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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,716
Hads: 6,680
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 21.14%
Wants: 265
Gots: 1,529 | FT: 25
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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Reviews: 1,716 | Hads: 6,680
Photo of maedhros09
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Hazy ruby-brown with nice thick tan head with decent retention. yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle
Smell: Caramel, fruity
Taste: Big caramelly maltiness with some fruity acidity and a moderate herbal hops presence. Approaches barleywine in terms of maltiness.
Feel: Full bodied, thick and smooth

Overall: I wasn't sure what to expect from this one, but right from the pour I was impressed by the color and head. It drinks like a light english barleywine, with its deep maltiness and full body. the perfect amount of hop balance to let the malt shine. Delicious.

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Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

great thick scotch ale. one of the better bottled founders flavors. (say that three times fast)
heavy alc. and malty mouthfeel make this an intolerable brew for some, but an adventure for others. like most other founders brews, I will be going after this one on tap & pack soon enough. Founders love.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had on tap quite frequently and from a bottle in a thistle glass.
A: Brilliant chestnut with a 2” finely bubbled light tan foam collar that grips the side of the glass providing exotic sheets of lace.
S: Kettle sugars, grain, light earthy hops.
T: Malty caramel, darker sugars, darker fruit, sweet, earthy, faint banana, boozy, fruity, medium hop accent provides balance.
F: Chewy body, medium low carbonation, creamy, smooth and clean.
O: A little more hops and esters than some of the traditional interpretations but very nice. The tap versions work a little better than the bottled ones.

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Photo of shillzor
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby color with a half-finger, vanishing tan head.

Aroma: Malt and dark fruits, with a whiff of alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Rich, fruity malt with bitter hops coming through on the finish. There is a pleasant, lingering bitter aftertaste.

Overall: Not my preferred style, but certainly drinkable and enjoyable. I'd opt for one of my favorite quads if given the choice, but wouldn't mind drinking one of these again.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a dark red. It has a mild, smoky smell.
The taste is a complex blend of malt, dark fruits, and caramel.
Maybe a bit of coffee
It's a very smooth Scotch Ale that's not too peaty.

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Photo of chopp02
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First, I have to say that I love the color of this beer! It is one of the most unique I've seen: a light chocolate color and the texture of this beer is phenomenal! I absolutely love the Scotch flavor in this rich, dark beer. If you like your dark beers with a liquor taste, then give this one a try, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of mchegash
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 4/5
Pours a deep red-brown. In bright light you can see it's actually a deep red. About half a finger of tan head, which dissipates down quickly to just a ring around the top of the beer. Quite clear. Can see an average amount of carbonation in the beer.

Smell - 3.75/5
Fruity slightly sweet malts, a hint of alcohol, hops, and roastiness

Taste - 4/5
A rich malt taste - slightly fruity, slightly sweet, slightly alcoholic. The flavor is actually not that strong, and there is little to no aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - 3.75/5
Medium-full in body. Smooth. Lightly carbonated.

Overall - 4.5/5
It's really hard to describe why I like this beer, but I really like it a lot.

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Photo of interzen
4.71/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

355ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

Look: Dark brown body with a tan head. Nothing to shout about in the head/lacing/retention department.

Smell: Smells overhelmingly of chocolate, with a considerable side-order of bananas and dark, roasted malts. More than a hint of sweetness, too. It certainly doesn't smell like an 8.5% beer - in fact, alcohol is one of the things that is notably absent in the nose.

Taste: Follows the smell, more or less. In additional to the chocolate and banana/yeast smells you start to get a hint of alcohol. It's not particularly in-yer-face boozy, but it's definitely there. It's well disguised though, and subtle enough to add a certain degree of interest to proceedings.

Feel: Medium bodied, fairly easy on the carbonation front with a lovely, chocolate cream mouthfeel. Eminently drinkable.

Overall: I wouldn't say that I'm a big fan of Scotch Ales in general but this one might well have me converted. It's definitely a beer to savour, unless you want to get completely trashed in short order, and savouring it will undoubtedly yield good results. Top brew from Founders - love it.

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.9/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is awsome poured out of a bottle in a sniffer let warm for 15min s: chocolate banana bread slight light roast coffe T: same as smell With slight im mean slight alcohol finish F Creamy goodness O: this to me seems more like a stout well done why isn't this rated higher this will be a go to for me

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Photo of Bone53
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours brown with a mahogony tent when put up to the light, and a two finger tan head. Awesome looking beer

Smell: A ton of sweet bready malt, slight dark fruit, a touch of heat from the alcohol

Taste: That sweet malt character with subtle dark fruits upfront then slowly fades in to a rye bread type finish

Mouthfeel: Heavy medium body; Silky smooth going down with a slightly bitter finish

Overall: What an awesome malt bomb this is. I get a whole range of aromas from the malts. The taste is a little less satisfying, but still very good. Iv had my fair share of scotch ales, and this is easily the best one to date. Founders is my personal favorite brewery, and this beer is another reason why. Cheers!

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Photo of hopmashian
3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark, ruby red. Poured into a sam adams glass it produces a small head that doesn't last.Smell and taste are similarly thick and sweet. Taste is complex with bitterness prevailing over a sweet dark sherry. Mouth is heavy, almost syrupy. I won't try this again as it is too thick for me.

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Photo of snilsen13
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I've been drinking this for over a decade. It's my go-to Scotch ale. It's rich in smell, complicated in flavor and a wee heavy. My only fault with it is the mouthfeel, which is a bit sticky. It's sufficiently boozy that this doesn't matter much.

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Photo of MikeyLegend
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a 10oz snifter. Pours a dark mahogany with minimal head and lacing. Smell is lightly hopped, heavy malt, and yeast. Taste is heavy at first from the malt. Finish is relatively smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.77/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Deep mahogany pour with thin, clingy white head. Aromas of fruit, yeast, and bread with some wine-like quality. Flavors are many - prune, toast, cooked sugar. So smooth and malty. This is just great.

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Photo of Oldejoe
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look. Murky, unfiltered (?) honey brown with a medium small, light brown head.
Smell. Yeasty, even toned, possible hint of chocolate.
Taste. Pretty strong hop front, richness of grain, low sugar sweetness, somewhat dry finish, bit of caramel poking through, timidly.
Mouthfeel. Heavy body, chewy, oily grains. Pretty robust.
Overall. Good twang of hops, mild grains except in the mouthfeel. Better complexity in the mouthfeel than in the taste. A nice scotch ale, leaning toward the barley wine neighborhood.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a light tan and creamy head that dissipates quickly but still leaves a bit on the top of the beer. The beer itself is a deep ruby color that is a little bit clear such that you can see a shadow of things through it.

The beer smell is deeply malty. The malt notes mainly consist of a very strong caramel smell with a little bit of toffee as well. The beer has a sweet smell due to the heavy malt.

The beer taste is similar to the smell. The taste mainly consists of a strong caramel note with a bit of toffee to it. The taste also has a slight bitterness to it but it is mainly sweet. Regardless, the bitterness is a nice note to finish on because of its contrast to the usually sweet notes.

The mouthfeel is fairly smooth. The beer is heavy bodied with a light carbonation to give it a little bit of texture.

Overall, a pretty decent wee heavy and one that I recommend getting. The beer is pretty good for a year round beer and worth getting.

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Photo of JoelG21
2.04/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Having read a few previous reviews, I think that people might be misrepresenting the taste of this beer. Simply put, the flavor was completely off-putting. Had almost no beer flavor, just a very alcohol-flavored kick.

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Photo of CIBoy10
2.99/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Beautiful looking beer with a tremendous alcoholic bite to my taste. That bite seems to cover up some of the flavors for me. Also it is much more than a wee heavy. Maybe a little too heavy for me.

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Photo of FreshEsh
4.74/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Don't make the mistake of drinking this too cold. I liked it best when it was closest to room temp. All the flavors really came out. Almost has the appearance of a top notch scotch, which I love. Drink more than one, and you'll feel like you've been sipping on scotch as well. If you don't like this beer, you just can't appreciate it.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer filled the glass with a beautiful dark brown liquid that display ruby highlights under a tan frothy head. Rich caramelization in the nose and in the taste. A healthy dose of hops ad a different flair to this beer compared to other Wee Heavy beers. Medium body and a finish that is balanced not deeply malty. Overall a delicious beer and a great offering from Founders!

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Pours a clear dark ruby color with a very nice head and light lacing.

Smell – Malt, caramel, hops, and booze.

Taste – Malt, caramel, dark bread, and a little hops.

Mouthfeel – A little thin, sweet, and easy drinking, with a light hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability – This is an easy drinking beer. Nothing spectacular, but nice.

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Photo of Stebbimacdaddy
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No head or lacing to be seen. Maybe poured to cold. Color is a beautiful rich copper. Aroma full of sweet caramel, raisiny maybe. Initial taste was sweet full lots of alcohol cause it was too cold. Let it warm a bit and I taste orange and caramel and a cookie like sweetness. Alcohol still there but much less astringent. Taste lingering on palate is earthy sweetness. Raisins and plums come to mind. This is a nice package. Pretty spot on for what I expect from the style, plenty of alcohol bite married to malty sweetness with a syrupy mouthfeel and a medium body. I think I'll have another.

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Photo of brurevu
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer poured a dark copper amber with a slight dark khaki head. The nose was sweet and fruity with subtle roast undertones but mostly dark fruits. The first taste was an intense maltiness with sweetness and a roastiness at the same time that ended with a slight bitter hop profile. There was a sweet dark fruit and an almost chocolate and coffee aftertaste that lingered on my palate and was a tantalizing reminder of what was to come with each sip. This was a very rich and deeply layered scotch ale that was like sipping a nice after dinner aperitif. This creamy brew was a very satisfying and robust drinking experience and a very well done scotch ale.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.96/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2012 edition, 12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, deep, dark mahogany color with an eighth of a finger of white-colored head that almost immediately dissolved away into a just an extremely thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with tons of bready, toasted malt up front, followed by tons of brown sugar and toffee and dried stone fruit, such as raisins and prunes. Delicious aromas.

Taste: Delicious! Like the aroma, there is tons of bready, toasted malt up front, followed by tons of brown sugar and toffee-like sweetness, flavors of dried stone fruit, such as raisins and prunes, finished by some well balanced, slightly bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy and nicely effervescent, as there is some good carbonation. With an ABV of 8.5%, there is just a touch of a pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is a fantastic Scotch-style ale. Malty, sweet, a little fruity, earthy. As a 2012 vintage, this beer aged very well.

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Photo of car2052
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to goblet.

A: Deep red/ brown, hazy, with almost no head.
S: Sweet, toasted, bready malts. Banana, cherry, and almond.
T: Deep, toasty malts form the basis of the beer. Fruity flavors peek through, of banana and cherry, and add sweetness. Well-hidden hops add bitterness to the finish.
M: Full mouthfeel. Wine-like aftertaste.
O: Reminds me of the Ommegang Abbey Ale I had before. Nice flavor.

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Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,716 ratings.