Dirty Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

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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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Photo of Lipsntoes
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of TastyAdventure
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.28/5  rDev -19%
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 -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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1.75/5  rDev -56.8%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 7,689 ratings