Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,033
Reviews: 1,645
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 210
Gots: 939 | 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:
Brewed with 7 varieties of malt (varies over the years).
50 IBU

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 01-03-2003)
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark, deep reddish brown coloration with very thin head. The coloration is excellent

S - Smell is caramel malt with a roastiness - almost like a porter. Hints of scotch/alcohol smell come through as well. Hops are not very pronounced except for a slight piney smell.

T - Initial flavors are malty and caramel and there are notes of a warming alcohol flavor. The sweetness of the malt is tasty and forward which blends nicely. Bitter piney hops come out in taste more than the smell on the finish.

M - Smooth and syrupy. Low carb

O - Displays the maltiness of the style well without being overpowering on either sweetness or alcohol. Hints of a bitter hop balance balance well. The malt flavors are complex in this one - interesting style that I have not experienced much of.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Thick brown brew with a reddish tint and small frothy head. Isolated specks of lacing on the glass.

S - Malty, sweet, molasses, a hint of rye and peat, a little dates as well.

T - Initially, it is a mesh of bitter and sweet. The sweetness is entirely a bready, toasty maltose flavor. The bitterness is a bit of a rye spiciness and... a touch of steamed collard greens is the closest fit - just the bitter taste though, it doesn't taste like greens, just that sort of bitterness. Aftertaste is mildly lightly sweet and a lingering bitterness that is rather medicinal. In the long aftertaste it has a potent baby aspirin flavor.

M - Smooth, thick, a little drying.

D - Aside from the aspirin taste, this is great. One of the better scottish ales I've had.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My third scotch ale in the past week or two, and I really like the style. Dirty Bastard does a good job with it. It has less ABV than the Sam Adams one I had and the Backwoods Dirty Bastard. But it's easy drinking for a 8.5 ABV, and is probably the smoothest of the three.

Appearance is very dark brown and brown/red when held up to light. Not that much head, and good lacing on the way down.

Malts dominate the smell, more sweet caramel smelling than roasted smelling.

Very drinkable, Easy-drinking beer. Not a chugging beer by any means, but easy to drink for a 8.5 ABV.

Taste is malty sweetness up front, followed by earthiness. Not quite the smoky peat found in the Sam Adams Wee Heavy, but some green earthiness.

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Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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