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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,321
Reviews: 1,710
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 238
Gots: 1,209 | FT: 24
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 01-03-2003

Brewed with 7 varieties of malt (varies over the years).
50 IBU
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Ratings: 6,321 | Reviews: 1,710
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brownish barleywine appearance. Aroma whaffing of alcohol, also barleywineish and some spice and roast. Taste well balanced though followed by tongue numbness. Hops at finish with roast. Very well malted, some sweet rather than bitter chocolate, and cinammon, and a touch of smoke. and an easy drink.

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bobhits for sending me this one!

Pours a murky dark brownish red with a small 1/2 inch beige head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. A little bit of ring lacing forms on the drink down. Smells of dark fruits like raisins, malts, and alcohol. Maybe some light caramel aromas. Taste is of some malt flavors up front with some caramel and raisin like flavors on the finish. A bit of roasted malt bitterness after each sip. Mild carbonation makes for a smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this a a good beer all around. I think this is the first beer of this style I have tried. Not one of my favorite styles but I would try others in the category in the future.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rustico in September 2009.

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a nice beige head and plenty of lacing as it goes down. The smell is quite enticing with overpowering roasted malts, toffee, caramel, a little bit of wood and vanilla, and a bit of brown sugar sweetness. The taste is all the same with the malts dominating. Medium-bodied and smooth, this one was very, very drinkable.

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4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured dark brown with very little head.
S: Smells of malt and chocolate fill the aroma.
T: Like the smell, the taste is malty and chocolaty, with a bit of sweetness, particularly in the aftertaste.
M: The beer feels medium bodied on the palate and the finish is a bit warming. The carbonation lends some smoothness.
D: It's rather drinkable and the alcohol was well hidden.

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

single finger head on a brown and light amber cloudy body. Lots of lacing.Not much head retention. Aroma is a mix of caramel, cocoa, dark fruit and booze. Flavor is more of the same, with caramel and cocoa initially and a nice musty dark fruit finish. Medium to full body and moderate carbonation. Very flavorful scotch ale. One of my least favorite genres but this one is actually pretty good.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear cola brown color with a bountiful head that hangs around for the full term, leaving plenty of lacing behind as a momento

Smell: Complex combination of bittersweet chocolate, tobacco, peat and dark fruit

Taste: Starts out with deep chocolate malt flavors, bursting with leather and smoky peat nuances; mid-palate, a restrained hop flavor kicks in to balance the malts; long, satisfying finish of complex malt flavors

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and viscous with moderate carbonation; some warming alcohol on the finish

Drinkability: A very good Wee Heavy, though the mouthfeel is a bit thick

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Holy cow, the lable boasts 50 IBU's! I don't think Scotland has used an accumulative 50 IBU's in all of their beers... ever. Let's see how this Scottish IPA goes.

The appearance bring a deep amber, ruby color with good clarity. A short, yet firm head forms on the beer and retains for quite some time though reducing to a trace mid-way through the session. Fair lacing. It's a decent look.

Malty sweet aromas of barley, caramelized sugars, brown sugar, and molassas. Fruity with figs, dates, grapes, and berries. The hops show a light grassy, piney note but not reflective of 50 IBU's. Earthy phenols come in as the beer warms and gives a pungent, earthy, dirty note.

Flavors of deeply caramelized malts give a complexion of Dopplebocks. Richly sweet, bready, and fruity with the figs, dates, and berries. The phenols give a light smokey note but not nearly as pungent as traditional Scottish versions. The hops begin to show their leaves with a stronger flavor of grass and pine than the nose reveals.

At first, the malty sweetness of the barley takes hold.... There's the 50 IBU's, basically all surpressed into the bitterness and dominates the beer from mid-palate on. Bitterness chases the beer into a sweetly, long linger on the tongue and throat. Odd to see such bitterness in this style.

The hop bitternes obviously chase this beer beyond what is expected of the style. But it's not all bad, it begins to take on an Arrogant Bastard demeanor, but with less aggression and balance. The beer does edge on cola-like flavors at times, but ultimately stay with the malty, bready, toasty, melanoidin-rich character albeit very bitter.

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3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a small off-white foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of strong malt, caramel and a light touch of smoke. Taste is also dominated by the strong malt presence with sweet caramel with a subtle touch of peat. Body is quite full and carbonation is low. Very interesting take on the style.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Knapp85
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a nice looking brownish red color. The head is thin and it creamy looking. It leaves a touch of lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer has a really nice sweet caramel aromas along with some earthy aromas too. The taste is very nice on this one. The sweetness was really nice and finished with a light bitterness. The mouthfeel of this beer was very smooth with a really nice carbonation to it. Overall it's a damn good beer, Founder's strikes again with yet another really tasty beverage.

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4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Auch! Yeh've nary had such a bonny taste of heav'n since pullin' yer mouth off yer mammy's teet. With more highland bitties and flavours than yer grandmammy's haggis, Dirty Bastard Ale ain't fer the wee lads. And if it's too strong fer yer silk-wearin', poodle-walkin' arse, then it's back to the loch with you, nessy!"

--Dirty Bastard neck label

Turbid dark iced tea brown infused with a generous quantity of crushed raspberries (visually speaking) and topped with an almond-colored crown that is as densely creamy as any you're likely to see. Thick sheets of lace are clinging voraciously to the glass. Dirty Bastard looks like no other beer; amazing since I've seen hundreds in the past year or so.

The nose is heavily toasted malty with undercurrents of chocolate and dark, dried fruits. I'm a little disappointed that there are no obvious smoky or peaty elements to the aroma. Perhaps they're buried in the beer itself and will make an appearance on the palate.

Great stuff! This is one seriously creamy, almost chewy, flavor bomb of a beer. There's a lot going on here: sweet dark caramel, bittersweet chocolate, bourbon-soaked figs and toasted black walnuts are all members of the flavor profile. I truly love hops, but these sweet, malty Scottish/Scotch ales are growing on me in a big way.

The finish is long and malty with the barest hint of alcohol. I don't mind a bit since it's so well-integrated that it's just another facet of this multi-faceted jewel. The body is medium-full at least and the mouthfeel is reminiscent of heavy cream.

Founders has quickly become one of my favorite breweries and Dirty Bastard has done nothing but move them farther up the list. If you like Scotch ales or just like big, rich, interesting, delicious beer, then you have to seek this one out.

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4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served right out of the fridge and allowed to warm for a few minutes before being poured into a pint glass

A - Poured a very hazy and murky looking dark hazelnut brown with a small amount of sediment floating around in the bottle of the glass. Just a small touch of light peaking through the sides and the bottom, lightening it up a bit and giving off just the slightest bit of a reddish hue around it. A somewhat small off white colored head rose up above the glass perhaps one inch high, before settling down and just becoming more of a film across the top that lasted throughout the session. Very nice residual side glass lace did remain though which was very good to see and this left a good amount of streaking down the inside.

S - The aroma was a classic scotch ale all the way. Very big deep malty notes dominated over everything else insight giving it a very sugary and earthy overall presence. Lots of bready tones in the background and a deep sense of caramel right up in front. There was a slight touch of some residual hoppiness in there, maybe some grass or a light smattering of fruit trying to lighten it up, but overall this one had a very heavy and sweet aroma to it.

T - The flavor was fantastic. This is a style I have been trying to get back into, as there are just not enough good examples of it around, however now that I get to try things like this it really makes me want to seek some out again. The first note to hit the tongue was a tingly sensation of spiciness. Some caramel, nutmeg, or cinnamon with a hint of vanilla, all very raw and earthy though with lots of grain mixed in as well. The overall taste was very raw, and unfinished, but in a good way. Lots of sugary notes coming onto it now as it really get going. This was a lot sweeter then I thought it would be for sure. Some dark fruit like hints in there perhaps, maybe raisins or plums, or it could just be the spice, but either way very nice. The finish was strong, with only the tiniest amount of bitterness coming though and the malty backbone really holding its own, and doing what it could to drag the taste on and bring you back for some more.

M - Very rich and creamy, this was easily a medium bodied ale, which at times bordered on being full. The consistency at times again almost felt chewy it was so big, with tons of sugar and grains. Very nice carbonation profile as it never got flat or dull throughout the entire session and really kept up its own throughout.

D - Absolutely fantastic for a session beer. The flavors were so full and rich, with really no let down at all. I am not sure what the ABV is on this one, but it did not taste very big, but it was no where near light either. Very rich and an ideal beer to have with dinner or sit and watch the game. A little filling but really not that bad at all.

Overall I thought this was very good. I have been lucky that I have a lot of the Founder's brews that I still have to try, or have tried recently, and I have to admit, this one is easily one of the best. A very well done representation of the style that really focused on keeping it raw and earthy, and unrefined. I would love to pick up a case of this one and have one all the time. Really a great representation and a classic beer. Have to recommend this one.

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Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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