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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look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

date of tasting: 3/13/2013
place of tasting: Barley Vine
beer: Dirty Bastard
type: Ale
style: Scotch Ale
brewery: Founders
glass: Mug
temperature of beer: 55F

Appearance: butterscotch in color, hazy. Beautiful creamy head that wouldn’t go away, it looked and felt like a melted marshmallow

Smell: werther’s original, grass, rich hops (which I guess is just an awesome marriage with the malt),

Taste: like werther’s original was melted in the sun and someone added a few hops and dried prunes. I’m thinking it’s like the Amarone of the beer world. (or is Amarone the Scotch ale of the wine world?)

Mouthfeel: rich and smooth, like a melted marshmallow.

Overall Impression: Awesome beer. I love the caramelized prune flavor. With the rich creaminess and the carbonation that rips right through it’s a perfect balance. Being the dirty bastard that I am, this is absolutely something I would drink many times again.

Food Pairing: I find myself drawn to a briskit sandwich with some jus to dip into. I could also get into some orange ginger chicken. I’d love to try this also with some Mutton stew. For dessert: pineapple upside down cake.

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at the Piggly Wiggly on a whim, not knowing anything about it. Glad I did. It's one of my favorite beers of all times. It's dark, but not syrupy and cloying. It's tasty, but the taste doesn't get in the way of drinkability. I usually like my dark beers to taste like a meal, but this one doesn't and I don't mind. With a 8.5 ABV, it's a lot of bang for your buck. Great stuff.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

appearance - dark ruby when held to light. raisin brown other wise. this head that fades quickly

Smell - straight carmelized dates. sugar. ahhhh best part IMO

Taste - bready malt, burnt bread, ting of hoppy yeast cake. slightly dry finish, but clean. Surprisingly clean. There's the raisins, hiding behind the aforementioned flavors. Not getting much of the flavors i expected after I smelled it. Not as sweet or interesting as Scotty Karate.

Mouthfeel - great. low-moderate carbonation, light syrupy. but is not cloying.

Overall - The smell was the star. I wish I got those carmelized dates in the taste. but nonetheless, still a good tasting, nice feeling ale. I prefer Scotty Karate, but I'll need another tasting of that one as well. Thinking of buying another Dirty Bastard to age for a good bit. Not bad at $2.00 for a single!


S - 3.75 - malt sweetness, heavy whiskey, brandy, brown sugar, caramelized dark fruit. barleywine or Old Ale

T - 3.5 - dark sugars, heavy sweet caramel, beyond caramel, dark fruit paste, spiceyness from hops

Overall, I guess not worth aging

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12 oz bottle
Glass: Pint
From Meijer in Ann Arbor
Price: ~$1.50

Appearance: deep blood red, a touch of brown in it. almost opaque. small tan head that faded pretty quickly and left nothing behind

Smell: caramel malts and a bit of raisin. slight smokey or peaty smell

Taste: strong caramel malts mixed in with raisin, alcohol, peat, earthy hops. not bad just not digging it

Mouthfeel: heavy a touch of creaminess. low carbonation

Overall: Thought i give this one a try since i am a big fan of strong malts. the raisiny taste throws me off of it.

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