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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,874
Reviews: 1,627
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 202
Gots: 847 | 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%

vipguy814, Feb 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Colby8938, Feb 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

ptickle, Jul 20, 2014
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3.24/5  rDev -19.8%

Purified, Nov 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

kpattonunc, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of jorg2619
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders delivers yet another great beer. A pour of dirty bastard is thick and dark, I was encouraged by the unpolished look of the beer and how quickly the head died down to a thin skim of bubbles. The aroma was malt, with a hint of malt. The taste is of course malty... but a complex malty that eludes to a complex grain bill and a careful fermentation. The mouth feel is a little syrupy but this is a strong scotch ale. I will be buying it again but only one bottle at a time due to potency.

jorg2619, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of shertz
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with notch on top of label right in the middle(so probably March/April bottle date) into a Pint Glass. Had in my beer fridge and my son left the door open for the night. Luckily, the beer didn't get too warm. So the name fits my thoughts after finding the door wide open.

A- Looks wonderful. Nice brownish/red color with 2 finger head that dissipates quickly.

S- Malty and sweet. Hints of chocolate and some alcohol are floating into my nose. Dark fruit is strong.

T- Chocolatey and Malty are what comes to mind at start. Alcohol is certainly present. Also taste something floral, maybe the hops. Some dark fruit, maybe dates are present also. Really nice but alcohol could be hidden a little better.

M- Probably the best aspect of this beer. Numbing feel in throat is just what I love. Very nicely carbonated but creamy and thick. This is what I look for in a higher ABV brew.

D-To me, this is a sipper, which is what I like to drink. Got a case of this and it will probably stick around for a while since it's so hot outside. I could see drinking this more in the winter. Two would suffice for a night, three tops.

Enjoy and Cheers,

shertz, Aug 12, 2007
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

mccorjf54, May 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

wfcubsfan, Jun 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

SolarMikey, Dec 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

marty717, Nov 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

WI_Boiler, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of Bauzen
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar, earthy molasses, but a super-clean finish. My only gripe is an apparent lack of carbonation. I drank two bottles and both were very flat. The bubbles appear to stick around in the center of the glass instead of floating up. It's actually quite bizarre.

It's another outstanding offering from Founders. A great beer.

Bauzen, May 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

brewcifix, May 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

PseudoBen, Jul 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

EdVandenberg, May 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

TBRich, Jun 06, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +13.9%

DoctorEvil65, Jul 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Johnwf110, Aug 09, 2014
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2.15/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

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.

pumarocks, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of JAA
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a quite cloudy, luscious dark caramel color. The thin head was a bit of a let down, but i'll let it slide because of the style.

Smells also of caramel, lots of malt, and just a hint of chocolate. A bit of apples, but it could just be the caramel's sweetness.

A big creamy malti-caramel body slides effortlessly onto your tongue and down your throat. Alcohol is almost un-perceived. A lingering hop bitterness provides an intriguing aftertaste which provokes an urge to take another sip.

Drinkability is good, not great. I don't think i would choose this over old chub. The best feature of this beer is the way the creamy mouthfeel complements the unoffensive smooth malt taste.

JAA, Oct 08, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

lovellfam5, Aug 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

burymeinhops, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of J23hc
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an chocolate brown. Thick body, not much head, residual bubbles around the sides. Bit of a roasted smell with dark fruit, and faint hops. Taste is very well balanced, black cherry, other dried fruits, sweet cream, and hops to even it out. Creamy, drinkable, smooth. Slides down easily and alcohol content unnoticed.

J23hc, Dec 23, 2011
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,874 ratings.