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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,143
Reviews: 1,673
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 218
Gots: 1,037 | 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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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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.

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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  rDev -1%

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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.

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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
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
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
3.88/5  rDev -4%
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
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
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
2.85/5  rDev -29.5%
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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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 6,143 ratings.