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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: 1,021 | 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%

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3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an attractive ruby color with a small, short-lived creamy head. A brief whiff of booze gives way to dark fruit, brown bread, tobacco, prune, and toffee. Smooth, malty flavors...chocolate, berries, nuts, earthiness, and a wee bit of smoke. Not terribly sweet, which is good, finishing with a moderate bitterness. A hint of oxidation is present in the nose, but I can't make out the date on the bottle to tell how old this is. Body is a little better than medium and fairly creamy. I haven't had this in years and though quite tasty, I don't like it as much as I remember.

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4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, the color was a deep reddish brown and exhibited no head and no lacing. Smell was roasted malt and some alcohol. Taste is sweet upfront with notes of toffee and caramel. The finish is grapefruity and sort of warm due to a higher than usual ABV. I enjoyed this one. We finally got it in Alabama a month or so ago. Previously it had been banned due to the name. Go figger.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just enjoyed a draft at Bully's Pub in Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, SC. Excellent!
Smooth, hint of choc. and robust! I loved it. I have had other scottish ales and this was as good as any I have had. The most recent 'dirty bastard' that I have had was at Mellow Mushroom in Myrtle Beach...a draft from Highland Brewery in Asheville, NC. The Founders was much better in taste and was definitely smoother(which I enjoy...I am not a major hops fan, I prefer smoother taste AND aftertaste).

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into FFF Teku glass

Appearance: This beer shows itself in the glass as a dark, dark mahogany to brown color with about a finger size off white head. When this is held directly up to the light it is an awesome blood red color. Pretty cool actually! Moderate amount of lacing shows.

Smell: Lots of caramel up front with toffee, toasted malts, some molasses and an earthy scent. This is an in your face rich, malty beer in the smell.

Taste: Sweet at the front of the tongue and actually throughout. There is caramel, toffee, molasses and a little dark fruit present. This is followed by an earthy, malty bitterness that cuts some of the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with a sticky, sweet palate coating velvety smoothness. This goes down easily and I don't taste the alcohol at all.

Overall: This is a perfect example of the style. I'm not a huge fan of this style but I know when Founders does a beer, they usually hit the mark and this is no exception!

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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