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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,125
Reviews: 1,670
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 216
Gots: 1,020 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Samp01
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy brownish amber on the pour with a very thin tan head. Aroma is fruity, yeast, caramel malt, some dark fruit notes and sweet alcohol esters fill the senses. Taste is dark fruit, caramel malt some yeast with some bitterness. The Palate is a full body with slightly smooth dry mouthfeel with good carbonation. Finish is sweet caramel malt, yeast, fruity followed by a some alcohol and slightly dry bitterness ending with a bit of lingering sweet nutty flavor. Aroma and flavor really come through as it warms up. Overall a good representation of the style

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

12oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a rich chestnut tone with just shy of a finger's head; moderate retention, limited lacing.

predominantly malty nose (sweet with a some roast and caramel, and flanked by dark fruit character and a nip of peat) ushers in a flavor packing a caramel malt jolt up front. there's dark fruit, caramel, and a twang of scotch. subdued hoppy notes and a touch of booze in the finish. tasty. nice, creamy mouthfeel.

overall, a very enjoyable (though not quite incredible) beer; going 4's across the board on this bastard.

original review on: 08-25-2010

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled 2/15/2012. Pours very hazy dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, molasses, plum, biscuit, toast, toffee, and light herbal. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, prune, biscuit, raisin, peat, molasses, light chocolate, toffee, and herbal spiciness. Fair amount of herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, molasses, raisin, prune, peat, toasted biscuit, light chocolate, and herbal spiciness for a good bit. Very nice balance of flavors with good complexity; and no cloying sweetness. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very nice creamy, lush, and slick mouthfeel as expected. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish noticed. Overall this is a great scotch ale. Nice flavor balance, with a good amount of robustness and complexity; and very smooth to sip on.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of haazer
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- A hard pour leaves the staple of a 1/3 to half the glass worth of Founders head. Light brown in color with tightly condensed foam. The beer is a dark maroon with amber highlights. Sticky lacing left all over the glass.

S- Great aroma's from the different malts. Caramel, toffee, vanilla, and a bit of scotch. No alcohol detected. Just a great straight forward wee heavy.

T- Taste is an earthy, woody scotch. Vanilla, sweet sugary malts but not cloying. I detect some nuttiness, probably hazelnut but can't put my finger on it. Again no booze.

M- A smooth, velvety mouthfeel. The carbonation is not felt till the swallow. You can tell theres carbonation there, but it doesn't mess up the flavor or feel at all. Perfect for this style.

O- A great wee heavy. Founders can almost do no wrong in my book. The subtle nuances of this beer, the straightforward nose, and the mouthfeel just prove how well craft beer can be done.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of Lothar666
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap @ Harry's Bar & Burger, Providence RI.

A. Poured a mahogany brown to dark ruby red body with an inch thick bone-white head that left attractive lacing on the glass.

S. In all fairness, having a cold made discerning a nose profile difficult. Some dark fruits and grassy sweetness shone throgh nonetheless.

T. Sweet apples, brown sugar, figs and raisins with an even sweeter finish, yet not at all cloying and well balanced by just a hint of hops. Delicious.

M. Drinks like a backyard barbecue brew and hides its ABV amazingly well, with a nice refreshing finish and a sense of satisfaction with each sip. Excellent.

O. This brew is everything I expected from Founders, which is already one of my favorite breweries whose product is sadly hard to come by in this part of the country. I will be seeking this one out in the future, and wishing it were more readily available.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Gobzilla
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown in color with maroon highlights and a thin head that left very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: dark fruits were noticeable on the first whiff, a little char smoke character was present, and hints of citrus.

T: definitely had dark fruit flavor such as plum and raisins alondside citrus accents, mild smokey notes, slight hoppy bitterness, and a touch of malty sweetness.

M: the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a dark fruity, mild smokey, citrusy, bitter, and sticky finish.

O: it was definitely a solid scottish ale and was glad to try another great brew from founders.

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4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz->Žatec Glass

A ~ Deep, deep red with a half inch of pale camel head. Spotty lacing with a lingering ring throughout the beer. Looks like a Scotch Ale.

S ~ Kilned Barley, Bittersweet Chocolate shavings, Pitted Cherries, & Burnt Caramel w/ a linger of mulched grass.

T ~ Kilned barley & various malts follow through in a major way...Cherries & Figs mid-palette w/ a hefty hop undertone that really cuts through that rigid malt structure going on. Burnt caramel lingers.

M ~ Sweet, Roasty, & Vibrant malt flavors. . . Hops coat the tounge & Relieve you of the malt attack & peppers on down to the throat. Really spot on.

D ~ Not a chugger, but so Vibrant for a Wee Heavy. If you like HEAVY Scotch Ales check this one out. A lot of character here that sets it apart from others.

Photo of flyers1980
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a Mad Elf tulip glass. This beer gave off an instant carmel-sweet vibe in aroma. I'm not in love with wee heavy's of the world but I respect this one. First sip is the like the first bite of a rich dessert- you love it at first realize only the heavyweights can really go for multiple rounds. I began to feel a sweetness driven nausea at the end this brew which through me for a loop because I enjoyed the taste.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.22/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into weizen

Copper colored beer with a reddish hue towards the bottom of the glass. Two finger dark head

S: Malt and booze
T: Malty sweetness, warmth, a small floral taste, and a wee bit of the booze.

M: Thick and elixir like

Overall, I am not sure if I will have this again, although I may just revisit the style.

Note: Weizen glass was the only glassware available.

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4/5  rDev -1%

Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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