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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,235
Reviews: 1,688
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 229
Gots: 1,126 | 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 PeterIngemi
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark brown/ruby w/ very thin brownish/white head

S- sweet malts, caramel, toffe, touch of dark fruit and a Wiff of smoke/peat

T- awesome! Brown sugar caramel, toffe, peat and scotch characters finishes with a touch of sweetness and alcohol!!! I love it!

M- light carbonation on a big/medium body, silky mouthfeel, almost syrupy but not quiet, a great drinking scotch ale

O- one of my fav scotch ales, an awesome overall brew that's perfect for making a little inner warmth on a cold night, perfect to sip and enjoy!

Photo of ExtraStout
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep ruby brown with small tan head leaves lace, Dirty Bastard improves tremendously after it breathes and warms. Worth the wait and the drinkability is vastly improved.

Dark caramel brown sugar roasted barley and alcohol aromas. More complex aromatics rise with the temperature. Maple and roasted grain with some earthy peat flavor mellowed by dark sweet (never cloying) caramel.

Mouthfeel was creamy with full body and modest carbonation withdrew had a slick feel. Whiskey soaked plums and butterscotch and lingering caramel malt flavors in finish. Little going on with hops.

Not really my style but it was quite enjoyable.

Photo of PaulMc
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of drummermattie02
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of thecheapies
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Big stuff before the night ends, I hope.

Some brown-red hues to this dark mess. Nearly opaque. A hard pour yielded a humble head that faded fast. Soapy bubbles sit atop the surface. Sliding the glass around shows wannabe sticky lacing.

Big smell. Here goes my description: heaps of milky caramel, smokiness, apple skins, hard candy, turpentine.

Huge flavors of sweet caramel, sweet bread malts with a nice toast, red apple, alcohol, and a tinge of bloody steak. The smokiness is still here, offset by a subtle floral hop. This is a fully-realized Scotch Ale of massive proportions. Done right.

Not entirely full-bodied. The ABV is not shadowed perfectly. But, the carbonation is quiet enough to let the great body fill this one out.

Not as good as Backwoods, but this is the base, right? Great beer. Filling and heady in the best way. Get one!

Photo of michiganbeerman3
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of cfh64
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of EmmetD
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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

12 oz. bottle served in a shaker pint at Buffalo Wild Wings.

A: Pours a dark brown with a ruby tinted edges. A thin tan head forms on the pour and leaves some soapy lace down the glass.

S: The nose is mainly all malts, a touch of smokiness and a very faint hop presence at the backend.

T: Rich caramel and bready malts are the major players in the taste. There is a touch of peat and a very light smoke as well.

M: Full bodied beer with ample carbonation. There is a slight peaty finish to this that lingers around.

O: Very easy drinking and a solid scotch ale. The variety of malts used really give this beer different layers of flavor.

Photo of WuAnquo1
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of schoun
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of campfirebrew
4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

single finger head on a brown and light amber cloudy body. Lots of lacing.Not much head retention. Aroma is a mix of caramel, cocoa, dark fruit and booze. Flavor is more of the same, with caramel and cocoa initially and a nice musty dark fruit finish. Medium to full body and moderate carbonation. Very flavorful scotch ale. One of my least favorite genres but this one is actually pretty good.

Photo of Daniel9913
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of vitters03
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of darkmoon66
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Faina
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of TheFlern
3.12/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark copper. White head that dissipates quickly leaving a think layer, no lacing.

Smell: Malt bomb. Caramel comes through the most as well as some fruits like pear.

Taste: Somewhat follows the nose. Taste is a little more burnt and as a result bitter. Pear comes through more than the caramel.

Mouthfeel: Not the most drinkable beer on the planet. Good carbonation.

Overall: Why drink this when you could drink Backwoods Bastard? In fact, why bother brewing this unless you are going to barrel age it?

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served to me in a 16 oz glass- very dark brown in color with a head of about an inch; retains a small amount of foam with a little lacing. Smells strongly of dark malt with hints of coffee and chocolate. Tastes very much like dark malt with chocolate and maybe a little nip of hops but its very subtle. I'm unfamiliar with this style so it's hard to say what it should taste like but this is a very enjoyable and drinkable beer. The mouthfeel is great- good carbonation and full bodied.

Photo of AlexChillton
4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 6,235 ratings.