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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,871
Reviews: 1,626
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 202
Gots: 846 | 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:
Brewed with 7 varieties of malt (varies over the years).
50 IBU

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 01-03-2003)
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

BigLittleHokis, Aug 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Moby, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of frankiepop
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am giving the appearance good marks. The head looks different. I don't know if it's exceptional, but it's good. I like a little more sweetness personally. I haven't drank much scotch ale wee heavy, but this is darker than the others. In fact, it reminds me more of a Porter. Rich strong flavors caress your taste buds and you mmm that's good.

Goes down good with some Wilco playing on the jukebox.

frankiepop, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

zonker17, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of Deanstreat
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Deanstreat, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of turnerk3
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a delectable dark amber color with a miniscule ivory white head. The retention is proportionate to the head.

S: Deep caramel aromas explode quite nicely. The malts highly favor the caramel, but there is an unexpected toasty essences that resembles french toast cooking.

T: Those nose is the gateway to the taste. An excellent caramel, toasty bread flavor comes through in just the right way. No real bitterness to speak, but it is not overly sweet.

M: Once again the caramel characteristic seems to be the most significant factor. Similar to eating a piece of caramel, there is a sticky, chewy texture is left covering the palate. The toasty aspect does well to lighten the stickiness, so that the stickiness does not become overwhelming.

O: A very delicious brew that represents the style nicely. Founder's Brewery does very well to represent the style, and this is another example of how well they can achieve that a goal. A definite must try.

turnerk3, Aug 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

jfcaa193, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of rodlavers
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a Founders snifter.

Thin tan head did not last too long, dispersed into pretty much nothing; looks flat. Color is super dark red and brown, almost rusty. smell is just ok, nothing spectacular. Hints of vanilla, some caramel, even smoke, maybe some dark fruit aromas, and minimal hops. taste is similar, but very smooth and light. Not a ton of bite in this. Overall this is just ok. I prefer other of Founders offerings to this. Not bad, but just does not compare to others I've had.

rodlavers, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of Scott1970
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Scott1970, Aug 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

Souleman, Aug 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

MattSharpless, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L – Ruby brown color with a 1-finger tan head that persists for a while and eventually dissipates into a tan film that lasts throughout. No lacing. Clear with a good amount of bubbles.

S – Tons of malts with toffee, caramel, molasses, and earthy aromas. Esters lend a subtle plum-like scent as well. Smells like this is going to be a rich, malty treat.

T – Follows the nose to a tee. Starts sweet and stays sweet throughout with lots of caramel, toffee, molasses, and dark fruit flavors. A smooth, earthy bitterness and smokiness appears toward the finish. There are signs of alcohol here as well. This is delicious.

F – Medium-to-full-bodied with decent carbonation, a rich, creamy, and velvet-smooth mouthfeel, and an earthy and dry finish. Malty caramel sweetness lingers for a little while along with earthy and smoky bitterness. These aftertastes complement the throat-warming sensation from the alcohol.

O – This beer is terrific. There is so much malty goodness in the aroma, flavor, and mouthfeel. Perfect example of a Scotch ale/wee heavy. I wish Founders’ brewery was in my backyard so I could just drink all of their beer all the time. They kill it every single time.

BlackBelt5112203, Aug 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

BryanK, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of BrkfstOfChmpns
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

BrkfstOfChmpns, Aug 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

MrParker, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of liamt07
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Siciliano's in GR, 12oz bottle into a tulip. Bottled March 21, 2012.

Dark brown/maroon with a tan head. Light retention and lace. Nose has lots of caramel, toffee and candy sweetness. Even a bit of maple syrup maybe. Nice, complex malt character all 'round. Taste is again all malt, caramel, dark breads, candy and syrupy sweetness, perhaps even a shred of peat. Dark dried fruits and some caramelized banana. Neutral finish, as the sweetness doesn't carry on for too long which was a definite plus. Alcohol is evident, but is well incorporated into the flavour. Full bodied and coats the mouth. An excellent scotch ale for sure.

liamt07, Aug 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

WoodburyMN, Aug 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

M_Burkey, Aug 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Lookjoesays, Aug 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Rempo, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of ncfranklin
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip. Bottle on date of 6/21/12! Should be a tad hot for that. Lets' find out.

A: A vigorous pour gives us a small one finger tan head atop a big copper, amber and brownish body.

S: Big nose in this. Caramel, biscuity malt, dark fruit, sugars, alcohol. Very complex here, and quite potent.

T: Right after the nose. Very sweet beer with caramel, darker fruits and sugar. Booze is in the backend with a warming sensation.

M: Bigger, chewy body. Feels really nice but isn't burdensome. Carbonation is small, as expected, but the flavors are smooth and don't linger heavily.

O: The Dirty Bastard isn't much of a bastard. It's actually quite nice and smooth with rich malty flavors. Very enjoyable.

ncfranklin, Aug 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

PopnLoads, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of TangTKE402
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Deep garnet in color, with a rich, 1-finger ecru head. Head dissipates into a steady ring, with a trace of lacing.

S: Robust, tangy, and malty on the nose. Aromas of salty caramel, licorice, a touch of orange, burnt bread crust. A very rich and appealing nose, this has all of the hallmarks one would expect of a top-quality Scotch Ale.

T: Smooth, malty, with a touch of booziness, this beer is full-flavored and delightfully refreshing. Burnt malts start off on the tongue, and caramel, chocolate, and coffee fill in the middle with a toasted (burnt) bread finish. The malts are pronounced, but none-too-sweet, tempered by a mild hopping and ample aging to mellow the sugars into hooch. This adds to the slightly hot flavor, but at 8.5% abv, it's surprisingly smooth.

M: Smooth is the word of the day for this beer, as it feels silky and supple in the mouth. Lighter than one would expect from such a dark beer, and with just the right amount of body so that you don't run away from it after one. Great balance, and nice consistency.

O: One of the most "sessionable" scotch ales I've had, even though at 8.5% it'll get you into trouble quickly. It's delicious, goes down easy, and is all-around a pleasure to drink. I think I'll have another...

TangTKE402, Aug 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Wallst, Aug 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

JohnnyBarman, Aug 06, 2012
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,871 ratings.