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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,517
Reviews: 1,609
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 180
Gots: 686 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Garlicjosh, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of RussBecker1
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass.

A-A rich ruby/mahogany, darker than expected which does give the beer a nice visual character. Very little fizzy head that dissipates to nothing within seconds, the color of the beer however makes up for the lack thereof.

S-Very distinct Scotch Ale. The malts are the most apparent note of the beer as rich caramel and roasted grain are very apparent, but the appearance of deep fruits balance out the nose very well. I got a slight hit of citrus, more mild than say orange or lemon, perhaps pear? Plum is there with maybe a touch of raisin as well. The nose is ended with a touch of alcohol that wraps up the flavors nicely.

M-Thick enough to give a good painting of flavors, but carbonated just enough to cut the flavors before they become overpowering.

T- Again a very nice blending of fruits and malts. The alcohol is bigger in the taste than in the nose which greatly differentiates this from say a deep red or brown ale.

O-A good benchmark for those looking for characteristics of a Scotch ale. Bigger than expected however, so maybe not the best intro to an uninformed palate.

RussBecker1, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of scottiethebody
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

scottiethebody, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of medic72072
2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

medic72072, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

freewill35, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of BrownAleMale
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a horny goat pint glass.

Appearance- Mahogany in color with very little off white head that dissipates into almost nothing. The very little head that is left behind has a tiny bit of lacing.

Smell- I get sweet malt, caramel, roasted nuts and some faint alcohol.

Taste- Caramel, roasted malts, nuts, smoke, fruity hops.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with a silkyness. No real carbonation but it works with the smokey and nutty flavors.

Overall- A very good Scotch Ale, probably my 2nd favorite after old chub. Well balanced smoke and sweet with a fruity hop that all balances well together.

BrownAleMale, Sep 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

pjszabo, Sep 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

LouDogg114, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of kemoarps
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy caramel/chocolate brown. Minimal head, no retention or lacing.

A sweet and malty nose, with notes of gingerbread.

Major malts. Primarily Brown sugar, some caramel, a little yeast. Some dark fruits.

Bittering finish, fairly smoothe throughout. Decent, but not up to the standards of other Founder's stuff I've had, or other Scotch Ales I've had. Check it, but don't rush out to get it.

kemoarps, Sep 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

aficionado224, Sep 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Drewster72, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of dogfishandi
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle at fridge temp

Pours a deep pretty much opaque red color, somewhat brown. Light tan head that fades to a lasting ring, spotty lace. Some nice tight head is revived from a quick swirl.

Sweet malt with some fruity esters. Earthy aromas with some brown sugar, molasses and toffee. Sweet fruity esters most noticeable however.

A bit more complexity in the taste. Lots of sweet malt and not so much fruity esters as the aroma. Caramel, toffee, molasses, some light brown sugar, plum and grape like dark fruits and dark breads. Just a booziness makes for a nice backbone. Maybe even hints of cocoa.

Kind of a thicker medium to heavy in body, appropriate carbonation.

A pretty solid scotch ale, but it's definatly not one of my favorite styles. But it's an amazing beer barrel aged, crazy how much better it makes it.

dogfishandi, Sep 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Casterbridge, Sep 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

sennin, Sep 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

JeffTheJuice, Sep 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

goblue1994, Sep 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

mlswirejones, Sep 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

rjl910953, Sep 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Westmi, Sep 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Judson, Sep 08, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Joefisherman, Sep 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

laughingman4929, Sep 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Whimpers, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #219
Served On: 09/07/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 8.5%
Date/ Code: 04/10/12

This was in a mixed case picked up at North York Beverage in York, PA - Around $45.00.

Look: Poured a dark murky brown color with some slight tinges of copper around the edges. The head was a thin coating of light tan bubbles. Couldn’t detect the carbonation level through the deep haze. Head lacing started forming immediately.

Smell: Some semi-sweet vanilla upfront. Brown sugar and molasses notes were in the background. The aroma had a heavy quality that suggested a very big beer.

Taste: First up was a sweet brown sugar followed by an earthy roasted malt. Not much in the way of smokiness. The finish was a bitterness that faded into a semi-sweet dark fruit that transitioned into the finish.

This beer hit me like an Oskar Blues Old Chub (see review #38) without the Whiskey burn. Not bad.

CraftBeerTastic, Sep 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

strohme2, Sep 07, 2012
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,517 ratings.