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:
#2,675
Reviews:
1,944
Ratings:
7,612
pDev:
10.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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329
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Photo of johnyb
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cbaz
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

12oz bottle from the Oak Barrel, into a Portsmouth snifter.

Really, really deep ruby colour to this, not quite brown, but just a very dark red with lighter ruby around the edges. Creamy foam on top that is a yellowy-beige. Good spotty lacing. Really nice contrast between the colour of the beer and the colour of the foam.

Nice aroma of toffee, caramel and fig. Nothing overdone, just done well. Some boiled sweet smell as well.

Burning toffee taste initially with a little bit of fig and dark fruit. The toffee loses any slight scorching and normalises. Grows on you the further you get into the glass.

Creamy mouthfeel with a bigger body. Some warmth but no booze heat. Avoids getting too sweet as a little gentle scorching comes through to cut it up.

Good example of a pretty unfashionable style. Not too many misses come from these guys, regardless of the style.

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Photo of output01x
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (dated 01/05/11) into a pint glass.

A moderate pour yields a 1/2-finger tan head that quickly recedes to a light specking and thin ring around the glass. The body is a deep dark brown with reddish hues around the edges. Minimal lacing is seen on the glass.

Strong and sweet caramelized malt aromas. A woodiness and slight boozy scent is also detected. Is this beer barrel aged?

Dark malts with notes of caramel and chocolate. An almost bourbon warmth creeps in at the end. There is a lot of flavor here, including a mild bitterness, and it is all enjoyable.

Full bodied with slight carbonation, this beer is thick and slightly sticky. It coats your mouth just enough to allow the booze warmth to last properly.

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Photo of jason_nwx
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZorPrime
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle received from liamt07. Thanks BAmate.

Color: brown, opaque
Head: beige, small bubbles. Disappear quickly.
Aroma: caramel, sugar, dark small fruits, roasted malts...
Taste: caramel, malty, sugars. This one is delicious.
Mouthfeel: full bodied beer. Warmer. A sipper.

Overall: a pretty good beer... A must have! If you love big beers.

A true sipper.

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Photo of musicforairports
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, ruby-brown color. Small head. Some lacing.

Aromas of peat, dark fruit, chocolate, caramel, alcohol.

Flavor is at first bittersweet chocolate and caramel, figs and raisins. Peat flavors and a bit of heat comes at the end. Lighter on the peat than some others, and the malt bill kind of reminds me of a barleywine. Lightly sweet. Robust but not overpowering, especially considering the ABV.

Medium mouthfeel, with carbonation on the lighter side.

Not one of my favorite beer styles, but this is a good take on it. I'd love to try Backwoods Bastard.

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Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of dcotom
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Very nice. Didn't get the "dark ruby" mentioned on the label but the color was a dark stained mahogany with Huge Tan head bubbLing over. Smell was nice but didn't really advertise the taste to come. Tons of malty goodness... sweet, roast, caramel, bread. Really didn't get much hops which worked. Warming alcohol on the tale.

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Photo of minterro
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: dark raisin colored opaque beer. Tan (with bits of pure yellow) fluffy head with large bubble forming in the foam. The head fades quickly leaving a thin island of foam in the center and a ring around the glass. Small amounts of lacing

S: strong aroma. Malty, caramel, chocolate, smoky, roasted nut. Maybe a tad bit of bourbon

T: super spicy. Similar to nose (caramel, chocolate, nutty). Brown sugar. Pleasant bitter finish. Not super easy to drink but can be nice fall outside beer.

M: medium mouthfeel, low-ish carbonation. Super creamy feeling

O: overall a good beer, one of Fonders best brews I have tried thus far. Fair price (but not an everyday beer). I will probably buy it again when I’m looking for a higher priced relaxing beer.

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Photo of JOldewurtel
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of neenerzig
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my tulip glasses. This beer pours a semi hazy/cloudy deep amber/copper color with a tan head about an inch thick when poured. Head eventually settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass. Not much foam on the surface of the beer or lacing on the inside of the glass though. Aromas of caramel malt sweetness along with hints of spice and a lot of dark fruits such as raisins, plums, dates, etc. Alcohol and even a bit of toffee too. The taste is pretty much the same as the smell, being that it too consists of some toasted caramel malt sweetness and fruit flavors of raisin, plum, dates, alcohol, some subtle spices, and toffee that is all rounded out with just a slight touch of hops on the back end. Great mix and balance of flavors. Much more dark fruit than I am used to in a beer of this style, but incorporated very well here! I feel that the fruit profile helps this to stand out in a good way from most other beers of this style. Has a crisp and prickly, yet smooth and frothy, bready, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very good drinkability, especially considering the fact that the 8.5% ABV is not well masked at all IMO.

Eric

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very dark Amber pour, tight off-white bubbled head with great lacing on the glass. Aroma to me is kind of mute, slight hints of tabacco, toasted malts and wood. Some hints of sweet yeasty character as well, reminiscent of bananas and caramel. Taste is an overall malt bomb. Sweet malt compliments that dark fruit and Belgian yeast-like flavors that come through. Some hints of chocolate, toffee and caramel as well. Mouthfeel is medium carbonated with a little oily characteristic going. Overall a malt bomb with just enough bitterness and complexity to not be overly sweet.

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Photo of Ohpl8s
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of molasses
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

12oz bottle, dated 8/30/2015. Served in a snifter glass 1/5/2016.

Pours a dark, opaque reddish brown body, one finger thick, latte-like foamy offwhite head, good retention, fair bit of lacing. Smells of unabashed toffee, caramel, a bit of molasses, a bit of earth, some tapioca. This description sounds sickly sweet, but it really isn't. Flavour is balanced toffee, caramel, earth, a bit of zest, minerals, a mild bit of umami (a bit like seaweed). Pretty tasty, balanced, sweet but not too sweet. On the malty side in a good way. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, balanced with mild earth and umami on the backend. Overall- surprised I haven't sat down to review this in a long time, but this is a classic big scotch ale that's executed very well.

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

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

Photo of Svyturys30
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of Jimlikesbeer
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Complex flavors. Small head. Dark color. Not smiley. Nice malty beverage. To me it has that Belgian Quad taste that some Scotch Ales don't have. One I would definitely drink again

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber color with a good sized tan, creamy head. Great retention and sticks to the glass with each sip. Aroma is sweet, citrusy, hops, tropical punch. Taste is full of depth and character. Very sweet malts, very earthy flavors, burnt caramel, ripe fruits, raisins, grassy, strong hop bitter finish. Alcohol is also apparent in the finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and fairly heavy bodied. Decent carbonation, smooth in the mouth. Dry finish. Extremely tasty and enjoyable brew as always from Founders.

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Photo of Catfish0807
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 7,612 ratings
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