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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,677
Reviews: 1,615
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 192
Gots: 757 | FT: 22
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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4/5  rDev -1%

Cyberhoptic, Nov 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

gshak, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of fields336
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled 8/29

a: ruby red- mahogany color with a tan thin head on top. the head dissipates very quickly, and leaves a thin lace around the edge, lacing on the glass is minimal.

s: rich, malty, some peat/smoke, burnt caramel notes are present, rich, buttery toffee. earthy smoke and some slight hop aroma is present.

t: rich toffee, and caramel notes, some smokey peat, burnt sugar, anise, and rich dark fruits are present. A nice bitterness from both the smoked malt and slightly from the hops.

m: rich, creamy, full bodied thick and chewy.

o: really nice example of a style thats not usually my favorite.

fields336, Nov 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

AbbyAlex, Nov 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Haroldmillercota, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a growler into a chalice, dark red-brown with a 1" light tan head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear, light stream of bubbles
S: caramel, toffee, molasses notes, earthy, robust, dark pumpernickle
T: sweet caramel notes up front with a big malt flavor, oaky earty notes, cherries, sweet lingering finish
M: full bodied with correct carbonation, alcohol makes itself known
O: a nice beer for cold weather, good complexity of flavors, pleasant sweet finish

M_C_Hampton, Nov 20, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

CommanderOfAwesome, Nov 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

JimmyP, Nov 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

nico_freespirit, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby red with mild clarity and a decent amount of light shining through. Creamy, tan colored head on a somewhat aggressive pour; beer appears pretty thick and syrupy. Has a pretty basic, sweet and malty aroma, slightly boozy and full of dark fruity. Taste hits first with a bit of that alcoholic warmth, right alongside a handful of fruity, dark esters. Bourbon-soaked raisins are the first thing that come to mind. Some caramel sweetness leads into almost a slight tartness that takes on a white grape type of flavor. Heavy yeast was noticeable in the aftertaste as the beer fades, leaving your mouth tasting like bread soaked with booze - not bad. Body is medium - slightly thinner than the pour and appearance would have you think, mild creaminess and overall low carbonation.

This is a very nice wee heavy that I've been fortunate enough to have available year-round in most stores. Definitely a slow-drinker with a strong 8.5% ABV profile, but very inviting and flavorful all the way down.

tectactoe, Nov 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown with a reddish undertone, very thin head, leaving light lacing.

Smell: Strong malt scents were dominant, with a subtle sweet smell, caramel maybe?

Taste: Wowza! this beer is BITTER, the caramely sweetness is no match for the bitterness that the barely offers. A very interesting, earthy flavor.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation & medium bodied

Overall: Dirty Bastard was without question a good beer - not my favorite though. Definitely more of a sipping beer, although the bitterness may have been a little much for my novice pallet, I love this brewery and will absolutely give it another try.

Collage girls drink GOOD beer:

sarajayne, Nov 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

JasonSiedman, Nov 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

ColdOneKev, Nov 17, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This ones been on my mind for a while. Poured into a pint.

A: Pours a dark brownish amber color, barely any head that dissipated fast, and not much lacing to speak about.

S: Can smell burnt sugars, can pick up on the bourbon/scotch, malts

T: Can really pick up on the scotch, very prevalent in the after taste, pretty boozey as well, to be consumed slowly.

M: Very rich and thick, medium body carbonation, strong after taste from the booze and bourbon flavor.

O: It's different, unique, its strong, so drink it slow, the hard bourbon after taste is interesting, Put it on your list.

Mavigo, Nov 17, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

CraftBeerGuild, Nov 16, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, this turned out to be a beer that I liked much more than I expected. Great golden, brown color. Nose with lots of grape, fig flavors. an extremely smooth and malty taste, with alcohol nicely in a supporting role. A superb creamy mouth. I just hope I don't like it less the next time. Even though I like Founders a lot, this was a nice pleasant surprise.

Beer-A-Lot, Nov 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

jplopez21, Nov 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

VernonKell, Nov 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

MikeCactusGordon, Nov 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

sneaks2210, Nov 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

RandyKemka, Nov 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

cackalacky, Nov 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

duckrebel, Nov 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

Roland45s, Nov 14, 2012
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 5,677 ratings.