Founders Dirty Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

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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 SDStoutly
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

appearance--pours a dark reddish amber with about a finger of head that quickly dissipates into a thin ring. Very small amounts of lacing.

smell--sweet candy notes, caramel, and fruit. A slight hint of bourbon.

taste--Totally different from the smell. A little sweet, but mostly tart and bitter. A little smoky, earthy, and metallic. Can barely taste the alcohol.

mouthfeel--very smooth, thick, and almost creamy. minimal carbonation.

drinkability--good. not too heavy, and not hot at all. Would definitely have this one again.

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
3.16/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into snifter glass: dark brown, with thin half-inch head that vanishes in a matter of a minute. Some bubbles along the side. Little thin, bubbly traces of lacing.

Scents of chocolate, light roasted malts, toffee. All very faint.

Taste is same, with a fairly thick body, medium carbonation. Umm, pretty good, but very light on the flavors.

Could be better.

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Photo of elevatedgreens
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of BoOmerG
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of cmdmzmjm
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Greenster
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of FleetwoodMatt
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of iHeartMNBeer
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of 911CROFT
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
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 YankChef
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a DFH snifter

Appearance: Very hazy deep dark amber, like almost burnt caramel. thin wispy head

Aroma: Sweet esters with a hint of pine and maybe a touch of maple. Certainly hints of vanilla.

Taste: Upfront there is certainly a bigtime sweetness that ties into the maple and vanilla. There is then a dry finish with savory flavors, black pepper and juniper with a strong grassy kind of hop bite.

Overall: Pretty dry and hoppy for the style, but hey its american. Very enjoyable beer, pour at a cooler temperature and allow to warm to discover all the different nuances.

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Photo of Ysgard
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of fiveiron
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of BWHD
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of FrankHashimoto
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of twincano
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of DaKur
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of MikeRusso
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of jhutt
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of icemanexit
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of flek
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mmcave
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at local liquor store. Poured into a tumbler a deep chocolate with plush red high lights. Tan head, about half inch thick, some lacing and decent retention. Smells of medium sweet malt, with coffee and toasted notes, slightly nutty, hops are present although more in support formation, with some raison, bread and mild dark fruit. Taste, wonderful toasted sweet malt, immediately followed with balanced bitterness, imparting sort of a nutty dark chocolate flavor, how ever I would not describe this as syrupy or too thick. On the swallow comes another nice round bit of milky sweetness, balanced again by mild bitterns. This is a tasty scotch ale, which I am relatively new too, but from my experience thus far I very much enjoyed. This is well worth a having around especially during the winter months, I know I'll buy it again."Yeh’ve nary had such a bonnie taste of heav’n since pullin’ yer mouth off yer mammy’s teet." Need I say more…

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Photo of JDK
2.9/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep copper color with a 1/4" head that quickly disappears.
Has a bit of a burnt hop taste with a light to medium body
Lacing quickly disappears down the side of the glass
Not much carbonation nor aftertaste which makes this an average scotch ale

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Photo of dizztracted
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of skrib09
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured a rich brown, super hazy, with a brown head. a bit of lacing maybe aided by the hops.

slight hop bitterness, pine, and floral nose along with a strong malt sweetness. a touch of wood flavor as well.

malty sweet, a bit floral, a hint of resin, and some barrel flavors. caramel notes in the aftertaste.

crispy mouthfeel, medium-bodied, but with a drinkable feel. light and refreshing yet full of flavor and texture.

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Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 7,494 ratings.
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