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
Ratings:
7,512
Reviews:
1,921
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.67%
 
 
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2,155
For Trade:
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Photo of sethcroisant
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beerbubby
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very hoppy ... strong beer ... sweet taste balanced nicely with hops

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Photo of ThatGuy85
1.91/5  rDev -52.6%
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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Photo of willcull78
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

And interesting scotch ale. It had an interesting aroma when opened. It seemed to have a hint of licorice, at least to me anyways; and that was not a bad thing. It had a deep dark-red stout like color when poured, a dirty bastard color. It looked and tasted like a cross between an ale and a stout, or an ale-stout hybrid if you will; which I liked. It certainly was flavorful and left a pleasing after taste. I will certainly wanting more of this one.

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Photo of bigbutter
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of anvindr
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lance_Hathorn
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mmellow12
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of awffles
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Franderosa
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of EmeraldMist
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Pours a murky dark brown color with a short ring of tan head, no lacing.
Aroma - Slightly smokey, molasses, leather, damp soil, tobacco.
Taste - Very rich, dry bitter chocolate flavors up front, sweet raisin and prune towards the middle, loads of toasted bread and caramel make up the majority of the body. There's a hint of smoke but it only shows up towards the end. The finish is bittersweet and has a lingering roasted flavor that lasts until the next sip.
Feel - Getting close to full bodied, not quite creamy but still very smooth, carbonation is relatively low.

Overall - A well made and delicious ale.

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Photo of MyLastNameIsStout
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aaronyoung01
3.44/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mdaniel723
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I might not be a fan of the style, too much smoke, not enough malt for me

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crawmcgraw
4.98/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of JarMills
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mitzvahman72
1.24/5  rDev -69.2%
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 HorseheadsHopHead
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours out a dark reddish brown that looks almost black in the glass; black in the middle with tints of ruby red at the corners. The head was huge, foamy, and tan. Retention was medium-poor, the head dying away fairly fast, but a thin tan ring remains and leaves some sticky lacing.

S: Rich dark malt complexities. Gingerbread, pumpernickel bread, fruitcake, molasses, chocolate, licorice, anise, black cherry, date, fig, and raisin.

T: Huge gingerbread, pumpernickel bread, toasted brown bread complexity, with hints of peak smoke. It's sweet and very dark fruity. You get molasses, a bit of licorice and star anise spice, along with notes of dried black cherry, date, raisin, and fig. Some dried tobacco as well.

F: Smooth, moderately carbonated, well-rounded to a degree that compliments the rich breadiness of this fine ale.

O: A damn fine scotch ale. Smooth, bready, sweet, and packed with flavor.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a thistle, the appearance was a semi-dark rugged amber to brown color with a two finger white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace to leave some messy lace.
The aroma had some soft sweet caramel/toffee malts up front, subtle smoke, sly amount of grassy to herbal hops. Ended with some light cocoa powder and a settling dose of coffee sweetness, somewhat clean.
The flavor was rich and malty with the peat coming about to enrich as it should for the style. Aftertaste was rich and malty.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionable smooth aspect about it. Carbonation was nice and low as expected. ABV felt right on par as the brewer suggested. Malts are smooth and do not cling, nice and mobile along my tongue.
Overall, exactly what a Scotch ale should taste like. Stellar job at Founders!

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Photo of Hackattack
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I got a great deal on a 12 pack of cans of this a while back and forgot to rate it. I still remember how rich and malty the flavor was overall....with a nice hops taste on the back side that creeps in there with each sip. GREAT stuff!

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Photo of Superheatnsubcool
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of toti1972
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acmurphy696
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful looking beer with an appealing aroma. There's is a definite punch of cocoa or coffee right on the tongue. It goes down well without lingering too much but it does linger a bit.

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Photo of mjgsilva
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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