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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,773
Hads: 6,945
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 21.09%
Wants: 290
Gots: 1,717 | FT: 22
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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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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Photo of hops1337
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this as a gift from beertunes, Poured into a SA perfect pint glass, it was dark brown with a light brown head and decent lacing. Smell was sweet malt with some fruit in the background. Taste was nice, im not a huge fan of the style but this was quite good. Had what i would call a cough syrupy mouthfeel but with a tangy hop finish. Recommended if you can find it. Thanks T!

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Photo of adammills
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I owe this beer an apology. After a couple more years of brewing and tasting experience I am recanting my previously scathing review. I do find that this beer is a bit too much on the big end of the style as far as drinkability, I find other wee heavy's preferable in that way, but it is a big rich and daring interpretation of the style.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A very slight haziness, which is not usual for Strong Scotch Ales. They're usually very clear due to cold conditioning. Color is a lovely medium-dark amber with red-orange undertones. The bubbles rush to the top to create a fluffy golden head. The head is not long lasting, but for the style and ABV, this is not a fault.

Smell: A lovely smell for a Strong Scotch Ale. Toasty malt, a bit of roastiness, some booze, plenty of caramel, and dried dark fruit, namely dates and plums. Nice and balanced.

Taste: When it comes to roastiness, there is a difference between the peaty taste one might find with this style, and a coffee taste. The former is light, oaky, and smoky, the latter is rich, bitter, and denser in overall flavor. I'm tasting the latter, and it's not to my liking. Founders does a pretty good job encompassing most of the other components of a Strong Scotch, so this dark coffee flavor, definitely stands out...in a bad way. The dried fruit that was present on the nose is also in the flavor profile, as is the caramel. These do not balance well with the bitter coffee taste, however. Just the right amount of alcohol is present in the flavor and lasts into the finish along with the medium high bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light body with very little carbonation. Not uncommon for the style, there is a watery thinness that isn't working well with the bitter and the booze. There needs to be a little more body to balance out the big flavors, and that's definitely not here. If I could describe the mouthfeel in one word, it would be "airy." And who wants to drink air? No alcohol warming is present.

Overall: A good try. I would be curious to find out what the recipe was because it seems like there is too much roasted malt present. It's kind of like a cross between a Schwarzbier and a Strong Scotch Ale. At least the SSA is part of the combo! I wouldn't recommend it to a friend over other examples of this style, and I wouldn't buy again. But I can enjoy the six pack I have.

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Photo of AndoBrew
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

*i did not mind it and would not buy again*

app: looks great big and sexy. deep rich amber red scotch joy with nice sturdy.

smell: chewy sweet malts, dark fruits sweet smelling indeed. like a fruit snack.

taste: a bit weak, good .. but a flagship? this is a wee wee heavy and it is very yummy but just small, it is not very complex.. sweet malts followed by booze and hop spice. I am very let down.

mf: who cares. it is a tad brite and thin

drinkable?: kinda, it is easy to drink but does not really invite you back.

I founderd out that when this flagship sails off in to the horizon that i for one will not miss it.

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Photo of BennyL1
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a NB globe. Bottled on 11/08/10. My first offering from this great brewery.

A - Dirty Bastard pours out a nice and deep chesnut color. A good fingers worth of bubbly tan head presents itself as well. Nice lacing as well that very slowly makes its way down the side of the glass.

S - Nose is heavy on toasted malts. Notes of caramel and dark chocolate in there as well. A touch of dark fruits also makes its way out. Overall a very pleasing aroma.

T - A variety of malts really come though in the taste. A bit of caramel up front with some hints of figs. A slight hop presence makes itself known but the sweetness of the malts really shines through. Bit of alcohol tinge in there as well.

M - Medium bodied with a nice and creamy aspect to it.

D - Overall I was very pleased with my first beer from Founders. I would have this one again if offered.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark copper with a large, moussey head.
Nose shows sweet rich malt with treacle and sultana characters along with soft bready notes.
Not as impressive flavours. Some of the malt remains in a supporting role but it's overwhelmed by out-of-place spicy hops and a fair bit of booze.
Too highly carbonated.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #219
Served On: 09/07/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 8.5%
Date/ Code: 04/10/12

This was in a mixed case picked up at North York Beverage in York, PA - Around $45.00.

Look: Poured a dark murky brown color with some slight tinges of copper around the edges. The head was a thin coating of light tan bubbles. Couldn’t detect the carbonation level through the deep haze. Head lacing started forming immediately.

Smell: Some semi-sweet vanilla upfront. Brown sugar and molasses notes were in the background. The aroma had a heavy quality that suggested a very big beer.

Taste: First up was a sweet brown sugar followed by an earthy roasted malt. Not much in the way of smokiness. The finish was a bitterness that faded into a semi-sweet dark fruit that transitioned into the finish.

This beer hit me like an Oskar Blues Old Chub (see review #38) without the Whiskey burn. Not bad.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" tan head above the murky reddish brown brew. Head showed reasonable retention, and laces with a layer foam pretty much wherever it has been. Aroma is a sweetly malty, with an alcohol undercurrent, as expected. Taste follows the nose, heavily malty, and the alcohol packs quite a punch on the back of the throat. A bit overboard in that department for me. Mouthfeel is okay, as I said, the alcohol character could be abit more subdued, but it grows on you (or numbs you, perhaps). The drinkability is good enough to convince you drink more than you probably need...

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Photo of rfgetz
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - reddish brown body with a thin, lacy brown head

S - Sweet Toffee and Caramel

T - Sweet, Malty finnishing with a little burst of hops. Alchol hidden behind the sweetness.

M - Medium thickness but almost medicinal finnish.

D - Very good and drinkable for a Scotch Ale, but I almost want my Scotch Ale to scare me into only having one.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light tan, one finger-head that goes slowly leaving a good lace. Deep amber color. Light carbonation. Medium bodied. Nose is raisiny. Starts sweet with hops in the background, finishes with some bitterness. Still easy to drink, alcohol is not noticeable. $3.75 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark with a nice rust color when held up the light

S: heavy earthiness with a very smokey content

T: Great backflavor with carmel flavor and you can taste the smokiness.

M: medium to a creamy finish, it was very nice.

D: Love this stuff. This was my first taste since I just bought singles, but want to go out and buy a sixer.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown like root beer in color. Produces a tiny white top that thins out to almost nothing but it is present for the rest of the drinking. There is also some delicate lacing that forms.

S: Something like Hard Apple cider smell early. As it warms I am getting banana bread and other bread smells.

T: The booze is not hidden - it hits early but is not overpowering or out of place. There is a sweetness and a slight breadiness. I am really having a hard time nailing down the exact flavors.

M: Clean and crisp with a slight coating sweetness.

O: Not at all bitter. Nice balance of flavors with the bold alcohol flavor out front. The other flavors work well and the solid mouth feel makes this easy to drink but I couldn't put back more than 1-2 at one time. This is my first Wee Heavy and I will investigate the style further!

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Photo of jsprain1
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a red brown color. Big head of three fingers settles at about one. A little lacing.
S- The smell is heavy on the malt, as it should be. Caramel, a touch of vanilla, a bit of earth, and a grassy hop note.
T- There is less hop here than on the nose but that's ok, because the malt profile was tremendously complex. Initially it was caramelly with a light vanilla note. The finish is a combination of dark fruit and sugar. Like a sugar glazed dried fig. Actually the level of sugaryness gets a bit rough on the palate after a while.
M- Medium-full body, medium-light carbonation. It comes across a bit sugary.
O- This is a decent Scottish Ale, and I like the strength of malt, but the sugar level on it is just a bit too high. Dial it back, maybe add a bit more hops or peat quality and this could be a true winner.

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Photo of SykDoc
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a slightly hazy very dark amber/brown color. A 1/4 inch yellowish-tan head forms and reduces to a spotty lacing. Minimal sediment.

The aroma is quite good with notes of caramel malt sweetness mixed with banana bread. Some vanilla and oakiness is noted.

There is a caramel malt sweetness to this one with some nutty, oaky notes. There is an odd bite to this that I believe is a piney hops component mixed with alcohol.

The mouthfeel is full bodied. Carbonation is reasonable and balances out the flavor a bit. A pleasant dryness at the end that cleans off the hit of bitterness.

This is a good beer but is just seems a bit off from a balance standpoint. The high ABV mixed with the lack of balance makes it a little more difficult to have multiples.

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Photo of GordonQuid
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap pint.

Cloudy dark copper, frothy one inch head dissapates to a wisp of white, slight clinging lace.

Smells of dark roasted malts and warrior hops. Pungent and strong earthy notes.

Taste is strong alcohol upfront with roasted burnt caramel and sharp high alpha hops. Not as blended as i would like a scotch ale to be. This is more in your face characteristics. Very strong not for the light hearted beer drinker.

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Photo of nickfl
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - The beer pours with one finger of medium brown foam on top of a dark brown body with some very clear, amber highlights. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves light lace.

S - Rich, deep caramel, brown sugar, dark bread, and some plum.

T - Dark, sugary flavors dominate up front with lots of caramel, dark brown sugar, and some cola notes. Darker caramel in the middle with some burnt notes and a bit of alcoholic warmth creeping up. More of the same dark, sugary character as the beer finishes with a bit of malt bitterness and some herbal hop character.

M - A fairly thick body, moderately low carbonation, and a lightly sweet finish with some spicy alcohol.

D - Not too bad, there is a lot of complex sugar character and the aroma is really very nice. Some of the dark sugar in the flavor profile is accompanied by a musty note that may be diacetyl or possibly even cardboard. In addition to that slightly unpleasant note it has a touch of alcoholic warmth that is, perhaps, understandable considering the strength but kind of messes with the smoothness that I would really like to see in this sort of beer. Overall it is a pretty good beer, but falls a bit below the average for Founders and I have a hard time seeing myself drinking it again.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fantastic dark reddish brown in color. Not a lot of light gets through this one. A half inch layer of foam rests on top. I get some caramel malt and honestly not a whole lot of aroma. The flavor is caramelized malt and it hits hard and quick on the front of the palate. Mouthfeel is bit thick and substantial. You get a nice malt fade at the back of the palate with a warming from the alcohol in your throat.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet. The bottle date has rubbed off so I have no idea how old this is.

Appearance - Reddish brown body with some floaties suspended in it. The faintest glimmer of a head and then just a ring around the body. The surface is pocked with small islands of foam.

Smell - Caramel, no hint of booze, but a slight fruitiness from what I think is hops. Not a complex or overwhelming smell, but nice. The hops throw me for a loop though.

Taste - Caramel forward with some brown sugar aspects, but it's sort of one-note. The finish is brazen. Hops and bitterness. It brightens the flavor considerably. I am unsure of how I feel about this.

Mouthfeel - Medium-heavy bodied, as I'd expect. It is surprisingly easy to drink, though, partially due to the hop presence. It prevents it from being sweet at all and makes it go down nicely. At the same time, the bitterness detracts just a bit from the mouthfeel.

Overall - Some nice aspects, but I'm not terribly impressed. There are much better examples of this style that have more complexity to the malt character.

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Photo of burnerfinger
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from the 12 oz bottle into my goblet:

no had to speak of on the pour - lacing is slim to nonexistent. color is just a tad lighter than a cola - deep red when viewed against a light (LOTS of clarity)

S a bit of sweet caramel - and a ABV backbone.

T tongue follows the nose: caramelly booziness

M - thin, a bit watery and lacking of body

D: HIGHLY drinkable (pun INtended) at 8.5 this will do you right.

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Photo of smcolw
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Burnt orange color, some haze. Low level head with nearly no lace.

Light aroma of darker malts with a semi-sweetness. Traditional Scotch smells.

This is a heavily hopped Scotch Ale. Dark crystal malt flavors and slightly sweet. Very strong hop finish, which is very un-Scotch Ale like. I'm now torn because I prefer this beer to the traditional SA. With a body of light cream, this is a rich offering.

Overall, this is flavorful beer with a bitter sweet flavor.

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Photo of JMforman
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Definitely one of the best in its price range. Great example of the style as well.

A- Beautiful deep red with a great white head and great retention.

S- Leather, booze, burnt sugar, cherry

T- Burnt sugar, cherry, molasses, booze. Very strong. I'm not used to beers that are bitter on the malt end instead of the hops. Very interesting.

M- Medium to full with nice burn at the end

O- Like I said, a great beer for it's price.

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Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep, dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts and caramel ,a touch of alcohol. Taste is malty, nutty, some caramel, alcohol is present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of SirEgbert
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hard pour into a nonic glass. Off-white, creamy head builds over cascading bubbles to an inch and a quarter. Nice. Diminishes slowly to a thin froth of foam. Dark, opaque mahogany body with a slight cherry hue around the sides and bottom. This is a very good looking beer.

Smell: Molasses. Ripe fruit. Rye bread. Clove-like spices. Esters.

Taste: Heavy, earthy, roasted malts. Slight smoke. Burnt toast. Sweetbread underneath it all. Subtle plum flavor and some hop bitterness. Alcohol warmth and somewhat tart mineral taste on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Thick, moderately creamy, but the body does not last long, fading to a dry, mineral astringent.

Drinkability: This beer doesn't finish particularly well, though it's tasty while drinking, and quite easy to drink. That's a little dangerous, at 8.5%, and this beer takes no pains to hide the alcohol. A decent beer that I wouldn't go out of my way to get again.

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Photo of doctorjoeyboey
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is brown like a dark, hazy, undercarbonated root beer. The smell is sweet and like a weak version of the Sam Adams Triple Bock, scaring me immediately! The taste is actually pretty good compared to what the aroma prepares you for. It has a tomoto taste on the front palatte and a chocolate taste on the back. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and the beer is quite drinkable. This is a decent beer and definitely the most drinkable beer with “bastard” in the name that I have come across... it is also quite drinkable for it's high alcohol content. At the same time, I probably won't buy this beer again.

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Photo of muttyd
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Portsmouth tulip. Deep copper amber pour with a thick tan head. Aroma is of caramel, fruity esters, and licorice. Flavor follows the nose, heavy on the caramel. Slick velvety body with a warming alcoholic finish. Overall, an enjoyable beer.

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Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,773 ratings.