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Founders Dirty Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with 7 varieties of malt (varies over the years).
50 IBU

Added by Mitchster on 01-03-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,676
Reviews:
1,945
Ratings:
7,615
pDev:
10.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
329
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Photo of David_Steinmeyer
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

This is a "go to" beer for me. The scotch style is nice and molasses-esque. It pours a very dark color. The 8 ABV has quite a kick to it. Founders does a great job with all their brews, and this is all around one of my favorite local beers. I struggle between this and Perrin's Black for my local
favorite "dessert" beer

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Photo of AyatollahGold
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbell23
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 123321123321
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
3.54/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beaulabauve
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnnyForeign
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dkouwe
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thenameisjohn
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Aegelis
4.74/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Delicious punch-in-the-face beer with a creamy caramel eye appeal, rich full-bodied flavour and crisp finish. Rarely have I found a brew take a run at Guiness on my tongue, but this Scot ale makes itself well known with distinct character. If you like Twining's Irish Black Tea, Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate and a heavily peppered steak, this beer is for you. Rather, this is a beer for me. Respect earned, worth every sip.

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Photo of MrRB
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another great beer from Founders. Deep burnt orange color with thick khaki foam. Strong aromas of roasted chestnut, bread dough, date, and cinnamon. Semi-dry and weighty on the palate with virtually no perceptible alcohol. Thoroughly enjoyable and an excellent example of the style. [12 oz. bottle into Sam Adams glass]

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Photo of Namven
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jchanley
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TMM1983
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Grovejr20
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dirtysleeves
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DupaJas
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bajdog
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chris1907
4.74/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my favorite beers. All founders beers are excellent. KBS is better, the best beer I've ever had, bar none! But for the price and regular beer enjoyment, Founders flagship beer is a truly awesome delicious beer.
Way to go founders, wonderful beers!!

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Photo of Marluc
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SaltofOH
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 6-29-17. Michigan craft pint.

A: pours a cloudy dark amber or medium brown with one finger of bubbly, sandy head. Tons of particulate sediment and little visible carbonation to speak of. Awesome lacing and retention.

S: I can smell the sweetness from a foot away. Like a cherry tootsie pop. A bag of fresh prunes left in the sun. Fruitcake. A bag of dark brown sugar. My mouth is watering. It smells sickly sweet, but I love it.

T: unsurprisingly, taste follows the nose. Arrives full-on sugarbomb, but a complex sugarbomb with layers of caramel, toffee, and perhaps milk chocolate with raisins and cherries. Middle carries some of those fruits but also a more pronounced whole wheat breadiness. Like one of those whole wheat breads that markets itself as healthy but has 10 grams of sugar per slice. Ending gets really hoppy and saves this from unpleasantness. Big herbal hop bite brings it all the way back to balance, and that is a long road, indeed.

M: thick. Hefty and malty. Syrupy. Slick finish, but somehow not unpleasant. The hippiness on the finish saves this.

O: each year I buy a dozen or so Michigan beers for the football season. I got this back in August for that purpose, and am I ever glad I did. Super sweet and bold, on paper Scotch ales should be right up my alley, but seldom are. This one manages to execute. Let's hope I can say the same for Big Blue!

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Photo of MinerBob
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beer pours a nice deep amber color with a small white head. The smell is caramel malts the flavor is smooth caramel with not a lot else. Overall a good Scottish ale.

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Photo of jnorris404
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RyanPoff
2.95/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle to a snifter.

A: This pours a cloudy, syrupy, dark brown maple syrup color with reddish hues in the light. Less head and retention than I'd assume for the style.

S: Molasses, deep, brown sugar, a heavy sweetness. It's like hummingbird food.

T: This is too syrupy. There are strong notes of brown sugar, caramel malts, little else. The sweetness is overpowering.

M: It's fresh and ready to go. It's thick on the tongue, heavy in the mouth.

This isn't my thing, and the bottle seemed fine.

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