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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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4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This "Bastard" pours a dark amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is a pungent mix of yeast and hops. The taste starts very sweet and malty and finishes slightly bitter. Not really what I was expecting in a Scotch Ale but still very good!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£3.50):
Caramel red to brown colour with a thumb sized, creamy, foamy head that holds well.

A rich and deep aroma with a complex blend of darker fruits and some alcohol alongside some brown sugar, caramel and toffee notes. Some darker malts too with some dates, plums and raisin coming together to make up the rest of the nose.

Darker fruits that included plums and some figs among others. There is a caramel malt taste backed up by plenty of sweetness from the fruits as well as some brown sugar.

Medium to full mouthfeel with mild carbonation and faint hints of alcohol and plenty of sweetness. The balance of this beer is also excellent and the beer is a smooth and creamy feeling one that goes down well.

A very nice beer, one of the best I've had in the last few weeks and one that I wouldn't mind picking up again considering it wasn't the most expensive. A very nice and wonderfully complex aroma that fades slightly in the taste but in nonetheless still an excellent beer.

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

served from bottle into a tulip. deep ruby red color with very little head or lacing. first smell that hits is phenol alcohol followed by roasted malts with some dark fruits and a little bit of estery yeast. very little hop bitterness in the middle but mainly rum soaked dark fruits, rye bread some small roasted flavors and fruity esters.
overall a primo example of the style esp. for being a year round offering. very hard to beat for the price

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Founders comes out with yet another truly fantastic beer. I had this at a beer tasting party held with a couple of my friends, 8/14/2013.

Appearance: This brew pours thickly into the glass to come up with a two fingered head. The fluffy head settles down to a paper thin lacing. The brown amber color is quite pretty. Some may say it is a mud brown color, but it does have a reddish tint to it that sets it apart.

Smell: A bit estery maybe. I couldn't detect any fruits that I usually catch in other Wee Heavies. The nose is really the downfall of this beer. Thankfully the rest made up for it.

Taste: Mmmmm, malty sweet goodness flows through the mouth. Fantastic barley taste with maybe a hint of something else, maybe not. Roasted malt flavor then arrives to follow the sweetness, and the brew finishes with undertones of subtle hops.

Mouthfeel: Little carbonation with a medium body gives a good delivery for the beer. Smooth enough to drink easily but not a highlight of the brew.

Overall: I quite liked this beer. Not a highlight of all beers, but a great beer as far as Wee Heavies go. I known I will be sharing in the future with others. Definitely a reason to respect Founders.

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Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 7,616 ratings
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