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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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of byronic
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with a tinges of red, opaque but almost muddy. Smells very inviting, predominately sweet at first with notes of caramel and toffee. Tastes as it smells with some nuts in the finish, perhaps almonds? Mouth feel is borderline creamy with medium carbonation, roasted/touch of burnt malts in the finish.

I've had six of these now, very good fresh not so great with six to eight months of age.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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

Photo of Hoperator
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

At first glance this pours with a nice head that diminishes fast. Deep scarlet with good clarity. No lacing and average level of carbonation, certainly a harder task with a beer of this size and malt complexity. The aroma has smokey notes with a shadow of caramel and plums. Reminds me of some flavors from Marris Otter. On the front end the alcohol warms the mouth with toffee, plum like flavors following. Finished with a light puckering bitterness that holds a noble, East Kent Goldening spiciness. Again, Founders created a winner for this style and would be my benchmark.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of BethanyB
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A very slight haziness, which is not usual for Strong Scotch Ales. They're usually very clear due to cold conditioning. Color is a lovely medium-dark amber with red-orange undertones. The bubbles rush to the top to create a fluffy golden head. The head is not long lasting, but for the style and ABV, this is not a fault.

Smell: A lovely smell for a Strong Scotch Ale. Toasty malt, a bit of roastiness, some booze, plenty of caramel, and dried dark fruit, namely dates and plums. Nice and balanced.

Taste: When it comes to roastiness, there is a difference between the peaty taste one might find with this style, and a coffee taste. The former is light, oaky, and smoky, the latter is rich, bitter, and denser in overall flavor. I'm tasting the latter, and it's not to my liking. Founders does a pretty good job encompassing most of the other components of a Strong Scotch, so this dark coffee flavor, definitely stands a bad way. The dried fruit that was present on the nose is also in the flavor profile, as is the caramel. These do not balance well with the bitter coffee taste, however. Just the right amount of alcohol is present in the flavor and lasts into the finish along with the medium high bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light body with very little carbonation. Not uncommon for the style, there is a watery thinness that isn't working well with the bitter and the booze. There needs to be a little more body to balance out the big flavors, and that's definitely not here. If I could describe the mouthfeel in one word, it would be "airy." And who wants to drink air? No alcohol warming is present.

Overall: A good try. I would be curious to find out what the recipe was because it seems like there is too much roasted malt present. It's kind of like a cross between a Schwarzbier and a Strong Scotch Ale. At least the SSA is part of the combo! I wouldn't recommend it to a friend over other examples of this style, and I wouldn't buy again. But I can enjoy the six pack I have.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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

A - Beautiful reddish hue, mostly opaque, with a short, light head.

S - A snap of alcohol, floral notes, along with a lingering sweetness.

T - Strong bitter notes mingling with a booziness, but a pleasant thread of caramel.

M - Some carbonation, but nothing too aggressive. Given the ABV and the style, it was surprisingly easy to drink.

O - A solid representative of the class.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 7,490 ratings.
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