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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Ratings: 7,544 |  Reviews: 1,930
Photo of mdm46410
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. This Scotch Ale poured a hazy, dark reddish brown color with visible carbonation when held up to light. Virtually no head or lace to speak of. The aroma of this beer was made up of sweet caramel malts, light yeast notes, and a bit of wood. The flavor is dominated by smokey malt richness. Some sweet caramel notes followed by a big roasted, smokey malt flavor. A touch of hop bitterness is present at the end. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with light carbonation, leaving a lasting smokey taste on your tounge. Towards the bottom of the glass, it reminds me of drinking a Scotch and water. The flavor seems to become a bit muted by the smoke. I enjoyed the aroma and flavors that this beer presented, but the smokey finish seemed to detract from the overall experience. Made my mouth feel like I had sat next to a campfire for a few hours, directly in the line of the smoke eminating from the flame. A decent beer, but maybe just not my cup of tea. It was definately a Dirty Bastard!!!

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Photo of youngleo
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a brown color and brownish head. Looked rather thick when pouring. Not a lot of head retention. Smelled sweet like caramel also of coffee and malt. Smell was good. Tasted very sweet almost to sweet. Like strong caramel and coffee. I could still taste it in my mouth several minutes after finishing the last one. It had a flavor that lasts. Felt heavy in the mouth, and carbonation was right. After a couple you could really tell that the alcohol content was high. Got a good buzz after two. You would have to be real carefull when drinking several of these.

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Photo of nickadams2
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A_Dark brown with a small creamy tan head. Leaves a nice ring. Decent lacing.

S_Not a whole lot in the smell. Malt,brown sugar,little bit of alcohol.

T_Malt,dark fruits, brown sugar,and alcohol. Slight touch of bitter hops. Nicely balanced.

M_Thick and creamy. Enjoyed every sip.

D_Great session beer although ABV is a bit high. Good go to beer.

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Photo of fullmoonbeer
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of acknight
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of drt72
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of gshoes3
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of tjb27
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Janis_Hoplin
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of bareju
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark ruby read with thin head of large bubbles, which quickly recedes.

Caramel and biscuit, some darker fruity flavors (plum, apple, banana) with a syrupy bitter finish. Very well balanced and smooth flavor transitions. Bitterness coats mouth and lingers.

Medium low carbonation, nicely penetrates smooth and slightly syrupy full mouthfeel.

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Photo of Jdub2839
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Star80
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh 8/11 from the cooler. Pours out a nice dark ruby color with a sticky looking head. The smell is rich and malty, slightly smokey, and mildly sweet, with some vanilla almost reminiscent of a fine Bourbon. Really a complex smelling beer. The taste is equally rich and malty, but has a nice citric, resinous hop base to balance it all out. Nice warming alcohol as you sip this one and it works well on a cool night like tonight. More flavors are coming forth, a bit of molasses from all that alcohol, but also some nicely roasted malts. Sure, there is a bit of earthy peat to it, but not nearly as much as some scotch ales I've had and I like it. Anyway, this is a big beer, one to be sipped and slowly warmed and the mouthfeel is pretty smooth too. Overall this is a nice Scotch ale that is making a great alternative right now to the shelves full of tired, but true Oktoberfest offerings.

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Photo of George1005
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of adman08
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a deep red with a hint of brown. Minimal off-white head that fades to a thin layer on the surface of the beer.
S-Aromas of smoke/peat combined with chocolate and a hint of caramel and vanilla. Fairly strong smell of alcohol.
T-Strong peat smoke flavor. Lots of malt sweetness with flavors of chocolate and a hint of caramel. Strong alcohol. Some herbal hop bitterness.
M-Decent carbonation. Fairly sticky, starts fairly thick and sweet.
Overall, this has all of the characteristics you look for in a scotch ale, the peat smoke flavor, the rich malt and fairly high alcohol. I would have liked a little less herbal hop bitterness or maybe just a little more malt sweetness to balance it but I think this is very true to the style.

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Photo of BoOmerG
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of mjmadsen21
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of mtlasley
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of bgramels
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Tpitty23
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of VALIS666
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Qwest_35
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Lovethemhopps
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Gryphon69
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Findley's Restaurant

A- A deep reddish brown, with a nice head that stuck around for about half the glass, till it dropped off to a thick ring.

S- Some Malts, lighter brown sugars. Nothing really standing out. But to be fair, I was at a Restaurant with lots of smells around me to muddle things up. Will re-review this part after I pick up some for home.

T- Much like the nose, nothing standing out but a good flavor

M- Medium and smooth, mild carbonation

O- Decent beer, will try again in a bottle of from a growler in the comforts of home so I can get the full flavor and aromas from this one.

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Photo of Druss157
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of TwoBeers
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86% out of 100 with 7,544 ratings
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