Founders Dirty Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

Founders Dirty BastardFounders Dirty Bastard
7,563 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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Photo of biegaman
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a great winter beer and was purchased to go along with a solid winter meal (corned beef) and did not dissapoint.

Pour - into a standard pint glass and had a foamy white head with respectable retention and enough lacing that one could say that there is lacing.

Look - looks like a solid black scotch ale.

Taste - tastes great

I would recomend this beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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1.25/5  rDev -69.1%

Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 7,563 ratings
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