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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,329
Reviews: 1,711
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 239
Gots: 1,216 | 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:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 01-03-2003

Brewed with 7 varieties of malt (varies over the years).
50 IBU
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3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on Tap in a 16 Oz pint glass

Pours a deep dark amber color that is clear but difficult to see through. Has a nice one finger of a smooth creamy light brown head. There isnt much on the nose but it very malty, similar to a red ale, also has a lot of caramelized dark fruit flavors. Taste is smooth and not as heavy as it looks. A complex malt profile consists of dark fruits and caramel and various spices. This beer drinks rather well for 8.5%. This is a good Scottish ale that I have had before and will likely have again, it wont disappoint.

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4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very dark tawny color. Head is light cream colored with poor retention, but good lacing.

S: Quite complex smelling. Caramel, toffee, subtle dark fruit, biscuit, smoke, and light hints of nutmeg.

T: Taste follows the nose here, with quite a bit of caramel and biscuit on the opening. Dark fruits enter the picture slightly during the second part, while it has an herbal, green tea-esque finish. The caramel notes actually give it some finishing bitterness, too, along with an additional smoky sweetness on the exhale. Complex and interesting, perhaps a bit too much for its own good; but drinkability is surprisingly high.

M: I'm surprised how crisp this finishes, which parallels its dryness very well. The body is a little slender - actually, I can't complain about that, because of how expertly it intertwines with the carbonation (high, but spot on) and the aforementioned finish.

O: Surely, I'm no expert on what a wee heavy should taste like - but for what it's worth, this is one of the most drinkable high(er) alcohol beers I've ever had. It's amazing how the complexity doesn't hinder its drinkability, either. Big thumbs up.

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Pours an alluring deep brown color, with a bit of a redness to it. Bone white head recedes to a thin sliver atop the beer but it does adhere to the glass nicely. Barely translucent, some sediment is visible towards the bottom of the glass. Yeast? The aroma is very decadent with a maltiness dominating amongst raisins, pineapple, and maple candy. Taste - wow - very full bodied, yet the alcohol content is undetectable. It begins with a splash of sweetness, then hops rush in with a very nice bitter shot to the palate immediately following. I really like the way it coats the mouth fully and gives me that great warming sensation on the way down. Truly a great beer - I have to start seeking out more Scotch Ales like this!

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Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 6,329 ratings.