Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,036
Reviews: 1,646
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 210
Gots: 942 | FT: 24
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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Photo of hopsolutely
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent scotch ale, although boozier than “normal” at 8.3% ABV (according to the chalk board at the bar attached to the brewery). The alcohol is scarily well hidden, except for a pleasantly mild burn at the very end.

Beautifully red amber colour with a decent head and a pleasant mouthfeel. Aroma has rye elements as well as caramelized malts and some peatiness. The flavour is malt-forward, with typical scotch elements more predominant at the end of the taste.

The finish is nicely bitter with smoky highlights, along with more citrus hoppiness than I typically associate with the style. As that's my own personal preference, I rate this more highly than many!

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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

I got dirty with a nonic pint.

Appearance- I gave this one a hard pour, because that is the way the Bastard likes it. He only yielded about a half-finger's worth of buttery, caramel foam. It recedes quite fast and leaves soapy bubbles on the side of the glass.

The body is a mean one with a dark brown look and numerous shafts of ruby highlights.

Smell- I pick up a little bit of some brandy alcohol, this one should have an edge to it. Other than that, it gets a bit tough to distinguish what scents the cornucopia of malts leaves in their wake.

I suppose some toffee? Some dark cherries? And even a little toasty note. I am a little disappointed at the softness.

Taste- The Bastard just landed with a sucker punch after the nose which was undoubtedly a set-up. Wow! Way more oomph on the palate.

A good kick of alcohol dredges the tongue, not so much brandy as harder spirits here. The drink then presents more of the dark fruit flavors, mainly dark cherries and raisins. Then it proceeds with a smokey, toffee finish. Milk chocolate lingers with the booze.

I am sure more drinks will result in even more taste interpretations; I expect nothing less from a beer utilizing seven malt varieties.

Mouth feel- This one sticks to the chops and back of the throat pretty well. The body is all right, a little on the light-medium side. And the beer itself is slick and slippery.

Overall- This Dirty Bastard certainly has a certain irreverence when it comes to the multitude of flavors on the palate. If only the nose and feel matched that quality a little better.

Regardless, this beer is still capable of knocking you on your arse. Do try to enjoy it.

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

12oz bottle poured into Russian River tulip.

A - Dark ruby walnut-brown in color. Hazy with a small creamy head.

S - Sweet toasty malts, toffee, graham cracker, and a touch of dark fruit. Very pleasant.

T - Starts off with a wonderful roasted malt creaminess. Notes of toffee, biscuits, and molasses come in mid palate, followed by dark fruits and a slightly bitter, hoppy finish. Woody, sweet malt flavors tend to linger.

M - Full bodied, creamy, and smooth. Low carbonation, warming alcohol.

O - An excellent scotch ale. Incredibly easy to drink. Nice complex malt profile, with a surprising amount of earthy hops in the finish. Another great offering from Founders.

Photo of JstnP
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of areich6
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoying with my good friend pschul4

A: Pours a very dark shade of orange/copper. Little head. Seems as though it will be fairly viscous.

S: Smells very nice. Some pleasant bourbony notes along with fruits such as apples, pears, and black cherrys.

T: Can detect a little bit of caramel malts in the along with a slight amount of hoppy bitterness. In addition to that there is an obvious presence of alcohol. A litte disappointing.

M: Pretty good mouthfeel. Slight amount of carbonation along with a good amount of creaminess.

O: This is a fairly average beer. The taste lacks luster, however the other components of the beer are give it some redeemable traits.

Photo of pschul4
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Shared with tasting partner areich6

My last of Founder's year round lineup for me to try, consider yourself lucky Founders, consider youself lucky.

A- Pours a very dark brown with almost no head. Just a slight ring around the edges of the top

S- Smells quite sweet from the malts. Hops peak through but nothing to shake a stick at. Some caramel and other sweetness on the backend as well

T- Sweetness carries over forsure. Some weird roastiness that doesn't balance the sweetness as much as it clashes with it. The alcohol is not well hidden

M- Decently smooth on the front end but a weird carbonation bomb in the back, like a fizz pop almost

O- This beer is fine I guess but certainly worst I've had from Founders. No hard feelings guys everything else you do is great

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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2/5  rDev -50.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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

On tap at the brewery

A- Dark brown with red hues. Thin off white cap and decent lacing.

S- Butterscotch and caramel, strawberries and brown sugar. This smells fantastic.

T- Identical to the nose. The caramel.and butterscotch really compliment the strawberries and brown sugar. There us a nice vanilla note.

M- Medium bodied, smooth with good carbonation.

O- Ive never liked wee heavys but this is magical.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 6,036 ratings.