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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,656
Reviews: 1,614
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 193
Gots: 747 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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Photo of Roose13
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: A dark, cloudy, almost dirty (get it?) brown. Great color of brown IMO. Very thin head that disappears. Nice lacing that lingers.

S: Sweet, malty, sugary, caramel.

T: Pretty sweet. Can hint coffee, malt, sugar. Full-flavored.

M: Pretty carbonated, but not too much. Robust.

Overall: Incredible beer. This is so easy to drink. I will definitely have this again. Founders is definitely on my radar for dark beers.

Roose13, Oct 24, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

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2/5  rDev -50.5%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have been highly anticipating a taste of this brew. Scotch ales are among my favorites and Founder's is in my home town of Grand Rapids, MI. With a name like Dirty Bastard and the man-ly statements made on the label, this beer had better have some kick. It does.

Dirty Bastard pours a very deep and dark amber color. In fact, it looks black unless you hold it up to a light. The head is thin and tan in color. The carbonation bubbles rise from the dark depths of this brew like stars whizzing past the Millenium Falcon as it enters warp-speed.

There's a bit less smell associated with DB than I would have thought for such a strong, malty brew. But the flavor! This is immediately recognizable as a Scotch ale as you taste the sweet malts and thinly masked alcohol. I was reminded of Southern Comfort as I took more sips. Sweetness, malts, and alcohol. If you don't like those flavors, then step away from the DB.

kwalters, Feb 24, 2004
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3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy dark brown/brick red with a sudsy, tan half-inch head that quickly breaks up leaving scattered bubbles. The smell is rich, dark fruits and boozy. This is really good. A rich, but clean, malty blend. There is caramel and toffee up front with nutty and smokey flavors following. The dark fruit and yeast play their part as well. A clean aftertaste follows. This brew balances out nicely masking the alcohol well. Moderately carbonated and a creamy, full feel to this Wee Heavy. I'm not picking up on alcohol taste like I did on the aroma. A great wintertime brew and quality all around from Founders.

mindlucent2007, Dec 28, 2011
3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard 16 oz. pint glass.
Appearance was thin through the pour. Unimpressive beige colored head that reduced to a light bubbly ring of foam. The beer is deceivingly carbonated based on the appearance in the glass. Cloudy garnet red tea color. No lacing to speak of.
Initially the smell was weak. As the glass warmed~ smokey, creamy malts & coffe beans, toffee & ripe fruit were noted along with roasted nuts.
Mouth is spicy with tanic bitters, alcohol up front & hops on the finish.
Medium light body. Smooth but not slippery or slick. Finish holds spicy on the tongue & sweet on the lips long after the swallow. Whiskey warms the throat but doesn't dominate the taste.
Woody, grassy hops in the nose.
Worth trying & I'm glad I did. Wouldn't want a second one in the same sitting. I don't think I'd seek it out again but if offered I wouldn't turn it down.

TATTORSO, Jul 10, 2008
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3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to Pint.

A: Dark brown with red hues, clear, 1/2 inch tan head. Some lacing.

S: Caramel malty biscuit!!

T: Caramel, bitter, booze, malt sweetness and biscuit slightly noticeable.

F: Starts off light and smooth, becomes very syrupy towards the end.

D: High. While the booze was noticeable I could do with more. The warm associated with high abv brews is a taste and mouthfeel all it's own - and Scotch Ale's/Wee Heavy's are the best. Still enjoyable and one of the better commercial craft Scotch Ales stateside.

NOTE: I have several of these over three nights at varying temperatures to try and find one that balances out the bitter, sweet, and booze better...but to no avail. hmmm

biophiliadude, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of Transatlantic
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice dark amber (rusty brown) color with an offwhite creamy head that's sticking around a good while. Lacing looks great

S - Oh wow, makes me think of a brown ale through the smell. There's a very light roasted malt upfront with a slight hint of sweet chocolate. Many people are mentioning a boozey smell, but i'm not picking it up. I almost think i'm picking up wet leaves as well.

T - Wow, definitely an interesting one here. The first thing I pick up on is the sweet malty characteristics which play well with the taste of alcohol which comes in through the back. Roasted malt is definitely upfront. I want to say there's dark fruit in the taste as well. Bitterness will show up towards the end, but in no way strong.

M - Very very creamy and medium to full bodied. This is a warming beer. Just a couple sips and you'll be feeling it in your chest.

D - As a high abv beer which does good at hinting at you, this is not a beer you'll be downing in numbers.

Transatlantic, Oct 30, 2010
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4/5  rDev -1%

chasesitten, Feb 21, 2012
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 5,656 ratings.