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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,323
Reviews: 1,711
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 239
Gots: 1,213 | FT: 24
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
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4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into Corsendonk tulip
Served: 2 July 2013

Appearance: An amazing dark red- so dark that it looks nearly black unless you hold it up to some soft light to let the red notes shine through. The red looks like a cherry-wood sort of red. Pours with a light brown, dirty colored head that slowly dissipates. Leaves some lacing.

Smell: Smells like sweeter malts. Dark and caramelly though.

Taste: Tastes kind of like a Doppelbock- sweet and caramelly, with some dark fruit notes. The sweet carameliness is probably the most notable flavor in this one. Great, full-bodied taste finishes semi-sweet. For being >8%, this beer doesn't taste or feel boozy, and drinks dangerously smooth.

Mouthfeel: Here's where this beer shines, in my opinion. The mouthfeel for this one is incredible- it's quite minimally carbonated, and the bubbles feel small on the palate, giving it a thicker, creamier feeling on the tongue. It is absolutely magnificent for this beer, and really helps showcase the taste.

Overall: A great beer, and one that I would gladly get again. I wasn't the biggest fan of the caramel tasting darker malts when I first got into craft beer, but it is definitely growing on me, thanks to beers like this. Would certainly recommend.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle and poured into a large snifter glass. No identifiable dates for bottling or freshness. I've had this one in my fridge for close to 6 months, so the hop characteristics should be pretty faint.

Appearance - Aggressive pour yields a rich chestnut brown body with deep ruby highlights topped with a thin rosy-tan colored head. Dissipates quickly, leaving a tiny pinstripe around the edge and wisps on the surface of the beer.

Smell - Dark dried fruits and brown sugar. An echo of roasty notes gives way to characteristics of leather and intertwined esters

Taste - Madeira and port,but more like a tea, so not as rich. Some malty sweetness with notes of caramel and semisweet chocolate. Some spicy cinnamon that reminds me of Malbec. Finish is bittersweet.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with minimal carbonation. Slick and smooth with a drying finish.

Overall a great version of the style. Mostly sweet, but it's done in a way that is clean and balanced. It would be entirely too easy to drink more than one of these. Doubt I'd buy a sixer of this style, but this one would certainly tempt me.

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Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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