Dirty Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

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4.05/5
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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:
#2,901
Reviews:
1,968
Ratings:
7,712
pDev:
10.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of singletary
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is great, it pours a dark amber but still able to see through it. The smell is of dark fruits, raisin manly to me. The taste is of fig, raisin and a good blend of malts. Somewhat thick to drink but not unpleasant. Overall much better than I had expected.

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Photo of Kelly10359
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bl00
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown, head dissipates quickly. Some floaty chunks.
Nose is apple, apricot, raisin, plum.
Taste is toffee, raisin, apple, cranberry, maybe some coffee at the end.
Mouthfeel is fairly creamy, nice bubbles and moderate thickness.
Overall, very enjoyable. Thankful for an opportunity to try a style that I don't seek out very often.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hot damn, we have ourselves a winner here, my children. Rich and velvety like Emily Rarajkowski popping out of a cake, I’m feelin’ this one. Smooth scotch flavor, smooth malts... can I say yes please?

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

Photo of Sulty
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chleady
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aubaldman85
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dawon
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BierRichter
2.74/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Photo of SynthetikReality95
4.78/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of weareallfalafel
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ejmontoy1
3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of tmaxelb
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Bottled 1/5/18. Poured into a tulip glass.

Pour: reddish brown with a slight tan head. Head dissipates fairly quickly leaving some clouds and a thin ring.

Nose: sweet malts dominate the nose. Some alcohol vapor, dark fruits.

Taste: light roast malts, plenty of sweetness. Some bitterness on the backend.

Mouthfeel: a little oily, moderate carbonation. Nice.

Overall: I love Backwoods Bastard and haven’t had Dirty Bastard in a long while. While this is a decent Scotch Ale, I’m maybe not a huge scotch ale fan. Not very complex, more sweetness without anything to balance it. Ok but not a go to.

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Photo of jvillefan
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jadpsu
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown Mahogany with an impressive 2 full finger sticky head, great retention and sticky side glass lace.
AROMA: Strong molasses, caramel, raisin, prune. Maybe some chocolate licorice.
TASTE: Burnt malts, sweet molasses. Complex but too sweet for my liking.
This beer has a lot going on but that complexity, while interesting, does not end with a refreshing ale.

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Photo of ConnorMobs
3.22/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of Eammon1920
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of no1cubsfan2016
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my go-to's

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Photo of Justincredble
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown body, decent lacing at the begining, didn't persist throughout the session though.

Strong caramel notes on the nose. Complex.

Flavor somewhat subdued compared to the aroma. Yes, caramelly, but strong, biting hop bitterness is also competing for presence.

Overall this beer is all aroma, and no flavor. Smells great, complex and inviting. The hop bitterness and flavor are WAY too high. It detracts from the caramel notes.

Not a bad beer, definitely worth searching out. Could use some fine tuning though--or let it age at least 12 months to let the hops drop out before trying it. My bottle was just under 6 months old according to the bottle date.

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Photo of CoasterGuy
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MeLoynes
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 7,712 ratings