Founders Dirty Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

Founders Dirty BastardFounders Dirty Bastard
7,560 Ratings
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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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 355ml bottle with a BB of Aug 2013, so it's a bit out of date. Purchased from Trembling Madness in York a while back. Should have drunk it sooner - D'oh! Hopefully the 8.5% ABV will have preserved it....

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A dark reddish-brown hue with plentiful fine sediment and medium carbonation. Yields a decent head of creamy beige foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of sweet caramel malt with hints of dried fruit, brown sugar, nuttiness, mild roasted grain, earthy yeast, stewed hops and a twinge of vanilla. A touch of booze in the background. Nicely rounded but perhaps slightly two-dimensional.

Tastes of sweet caramel malt with a bitter finish. Notes of fruity malt, caramel, nuttiness, brown sugar, mild roasted grain, a hint of vanilla, stewed hops, faint pine and earthy yeast. Quite sweet, followed by a leafy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with prickly carbonation and good body. Vaguely astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of fruity caramel malt, stewed hops and earthy yeast.

Pretty good - a big, malty brew. Looks alright, with an aroma and flavour dominated by sweet, fruity malt and yeast. Nice body. It does seem a shade too bitter for the style, but perhaps that's just the US take on things. A solid effort that bludgeons the senses with alcohol. Worth a punt if you stumble across it.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dirty Bastard doesn't exactly look 'clean' but its name may be a little harsh; though dark and hazy, it's not entirely opaque and displays a lovely chestnut honey colour. Its head, however, has a tarnished off-white tone; it's looks like beige buffed leather. Fetching but not easy to describe.

The aroma, however, is a little easier to place - sweet notes of caramel, toffee brittle and dried fruits abound. This example has the requisite wisp of smoke and trace of peat but also a hoppiness that conjures thoughts of dewy grass and mossy rocks. Great so far.

The palate continues right where the bouquet leaves off, showcasing hints of smoke, peat, dried fruits, and lots of caramel and nut brittle sweetness. That hoppy earthiness is compounded by a pungent, long-lasting bitterness that smacks of a leafy, woody, strongly-steeped Darjeeling tea (mixed with a big spoonful of honey, mind you).

There seems to be no shortage of malt, but 8.5% is nothing to scoff at; esters of plum, apple and raisin overrun the sticky dark caramel on many sips (and almost exclusively steer the aftertaste). The alcohol itself is fairly well concealed, however, and the beer drinks without any issue; malts provide plenty of gooeyness and there's a pleasant hint of peat.

It's rare that anyone drink any beer from Founders and be left anything but pleased - Dirty Bastard is unlikely to disappoint. It is a rich and deliciously malty ale with layers of flavour that amidst all the requisite nutty, smoky and fruity notes also includes a great deal of hoppiness (which is rare for the style, hops not being native to Scotland). A nice interpretation.

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Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 7,560 ratings
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