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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,119
Reviews: 1,670
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 216
Gots: 1,013 | 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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3.24/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of oneeye
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served into a pint glass.

A. Pours a dark auburn red. Hazy and rusty with lots of carbonation. A sticky frothy two fingered head that screams malty. Thick sticky lace left clinging to the pint glass. After finishing the Dirty Bastard there was a froth of lace still clinging on and eventually drying.
S. The aroma of sweet malts and dried fruits. Roasted barley and spicey hops.
T. The dominate taste of sweeet fruit malts. Dark cheeries and candied sugars. A bit of roasted malts as well. Smokey and sweet caramel. Just enough earthy hops and alcohol to give this fine tasting beer the complexity flavor profile that smacks you right in the chops.
M. The mouthfeel is warm and sticky. Syrupy with a full body and just about the right amount of hop bitterness to follow.
D. The drinkability is right on par for a Scotch Ale with an abv. of 8.5. Easy to drink with a strong flavored profile. This beer will stick with you a while.Not intended for the meek.

Photo of CraftAleRookie
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large DFH Snifter (number 7 in a series of tastings for the 2010 Holiday).

A dark brown ale with amber edges- very little head that morphed in seconds to very thin lace, foamy on the edges. Lace lasted nicely and clung well to the glass during consumption.

Amazing smells- dried apricot, toffee, caramel- sweet dried fruits dominate, finishing with sweet malt/molasses. Tastes even more complex- rasins, figs, butterscotch, and malt. The alcohol is noticeable on the edges. Thick and chewy- and I never thought I would use that word to rate an ale. It fits with this one!

This brew feels full, but a bit on the flat side. Complex, but a good warmer on a winter day. Not sure I'd have more than a few.

Photo of HotHands
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a dark brown with a tan head and a little bit of lacing.

S - dark fruits and cooked fruits, kinda like a cooked cherry.

T - Tastes of dark fruits (plums, raisins, figs) and cocoa, with maybe a bit of smokiness. Lots of malt. Some mild spicy notes and a fair amount of yeasty flavors. Almost no bitterness. I think there are a lot of similarities between this type of scotch ales and doppelbocks, with the yeasty flavors being the main difference.

M - good body, low carbonation (expected from the style), and a good creamy feeling.

Overall - a very nice Scotch ale. This was my first Founders beer and it's a solid one for sure. I'd like to try more from them, especially their stouts, because they've proven that they can do a good job balancing malt, sweetness, and other flavors.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of scvance
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

Pours a dark red almost brown color with a creamy off white head, excellent retention and lacing. Smell is nice, some roasted malt and caramel notes. Slight earthy notes. Taste is good, slightly alcoholic flavor, roasted bitterness, and slight earthy characteristic notes. Wonderful, creamy smooth mouthfeel, low carbonation and medium body. Overall, a very good beer, good example of the style. I would recommend giving it a try if you can find it.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of FirstMan
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Julio's in Westboro on my way home from work this evening. Man was I happy to see that they carried Founders. No breakfast stout, though, sadly. Anyhoo - glad they had this.

Pours a deep dark reddish hue. Originally a nice head was on there but after a few minutes there's not a trace of foam anywhere along the top. That's surprising. Spot on coloring, but the lack of head knocks the appearance down a notch.

Nose, however, brings it right back up. Sweet molasses, toasty bread, raisin, and very slight smoky peat. There's a hint of alcohol in there too that makes me feel warm already.

Big smooth and creamy mouthfeel - just excellent. Sweet, malty breaddish taste at the beginning tempered by the tangue of alchohol lacing throughout. Touches of coffee and brown sugar. After just a second a dark smoky character settles in like the back-room of some underground pub. Hooo boy this is a fantastic Scotch ale. Curse me kilt that I only bought two bottles!!!

This is one of the best American Scotch ales I've had. Just fantastic.

Photo of idResponse
2.78/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm going to come straight out and admit this first. I am comparing this to Oskar Blues Old Chub... When I think of Scotch Ale, I think of Old Chub.... When I hear Scotch Ale, I think of SCOTCH. THE LIQUOR! This Dirty Bastard tastes like a soured malt with a little hops to attempt to weakly offset it. It isn't terrible but it certainly isn't great. I don't recommend it unless it's all you can get because it's at least a high alcohol content... so if it's cheap for you to get, grab it and get wasted... if not, pass it up for some flavor.

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3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark and crystal malts. Roasted scent. Some earthy hoppiness

Tastes like bitter roasted coffee some definite whiskey characteristics.

Thin and light bodied yet obvious malt impact. The bitterness really caries through on the aftertaste. Expected more heftiness in the flavor.

Highly drinkable for such a strong beer.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 6,119 ratings.