Founders Dirty Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

Founders Dirty BastardFounders Dirty Bastard
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Founders Dirty BastardFounders Dirty Bastard

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 05/09/12

A: Pours a dark ruby red color with a fingers worth of head

S: Very malty, with notes of smoke, caramel, cherrywood, and a light nuttiness

T: Follows the nose, not overly sweet given the huge amount of malts. Starts off with cherrywood, caramel, light smoke and a nice nuttiness that adds a salty note as well

M: Medium-full bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: This beer has all the great elements of a scotch style ale, with the perfect amount of smoke and maltiness without being too sweet. A nice sipper at 8.5%, too

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

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

Photo of scotorum
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Nearly clear dark ruby, a 3/4 inch beige head receded slowly to thick surface foam and extensive patterned lacing. The moment you pour this out you can see the quality.

s: Caramel malt and pine hops in balance.

t: Rich malt under moderate hops bitterness. High ABV is virtually unnoticeable.

m: Good body, quite smooth.

o: An easy-drinking, satisfying brew, enjoyable all the way through.

UPDATE 12/27/13: Had two more from a sixpack I purchased, bottled 10/08/13, probably much fresher than the one reviewed last May, and the head on initial pour was three inches, requiring a second pour. Same great taste as the first.

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Photo of stimulus
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Founders snifter.

A: Pours a very deep ruby red that is only clear when held up to the light. It has a light tan head that settles quickly.
S: Caramel malts followed by some smoke flavor.
T: Caramel, brown sugar, toast, and medium smoke on the finish.
M: Smooth and medium bodied with good carbonation. A bit sticky on the finish.
D: One of my first Founders beers, this still doesn't disappoint. No hint of alcohol considering its abv. It is possible that this is hidden too well, but it definitely can be finished quickly and this will sneak up on you.

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

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a bottle at The Sunset in Boston.

This Scotch Ale poured a cloudy, tea-colored brown with tan foam that settled flat. The smell was caramel malty with a hint of spiciness. The taste was very nice: malty, caramel, light sweetness, and only a slight hint of alcohol. The alcohol was well hidden. The mouthfeel was smooth with full body and modest carbonation. The caramel malt flavor lingered pleasantly. This was a very nice beer. It was somewhat unusual for the style, in my opinion, in that it was less sweet than many Scotch Ales that I have sampled.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at 45 degrees, poured into a pint glass.
Bottled date is 2/3/09.
A: Deep copper in color with slight head after aggressive pour. Darker than I anticipated
S: Smeels sweet and carmel like
T: Sweet moving to bitter on the tongue. Lingers on the bitter side.
M: Rich and smooth
D: Very drinkable, I would for sure have another
Overall, I really liked this beer.

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

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

Pours exactly what I expect from a scotch ale. A deep color that is somewhere between a copper and a dark brown/ruby. Rather flat on the pour which was a bit disappointing. Aromas of coffee and candied fruits. Very, very pleasing aromas that do remind me of mccallan 12yr. Toasty, but sweet at the same time with a hint of that peat. My biggest disappointment on the beer came on taste. It is just sort of "meh". Not much intensity or the sweet fruits on the pallet, rather, a bit of maltiness followed by a bitter finish. May have to add a few tasting notes as this one continues to reach room temperature.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in Totowa because it was available via the single bottle. I don't drink this style of beer much, but it's cold out and it's good to have a brew that can warm me up. This certainly fit the bill as it's one of the better beers I've had lately, and a very drinkable Scotch Ale to boot!

Good pour to this, as the hue was a very cloudy deep brown with some head and nearly no lacing as I worked my way down my glass. This has the mouthfeel of a scotch ale with the caramel and smoky taste that one would expect, but there's not a lot of stickiness here. The roasted taste isn't overdone and plum, cherry, and banana fills in instead. What results is a beer with a slightly burnt taste but a much richer and more even mouthfeel - neither too light nor too heavy with just a hint of cherry in the aftertaste that lingers and leads to a dessert-like quality to this beer.

The only heaviness in this beer is the 8.30% ABV but it's not that noticeable in terms of the taste. This is one solid brew that has made me appreciate this style more. Scotch Ales will never be my forte, but after having this offering from Founders, I'm actually inclined to seek these out a bit more now, and isn't that what a good beer should make one do?

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Photo of Spica66
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extra from gogriz trade. Thanks, Cody!

A: Orange/amber color. Excellent head retention.

S: Light, malty. Virtually no hoppyness or alcohol.

T: Very nice. Just what I expected from the color and smell. Malty, slightly sweet. Nothing unexpected for the style. Can't even begin to taste the 8.3%.

M: Very smooth, medium carbonation fits in great.

D: The lightness of the body of this beer, coupled with the great taste, make this very drinkable.

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

Finally, my first review and tasting of a Founders brew. I think, even with this more common offering, they have lived up to there reputation.

A: Poured a deep amber and was toped off by a single finger head that was tan and incredibly creamy. The head dissipated slowly and in its wake exhibited great lacing that persisted throughout my tasting.

S: Very sweet, pungent caramel malts, however, becomes quite bitter toward the end. Alcohol was definitely detectable, but was not imposing.

T: Sweet tastes of raisins, as the scent had indicated, accompanied by undertones of hops. This was followed abruptly by alcohol which dominates your palate and holds on until your next sip.

M: Medium bodied, low carbonation, slight burn from the alcohol.

O: A unique, fantastic beer that I could enjoy in sparing amounts. I truly felt one 12 oz bottle was perfect, any more and it would have been too much.

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

Photo of Whiteturtle
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can pour into sam smith pint glass (first time drinking DB from a can)

Eyes: Pours a mahogany amberish colour. 1 1/2 finger head. After a few minutes the head recedes towards the glass, with a wisp of carbonation residue settling in the middle.

Nose: Caramel sweetness, firewood, butterscotch, nutty (hazlenut/pecan). Pumpernickel bread comes through as well.

Tongue: Malty goodness, and smooth creamy toffee notes. Rummy raisins, and caramelized cherries that have been rubbed in brown sugar (that was a bit much wasn't it??). You really should let this get closer to room temperature. Many flavors unlock with warmth.

Body: Not to heavy for the style. A surprisingly effervescent and hoppy mouthfeel accompany the sweetness this beer exudes. Feels more like a 7% than 8+. A hanging woodsy taste sticks around.

Overall: A really well done beer, I'm glad this is available in cans now. You would be hard pressed to find a better scotch style ale at a cheaper price. *I got a 12 pack for $18 in Jersey*. I recommend this indubitably.

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Photo of eaglegrafix
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of foxmul924
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Room-Temp Pint Glass...

Color: Reddish-Brown Hue with a Thin, Off-White Head which Dissipates

Aroma: Brown Sugary/Sweet Hops

Mouth Feel: VERY Smooth, Medium-Bodied, Not Too Carbonated,
Velvety Texture that Caresses Tongue

Taste: Sweet and 'Sugary'/Smoky Chocolate, Dark Fruit Aftertaste with
Slight Tinge of Alcohol

Drinkability: THUMBS UP! Two/Three Might be the Limit


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

Photo of rajendra82
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came is a short 12 oz. brown bottle, with a nice quote on the neck putting me in the mood for the experience. The beer poured dark red with an inch thick head on top. Lacing was top notch. The aroma was malty and dusty with some floral hops peeking through. The taste was sweet (raisins, cherries, and chocolate), nutty, and smoky. The bitterness was minimal, and the aftertaste was clean. The mouthfeel was chewy with a tongue coating stickiness. A nice soothing beer for a damp and dark winter’s night.

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

Poured into regular pint glass.

A - Poured dark mahogany color with small head that quickly dissipated leaving light lacing around the glass.

S - Mostly malts, toffee, caramel and cherries.

T - Sweet malts to start that gradually turn to cherry, caramel, butterscotch and some dark fruits.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

O - Very good malty brew that I would highly recommend.

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Photo of Ngcba415
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of NEUBOM
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chzenchi
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mJJJJJJJ
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mccurdy82
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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