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Founders Dirty Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

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4.05/5
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7,616 Ratings
Founders Dirty BastardFounders Dirty Bastard
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:
#2,681
Reviews:
1,945
Ratings:
7,616
pDev:
10.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
329
Gots:
2,227
Trade:
20
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Ratings: 7,616 |  Reviews: 1,945
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1/5  rDev -75.3%

Photo of Jaredyelton
1/5  rDev -75.3%

Photo of ariel444
1/5  rDev -75.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I don't like it; too strong, bitter after taste.

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Photo of BillDineen
1.16/5  rDev -71.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Photo of Roccon88
1.2/5  rDev -70.4%

Photo of Mitzvahman72
1.24/5  rDev -69.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Quick take: This is outlandishly bitter, nearly overpowering the flavors that are in this beer to the point of insignificance. Judging from how they made and created this beer, it’s obvious Founders is trying to compete with Stone’s Arrogant and other bitter beers. This isn’t a good beer for those who like a proper Scotch or Wee Heavy ale. Your alternatives will be Beam Me Up from Intergalactic Brewing Company, the Loch Down from Arcadia Brewing Company in Kalamazoo and, for a more lighter body, the Kilt Lifter from both Four Peaks Brewing Company in Tempe, Arizona and Moylan's Brewing Company in Novato (Don't let the not-so-classy beer name discourage you. They are good beer!)

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Photo of Andragos
1.25/5  rDev -69.1%

Photo of grassybranch
1.25/5  rDev -69.1%

Photo of tigervette
1.44/5  rDev -64.4%

Photo of Chitty54
1.75/5  rDev -56.8%

Photo of ThatGuy85
1.91/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Worst scotch ale I have ever had. This is a sickly sweet, disgusting beer. It reeks of burnt molasses and spoiled fruit. The taste is rich and overpowering, coating your mouth in an unsavory and unpleasant manor. I nearly spit this out the moment it hit my tongue.

Scotch ales are delightful and smooth. This beer is as delightful as baby vomit and as smooth as a train wreck.

A dreadful, embarrassing, abomination of a "beer".

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2/5  rDev -50.6%

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2/5  rDev -50.6%

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2/5  rDev -50.6%

Photo of cfrivera1
2/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Smells ok and for the first couple of seconds after sipping it actually tastes pretty darn good - smooth and creamy - chocolaty! But immediately after that, it left a real nasty-paint-thinner-like-vinegary after taste. Couldn't finish bottle - I was VERY disappointed and decided to stick with mojitos the rest of the evening (Christmas Eve). Just for kicks, I decided to give it another shot today - no change - starts out super delicious to the palate, but finishes with a super vinegary bitter bite which literally makes you shake your head and wonder "WTF? What happened here you dirty bastard?" To each his/her own.

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2/5  rDev -50.6%

Photo of AleWatcher
2/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Why does this remind me of an old ale? Stale malts with caramel sweetness and only a mild bittering hop presence.

This is not impressing me right now.

Medium full body is lacking carbonation and feels slightly gritty.

Overall, what the hell is going on here? I love backwoods bastard, and this is terrible. This is like a strange old ale or aged barleywine. There is a boozy bite on the finish that is off-putting as well. Me no likey.

The beer looks murky rust colored reddish brown. Quite brackish and cloudy. Almost no head. Looks dull and lifeless.

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Photo of Azpittil57
2/5  rDev -50.6%

Photo of mlplus
2/5  rDev -50.6%

Photo of mcmeekin91
2/5  rDev -50.6%

Photo of jham915
2/5  rDev -50.6%

Photo of C63AMG
2/5  rDev -50.6%

Photo of dheldman
2/5  rDev -50.6%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
2.02/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Pours cloudy reddish brown. Produces little head, even with a rough pour. Minimal fine lacing. Not much to look at.

Smells like chocolate toffee meeting asphalt in that ozone spot right when it starts raining. Some fruits, all dark and all somewhat prune-juice like, poke through. Average is a stretch.

Has that flavor that I can't quite put my finger on, but I really can't stand. For such a highly rated beer, I can't by any means figure out why. Honestly it's one step away from a drainpour. Heavy super dark fruits and warm prune juice would be a complementary way to describe the flavor.

Feel wise it's typically Scottish ale like, thick and rich, low carbonation, not bad at all.

Drinks horrible. Will not seek out, recommend, or buy.

It's not just the style as I rated Bellhaven wee heavy quite highly. Something about this beer stands out as "I hate it." I'm sure it's not a bad bottle, but hey, I'm rating both to style and to my tastes, and this just plain tastes terrible. Sorry founders, I like some of your stuff but not this one.

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2.04/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Having read a few previous reviews, I think that people might be misrepresenting the taste of this beer. Simply put, the flavor was completely off-putting. Had almost no beer flavor, just a very alcohol-flavored kick.

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Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 7,616 ratings
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