Founders Dirty Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

Founders Dirty BastardFounders Dirty Bastard
7,560 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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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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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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4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Nearly clear dark ruby, a 3/4 inch beige head receded slowly to thick surface foam and extensive patterned lacing. The moment you pour this out you can see the quality.

s: Caramel malt and pine hops in balance.

t: Rich malt under moderate hops bitterness. High ABV is virtually unnoticeable.

m: Good body, quite smooth.

o: An easy-drinking, satisfying brew, enjoyable all the way through.

UPDATE 12/27/13: Had two more from a sixpack I purchased, bottled 10/08/13, probably much fresher than the one reviewed last May, and the head on initial pour was three inches, requiring a second pour. Same great taste as the first.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated March 2013 poured into a Unibroue pint glass.

A: Rich brown, dark maple appearance with a thick, syrupy head.

S: As expected with a Scotch, very malt-heavy, hints of molasses and maple syrup.

T: Dried fruit, molasses, maple. Very sweet at first giving way to a significant warm alcohol bitterness.

M: Thick & rich. Ideal.

O: Full Disclosure--this is one of my favorite styles. That said, this beer is for me one of the best executions of this unique style in Dirty Bastard. Not too alcoholic and not too sweet. The 8.5% is perfect and the beer is just heavy enough without being pretentious. Very highly recommended. Up there with the Imperial Stout among the best offerrings out of Grand Rapids. If you can find its more sophisticated brother, Backwards Bastard, you'll be in for a rare treat.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Holmes698 for sending this brittle to me in a recent trade.

Poured from bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

A- Pours a very dark red color with a half finger head that dissipates fairly quickly. Leaves a nice lacing on the side of the glass.

S- I get sweet, dark fruit very faintly. After a quick swirling, I can really get some pretty noticeable alcohol notes. Not overbearing though. It is pretty pleasant and meshes nicely IMO.

T-Same as the smell. Not overly complex. Great for the style. The alcohol is a little more pronounced here.

M- There is medium carbonation with a body to match. It coats the mouth but is not "thick" like some others of the style.

O- This is a nice scotch ale that is not available to me here in Louisiana. I am glad I got to try it once. Wish I could get more Founders brews here. I enjoyed it and would have another if I had a second bottle.

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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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy medium brown in color, with a moderate, dense and persistent tan head, and thick glass-coating lace.

Aroma: Strong notes of dark caramel, wood, spice, whisky, and earth.

Taste: Opens with a wave of dark caramel and earth. Bitter cocoa flavors soon appear. As the taste progresses, a strong whisky or bourbon note appears, complete with exquisite wood notes. Late in the taste, dark fruit notes appear, which contrast nicely with the whisky flavors.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very pleasant, very full.

Drinkability/notes: Superbly crafted, an outstanding example of the style, and a must try for anyone who appreciates an over-the-top example of the Wee Heavy style.

Presentation: Packaged in a short twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: Awesome label with eye-catching colors and phenomenal graphics. The label gives brewery info and web info, Neck label has Founders logo, ABV info, and IBU info.

Appearance: Allowed Dirty Bastard to warm for 15min before decanting from 12oz bottle into 16oz snifter. DB pours out a deep ruby amber color with a 1 finger light tan head of medium density. Head retention was rather short 1min 15sec before fading to a thin bubbly ring and coating. Lacing was very nice.

Smell/Aroma: DB smells of sweet toasted caramel malts with slight hints of dark fruit. Bready aromas also enter the nose with hints of chocolate as well as a little alcohol reminder that this is 8.5%.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is of sweet toasted caramel along with a toasted chocolate malt profile that turns slightly bitter with a definite smoked dark fruit essence. Finishes a bit bitter with a toasty malt aftertaste. Delicious.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: On the heavier side of medium bodied with a creamy chewy mouthfeel. A perfect amount of carbonation Extremely drinkable.

Overall/Comments: DB was my first offering from Founders and I was not disappointed. DB is a great Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy that is a bit more sweet and a bit less smokey than others that I have sampled. Packed with flavor this goes down very easy! Consumed 3/26/13. Classified as a Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy at 8.5% ABV.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 7,560 ratings
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