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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,485
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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Photo of Frothboss
4.88/5  rDev +20.5%

Appearance has a dark bronze full bodied look. Cant see through the glass. No head and nice laceing. Smells chocolaty and rich, hints of bread and malt. Tastes just as good as it smells, rich, chocolaty and bready also has a good nice finish. Tastes very good. This is a great beer. I really like this one will definitely drink it again.

Frothboss, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of jman42
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%

A = Nice brown color with a bit of redness to it. Medium head with decent retention. Good lacing

S = Malty. Little or no hoppiness

T = Hadn't looked at the bottle to see what style it was. Took one taste and thought "it tastes like a nice Scottish wee heavy" so it tastes the way it should

M = Nice and creamy

O = Liking this beer. Will buy again (but not so much in the summer)

jman42, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of cbazner2k5
5/5  rDev +23.5%

cbazner2k5, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of mjshearer1
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%

A: Dark ruby red/brown, small head.

S: Sweet smells of vanilla/caramel, and malt.

T: Tastes pretty much as it smells. Sweet, with hints of spice and booze towards the end.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation for the style.

O: There's a reason this is one of Founders' mainstays. Such a great example of the style. If I close my eyes and pretend, I can taste Backwoods.

mjshearer1, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of brasher503
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

brasher503, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of gulli
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

gulli, Sep 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

BHep, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of Gwalchgwynn67
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Gwalchgwynn67, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of michiganfootball20
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%

michiganfootball20, Aug 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

PF15, Feb 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

HerbScott, Apr 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

SedateSix, Feb 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

CajunMary13, Aug 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

_--TAD--_, Mar 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

steviesean, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of Keizerjl
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Keizerjl, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of bufante
4/5  rDev -1.2%

bufante, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of BitterBrian
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%

Pours a beautiful deep scarlet with thin white head. Smells of nice medium bready malts. Tasted of bread and slight fruits. I can only compare it to a Two-Hearted without as much of a hop presence. Still an enjoyable drink. Another good Founders brew.

BitterBrian, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of nmyers
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%

This is a great beer from Founders and is one of there flagship beers. This is a great Scotch Ale and it is fun to order "Give me a Dirty Bastard” Like it I said it is fun to say.

With a dark ruby color and little head it has a nice appearance.

The blend of hops, whisky, dark citrus fruits, and a touch of carmel the aroma of the bastard is great.

This beer has a complex taste, with hints of the dark citrus, and a little touch of piney hops.

This is a great beer and is very easy to drink, but watch out for the 8.3% ABV.

nmyers, Apr 23, 2006
Photo of BigAl723
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor.

A: A beautiful crimson that is as dark as an early dawn. This is a very nice looking brew. Not much of a head.

S: Scotch, raisins, and a little funk. Dark and dirty fruit. Molasses and coffee too.

T: Sweet and with carmel notes. This one tastes a lot like it smells. Fruity and dirty. The name of this beer fits it so well it's scary.

M: Medium carbonation. It feels so light and feathery. The alcohol isn't too dominating at all.

D: Very drinkable. It's hard to believe this beer is over 8%. It goes down like it's just over 6%. I could drink 3 or 4 of these.

Overall, this was my craft "gateway beer." My buddy and I used to grill brats on his deck and drink Dirty Bastard. To be completely honest, we didn't even really know how good of a beer we were drinking. It just tasted good, it was brewed in Michigan, and above all...the name is cool as hell. I also drank this exclusively during the Tigers' 06 World Series run. A classic beer that will always be one of my favorites. Thank you Founders for the memories.

BigAl723, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of srobertson59
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%

Served in a pint glass from tap (from Chappys Tap Room - Dayton, OH):

A - Dark chestnut brown with vibrant ruby highlights. A small head formed that lasted nearly the entire glass; leaving lacing throughout.

S - Very inviting! Malts are definitely up front with some sweet molasses, and then I got a hint of a smoky wood like burning leaves that was surprising and pleasant.

T - Caramel and toasted malts cover the tongue with just enough sweetness. The smoky/leafy aroma is still there in taste, but seems to get covered by the slight bittering of the hops. Very clean finish!

M - Smooth and slippery with just enough carbonation to tickle.

D - I could see having a few of these in a row. Nothing ever overpowered the palate.

This is a malt lover's dream. Really well balanced and never becomes too sweet even as it warmed. I'm going to have to investigate more of the Scotch Wee Heavy's. I've only had this and the Moylan's Kilt Lifter. Both have been really tasty!

srobertson59, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of Kgristoff
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Kgristoff, Feb 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

BigFatPanda, May 05, 2012
Photo of berliner07
4.7/5  rDev +16%

This beer was a great surprise. Not a usual fan of the style, but this one delivered. The malt profile was so much more complex than a usual Scotch Ale. Wonderful sweetness was met with a touch of smoke and a sensational mouthfeel. A real treat to drink all the way. I'll definitely get another.

berliner07, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of TMasterFlash
5/5  rDev +23.5%

TMasterFlash, Feb 10, 2012
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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