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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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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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%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Heavymetallawyer
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice deep caramel. Looks very appetizing.

S: Smells rich and sweet. Detect caramel, a bit of alcohol and sweetness and some molasses.

T: Tastes almost as good as it smells. Detecting some vanilla sweetness and the caramel that was smelled. It's a little sweet and just a hint of rich alcohol like a bourbon. The aftertaste is almost dessert-like.

M: Feels very smooth and savory. Finishes almost like it's a coca cola.

O: Very very good beer. It's very strong but you would never know it from the taste. It's very smooth and leaves a taste that lingers in a good way. Definitely tastes like caramel/vanilla/bourbon, and goes down smooth. Will leave you wanting more.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 6/21/12.

Pours dark brown with off-white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is cherries, caramel, toffee and malt.

Taste follows smell well with lots of caramel, toffee, chocolate and good bitter finish. Very complex.

Mouthfeel is slick and medium bodied.

Overall this was very enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My first full review...please be gentle.

12 oz. Bottle purchased in NY and secreted across the border to Ontario.

I've read nice things about this beer and I am a fan of the wee heavy in general, so I was looking forward to this.

Poured into a 16 oz pint glass, with very little head forming.

The aroma is pleasant, but I cannot put my finger on exactly what is there. Perhaps figs?

I did find the taste pleasing. Oddly I found there was a bit of a molasses undertone. I am not sure if others would say this, but it was not unenjoyable. While I have read some reviews where people mentioned the booziness of this beer...I did not get this. I found it rather pleasant and comfortable.

Overall, after a winter of disappointing scotch ales, it is nice to have had this experience. I will be making the trip to NY again soon to acquire more.

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a duvel tulip
pours a dark brown with zero head.
smells like a quad, dark fruits, maybe figs?
a little heavy in the mouth, not so much carbonation and a nice sweet aftertaste.
i know its a scotch ale, but it reminds me a lot of a quad.
not very boozy, abv is well hidden.
i like this a lot, not life altering, but a very solid beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dirty Bastard opens to a malty, yeasty nose with slightly sweet, peaty, smoky overtones. The grains and sugars are especially noticeable here, the former bringing floury baguettes, yeasty rising wheat dough, toast crust, and cracker, and the latter adding loads of brown sugar and caramel, as well as berry, orange, apricot, cherry, and fig fruit esters. All of this is accompanied by a light rind of smoky peat, which adds a woody note that brings to mind barrel aging. As a whole, the nose is excellent, and while there may be a slight imbalance in having the sugars so heavily outclass the smoky peats, there’s still a decent sense of nuance in here, and an obviously skilled hand at picking and blending ingredients.

On the tongue, the beer is immediately yeasty and bready, the rising wheat dough and yeasty baguette drifting to the surface, joined by what is here a larger smoky peat presence that brings to mind wood-fired cooking stoves filled with pitchy pine. The sugars are still huge, with berry, cherry, apricot, and orange fruit esters, as well as loads of brown sugar and caramel. A thin lacing of pine and grapefruit from the hops adds balancing bitterness. In subsequent sips much of the yeasty bread notes are unfortunately lost, and the sugars largely take over the flavor profile. The aftertaste is heavy on grapefruit rind and pine hops, with lots of sugars and even a few breads remaining, and at least the hops linger on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is good beer, though the smoky peats could have been stronger, and the sugars somewhat lighter to achieve a better sense of balance. The hops were also rather strong in the aftertaste, for while the malts could largely overcome the heavy 50 IBUs in the main mouthful, they lose to them in the aftertaste. Still, the beer is highly drinkable, and quite delicious.

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