Dirty Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

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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 stckhndlr
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- A dark burnt orange amber color blended with some ruby red. Cloudy topped with a 1 inch off white head. Can't really describe the color on the head but the color of the beer is really spectacular.

S- Getting alot of raisin and figs. Some dark malty notes. Sweet smells coming off this one.

T- Some of that figs and raisin coming through but mostly it tastes like a black licorice stick. The high alcohol is not very well hidden in this beer. It seems to really come out towards the finish. Little bitter on the back end.

M- Beer feels very thick and syrupy. Really feels like a mouthful.

O- I would have to say this is a very good looking beer. Great colors. The smells and flavors are pretty close to each other but nothing really explodes. The feel of it is a bit of a let down. I mean who wants to drink syrup? But overall not a bad beer. Definitely a slow sipper for me.

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Photo of EmmetD
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Mcvs1507
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of CycleHops
2.83/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of SpaceBeagle
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JasonA
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this in a recent trade

Pours a deep tranlucent carmel with a solid finger of aleish head. Not much lacing, but enough to not scrare me.

Sweet med malt. Some ABV with some sweet sugar type dark island rum.

Awesome medium sweet malt. No hop preence. Tastes like an sweet island rum (w/o the 80 proof) flavor wise.

Sits well for a scotch ale, notcontaiminating ABV.

Real nice drinker. Feels much under the 8.3. Solid beer I would love to see on tap, but more than likely not one I would trade for.

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Photo of Donnie2112
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

brownish reddish cloudy body, nice thin film of head

extra sweet malty plus peaty aroma, rather nice

lots of malt, enough peat to remind me of scotch whisky in the best way. lots of malt, nice peat just a hint of hots at the end that balances things out really nicely

medium creamy body, nice medium carbonation as well finishes with just a hint of astringence on a the finish

this is so tasty and it's nicely done. I haven't had many scotch ales but this is just a fucking awesome beer with a new introduction to flavors to me that makes me really really love this beer in of it's self. AWESOME!

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Photo of mhatters
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at the Exton Drafting Room

Pours a golden orange honey color, with an off-white head that hangs around

The nose is a candi-sugar with maltiness and a floral back end.

Strong flavor, floral hops emerge with a toasty malt balance

A very nice beer, good as an evening ender, I do not want a bunch, but one or two are great

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Photo of stercomm
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle,

A - Dark coppery in color, very little head and very little retention.

S - Getting carmel malts and maybe some dried fruit.

T - Very nice, gobs of malty carmel on the front end, gives way to a slight hoppiness that finishes with some sweetness.

M - Medium bodied, with good carbonation.

D - Very nice ,lots going on as you taste through the brew.

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Photo of semaj
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of JeffONeal
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of ccapurso
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of jesticals
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 911CROFT
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle into a Snifter glass. Paid £3.10 for a single bottle.

Pours a clear, very dark brown chestnut body, that transform to a bright beautiful ruby when held to the light. Plenty of fine streaming carbonation is visible below a dense, foamy, one-finger in height, light tan coloured head that slowly reduces to a thin film and collar, leaving behind excellent amounts of sticky, soapy lace.

Predominantly malt forward; the nose is led by an abundance of rich and sticky sweet toasted malts. Notes of caramel and toffee are faintly perceptible underneath, along with hints of dark fruit, ripe black cherry and some obvious alcohol on the end. Taste roughly follows suit, leading upfront with sweet, heavily toasty malts, caramel and toffee profiles. Mid palate, sticky dried figs and dates join fleshy dark cherry and tart berry sweetness before hop bitterness and a drier roast profile builds towards the finish. Medium to full-bodied with a low to moderate amount of soft carbonation, the mouth-feel starts rich, slick and smooth before drying slightly as hints of earth, smoke, spice and bitter hop profiles overtake initial malt sweetness. After the swallow, assertive resinous hop bitterness makes the beers 50 IBU’s known; lingering on the palate with mild astringency while a large alcohol bite provides notable warmth.

Overall this is a decent beer. Rich, toasty and reasonably complex, its seven-strong malt profile starts well, but is later let down by both a slightly out of place and overzealous hop bitterness, and obvious alcohol, ultimately detracting from taste and drinkability.

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Photo of ABabbidge
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, lets a little light through. Good 2 finger head. Smells sweet with notes of caramel and chocolate. Tastes very sweet as well, without being cloying. It has the same caramel/chocolate notes as the nose, but finishes with some more fruity flavors, like plum or raisins. Moderate body with a slightly dry bitterness in the finish. Excellent beer that would make a great dessert.

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Photo of vader06
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bluHatter
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep thick cloudy amber, like a really strong apple cider. Fine healthy head with good lacing.

S: Dark amber malts, dark fruit and caramel

T: Roasted malts, nuts, hoppy bitterness

M: A little alcohol burn in there. Full bodied with lots of nice smooth carbonation.

O: A nice dirty amber that's a little on the strong side.

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Photo of BrewinHeadBanger
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Stobin
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Nate
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Saviorself
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of Kevin55
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of KOP_Beer_OUtlet
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Hoptoudrop
2.72/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of Msudukie
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 7,740 ratings