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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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90
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5,102 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,102
Reviews: 1,589
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 158
Gots: 512 | FT: 19
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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stonermouse

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Nice look to this. It's clean amber color, with a surprisingly poofy head that remains throughout.

The aroma is boozy first and clearly reminiscent of scotch. If you really get into it, there's a hint of fruity sweetness, but for the first impression, this one is going to be potent.

The taste is big all-around, and unique. The nose is confirmed; the flavor is scotch and booze primarily, with strong earth notes. Not as much peat as I had hoped, and it has a bit of a dry, metallic flavor that runs throughout. I can taste a distinct similarity to Backwoods Bastard, but it doesn't have the same sweetness and richness of that brew. Still, a nice brew with a ton of flavor.

Has a great, creamy mouthfeel that belies the occasionally harsh booze bite. Still, they are compatible and interesting together.

Founders has another winner here. Not as interesting of a brew as it's Mr. Hyde, Backwoods Bastard, but still solid and readily available. I imagine this one is nice on a cool, crisp fall night.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 14:10:59 | More by stonermouse
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mikeborglum

Missouri

2.88/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured 12 oz bottle in a snifter. Very cloudy dark iced tea color with very light head. This beer really needs to be served warm! Poured it cold and it had no aroma and very harsh flavor. As I let it warm up the flavors and body began to show up along with some aroma. As expected a malty aroma, very sugary caramel and some bread notes. Heavy sweet taste with slight bitterness. Medium body with a bit thin creamy texture; flat carbonation and long finish. I’m not sure I really like this style of beer based on this selection.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 04:07:02 | More by mikeborglum
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AnPiobaire

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

12-22-2011 01:41:37 | More by AnPiobaire
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smithmd4

New York

4/5  rDev -1%

12-22-2011 00:30:33 | More by smithmd4
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NvMyBeer

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

12-21-2011 07:23:42 | More by NvMyBeer
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jtmcgraw

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

12-21-2011 06:19:16 | More by jtmcgraw
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gcare02

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

12-21-2011 01:12:47 | More by gcare02
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bschinelli

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sitting at the Whole Foods in Sauganash. Served in a pint glass with an inch and a half of creamy, cafe latte colored head. Smells of butter and malt, pleasant. Not much hops. Tastes of butter again, then the hops. Bitterness, not a lot of citrus. Feels silky on the tongue, big in the mouth. Overall, I like this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2011 19:51:43 | More by bschinelli
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass (shoot me, i don't own a thistle glass). The brew pours a dark clear brownish color with copperishish highlights. The head is a massive 2+ fingers that are light carmel color and it deflates fast to leave a layer atop the beer. A nice slippery lacing consumes the glass as the beer is quaffed.

The aroma is of carmel, malts, and a touch of alcohol.

The flavor is very forward carmel and alcohol with no sign of any bitterness.

Sweetness is medium-high, perhaps being forward by a lowish attenuation.

Mouth feel is medium - heavy with it being just on the verge of being cloying. This is probably pretty close to a very good rendition of this style which brings up the real question. Do you judge a brew by ones personal preference or how close it is to hitting the mark as the style is outlined.

For me, it misses the mark as an enjoyable drinker, but as far as style goes, it's probably an A brew. I'll go with the latter and say that it is pretty spot on as far as style description goes.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 15:18:18 | More by RedneckBeerz
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Scottz5

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

12-20-2011 15:02:37 | More by Scottz5
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grahambo

New York

4/5  rDev -1%

12-19-2011 20:19:04 | More by grahambo
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Ralphs66

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

12-19-2011 20:09:50 | More by Ralphs66
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1%

12-19-2011 04:22:37 | More by ColdPoncho
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Mdodge8837

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1%

12-19-2011 01:20:16 | More by Mdodge8837
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ZPB

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1%

12-18-2011 19:48:22 | More by ZPB
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slasich

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1%

12-18-2011 05:13:50 | More by slasich
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, almost toffee-coloured. A finger-width of off-white head. Moderate lacing.

Smell contains toffee, bready malt, plum, raisin, and a bit of booze. Nice but not very strong.

Taste is similar to the nose. Toffee, raisin, burnt brown sugar, a bit of bread. Fairly bitter, particularly in the finish.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation made up of small bubbles. Chewy. Dries out the mouth a bit.

Overall, quite good. Definitely a solid scotch ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 05:06:07 | More by jrenihan
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koo10t

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

12-18-2011 03:48:48 | More by koo10t
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hoopingarner

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

12-18-2011 02:23:51 | More by hoopingarner
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Stouttyme

Nebraska

4/5  rDev -1%

12-18-2011 02:01:34 | More by Stouttyme
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

2.63/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance - a nice rusty red color which formed a foaming head which lingered ~ 1 min after pouring.

Smell - Not a very potent odor. Smells of alcohol a bit with a little bit of fruit possibly, but not very strong at all.

Taste - An upfront bitterness that seems to persist. while not heavily present at first, begin to get the alcohol taste a bit later.

Mouthfeel - A nice level of carbonation with an average body.

Overall - Not a bad beer, but not what it is lived up for or costs. Would not buy on any regularity and would choose other Founders beers over this.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 01:47:06 | More by Darkmagus82
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1%

12-18-2011 01:47:05 | More by BMart
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salinasa

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

12-17-2011 23:58:19 | More by salinasa
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texasclimber

Texas

4/5  rDev -1%

12-17-2011 23:18:40 | More by texasclimber
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twkirkby

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

12-17-2011 13:44:17 | More by twkirkby
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 5,102 ratings.