Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,034
Reviews: 1,645
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 208
Gots: 935 | 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 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.

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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.

Photo of stonermouse
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Nice look to this. It's clean amber color, with a surprisingly poofy head that remains throughout.

The aroma is boozy first and clearly reminiscent of scotch. If you really get into it, there's a hint of fruity sweetness, but for the first impression, this one is going to be potent.

The taste is big all-around, and unique. The nose is confirmed; the flavor is scotch and booze primarily, with strong earth notes. Not as much peat as I had hoped, and it has a bit of a dry, metallic flavor that runs throughout. I can taste a distinct similarity to Backwoods Bastard, but it doesn't have the same sweetness and richness of that brew. Still, a nice brew with a ton of flavor.

Has a great, creamy mouthfeel that belies the occasionally harsh booze bite. Still, they are compatible and interesting together.

Founders has another winner here. Not as interesting of a brew as it's Mr. Hyde, Backwoods Bastard, but still solid and readily available. I imagine this one is nice on a cool, crisp fall night.

Photo of mikeborglum
2.88/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured 12 oz bottle in a snifter. Very cloudy dark iced tea color with very light head. This beer really needs to be served warm! Poured it cold and it had no aroma and very harsh flavor. As I let it warm up the flavors and body began to show up along with some aroma. As expected a malty aroma, very sugary caramel and some bread notes. Heavy sweet taste with slight bitterness. Medium body with a bit thin creamy texture; flat carbonation and long finish. I’m not sure I really like this style of beer based on this selection.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sitting at the Whole Foods in Sauganash. Served in a pint glass with an inch and a half of creamy, cafe latte colored head. Smells of butter and malt, pleasant. Not much hops. Tastes of butter again, then the hops. Bitterness, not a lot of citrus. Feels silky on the tongue, big in the mouth. Overall, I like this beer.

Photo of RedneckBeerz
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass (shoot me, i don't own a thistle glass). The brew pours a dark clear brownish color with copperishish highlights. The head is a massive 2+ fingers that are light carmel color and it deflates fast to leave a layer atop the beer. A nice slippery lacing consumes the glass as the beer is quaffed.

The aroma is of carmel, malts, and a touch of alcohol.

The flavor is very forward carmel and alcohol with no sign of any bitterness.

Sweetness is medium-high, perhaps being forward by a lowish attenuation.

Mouth feel is medium - heavy with it being just on the verge of being cloying. This is probably pretty close to a very good rendition of this style which brings up the real question. Do you judge a brew by ones personal preference or how close it is to hitting the mark as the style is outlined.

For me, it misses the mark as an enjoyable drinker, but as far as style goes, it's probably an A brew. I'll go with the latter and say that it is pretty spot on as far as style description goes.

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Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 6,034 ratings.