advise avoiding this one. Too weird to be enjoyable.

04-29-2012 22:50:10 | More by MONKandTUCK
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leinie13

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

07-26-2012 01:43:35 | More by leinie13
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Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 5,348 ratings.