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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,331
Reviews: 1,711
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 239
Gots: 1,216 | FT: 24
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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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Ratings: 6,331 | Reviews: 1,711
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4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this bottle up at a ghetto little liqour store in a crummy part of town. I was in a hurry and not paying attention, and I later discovered the bottled date was May 2011. No one in that part of town has the taste or desire for this kind of thing. Anyway, poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance - Deep amber/brown color that you can't see through, nice fat two finger head with decent retention and lacing on it. Impressive looking brew, to say the least!

Smell - Man I knew this brew was gonna be good from the nose of it. Nice malty/hops mix to it, with some biscuit or bready aroma to it as well. It smelled wonderful, and I really started to get excited.

Taste - Nice! Good strong malty jab up front, followed by a decent right handed pop of hops in the back. There are also some toffee undertones ot the flavor as well. Balance is excellent, you can almost feel the transition from front, middle, and finish.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation, good finish.

Overall - I would highly recommend this beer to any true beer lover. I gave it to my wife (not a beer lover) and she thought it was horrific, but she also thinks Bud Light Lime is good. This brew is certainly worth your time. Nice big 8.5% ABV, 50 IBU's, good malts, a hit by any measure. Founders brewery strikes again.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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

Ruby red with just a faint off-white head.

Strong but pleasing nose of raisins, prunes and just a touch of spice.

Rich caramel right off the bat. Smooth overall with medium to full bodied. More raisins, prunes, figs and toasted malt character There is a general dark candied fruit profile with some underlying roasted malts that help to round it out. Hops are bit spicy but they are muted even though they are listed as 50 IBUs on the neck.

Clean finish after some caramel sweetness. Lingering dark bread character with some spice. The alcohol is very well hidden. Quite well done. I couldn't ask for much more.

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3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard clear pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy brown with a reddish ruby tint. Has a half finger of tan head. Decent retention and lacing as it receded to a creamy frothy cap.

Smell: Sweet and malty with a biscuit like aroma, some hops in the mix. Smells inviting.

Taste: Sweet and smoky malts right up front, afterwards a nice earthy hops flavor comes through for a good balance. A better than average Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy.

Mouth Feel: Medium body with a lot of carbonation, but that doesn't detract from the flavor.

Overall: A great interpretation of the Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy style. Well balanced and a good ABV for the style. I like this one quite a bit.

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4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5


A - Super awesome straw colored foamy head. Head looks very much like a latte. Brew is deep, deep purple with lots of brown and black. Mildly cloudy too. Some lacing sticks to the glass.

S - Lots of heavy peat, very well done. Nothing drones out the nose of the brew. Not overly sugary at all. Slightly sweet and bready. Very oat-y, almost oatmeal??? Interesting. Perhaps some maple syrup too.

T/M - Very smooth and delicious! Chalky and perfectly sweet. Very mellow and caramel. Some milk chocolate and delicate hops stand out; nothing citrusy. Awesome carbonation. No heat.

O - Awesome Scotch Ale! Just as they all should be. An awesome extra, please keep the good brews rolling in!!! I would love to try this one again in the future! Founders continues to impress me more and more with each brew I drink.

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3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a wide-bodied flute sort of glass (not the traditional serving vessel, but it’s a nice glass). Bottling date of November 23, 2011 (“BOTTLED 11/23/11”) printed nice and clearly in yellow ink on the shoulder of the bottle.

Appearance (4.0): Two fingers of sand-colored head, with very tight bubbles—almost a legitimate foam. The body is a dark, reddish amber, almost garnet, and very cloudy. There’s almost a cranberry-red hue mixed into this deep amber. Spotty lace on the sides, pretty sudsy. This is an attractive beer, for sure.

Smell (3.5): Light caramel and a sweet stone fruit note mix together on the nose, meeting and mixing with a slightly fruity, piney hop character. The hops are more piney than fruity, but there definitely is a light tropical fruitiness to them way in back. Also smells of fresh barley, nice and grainy, and a little booze. It’s definitely good, but I was hoping for a little more complexity in the malt profile here.

Taste (4.0): Starts out with some hops, actually, in spite of how rich and grainy it smells—definitely some citrus pith leading the way. It’s followed closely by a good, rich, toasted barley note, however. Still, the hops lend a character reminiscent of yellow grapefruit. There’s a nice, medium caramel flavor in back, helping to smooth it out. Nice balance in this beer. Yeast note comes off as neutral, which I didn’t expect for the style but maybe I’m just not picking it up. Either way, nice tasting beer.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Incredibly smooth carbonation here, pairing well with the medium body of this beer. It’s got a dry finish, not prickly at all. Nice and smooth, though a little one-note.

Overall (4.0): This is a very nice Scotch Ale—this is not my style usually, but I could see getting into it a bit more with brews like this. It’s like a nice, richer and fuller American Amber with very well-balanced hops. Glad to have tried this beer, and I’d love to try some Backwoods Bastard to see what the barrel aging brings to the malty core of this beer.

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Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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