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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,128
Reviews: 1,670
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 216
Gots: 1,022 | 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:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 01-03-2003

Brewed with 7 varieties of malt (varies over the years).
50 IBU
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a finger of off-white/slight tanned head on top of a dark red body.

Tons of malt of course contributing aromas of bread, fruitiness, and sweet caramel. Some alcohol notes.

Caramel, fruits, and a peaty character I guess. Fairly carbonated and medium bodied.

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3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Excellent scotch ale, full body and smooth finish. Maybe a small hint of alcohol on the finish, not bad considering the abv.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 6/22/12

A: Beautiful, clear, amber with an off-white, yellowish fizzy head that builds and fades quickly. Viscous stuff. No lace or retention whatsoever.

S: Wonderful bouquet of roasted and sweet malt, caramelized sugar, peat, earth, brown sugar, booze.

T: Big malt character with sweet sugar and booze to complement. Almost a woody, peaty, smoky quality to the roasted malt. Easy drinking for what it is. Every sip is more enjoyable than the last. The beer shines near room temperature.

M: What can I say? Incredibly smooth, huge flavor, carbonation is spot-on, booze is just right, and the body is perfect. Syrupy, sweet goodness. I wish I had another bottle.

O: Incredible beer. This style has always been hit or miss for me. Sometimes too sweet but other times balanced and properly malty. This is definite hit. A direct hit. If other Scotch Ales were like this, I'd drink them more often. Now, on to Backwoods Bastard!

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4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 6,128 ratings.