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:
7,511
Reviews:
1,921
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.67%
 
 
Wants:
329
Gots:
2,154
For Trade:
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Photo of BlunderfulGuy
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy auburn body, half finger of light tan head with a gentle pour, some legs and good sticky lacing.
Smells like figs, cherry, pie crust, raisin, lots of caramels, with a little bit of earthy and piney hops, chocolate, and tiny bit of smoke and dirty leather.
The upfront flavors are a jumble of caramel grains, figgy pudding, honey biscuits, walnut, and dried black cherries. A smidgen of cola and coffee, smoked caramels, charred blueberry. There's noticeable hoppy flavor and bitterness towards the finish, more than usual for a Wee Heavy, in a good way, with lingering toffee, caramel, grapefruit pith bitterness, and roast. Some alcohol presence, with more alcohol warmth, smoke, leather, earth, and dried fruit flavors as it warms.
Chewy mouthfeel indeed. Full but not sticky or sickly, sweet overall with a semi-dry finish.

Dirty Bastard is very good on its own and even better on a cool day on the mountainside with a big slice of fresh cherry pie, I can see why it's so popular. Speaking of, I enjoyed this a little more after drinking it alongside gooey pie that brought out woody tobacco, roast and smoke flavors and more hops for me while taking away some of the regular, plain malty sweetness.

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Photo of lic217
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great beer. Great reddish brown color with tan head. Nice smoky, malty, roasted flavors, with a touch of alcohol. A real nice sipper. Smooth drinking and complex for a high ABV beer.

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Photo of lemming202
4.87/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Papa_johnp
3.37/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of Rufus1
4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured easy into an American pint glass. Mahogany and nearly opaque except for the reddish highlights. Beautiful dense caramel head that lasts. Dense creamy lacing clings to the end. Hints of apple on the nose followed by lots of sweet malt. Taste follows the nose except the apple does not appear in tasting. Starts with tons of delicious malt flavors evenly tempered by the faint hop bitterness. Touch boozy. Amazingly smooth and drinkable despite its 50 IBU. Very well balanced with excellent carbonation which leads to a full bodied mouth feel that hits the mark. A wonderful Scotch Ale that has won a permanent place in my beer refrigerator.

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

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

Photo of sposter4
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jacobdunne
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The feel is incredible! Delicious!

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Photo of Chipotle
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jmd88
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drstalker
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Rootscipio
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of dddyyy1223
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of BMorgan3
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very good Scotch ale. The color is exactly the deep reddish brown that you'd expect it from a proper Scotch Ale. The smell is smooth and malty. The flavor is excellent with the rich malts dominating. The hops are in nigh unnoticeable as they should be. Great ale.

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Photo of dd53grif
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eaglegrafix
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Aaashhh
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of CMC73
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Squire123
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark ruby red gold color with light tan cap.

Aroma led by the scent of wild black cherry. I kid you not, that's what first lept out of the glass. Followed by roasted, coffeeish malt, Dark chocolate and a sense of dryness.

Taste is Belgian Quadlike, big, strong, bold and rich. On entry the roasted malt is primary with chocolaty coffee and dark tree fruit (cherry) trailing not far behind. Each time I raise the glass I'm greeted with the cherry/fruit scent first but don't actually taste those as strongly until the aftertaste where they linger.

Texture is full, chewy, creamy and denser than Army coffee.

This is big rather than complex with strength of character rather than finesse. The 8.5% alcohol is well hidden and not disclosed in either scent or taste. I don't know where the 50 IBUs went, I didn't see 'em, perhaps a slight tingle in the aftertaste but I wouldn't bet on it. For such a big flavor as this one carries hops are window dressing anyway. There are enough in there to balance things out. This is the culinary equivalent of a big hunk of meat hot off the grill.

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Photo of mpmsu2003
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of emeyer
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 7,511 ratings.
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