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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,675
Reviews: 1,615
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 192
Gots: 757 | 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  rDev -1%

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4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a straight sided pint glass.

A- a dark amber with heavy ruby highlights. A minimal khaki head that dissipates quickly.

S- Mostly malts and dark fruits like prunes and dried cranberries. A hint of alcohol.

T- A nice thick malty sweetness gives way to the dark fruits of prunes and raisins. Alcohol heats a bit, and a slight bitterness balances the sweetness/dark fruits. This is seriously well crafted.

M- A nice rich mouthfeel with amble carbonation to clean the palette for the next sip. A hint of hops dry just slightly for the next sip.

O- I can't drink a lot of this style of beer, but this is certainly one of the best takes on the style that I've had. Certainly something everyone should at least try.

JWU, Feb 20, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into an oversized wine glass

Ap- pours a dark amber color with the slightest bit of red tint. Pretty much completely opaque. Not ver much head on the pour and just the slightest bit sticks to the edge of the glass.

Ar- First I smell roasted malts and alcohol. For 8.5% the alcohol seems almost overpowering. Caramel and Scotch smells too.

T- Roasty malts are prevalent in this one. They hit first followed by some caramel flavors and a hint of alcohol. Much less alcohol flavor than the nose suggested. A bit of sweetness too. Has the teeniest amount of hop flavor at the very end.

M- Good carbonation for the style, medium bodied, a little sticky. The alcohol warms the mouth just a bit on the hold.

O- Solid beer from Founder. I haven't had many Wee Heavies so not a lot to compare too but solid nonetheless.

BeerNutz324, Feb 19, 2012
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djcira, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Originally had on tap, reviewed here from bottle notes. Pours a rich dark amber into dimpled mug with little head presence what so ever. Smells of malt, alcohol and dark fruits like plum and raisin. A rich, hearty mouthfeel of maltiness and alcohol but with the slight sweetness of dark fruits. A very good and balanced Scotch Ale without being too sweet or rich with the 8.5% abv very much in the mix, but not overly so, providing a nice warming effect. I enjoyed this more from the bottle than the 1st time, which was on tap.

Blueribbon666, Feb 18, 2012
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Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 5,675 ratings.