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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,000
Reviews: 1,637
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 207
Gots: 905 | 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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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of tyamhydrogen
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a tiny head that quickly dissipates. No real noticable lacing at all.

Smells delicious, lots of dark malts, caramel malt and some booze.

Taste is more dark malts, not too much warming booze present. Alcohol is very well hidden for the ABV. Very good.

Mouthfeel is on the thicker end, with a little lingering sticky malt. Nice. Very enjoyable from one sip to the next.

Overall a nice beer on a winter night, and a great introduction to the style. As usual, Founders delivers. I don't enjoy it as much as some of their other offerings, but it certainly holds its own and would be perfect after a long day of skiing.

Photo of bfife
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on a beer survival run here in S Georgia.
poured into a pint glass, beer about 50-55 degrees
Color is a dark brown/ amber
No head or at least minimal
smell is peaty, slightly smokey, a hint of fruit
taste is spot on with the smell, very pleasant without any alcohol burn with a slight bitter finish.
this is another fine brew from Founders, perfect for this Christmas Eve. Cheers Ya all

Photo of hemorhoidzz
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of cradke
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark with carmel, amber notes. Very small and fine head.

Smell: Lots of malt . Delicious

Taste: Fantastic. Brown sugars, malts, with a hint of peat and scotch notes.

Mouthfeel: Amazing. It is truly an explosion of flavors as the beer is swished around my mouth. Perfect amount of carbonation.

Overall: Truly a great beer. My new baseline for this style

Photo of Nuke77
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep red brown with a nice tan head. The smell is reminds me of a bit of burnt brown sugar and caramel. The taste is very close to the smell with a very nice roasted malt flavor. This beer is viscous and coats the tongue nicely. Scottish type ales are not generally my cup of tea but this one is just fine on this overcast, cool Christmas Eve.

Photo of Slikpitt
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Ford1873
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of drew74
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of J23hc
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an chocolate brown. Thick body, not much head, residual bubbles around the sides. Bit of a roasted smell with dark fruit, and faint hops. Taste is very well balanced, black cherry, other dried fruits, sweet cream, and hops to even it out. Creamy, drinkable, smooth. Slides down easily and alcohol content unnoticed.

Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of hdelavega
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gift from my little sister, poured to a snifter.
Pours a deep brown with some red shining through. A one finger tan head recedes quickly leaving a thin whispy film with almost no lacing.
The nose is dark fruit with an earthy background, I defiantly get a nice round roasted malt and some caramel sweetness.
First sip I get sweet dark fruit and an earthy dirt flavor, same as the aroma it is backed up with a little caramel, no alcohol detected.
Big medium body with a silky feel, fairly low carbonation, almost powdery on the finish.
Overall a very nice beer.

Photo of FoundersPounder
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of zhanson88
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby color with excellent clarity. Not a lot of carbonation present. About 1" of caramel colored head forms that has decent retention and okay lacing.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, a touch of peat. Maybe some florals as well. Not particularly aromatic, but not bad.

Taste: Some peaty malts, caramel, toffee, some floral hops on the back end. Pretty tasty scotch ale.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Medium bodied with low carbonation; pretty smooth drinking. No alcohol heat, with a malty finish. Overall, very nicely done by Founders, as expected.

Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,000 ratings.