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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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A slight chill haze on a deep copper colored beer. Some nice browns and reds when held to light. Head is a very light tan and drops to a wispy collar and small cap almost instantly.

Smell: Massively caramelized malts. Sugary sweet. Pushes caramel, brown sugar, and even molasses at times. Sharp biting alcohol on the back. Touches of citrus with a mildly herbal overtone. Big and rich malt backbone. Some bready malt underneath. Butterscotch.

Taste: Sugar, caramelized sugar. Caramel malt sweetness. Deeply bready. Some burnt crust. Butterscotch and burnt sugars. Molasses in the back. Grassy backing hops. Some citrus in the back. A bit buttery. Earthy as it warms. Some herbal notes as well. A decent amount of complexity.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and easy drinking. A bit thin overall, but still manages a medium body overall. Relatively clean with minor lingering wetness.

Overall: Definitely dirty, but more in that homeless way than the sexy way.

Solid. Another great take on a style by Founders, but it ultimately lacks the more intricate malt flavors I expect from the style.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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1.75/5  rDev -56.6%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled served in a shaker pint glass

A - clear deep amber with a 2 finger khaki head with moderate retention and nice clumpy sticky lacing.

S - Butterscotch, molasses, malts, sweetness, caramel, touch of booze.

T - Truly delightful, makes me think of harry potter butter beer, but a bit more on the molasses and caramel notes rather than the butter. Very sweet, very malty, but decent balance with a touch of EtOH and full of flavor to the last sip.

M - Medium-light body, warm, moderate carbonation, sticky.

O - I really loved this beer, I wish I could have grabbed some more, I'm really starting to fall in love with this style. A great sweet dessert beer, or just a nice sweet winter beer. I would drink this anytime however.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Date is smudged but it appears to be 04/28/12. 12 oz bottle into a DFH signature alongside a Backwoods Bastard.

A - Pours a deep, dark red that appears brown when not under direct light. A decent bit of floaties and crud swimming around. Two fingers of dense and creamy light tan foam. Really sticky lacing with long lasting retention.

S - Toffee, tons of dark fruits, caramel, molasses and a touch of smoke. So much fruitier and sharper than its barrel aged counterpart. Has a strong finish of booze and peat.

T - Toffee malts and raisins. Sweet caramel, vanilla butterscotch and a light smokey finish. Smoother than the aroma led me to believe. Despite being very flavorful and sweet, the finish is nothing but clean with just a lasting touch of peat. Excellent.

M - Thick and creamy with low carbonation. Frighteningly drinkable.

O - A very tasty and well made scotch ale. It's almost night and day when compared to Backwoods though. Backwoods really loses quite a bit of the dark fruits. As a year round, sub-$10 six pack this is pretty damn awesome.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 7,530 ratings.
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