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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,858
Reviews: 1,626
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 201
Gots: 839 | 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:
Brewed with 7 varieties of malt (varies over the years).
50 IBU

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 01-03-2003)
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

dnh2, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

tchaos, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%

DocDownUnder, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Brianito, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%

russwbeck, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%

klipper, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

tbeq00, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really rich looking dark brown/amber with some mild particulates and a pale, yellow head. The head falls flat with minimal lacing, but the beer is still well carbonated.

Not overwhelming, in fact this may be one of the first founder's beers I've had that didn't have a pungent nose. However, there is still something mouthwatering about the beer. It's got some scotch, spice, and sweetness all well balanced.

Whoa, banging flavors! Sweet sugar with some scotch and sightly bitter spice. This is a pretty damn tasty beer, it's right in line with the other Founder beers I've had thus far. As far as scotch ales go, this is definitely one of the best I've had. Not too boozy and not too watered down.

Heavy malt with a slightly stinging alcohol after exhaling. The beer is medium bodied, but is generously carbonated.

This was an unexpected addition from a trade gone awesome from tburk and I'm super thrilled to try it. There isn't much wrong with the beer, not that I'm an expert on scotch ales, but I'd definitely get this beer again.

ThePorterSorter, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of TK5150
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled June 2011.

A- Pours amber/ruby with a two finger beige head. The beer leaves great lacing. Excellent appearance.

S- Spiciness, caramel, hay, hints of apple.

T- Crystal malts, spicy fruity esters (cherries), bitter finish from the hops.

M- Smooth; appropriate carbonation. A kick at the finish.

O- A good wee heavy, but the yeasty esters in the taste are a bit out of balance for me. I prefer the Backwoods Bastard to this.

TK5150, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of JustinMatthew
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark umber in color with a thin white head into a ordinary pint glass. Smell is light but of caramel malts, raisins, and alcohol. Tastes of caramel malts, raisins, a little smokey, and some evident barley. Alcohol taste is there in the end and exists through the after taste, along with some raisins and barley. A bit drying and an overall decent beer.

JustinMatthew, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of tobelerone
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this one a bunch and it always seems to reveal something different. An excellent complex brew that needs to be tried for sure.

Lovely semi-opaque, sort of dark-apricot colored beer with a large cream colored head. Sinks to a thin band quickly; lacing is intricate and attractive with good cling.

The aroma is particularly strong but reveals a good malt character plus fruit, alcohol, and creamy caramel notes.

The taste is much bigger, with very rich maltiness, fairly aggressive and bitter hops, noticeable booze, dark, fruity sweetness, and undertones of peat smoke and caramel. Hops are more forward than a traditional Scotch ale.

Medium body and carbonation with a sticky, creamy mouthfeel. Very long, bitter and boozy finish. The carbonation cuts the stickiness down a bit and gives the beer some life on the tongue.

Complex and powerful; a deep beer. Might rate it even higher if I were a bigger fan of the style but this is clearly an extremely well made and highly nuanced brew. A potent blend of malt goodness, hot booziness, and lasting bitterness.

tobelerone, Nov 10, 2011
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3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a- deep copper body with a thin head

s- blast of malt, toffee, caramel, burnt sugar, prune, some banana too

t- a bit boozy, very similar to the smell, nice sharp attack with ample malt, finishes very full with a dash of hoppy bitterness

m- thicker than expected

o- first time having a scotch ale, pretty satisfied and feel it is a great example, personally too malt forward, though I'm sure that is indicative of the style

DrewZ926, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of taigor
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into regular pint glass.

A - Poured dark mahogany color with small head that quickly dissipated leaving light lacing around the glass.

S - Mostly malts, toffee, caramel and cherries.

T - Sweet malts to start that gradually turn to cherry, caramel, butterscotch and some dark fruits.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

O - Very good malty brew that I would highly recommend.

taigor, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of HotHands
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a dark brown with a tan head and a little bit of lacing.

S - dark fruits and cooked fruits, kinda like a cooked cherry.

T - Tastes of dark fruits (plums, raisins, figs) and cocoa, with maybe a bit of smokiness. Lots of malt. Some mild spicy notes and a fair amount of yeasty flavors. Almost no bitterness. I think there are a lot of similarities between this type of scotch ales and doppelbocks, with the yeasty flavors being the main difference.

M - good body, low carbonation (expected from the style), and a good creamy feeling.

Overall - a very nice Scotch ale. This was my first Founders beer and it's a solid one for sure. I'd like to try more from them, especially their stouts, because they've proven that they can do a good job balancing malt, sweetness, and other flavors.

HotHands, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of kmatlack
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra in a package a few months ago, letting it sit a while longer. Tonight the mood struck me. Bottle date 03/23/10, poured into my Boulevard tulip glass.

A- Huge gas release when i opened the bottle and thought for a second that it was going to be a gusher. Careful pour into the tulip renders a HUGE caramel colored, pillowy, head that bursts out of the top of the glass. Sits on top of the beer like a cloud. Beer is a dark brown murky color with a few hints of red. Lots of bubbles down the side of the glass.

S- Smells overwhelmingly of dark fruits. Raisins, figs, plums, spices, a little boozy, yeasty.

T- Taste is sweet on the tongue, the fruits really shine here. Mid palate there is strong yeast and spice notes. On the back end there is a lingering bready flavor with sweet fruits. Tastes like i just had a mouth full of raisins. I wish all beers had the depth of this guy.

M- A little over carbonated for my liking. Could be due to the aging but what can you do? A little too thin as well.

O- The 20 months this beer has been aging has definitely improved it. This is substantially better than when it was on tap a few weeks ago at a local bar. A fine example of a wee heavy, and completely worthy of the above average rating im giving it.

kmatlack, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of jmarsh123
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown with a small tan head. Little lacing.

Lots of sweet malt. Some toffee and a little vanilla and even licorice in the nose.

Starts off pretty malty. Some chocolate and oak and finishes with some dark fruits and a bit of smokiness.

Mouthfeel and carbonation are good.

Far from my favorite from Founders, but a solid brew.

jmarsh123, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of schlimenhaumer
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Excited to try my first scotch ale from one of my favorite breweries in the US.

A: Pours a beautiful and completely opaque reddish brown color with a minimal yellowish head of fair retention for the alcohol content. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: The nose is full or rich sweet malts, molasses, chocolate and some smoky notes in the background. Smells delicious, and the alcohol doesn't come through at all.

T: As expected from the smell, tons of rich malt character up front. However, this gives way to some nice bitter notes and a smoky finish, which keeps this one nicely balanced.

M: Full-bodied with a sticky mouthfeel that stands up well to the flavors.

D: Although this one is definitely on the heavy side in terms of body and flavor, the alcohol doesn't come through whatsoever. This is a great brew for the colder seasons.

schlimenhaumer, Nov 06, 2011
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,858 ratings.