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Founders Dirty Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

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7,592 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#2,666
Reviews:
1,938
Ratings:
7,592
pDev:
10.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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328
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Ratings: 7,592 |  Reviews: 1,938
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of JohnWPipes
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of MPSTARR
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Lightman
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of a0lbudman
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-brown color that looks could and copper when held in the light that has a small tan head.
S- sweet carmel and toffee
T-toffee carmel then you get a bitter warming that fades into a coco aftertaste that quickly turns into a sweet finish
M- low carbonation, thick and smooth
O-this beer was great. It had plenty going on.

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Photo of ShreddedThumb
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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

Appearance: Pours pretty dark brown with a slight orange hue. Color only visible around the edges through my pint glass as light doesn't pass through the center. Yellow/tan head, very thin (about a cm) but sticks around.

Smell: Pick up just a hint of the sour scotch and not much else. Not particularly complex.

Taste: This is a matter of personal preference, but I'm not a big fan of the scotch ales with a really heavy scotch kick. I don't really pick up much other than the scotch flavor and at first it isn't particularly heavy, which I like. Also did a good job masking the pretty high ABV, didn't even notice until the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth, not a heavily carbonated beer. Pick up a lot of the alcohol burn in the aftertaste which is part of the style in my opinion.

Overall: This was good, not great. I usually expect scotch ales to be really heavy with a lot of flavor, and the taste and smell of this one were good but not amazing. I recall other scotch ales where I took a sip and immediately said "wow." Not the case for this one, although it is a bit more drinkable than others I've had.

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Photo of BryanCarey
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown in color, Dirty Bastard has a cloudy body and a moderate pour is all that is necessary to produce a lovely head of light tan- colored foam. This nose on this beer is one of dark fruit, toffee, and caramel and is quite nice.

If the appearance wasn’t already good enough, the flavor of this beer certainly is. It offers tastes of sweet, caramelized malt, wood, and some smoke. Searching more, I was able to find some flavors of butterscotch, toffee, and a touch of vanilla. A good dose of bitterness at the end keeps this beer nicely balanced.

This is a delicious glass of Scotch Ale from one of the nation’s finest breweries and I like it more and more with each passing sip. The alcohol level is higher than the average beer, but it isn’t as noticeable as I expected it to be. The interplay between the hops and malts and the great deal of complexity are this beer’s strong points and they just keep on giving, all the way to the end of the glass. It’s certainly a beer worth seeking out.

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of mjurney
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Dark mahogany color. Thick creamy head.

Aroma:
Dark fruit, dates, milk chocolate, creamy malt.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Dark fruit throughout the taste, dates and prunes. Creamy malts, milk chocolate, dark roasted, toffee. Hop bitterness towards the end. Spiced rum finish, semi-dry. Body is full, creamy, chewy, a little boozy, dry, smooth.

Overall:
It's an excellent beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Karl_M
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am not one for sweet, malty beers but this is outstanding! TRUELY OUTSTANDING!!!

A PERFECT balance of sweet and bitter. An earthy nose and a long unfolding on the palate that starts out with a fruity molasses-esque quality and slowly evolves into a pleasingly semi-bitter finish that lasts... Full-bodied for sure but not too heavy... Not-at-all.

The head consists of tight, tiny bubbles that hold for a few minutes but then break to reveal the deep caramel colors that are just as dark as the brown bottle it came in.

At 8.5% this is a warmer, for sure. Perfect on a brisk afternoon to wash down some grilled brats and some of Wisconsin's finest queso's.

This little BASTARD will always be welcomed with open lips into my belly.

After one bottle, rest assured, you ain't gonna be driving ANYWHERE for a good long while. =-) ENJOY!

(side note- I poured this into a glass mug for the first tasting. Then I used a basic REIDEL wine glass. Finally I tried it in a tulip. In all three the flavor profile did not change enough to matter. Even straight out of the bottle this beer opened well onto the palate.)

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of brewskifan55
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: Cherry crimson. Not much head. Curtain-y lacing.

S: Cherries rule. Smokey with hints of peat.

T: Malty goodness shines in from the Highlands. Dark fruits featuring (what else) cherries. Chocolate creeps in with a hit of smokey peat. Let it warm for maximum yum.

M: Medium with medium, frothy carbonation.

O: Soothing, delicious. A terrific Scotch Ale.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of arescan
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark brown with an amber tint. Medium sized head when poured into my pint glass. Good carbonation.

S - Very earthy, toffee like scent that doesn't shy away from the malts. Doesn't have a lot of strength to it.

T - Taste has a lot of carmel and toffee tones that mask the alcohol well. The alcohol does come out in the bitter aftertaste.

M - Doesn't have a consistent mouthfeel. It's either viscous and heavy or watery and smooth. Neither is bad, but it lacks a true identity.

O - It's a good beer. It doesn't knock your socks off, but I would drink it again and I would enjoy it.

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Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 7,592 ratings
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