Dirty Bastard
Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #27
Ranked #8,354
4.05 | pDev: 10.62%
Aug 02, 2022
Jan 03, 2003
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Notes: So good it’s almost wrong. Dark ruby in color and brewed with seven varieties of imported malts. Complex in finish, with hints of smoke and peat, paired with a malty richness and a right hook of hop power to give it the bad attitude that a beer named Dirty Bastard has to live up to. Ain’t for the wee lads. Brewed with 7 varieties of malt (varies over the years).

50 IBU
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Ratings by Profundobaso:
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Reviewed by Profundobaso from New York

4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Look - poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. dark copper in color, lightly hazy with some suspended particles. one finger head with excellent lacing retention.

Smell - caramel, toffee, and lots of malty sweetness. some booze detectable. warm spices and yeast also detectable.

Taste - an explosion of malt flavor and some syrupy sweetness, though also balanced with bitterness. not much smokiness, contrary to what is advertised on the bottle. finish is warm. heavy, but not overwhelmingly so.

Feel - medium-full bodied, low carbonation, and on the heavier side at 8.5% ABV. alcohol is not masked but is not harsh. in fact, the warmness gives this beer an extra layer of added complexity.

Overall - a very complex and very tasty malt-heavy beer that showcases a wide range of flavor while remaining surprisingly drinkable.
Jul 01, 2022
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Rated by FredTetusky1952

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
I love strong ales. This ale is one of my favorites!
Aug 02, 2022
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Reviewed by Aflores34 from Texas

4.78/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
First time trying this beer and I have to say it's pretty darn good. As soon as I saw the color I was thinking Guinness but taste completely different than how it looks. Smooth going down especially on a hot summer day. Definitely going to have to get this around to friends to try
Jul 10, 2022
Rated: 3.56 by Mustela_Man from California

Jun 25, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by not2quick from Missouri

May 20, 2022
Rated: 4.21 by cold_beer

May 20, 2022
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Reviewed by spectru from Florida

4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
April 30, 2022 - Dark copper, crystal clear, so dark you must hold it up to a light to see through it. Fluffy, lacy tan head, recedes slowly; I like the aroma, faint as it is to my invalid sniffer; Fully robust in flavor, a little tangy; Not a particularly robust mouthfeel, mild carbonation, but not bad. I like this beer. I expect I'll get it again.
Apr 30, 2022
Rated: 3.67 by rabembenek from Indiana

Apr 14, 2022
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Rated by RRB328 from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Enjoyed with Lee, 3/13/22
Mar 13, 2022
Rated: 4.44 by Rollmeaway2loadout from Illinois

Mar 12, 2022
Rated: 4.39 by soarinsteven from Illinois

Mar 03, 2022
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Reviewed by BigGinge from New York

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Pours a very very dark ruby red color, verging on brown. Tan colored head disappeared in a flash.

Smell: Brown sugar, Coca-Cola, oatmeal cookies.

Taste: Brown sugar and dark bread up front. The sweetness and bitterness duke each other out half way through. Towards the finish I get a bit of charred coffee grounds and a sweet toasted caramel note. Nutty and dry finish. Balanced.

Feel: Medium bodied, well carbonated. No alcohol warmth.

Overall: Great beer.
Feb 18, 2022
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Reviewed by magikbagel from Wisconsin

4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I’ve heard so much hype surrounding Founders that I decided I’d finally give them a try, I would have sooner if it weren’t for the price. The Dirty Bastard seemed the most likely to be up my alley. After arriving home to pour into a glass and take my first sip, I immediately realize what I’ve been missing. This beer hit me on the first sip with such rich and delightful flavor, something that you kind of take for granted in beer when you’re not used to it. Instead of trying to explain the soul of this ale, I just want to say that this was a perfect first try from this brewery and really enjoyed the experience the beer brought me.
Jan 19, 2022
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Rated by DonBowman from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Drier finish than my tastebuds can handle
Jan 15, 2022
Rated: 4.03 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Jan 12, 2022
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Reviewed by md3kcn from North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Purchased as a single bottle from Ingles for $1.50. Poured into a tulip glass.

L - Pours a pitch black, but copper when held to the light. One-finger tan head with fantastic lacing.
S - Brown sugar, oak smoke, and Cohiba Red Dots. A broad sense of earthiness, but I can't be really specific.
T - Deep dark caramels, brown bread, and molasses. Darkened toast comes through the most, though. Bitter, but not overbearingly so; it goes well with this brew. Ethanol comes through towards the end of the glass.
F - Warms your body like nothing else! Smooth. Full-bodied with medium carbonation. Very heavy.
O - A fantastic ale, well-worth trying out. This would be perfect as a bonfire-with-friends-beer. Go out and try it!
Dec 30, 2021
Rated: 4.74 by SimpleBeer

Dec 22, 2021
Rated: 4 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania

Dec 20, 2021
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Reviewed by Reef from South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle dated 12/2/20

Cloudy copper-brown with golden highlights. Two fingers variegated tan head. Spotty lacing with a full ring and large continents on the surface.
Malty molasses, tobacco, brown sugar, oak, berry aromas.
Char and peat in the taste, along with black bread, oak, toffee, floral hops, light mineral flavors.
Good carbonation, noticeable alcohol heat, bitter aftertaste, medium bodied.
Good depth of flavors which richer with warming. This bottle is a year old and shows no ill effects.
Dec 19, 2021
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Reviewed by DoctorZombies from Florida

4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Bottled 11/23/21. Poured at 57°. Deep amber/ruby brown body with excellent clarity; three fingers of khaki mixed bubbles foam; looong cap retention; heavy minus lacing and heavy ring; medium legs on swirl. Caramel malt and floral hops nose; light smokiness as beer warms. Bitter hops on entry, with caramel sweetness right behind; mild nuttiness; dry finish. Silky plus feel; medium plus body; moderate minus carbonation; no warmth from 8.5% abv. Overall, a beautiful beer and outstanding; easy drinking and smooth; I do like the Backwoods better, as Dirty is lighter in comparison; nevertheless, an enjoyable beer.
Dec 17, 2021
Rated: 4.04 by irishevans from California

Dec 02, 2021
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Reviewed by Kiiz

4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
L: Darkish amber, off white 2 inch head, mild lacing.

S: yep

An old fashion with a hint of Abbey ale. I feel like a shmuck for looking down on this beer.

F: carbonation medium-heavy yadda yadda the flavor kills tho

O: great try it
Nov 30, 2021
Rated: 4 by n_william from Illinois

Nov 28, 2021
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Reviewed by Brook82 from Ohio

3.37/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Good look ale, bronze/ golden color. Frothy head and left ample lacing in a pint glass. Taste followed aroma, a bit tart that lingered around in the aftertaste. Overall enjoyable and good representation of the beer type.
Nov 18, 2021
Rated: 4.27 by JustinTheJuice from Wisconsin

Oct 31, 2021
Rated: 4.14 by Meddwol from Michigan

Oct 24, 2021
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Reviewed by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
10/17/21 From bottle from 4 pack.... Gift from DW for 51st birthday. Stone, mahogany, maple, smoke, leather, salty, malty, The depths of flavors is amazing. Certainly sweet, but the hop end balances things out. Boozy. I picture really enjoying this fireside at the end of a good day of skiing!
Oct 17, 2021
Rated: 4.38 by selekt0r

Oct 15, 2021
Rated: 5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts

Oct 15, 2021
Rated: 4.79 by Hogsbreath

Oct 08, 2021
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Rated by Lockhart

4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Dark and beautiful makes me feel like a bastard
Oct 05, 2021
Rated: 3.97 by TP2MSU from Michigan

Oct 02, 2021
Rated: 4.43 by markallmon from Tennessee

Aug 24, 2021
Rated: 4.16 by Nyarko-San from Pennsylvania

Aug 16, 2021
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Reviewed by DanO1066 from Maryland

4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
"Kicked the keg" on the Old Chub at The Brass Tap here in Baltimore, but wanted to stick with the style, so the staff poured me a 12oz bottle: looked pretty good in a dark bar; aroma of malt & hops, more of the same in the taste; pleasant CO2 in a medium bodied ale; reminded me of the Stone Old Guardian only better balanced (yes I know they're different styles)
Aug 01, 2021
Rated: 3.1 by azwdz

Jul 22, 2021
Rated: 4.2 by shreead from Pennsylvania

Jul 20, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by NickMunford from Wyoming

Jul 18, 2021
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Reviewed by BroBobby70 from Texas

3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12 oz. Bottle poured into pint glass.
Look: 3-finger head, light tan, good lacing. Color like that of a cola.
Smell: Bready with a little sweetness.
Taste: Bitter, rough finish. Very malty.
Feel: Medium carbonation, stays on tongue after swallowing.
Overall: It is a good beer. Style is not my style, but it works for the style.
Jul 12, 2021
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