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

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#5,573
Reviews:
1,987
Ratings:
7,804
pDev:
10.62%
 
 
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Photo of Nichols33
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Urmomjon16
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of PMakowski
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - dark amber reddish brown with a thick tan head. Decent glass lacing.
Smell - Gotta say i expected more from this, just lacking any real aroma. Not smoky or scotch-like at all but it smells like any average strong malty ale
Taste - I had expected this to be real smoky but adjusting my expectations, this is a real good beer. Flavor is quite sweet but with the bitterness taking over to finish it nicely. Very malty and medium-full bodied. Can't really detect the alcohol. Carbonation is only medium-low. There's not one flavor that takes over, very well balanced.

Overall, this packs a punch. Nothing really scotch-like about it but it's my first scotch style ale so i didn't know what i would be getting. Regardless, I like it a lot. It's filling but its enjoyable. Grade is an A

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

Photo of eafowler7
2.5/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of JimboBrews54
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jbu0126
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jeschaefer
2.25/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Vidblain
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of av8rnid
4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Cris4545
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dsippel
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Greener
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dr_Porkenheimer
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jeffgosia6
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Couldn't decide if I wanted a cold seltzer to quench my thirst or a glass of scotch...I reached for one of these that had been sitting in the back of my fridge for well over a year. Great beer. Packed full of flavor.

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

Decent beer / dark ruby color with a strong malt taste coupled with bitterness. It’s definately a decent beer, but I prefer many of the other offering from Foudners more like KBS, and Breakfast Stout.

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with thin tan head that quickly reduces to a solid rim of lacing. Sweet, porter-like aromas of malt, chocolate, caramel, cherry. Caramel especially shines through in the flavor, accompanied by a substantial sweetness. It's mildly earthy, smoky, and peaty. There's a moderate amount of alcohol flavor coming through. The sweetness is pretty well balanced by a fairly heavy dose of bitterness that lingers long into the aftertaste. Smooth and moderately carbonated.

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Photo of RonHK
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1st Founders beer I tasted some years back while on fly fishing trip to Michigan. Tried 6 pack after very hot humid day on the Au Sable and it hit the spot. Try Scottish ales when I see them but have not found one better. Will keep looking. Scottish spey casters visiting the Golden Gate Angling Club were overjoyed to find they could get it in the bay area to take back to Scotland where it has a following.

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Photo of JoeyJellico
3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of dafla67
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lwillitz
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - generous head of khaki over a body of deep red/brown; nice web of lace

S - brown sugar, dark fruits

T - caramel and brown sugar, dark fruits, touch of earthy bitterness, hint of peat, semi-dry finish

M - light/medium carbonation, smooth and chewy medium body

O - a very nice Scotch ale

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Photo of GuitChick
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours caramel brown with little head straight from fridge. This feels like a beer that would shine better at a warmer temperature. Very boozy from the start but as it warmed, flavors of peat and dates come through. At the finish the glass definitely smells of scotch whiskey and oak. Not sure if it's growing on me or if the high ABV is kicking in! Another interesting brew from one of my favorite brewers.

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Photo of spongebob2
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 7,804 ratings