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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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed November 21st, 2013. Bottled on date: 12/13/12. Poured into my trusty Bruery tulip.

Beer is a deep maroon/brown pour with the deepest highlights I have ever seen that I could still call "amber". A one-finger light beige head composed of very fine bubbles erupts on the pour then settles to a thin skin of foam, providing nominal sheeting.

Aroma is stronger than I anticipated from an 8.5% and a bottle that is nearly a year old. Brown sugar/molasses is the primary note, but there's also a boozy candied fruit component. Vague notes of cinnamon and fruitcake. Also something a little off and unpleasant, but I can't put my finger on it.

Thick, nearly syrupy brown sugar malt flavors dominate the palate. Cinnamon note appears fleetingly on the tongue. Towards the end of the sip, an assertive though well-modulated wash of woody bitterness wells up, cleaning up the almost over-sweet front end. Slight alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is a little thick with some burn on the tongue.

Not the best wee heavy I've ever had, but a perfectly respectable effort.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 8/5/13

I've skipped on trying this beer for a long time now simply because I was not sure how a scotch style ale/ wee heavy would taste. I'm glad I tried it because I love Founders and apparently this is the beer that saved the once struggling company. That being said, this isn't my favorite style of beer. Not that it isn't a good representation, it is, but rather it is a malt punch to the face that left me chewing a little bit.

The beer poured a nice ruby with a touch of orange with no noticeable lacing. The aroma was good with caramel and toffee dominating upfront. The taste was where this beer lost me. It was quite thick and doughy. Toffee and malt were the first tastes I found followed by a spice note and rather bitter finish. That bitter finish really lingered.

Nothing against this beer or Founders, this just isn't my style of beer. Maybe I'm not a wee heavy guy.

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

Cocoa brown that goes garnet in light with a stiff, steady, rimming cap of sepia foam that leaves chunky rings.
Snickers nose: chocolate, salty nuts, and caramel.
Tea brack with some date, moscavado sugar and dried fruit in the middle, a touch of black malt acid, and some nutmeg spice.
Raisin finish and tannic tea and bourbon (including bits of smoke and vanilla) linger.
Medium, chewy, salty.

Well-balanced, smooth, with chew but not too much stickiness, and the ABV is completely silent - altogether this is way too easy to drink. Like Ed Fitz, one of those that's so well integrated it's tough to parse - not easy to pick out any roast or the hops that make up the 50 IBUs. It is a bit too salty, I haven't tasted enough wee heavies to know how style-faithful it is and nothing stands out as a wow factor, but overall it's hard to fault.

Easy to see how Founders built on this as a flagship.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer - a tasty beverage, with quality flavour, to sip on

a 'dirty bastard' brown appearance

aroma: caramel/toffee. chocolate, spice and big malt

taste: rich-spiced-chocolate, rich malt and scotch with slight raisins, balanced with some decent bitterness on back of palate and in the aftertaste

an excellent beer to drink all year round but would be especially good with dessert or in the depths of Winter

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Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86% out of 100 with 7,542 ratings
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