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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,402
Reviews: 1,607
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 178
Gots: 636 | 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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South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

06-23-2012 13:25:48 | More by sizemore84
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

01-03-2013 00:50:21 | More by joe1013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

03-18-2012 06:59:26 | More by Orion901
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

06-26-2012 17:14:16 | More by Sco
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

09-08-2012 01:40:39 | More by Judson
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4/5  rDev -1%

04-13-2013 01:52:11 | More by Laslomcd
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3.69/5  rDev -8.7%

Appearance: Pours pretty dark brown with a slight orange hue. Color only visible around the edges through my pint glass as light doesn't pass through the center. Yellow/tan head, very thin (about a cm) but sticks around.

Smell: Pick up just a hint of the sour scotch and not much else. Not particularly complex.

Taste: This is a matter of personal preference, but I'm not a big fan of the scotch ales with a really heavy scotch kick. I don't really pick up much other than the scotch flavor and at first it isn't particularly heavy, which I like. Also did a good job masking the pretty high ABV, didn't even notice until the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth, not a heavily carbonated beer. Pick up a lot of the alcohol burn in the aftertaste which is part of the style in my opinion.

Overall: This was good, not great. I usually expect scotch ales to be really heavy with a lot of flavor, and the taste and smell of this one were good but not amazing. I recall other scotch ales where I took a sip and immediately said "wow." Not the case for this one, although it is a bit more drinkable than others I've had.

10-14-2013 02:32:20 | More by Aleks_P
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

09-26-2013 03:20:03 | More by labattblueribbon
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2/5  rDev -50.5%

06-07-2014 04:04:33 | More by WraythOsu
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

08-04-2014 00:18:02 | More by Dna_Infinity
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4/5  rDev -1%

06-29-2014 14:23:37 | More by klittle250
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4/5  rDev -1%

07-31-2012 02:41:27 | More by vw72
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3.53/5  rDev -12.6%

Staying on a Founder's kick of late. More and more of their brews becoming available here in Northern Connecticut. Great!

This one pours a dark copper into my Chimay chalice. Light cream head that quickly fades, leaving beautiful lacing. Smell is faint bourbon.

Tastes are also mild. A little sweet raisin...somewhat metallic with some nice bitterness at the end. Warmth lingers for a while at 8.5%. Seems like its's seen the inside of a bourbon-barrel, even though I know it hasn't. Not sure if it's my taste-buds playing tricks on me due to the Backwoods Bastard I had the other night (also by Founders). That was one heckuva beer that I don't think I've recovered from yet. Will revisit that one soon with a review...anywho....

Light carbonation to this and overall a fine example of the style. Glad I bought six...will enjoy on several fall evenings.

Still thinking about that Backwoods though...

11-13-2012 02:57:03 | More by tryemdad
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4.18/5  rDev +3.5%

Medium brown in color with a tan head.

The smell is pretty tempting here. Some good notes of dark grains and malt with a little bit of bourbon.

The taste follows through and is pretty complex. Lots of dark malt, very roasted and even some burnt flavors. There is a bit of smokiness here and the a small amount of the bourbon is detectable in the aftertaste. The alcohol is there, but pretty well hidden. With all of the other flavors going on, it's actually a welcomed addition. It doesn't negate any other flavors and provides some needed balance to the smoke and burnt flavors.

Mouthfeel was a little over medium, and the overall drinkability felt more to me like a dark beer (which I guess it is, anyways). It's definitely an American take on the Scottish Ale style, but as with Old Chub, it's a good success. Another in a lineup of excellent brews from Founders; I plan to enjoy this one again when it's cold.

08-13-2009 03:06:03 | More by johannasclimacus
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

02-10-2013 02:13:50 | More by LaurensDeJong
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4/5  rDev -1%

03-11-2014 21:35:33 | More by iannutter
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New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

Chestnut brown with a off white head. Smells of sweet caramel, peat and a little hoppiness. Tastes of caramel, toffee, and finishes with a nice dry hoppy/grassy/woodsy flavor. A nice dose of smoky peatiness is very prevalent as well along with a nice boozey kick. Slightly viscous with a dry finish. A very nice, rich beer. Founders never dissapoints.

01-03-2012 04:52:43 | More by Jef59
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4.6/5  rDev +13.9%

One of the first "big" beers I fell in love with during my "formative" stages of drinking good beer (read: only about a year and a half ago). Pours a really nice syrupy looking brownish that reveals a nice amber tinge when held up to light. The look of the body is nice and thick; looks as if one can chew on it. Head is a quickly dissipating copper shade that, despite the fleeting foam, leaves some decent lacing. Smell is a really biting amalgam of spicy, sugary grains, something along the lines of brown sugar/cinnamon. Along with that is a nice presence of cherry-laced figs along with the stock sweet malty note. There's a bit of a straight alcohol scent along the lines of scotch (something that really kicked my ass when I first experienced it), but this actually blends really well with the aforementioned sweet malt.

The progression in taste is certain one that rises in its intensity, which is always welcome. The first thing that hits the palate is a very sweet, brown-sugary scotch taste. Don't mistake this as an indication that the 8.5% ABV isn't masked well, for this is quite the contrary. Near the middle there is an odd hop presence that falls somewhere between the "earthy" and "grassy" area of the spectrum (excuse my ambiguous terminology; I'm not well-versed in specific hop varieties enough to accurately diagnose it beyond that). Each sip taste a bit different, for I just tasted an almost milkshake chocolately note that I've never found before, which itself is a testament to the devious sweetness of this heavy brew. Not much carbonation here gives rise to a "syrupy" texture with a creamy mouthfeel and oddly wet finish. Everything here is really well balanced, and in order.

01-05-2013 06:29:37 | More by Tomhet
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

01-23-2012 20:47:18 | More by BeerHownd
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

09-20-2013 11:59:23 | More by Gr8Lakes
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4/5  rDev -1%

07-01-2014 16:03:44 | More by geoperez
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2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

06-22-2014 04:23:14 | More by GStone899
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4/5  rDev -1%

07-21-2014 01:23:46 | More by Fahrn13
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4.4/5  rDev +8.9%

08-23-2014 02:41:39 | More by Timotheus1
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3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

12oz bottle into a tumbler pint:
Appearance: Red/mahogany color, tan head faded quickly, left some lacing on the glass.
Smell: Caramel and sweet malt.
Taste: Sweet caramel malt comes through the most. A hint of chocolate, and a hint of sweet (Maraschino?) cherries.
Mouthfeel: Coats the tongue a bit. The alcohol warms me up just a bit on the finish.
Drinkability: Very drinkable for 8.3%. Been featured as the "beer of the month" at my bar and I can put away more than a few without complaint. A good everyday colder weather beer.

01-31-2006 03:45:07 | More by murphysbleachers
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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