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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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6,263 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,263
Reviews: 1,694
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 232
Gots: 1,149 | 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:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 01-03-2003

Brewed with 7 varieties of malt (varies over the years).
50 IBU
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of malthead
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great rich reddish-brown color and beige head. Both the taste and aroma are just fantastic. Plum, fig, brown sugar, molasses, without being overly sweet or cloying. Very well balanced, and dangerously drinkable. If I could get this regularly, it'd probably wouldn't be a good thing...

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.52/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Tenor
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass.

A- Color is somewhere between brown and amber, leaning towards the brown. Holding it up to the light reveals a ruby delight! Quarter of a finger of head that disappeared the minute I took my eyes off the glass. Some light lacing. Straw highlights.

S- Opening the bottle and sweetness is there. Once I pour it there is noticeable presence of alcohol. I smell some caramel, which makes sense for a scotch/wee heavy. Some toast too.

T- Very balanced. No noticeable hops. Mostly sweet caramel. Some coffee on the finish. A flutter of dark fruit.

M- chewy and viscous. Little carbonation.

O- My first scotch ale and I would call this a keeper. I have yet to have anything from Founder's that I dislike. They make quality beer.

Photo of Pintwacky
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of tankg
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of dahlen22
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy amber-red with almost zero head.

Aroma: Smokey, fig-like fruits.

Taste: Starts off thick with dark fruits, dark sugars, and a hint of vanilla, then a slight bit of hops, and finishes malty and a wee bit smoky with some more dark fruits in the back end.

Overall: I love Scotch ales. This is a pretty decent American offering of this style. Not exactly as smokey and big as a true Scotch ale, but this one is smooth, and at 8.5, surely to please. Slainte!!

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.88/5  rDev -4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of adams82
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy red/brown with an off white head.

Smells very sweet, very malty, with huge chocolate notes mixed with toffee, smoke and dried fruits. Very complex, very inviting.

Tastes superb. Awesome. Wow... Huge roasted notes, lots of malty goodness... dried dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, toffee, a litte smoke, super sweet but not overpowering... just right. Balanced with a subtle hop bitterness, little to no hop flavour. Killer ... very satisfying and warm, little to no alcohol flavour despite the big ABV rating of this beer.

Full flavoured, full bodied... silky smooth and just great. What a wonderful beer... why did I wait so long to try it?

This is Founder's flagship beer and there's really no question as to why. This is pure genius.

Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 6,263 ratings.