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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,837
Reviews: 1,623
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 202
Gots: 826 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

TBRich, Jun 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Johnwf110, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of pumarocks
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
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4/5  rDev -1%

melissab318, Dec 27, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

jverizon23, Feb 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

thejoshgray, Dec 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

Lugenbeast, Sep 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

NearTheGrove, Jan 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

TimRoss41, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of Ferd577
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Ferd577, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of ktblue22
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass - ...
A - beautiful cocoa-black brown with a quarter inch frothy head. Blood red linings when held up to the light
S - wonderful smokey sweet smell - very hard to pinpoint a descriptor. Almost like baker's dark chocolate.
T - I get Caramel and maple syrup from the malts, slight hop bitterness that leaves your tongue tingling on the finish. Very well balanced with a pronounced caramel hop. Slightly alcoholic on the aftertaste as well but its masked well with the hops.
M - smooth and the hoppy, medium to heavy bodied. Its a moderately attenuated beer at 8.5%, which does hit you before you finish the beer. The caramel malts lace your mouth and lips for a luxurious drinking experience.

Wee heavys are one of my favorite styles and I think Founders really did a good job with this one!

ktblue22, Mar 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

mkel0365, Sep 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

Shreyas, Feb 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

canonguy14, Apr 14, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +13.9%

DoctorEvil65, Jul 17, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev +2%

Marcos_Graziano001, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of pavandal
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

beer poured a hazy amber color with a meringue like head on top, which dissapated to a thin layer.

smell was sweet, very malty. It had a slightly floral hop smell, with a slight citrus burn to it. I also detected caramel and chocolate scents. This beer smelled wonderful...

..but it fell short on taste. Don't get me wrong, it was "bad", it just doesn't live up to the awesomeness that the smell brings. It had a sweet start, with a flowery hop bitterness as well as a coffee like backbone. Not much here.

This had a thick mouthfeel, would be good in the winter for that "Stick to your ribs" feeling.

Higher ABV, so just have one.

pavandal, Jun 07, 2007
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3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter:

Appearance and Smell:Poured a medium bodied brown with a hint of amber within it. It had a thin off white head after an aggressive pour. Plenty of nice lacing was left on the glass and seems there was quite a bit of carbonation. Smelled of dark fruit/raisins. with plenty of roasted caramel malt and spice present, and a slight abv warmth on the nose.

Taste and Mouthfeel:Tasted of bitter dark fruit, followed by plenty of extremely noticeable sweet, abundant malt. Finished fairly dry with lingering spice and hop bitterness.

Drinkability:Pretty drinkable brew. Definitely a unique one which gained a bit of needed complexity as it warmed. Had plenty of heavy noticeable malt, spice, and amber ale qualitys. I'd have no problem enjoying this again some night.

blackenmn, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of hopstradamus
3.05/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A. Pours a deep, hazy, amber color with a reddish hue. I poured aggressively and still wasn't able to get much head from this one.

S. The smell is smoky, and sweet with just the slightest hints of wet cardboard and something sour.

T. Smooth and dull, the taste is bready and dry. It is malty and bready up front, and a little smoky in the finish with a noticeable hop bitterness through the middle.

M. Medium mouthfeel and chewier than I expected. This beer seems to have so little carbonation it is almost flat.

D. While there is nothing offensive about this beer, there is nothing memorable either. On a positive note, the 8.5% ABV is well hidden.

hopstradamus, Dec 29, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

mdbailey00, Dec 26, 2011
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,837 ratings.