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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,719
Hads: 6,687
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 21.09%
Wants: 265
Gots: 1,532 | FT: 25
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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
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Reviews: 1,719 | Hads: 6,687
Photo of morimech
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a one-fingered head that has good retention. It eventually settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing left on the glass.

Has a smell of roasted malt with a little smoke. But there is a heavy alcohol aroma as well.

The taste starts out mellow enough with the customary roasted malt and smokiness. But the alchohol is really overbearing in this beer. Very hot alcohol affect.

Has a nice creamy mouthfeel that coats the palate.

Too boozy for me. This would be a much better beer if they knocked a couple of percentage off the ABV.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

How did it gets so dirty? Pours a semi-hazy dark hazelnut brown color. I did a good job keeping the sediment at bay put some might have got in the mix as well. A soft white head with limited retention which eventually died altogether. Limited lacing as well.

The nose is rich with sweet malt. Well represented overall there is a big caramel and sweet malt aroma. Almost along the lines of sugary but enough malt (attenuated) notes in there to balance it out. Some bready undertones and noticeable solvent alcohol aromas as well. A hint of earthy hoppiness as well.

The taste is similar. A big malt flavor with more caramel and syrup like qualities. Sweet but again not too sugary sweet. Some kettle caramel that really balances with everything. A more perceivable alcohol punch than the nose indicated. Some nice phenols and spices. A touch of vanilla and woody flavors. Some light cherry, plums, raisins and cinnamon mixes are there but blend very nicely.

The body is big and rich but not as creamy as I would like for style. A bit difficult to drink with the alcohol punch but really a very good beer overall. Great complexity and some nice textures. A nice sensory challenging beer.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A: Dark brown, amber color with a moderate tan head that slowly retreats to a thin film and a ring of bubbles with very little lacing.
S: Toasted malt, old wood, caramel/butterscotch sweetness, slight alcohol burn.
T: Sweet body that follows the nose. Strong malt body, toasted and butterscotch flavors. Surprisingly earthy. Slight alcohol taste/burn and also some fruitiness.
M: Very creamy and smooth, minimal carbonation. Very soft on the tongue.
D: I actually prefer the bottled version to the draft. A little high in the alcohol to be very drinkable, also I'm not a big fan of Scotch ales, but this one of the best that I've had.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark dark brown color with moderate dirty brown head. Decent lacing as well.

S - Rich malt aroma dominated by darker fruits. Raisins I believe.

T - Toasted malt taste. Caramel and a hint of chocolate. Mild hop bite sneaks in as well but the malts dominate this taste. Great tasting and very involved beer.

M/D - Full flavored and very creamy. Incredibly easy drinking.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: Presented in a 12 oz., stubby brown bottle with copy worth reading on neckband.

A: Pours an amber chesnut with a thin, wispy head. Virtually no retention or lacing.

S: Toasted malt, toffee and wee hints of butterscotch and peat moss.

T: Earthy, yet super smooth. Toasted malt and toffee with notes of tea and fig. Both an interesting and complex taste profile. Finishes bitingly dry.

M: Medium-bodied and chewy.

D: At 8.3%, this Bastard sneaks up on you! Suprisingly easy-drinking. Pairs well with hagus.

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Photo of donteatpoop
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this on tap thanks to Vinatage in Boardman, Ohio.

A deep chestnut brown with a nice tan head, the lace clinging to the glass as it was consumed.

Smelled of coffe and toasted malts.

Tasted of the toasted malts and coffee, as well as some hops.

Great carbonation level, not to much or too little, smooth going down with no negative after taste.

Went down smooth, a very drinkable brew that I'm glad I tried.

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Photo of quad07
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$8.99 a six pack of 12oz brown bottles with twist off caps from UFS. No freshness date that I noticed. I can not imagine this brew setting on the shelves to long.
It poured into my large 23oz beer glass a dark brown almost rust color with golden high lights when held up to the light. The head was small with an off white cream color. Very little lacing or retention.
It smelled fruity and green with a bit of decomposing wood smell with a heavy sweet syrupy aroma left lingering.
I could taste a little butterscotch, nuts; raisin and some dirty green grassy hop bittering finish. I do not mean that in a bad way either. There is a noticeable alcohol taste hiding in the back ground.
The Mouthfeel was good with some carbonation and just enough ABV bite and green hop balance, I LIKE IT!
I had about six or seven of theses babies a few weeks back at Budde's on tap with lunch. I could not review this then because I was not prepared. I said to hell with it then because I had a six pack at home. Very drinkable and I highly recommend it.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap at Andys for Founders Promo Night....

Enjoyed this one. Mighty tasty but found it to be somewhat ordinary.

A- Mild brown color with some ruby tones, little cream colored head, some lace, carbonation.

S- Smell was sweet like caramel and syrup- malty presence was detectable in the nose.

T- Taste was similar to the nose. Malty and creamy, tea like hop flavors, earthy tones, but still the flavors which come through are sweet.

M- Moutfeel was sticky but lacked some body IMO.

D- This one is an easy drinker. Did not taste the abv at all, alcohol presence not there at all. I liked this one but was not blown away.

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Photo of mattster
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opened 12 fluid ounce 2007 Bottle at Beer Tasting with NitroGen & Tayner; Poured into snifter.

Pours a brown tea colored brew with no head, some lacing. Smell is very meaty/savory. Taste is on the earthy side with some sweet notes. Finish is somewhat hoppy, Carbonation is nice and low. Not a bad brew, but nothing that makes me want more.

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Photo of kbeals
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this beer up mostly because I found the name hilarious. It pours out a dark amber color with no head and very little lacing. The smell was nice with a roasted smell dominating, some faint hops. The taste was about the same, full bodied, roasted malts, a small amount of bitterness. It was lightly carbonated and very smooth. It's just a tad heavier than my usual selection of beers, so one was plenty for me. I would definitely recommend this to somebody though.

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Photo of tyboxr
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pour: dark, almost no head, low carbonation

smell: malty, faint hint of paint thinner

taste: little hoppiness, very malty but not very complex

MF: scant carbonation, what little hops there is to it resides in the lingering tast as the malt settles out

D: meh....not one I would seek out, but I am in the minority on this one.

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Photo of Atron67
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

sorry for the short review.

A- poured a pretty dark red amber. cloudy body heavy, thin brown head, rose quickly then fell.

S- sweet smooth maltiness, low hops

T- smooth creamy maltiness full body, pretty damn delicious

M- creamy light carbonation,

D- awesome

T- Smooth maltiness creamy body, pretty damn delicious

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Photo of pumarocks
2.2/5  rDev -45.4%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this from beeronthebrain, cheers!

Pours chestnut with 1+ finger of tan head. great lacing & average head retention

S: Huge cakeyness, toffee & pecans

T: Rich cakeyness, caramel. intense dryness, brown sugar & some leafy hops up front. Dryness, slight smokeyness & more cakeyness as this warms. Finishes dry with caramel, brown sugar & touch of bakers chocolate

MF: Chewy, sticky with moderate carbonation &some creamyness

Drinks easy for the style & ABV, a solid wee heavy

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Photo of corey0212
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amazing beer from Founders. Deep chestnut brown color shows lots of red when held to direct light. Lots of "floaties" in the beer....small tan head and not a whole lot of lacing. Smell is wonderful....sweet malty aroma, definite caramel notes. Creamy and complex taste...some spiciness on the tongue...flat-out delicious beer.

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Photo of AndySR15
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark brown amberish color, almost like looking through the empty bottle held up to a light. Minimal head.

S: Malty with slight fruit notes.

T: Very malty and a bit of fruit up front, had a nice tea like aftertaste which I would attribute to the hops.

M. For as malty and strong of a beer it is it's not too heavy and nicely corbonated..

D: Great, I will definately try and trade for a few more. Well worth trying.

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Photo of srobertson59
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served right out of the fridge and allowed to warm for a few minutes before being poured into a pint glass

A - Poured a very hazy and murky looking dark hazelnut brown with a small amount of sediment floating around in the bottle of the glass. Just a small touch of light peaking through the sides and the bottom, lightening it up a bit and giving off just the slightest bit of a reddish hue around it. A somewhat small off white colored head rose up above the glass perhaps one inch high, before settling down and just becoming more of a film across the top that lasted throughout the session. Very nice residual side glass lace did remain though which was very good to see and this left a good amount of streaking down the inside.

S - The aroma was a classic scotch ale all the way. Very big deep malty notes dominated over everything else insight giving it a very sugary and earthy overall presence. Lots of bready tones in the background and a deep sense of caramel right up in front. There was a slight touch of some residual hoppiness in there, maybe some grass or a light smattering of fruit trying to lighten it up, but overall this one had a very heavy and sweet aroma to it.

T - The flavor was fantastic. This is a style I have been trying to get back into, as there are just not enough good examples of it around, however now that I get to try things like this it really makes me want to seek some out again. The first note to hit the tongue was a tingly sensation of spiciness. Some caramel, nutmeg, or cinnamon with a hint of vanilla, all very raw and earthy though with lots of grain mixed in as well. The overall taste was very raw, and unfinished, but in a good way. Lots of sugary notes coming onto it now as it really get going. This was a lot sweeter then I thought it would be for sure. Some dark fruit like hints in there perhaps, maybe raisins or plums, or it could just be the spice, but either way very nice. The finish was strong, with only the tiniest amount of bitterness coming though and the malty backbone really holding its own, and doing what it could to drag the taste on and bring you back for some more.

M - Very rich and creamy, this was easily a medium bodied ale, which at times bordered on being full. The consistency at times again almost felt chewy it was so big, with tons of sugar and grains. Very nice carbonation profile as it never got flat or dull throughout the entire session and really kept up its own throughout.

D - Absolutely fantastic for a session beer. The flavors were so full and rich, with really no let down at all. I am not sure what the ABV is on this one, but it did not taste very big, but it was no where near light either. Very rich and an ideal beer to have with dinner or sit and watch the game. A little filling but really not that bad at all.

Overall I thought this was very good. I have been lucky that I have a lot of the Founder's brews that I still have to try, or have tried recently, and I have to admit, this one is easily one of the best. A very well done representation of the style that really focused on keeping it raw and earthy, and unrefined. I would love to pick up a case of this one and have one all the time. Really a great representation and a classic beer. Have to recommend this one.

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear amber with lots of red shining through, with an off-white head and good lacing.

S: Earthy sweetness and some caramel.

T: Smooth sweet malts of caramel and toffee with slight bitterness that reminde me of good coffee without the coffe flavor and some mild dark chocolate flavor.

M: Smooth and creamy with a long sweet malty finish.

D: This is a great example of a Wee Heavy. It is easy to drink and not too sweet and the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of birchstick
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this poured a dark ruby, with a small head that dissipated quickly. It smelled sweet: caramel; butterscocth; chocolote tones; and malts to top it off. It tasted very good, with many of the tastes I smelled coming through...it also warmed as it went down. It went down pretty smoothly, not too carbonated. This was a good scotch ale and lived up to its wee heavy name. Its not my favorite, but definitely not my least...

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a dark reddish amber w/decent head that dissipates slowly.

S-Sweet malts w/hint coffee.

T-Coffee and toasted barley w/tobacco tones. Not too sweet for style, and a pleasant aftertaste. I can't sense any hop presence.

M-Drinks quite smooth w/good body.

D-Quite good and worth a try, but not my cup of tea.

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Photo of biggmike
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an attractive dark ruby color that was very inviting. Had a good head that lasted a while. Aroma was very malty and sweet. Flavor was of malt, caramel, peat and brown sugar. Nicely balanced with a bit of a bitter hop finish. Lacing was really good and the mouthfeel was pleasant. Hid the 8.3% abv very well. Good stuff.

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Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured amber-brown, with lots of red hues to it. That should have been the first clue that the effing Badgers were going to beat my beloved Spartans that night. Moving on...

Smell was very toasty, with some bitterness like that found in coffee and chocolate.

Taste started with some toasted grains before exploding in various other flavors. I'm not sure I caught all of them, even after two beers. Lets see, toast, dark chocolate, rich caramel, various nuts, some of whatever that creamy stuff is in a snickers bar, a splash of citrus, and then some bittersweet flavors to wrap it all up.

Mouthfeel is perfectly matched with the style of brew. Just right. Creamy, with just enough crispness.

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Photo of thartman
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle, perfect foamy head, deep dark brownish head color,... it looks thick and chewy, not much carbonation.

Big maltly, smoky nose, some bready yeast and a little alcohol smell.

Very rich and flavorful, malty, smoked caramel, chewy, some bitterness, especially on the finish.I can definitely tast some alocohol on the finish.

Moutheel is full-bodied.... I could make a meal of this one!

Quite frankly, this style beer is not one of my favorites, but I can definitely say this is the best Scottish-style ale that I have ever had!!

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Photo of grub
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

biegaman shared this one with me. thanks jan!

12oz bottle. sampled feb 17/08 while watching the NBA all-star game.

pours deep red, not quite brown, with a tiny very fine tan head. the head disappears fast and leaves a bit of lace.

aroma is good. big malty nose. caramel. biscuit and bread. bit of toffee. light alcohol. some dark fruit too.

taste is good. light alcohol. huge malt again. caramel. biscuit and bread. bit of toffee. nice dark fruit too - date and fig. medium-low bitterness level. earthy. just a touch of smoke.

mouthfeel is great. medium-low carbonation level. medium-large body. nice and smooth.

drinkability is great. well balanced, hiding the alcohol very well. bitterness is a touch higher than i'd expect for the style, but not overwhelming. love the nice big malts in this one.

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Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,719 ratings.